Not normally a gal who wakes up super early to get to the gym (because sleep is super important and I get grumpy without it) but when exams are on and study takes a priority you gotta do what you gotta do. And to be honest, I could get used to it since now it’s not even 8am and I’m about to start my study for the day for tomorrow’s exam
Whats my why?
To truly answer this my mind travels waaaaay back to when I slighlty overweight and a relatively quiet 16 year old with no confidence.
Like many, going through adolescence can be tough at times...whether its through a form of bullying, peer pressure or just not "fitting in" because you don't quite know who you are yet...its all part of the process of growing up and becoming YOU.
At this point of time I was fortunate enough to have a close friend take me under his wing and guide me through this some what "difficult" time of my life and share many valuable life lessons with me.
There was 10 year difference between us and I looked up to him like an older brother and we became the best of friends. Soon enough he introduced me to his chosen sport or perhaps better described, ART. We began training in martial arts together, jujitsu and mixed martial arts.
It took me a little time, but with some practice and guidance I began to excel and with that...my confidence grew.
Weight training was also a part of our weekly program and I quickly became addicted to the iron, wanting to push for more each and every session.
The discipline instilled in me through our training carried over into life and the gym, the mental toughness and grit to overcome difficulties both in and out of the dojo (training place) was ingrained in me. I was now a confident young man who walked with my head high and was confident in my abilities.
Years later, the martial arts may have come to an end. But we both continued to train, the only difference...my focus shifted to bodybuilding. We would still regularly check in with each other to keep one and other motivated, always pushing for more. 20 years later, peter is still there for me like a brother, best friend and mentor. I am thankful and greatful that I had someone like this, because that is the root of my "aesthetic journey" and where it all began.
Now...back to my WHY?
I do it for the personal satisfaction, growth, discipline and confidence. The addiction to chasing "gains" and getting a "pump" is what gives me a form of purpose. It keeps my mental game sharp and my physical well being in check.
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