I AM AKASH,
the creator of fabulousbody.com.
For many years, I suffered at the hands of conventional wisdom, and I almost gave up my dream of building my ideal physique.
Now I work very hard to filter out the DUST (pseudo and bro science) and provide you with clear, specific, and credible information which will help you build lean muscles, drop body fat, and optimize your health in the most
My Approach is “UNIQUE” than most “EXPERTS” Out There
- I won’t keep you in the gym five or six times a week.
- I won’t ask you to gulp down boatloads of supplements to build your physique; supplements are not the answer, as you will find out later.
- Most of my content is free, as I believe good things in life are free (or low cost).
There are millions of health, fitness, and nutrition blogs out there, so why should you trust me? Take five minutes of your time to ready my story and find out why.
HOW I STRUGGLED WITH CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to build their dream physique.For some it’s about attracting the opposite sex, for some it’s about improving self-esteem and building confidence, and for others it’s all about vanity! I’ll be the first to admit that vanity was my main driving force initially, although my motivations have since evolved.
Quite simply, I was a teenage boy who wanted to fill his measly 33-inch chest with some brawn.
Vikki, Mom and Me
I decided to join a gym and pursue my passion for gaining muscle. My coaches at the time made me believe that it wouldn’t be tough to do and that I’d be a superman in no time flat. As an excited teenager with few responsibilities, I poured my heart and most of my free time into this passion.
There is a lot of conventional wisdom out there – you know, those generally accepted beliefs that you can find in nearly every book or website. It’s what “they” say you should or shouldn’t do, and these theories generally go unchallenged.
This conventional wisdom told me a few things that I blindly followed, like:
- Supplements build muscles. The more supplements you take, the better.
- You should have more training days than rest days, and you should aim for higher volumes of isolated training. The more you train, the better.
- Muscle magazines are bibles, and one should blindly follow what champion bodybuilders do (without taking into account that some of them have better genetics working in their favor and most of them are on steroids).
What happened after ten years of applying this conventional bodybuilding wisdom? DISAPPOINTMENT!
I think these photos explain it all-
I thought I wasn’t working hard enough to stimulate muscle building. I started training two hours almost daily, eating around 3,500+ calories a day, and upping my supplement intake in a desperate attempt to gain some muscles.
Eventually, I did indeed gain—but not much of it was muscles. It’s close to impossible not to gain some muscles after so much training and following a good diet, but my idea of building a dream physique is fulfilling my genetic potential. Building only 20 pounds of muscles in 10 long years along with tons of fat was not exactly what I had in mind.
Many people in the position I was in give up on the idea of building their dream physique, deeming it impossible. Instead, they resort to simply “staying in shape.” Perhaps other things in life become priorities, and the need to impress everyone on the beach becomes an alien concept.
However, I realized one good thing about me. I did not simply give up on my quest to build my dream physique. I kept looking for answers!
SOMETHING I SAW BY ACCIDENT CHANGED MY LIFE
You know, things that happen accidently can serve an important purpose in your life. They become a point where in just one minute, your life changes as something inside of you transforms seemingly like the flick of a switch.
This is what happened in my case when I saw a picture of Steve Reeves. Boy, did he look good! I had never seen a more proportionate, symmetrical man in my life. Although he was big for his height, weighing 215 pounds (97 kg) at 6’ 1” (185 cm), he never looked like those bodybuilding freaks that you see nowadays. I was blown away by his physique.
I was even more floored by something I read in his amazing book, Building the Classic Physique. He stated that he gained 30 pounds (13.6 kg) of solid muscle in just four months of training! He was only 16 years old at the time, and he did it without any supplements whatsoever (unless you count his homemade protein shakes). I immediately wished I had followed his program when I was 16. In fact, I would have been quite happy if I had gotten even half the results he did in the same timeframe!
After digging deeper and applying Reeves’ training principles, I finally saw some solid results.
For the first time in my life, I truly believed that my body had the capacity to gain muscles. It felt good, but I still wasn’t reaching my goal.
To be fair, Steve was just a teenager when he achieved his classic physique, which meant he had high levels of human growth hormone and testosterone and his recovery ability was at its peak. Moreover, he didn’t have any other responsibilities distracting him from building his physique.
I realized that I needed a system that would give me mind-blowing results while considering my lifestyle and responsibilities at that time. After all, I had a wife and a child, I was over 30, and I worked more than 50 hours per week. I had a significantly higher amount of stress and responsibility than I’d had in my early 20s.
In order for a system to truly work for me, it would need to fit my lifestyle and schedule while also being financially feasible. I also wanted a program that required as few supplements as possible and employed only basic machinery and free weights. I wanted a program that I could eventually promote to the masses and not just the lucky few who have access to fancy gyms.
Perhaps the most important requirement was that my program be practical. To me, this meant no more than three to six hours of training in a week. Let’s face it—time is a major constraint for nearly everyone. We all lead busy lives.
I knew that finding a program that fit all of my requirements would be a very ambitious undertaking, but I was determined to find something that would fit the bill.
Steve Reeves was an old-school bodybuilder, so I started to dig into older literature regarding weightlifting and bodybuilding. I turned to names like Peary Rader, Bob Hoffman, Stuart McRoberts, Reg Park, Joseph Curtis Hise, and John McCallum. A few of these guys were big failures in the early stages of their training careers, which was something I could certainly relate to!
I read hundreds of books, newsletters, articles, and stories about these iron men. What struck me the most was that they accomplished their results before the steroid era. Steroids were introduced after the 1960s, which was when bodybuilding shifted from being a health-oriented sport to being a drug-oriented one. I started to figure out what could work for me given my preconditions (average genetics, being in my 30s, and having tons of responsibilities).
I took the patterns that started to emerge and combined them with the latest scientific knowledge and the practicalities of the modern lifestyle. I was desperate to get results this time. After ten years of failure, I was literally on the brink of giving up and probably would have convinced myself to accept that it was simply my fate to never gain enough muscles. I embarked on what was basically a last-ditch effort, but finally my persistence paid off!
Not only did I get results, but my progress went through the roof!
After following this program for the last few years, here are some of my transformation and other pics-
Most of my gains have come in the last few years, after I ditched conventional wisdom and instead discovered the truth about what works.
WHY I LEFT MY LUCRATIVE CORPORATE CAREER TO BECOME
A FITNESS COACH AND ENTREPRENEUR
After graduating with a business degree from Lancaster University in England, I secured a job in an MNC as a financial analyst. The job was good, the pay even better, and they also gave me a house to stay in. I made awesome friends. But somehow my heart wasn’t into it.
I realized that working in a corporate environment was not my cup of tea and soon enrolled in a personal training certification program. The aunt of one of my friends at that time ran a health store in New Jersey and was friends with Jay Robb (founder Jay Robb Enterprises Inc.). Robb suggested that I pursue training from the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). From then on it was work during the day and NASM personal training certification in the evenings. I put so much energy and passion into this course that I passed the course with a grade of 96%. I have never gotten more than 75% in academics.
For the next five years after that, I worked in various wellness positions: as a personal trainer, fitness consultant, nutritional expert, yoga trainer, independent distributer for a big nutritional corporation, marketing head for a gym, and eventually as a freelance fitness trainer.
In 2010, I got an opportunity to finally open my own health club, Jovenus Fitness. Within a few years, thousands of people had enrolled and were getting awesome results. I even started my own version of P90x (I love Tony Horton) called Jovenus VIP. I had many happy clients who literally transformed themselves.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT
THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU:
- Helping skinny guys gain lean and proportionate muscle. I have been skinny (and skinny-fat) most of my life and have really struggled. If you are a beginner, I can help you gain almost 20 pounds of solid, lean hard muscles in a few months’ time. With my program you can have a muscular physique without looking like a bodybuilder.
- Helping people become super fit, lose weight, and become optimally healthy. Building muscle alone is not what I am passionate about. After all, what’s the point of looking good if you don’t feel good? (This is one of the phrases you will find most used on this website.) As you’ll learn from The Three Pillars and The Nine Laws of Fabulous Body, it’s all about a holistic and balanced approach towards health, fitness, and life in general. This is what my book The Fabulous Body is all about.
- Continuing to add awesome and fabulous content to this website. My mission is clear—to help millions and millions of people around the world build a fabulous body in the most cost effective, timely and natural way possible. To make that happen, I work very hard to create awesome content on a regular basis.
- Practicing integrity, honesty, and fairness in all my dealings. I read every day. I make sure that the information I share with my audience is accurate and the advice I give is safe and effective. I keep educating myself, and I make sure I have the best certifications. I stay abreast of any developments in the health, fitness, and nutrition industry. To that end:a. I will never suggest anything that I personally haven’t tried long enough to realize benefits.b. All the concepts and theories I discuss in my posts, books, and other writing are supported by scientific studies.
- People. Time spent with like-minded individuals is time well spend. Currently I am a one man army behind Fabulous Body Inc. It’s a corporation because in the near future, I intend to collaborate with likeminded individuals to create great products and services that will change millions of lives and make this world a more fit and healthy place.
- Contributing, giving back, and inspiring others. One of the best times of my life was when I organized a blood donation camp at my health club, and I knew because of my initiative hundreds of lives were potentially saved. What a feeling that was! It was more powerful than when I bought my first car. This faith, this belief that if I take care of enough people I will be taken care of, is something that gives me strength to work hard and really put myself out there. For that reason I have committed to contributing 10% of the annual net income from Fabulous Body Inc. to various charitable causes that I believe in.
- Living life to the fullest. I have limited interests because I believe in doing a few things better than anyone in this world. I consider myself one of those fortunate individuals who is privileged to make a living by helping people build a fabulous body. For the rest of my life, I won’t have to wake up thinking I don’t want to go to work today. I can’t think of a better way to live life to the fullest. But still, if you are limited in the topics you can talk about, you can be a real pain in the ass, so I am working on this. I love travelling with my wife Gia, I enjoy movies some of my favourites are Rocky, the Terminator series, Sawshank Redemption and many other.
- Passion, Profits, Purpose. I have been involved in the wellness field for over a decade. I have faced countless setbacks and criticisms, and had many small victories. I have managed to open and run a fitness club and made it successful. My journey as a consultant/trainer/entrepreneur in the wellness industry has been a roller coaster ride. Overall I feel I am driven less by money and more by the innate thrill of helping my clients achieve results and seeing their lives change for the better. I enjoy launching new ventures, products, and programs and the complete freedom and control that come with doing so. That’s why instead of my earlier goal (I want to be a millionaire) my goal is now: I want to help millions of people. This new goal has altered my energy levels. It has allowed me to be more creative, grateful, and happier.
I may have missed a thing or two, but this is pretty much what I am all about. I would love to chat and connect with others who share the same passions. If you want to connect with me, I would love to hear from you. I will do my best to respond ASAP.
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