How Did Building A Better Physique Help You In Other Areas Of Your Life?
For starters, I have built such powerful exercise and nutrition habits that I very well know that I would be fit for the rest of my life.
Now, that’s a Bold claim, but I know in my heart that weight training is something that I will continue till I die. The same goes for eating healthy and nutritious a few other benefits before I really get into the meat & potatoes of the answer.
-I was born weak, much lighter than my siblings. I always felt my immune system was super-weak, and because of that, I was sick; I had a fever, vomiting, and general weakness throughout my early teens until I started weightlifting.
-I was introverted, shy, weak, with low self-esteem.
Weight training has literally transformed me. This is not to brag 🙂
-I work more than 10 hours per day without any energy dips. I can truly focus on my work.
-I stopped falling sick a long time back. In fact, I have not taken any pharmaceutical help, like combiflam or aspirin. I don’t even know the names of common medicines people use…
-If I have a fever…once every 2–3 years, I simply eat cloves of garlic, rest, drink lots of water and recover naturally within a few days.
-My digestion is amazing coz I make sure to ingest a lot of soluble fiber per day.
-I am strong and can deadlift 350 lbs for reps. My target is 400 lbs.
-I am a confident man and have high self-esteem. I feel I am connected to my purpose and my mission and I want to do something for mankind in whatever little way I can.
-I am overall very positive, grateful, and fun to be around (although I don’t like gossip or am interested in opinions about people or the worldly news that will have zero impact on what my goals are 🙂
-I only discuss entrepreneurship, everything on fitness and nutrition, success, failure, life’s deep meaning, self-growth, and ideas that can change the world.
-That does not mean I am not interested in what you have to say. I am a great listener, and if you have an interesting story that doesn’t relate to the above field. I am all ears…
Exercise, gym building muscle, losing fat, and optimizing my health have become my life’s work. Here is a brief overview.
The day I quit my finance job in London and became a personal trainer, my dad was not happy. He thought that it was just a phase for me, which would pass and very soon, I would come to my senses and join my job back.
Come on, let’s face it, working in an MNC as a financial analyst and having a prospect of working hard, maybe doing my MBA and in 10 years or so, reaching a high executive level position with a super-pay package is something any dad would be proud of.
But becoming a floor trainer in a gym in Mumbai. And that, too. More than 10 years back (when fitness was in a very nascent stage in India) was not something he had in mind!
Fast Forward 10 years, and I am still in that field, doing pretty well for myself…. It’s been challenging, but I have endured and now reminiscing about the reply I gave to my dad when he asked me —is this what I want to do for the rest of my life, to which my answer was a resounding ‘Yes.’
I remember this quote from Jef Bezos when I read his book.
‘One of the huge mistake people make is trying to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions. Your passion chooses you.’
I strongly believe that being weak and skinny was a ‘blessing in disguise’ that propelled me into action. Sure, it started out as a vanity game. I wanted to look good and impress girls. But slowly, I realized I was not only improving my looks but also getting healthier.
I realized that I was conscious about my eating…and then very soon, I realized one very important thing that was a game changer for me. I was not only interested in building my own physique but in helping others build theirs…..unconditionally. :))
This was a big revelation for me; as I looked around, I thought not many body-builders give a fu$k. But I did, and I was different. Maybe it was a calling. And so I started doing more of what came naturally to me.
And then, I did it even more than Finance. Coz finance could have made me rich, but Fitness gave me meaning. So I chose the latter…
And now I have another revelation, if I can earn good money doing what I love to do, why not teach and educate others to do the same thing?
Maybe help wellness professionals earn extra income, provide them with resources, a platform.. perhaps. You see, working out and eating healthy is a foundational habit that usually starts with vanity, builds muscle or loses fat and then eventually graduates into something more meaningful.
That’s my story. I hope you liked it!
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About Akash Sehrawat
Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.