My diet confession from the other week received a lot of great feedback from TT readers, so I wanted to share another confession…
You see, I haven’t always had 6-pack abs.
Like many folks, I once went down the well-traveled road of skipping workouts and too much food (and drink).
In fact, I almost became another casualty in the fight against the Freshman 15 in College.
I have to admit, this story is extremely EMBARRASSING to tell you.
However, I just have to share this turning point in my life to show you that no matter how tired or out-of-shape you might feel, bodyweight training can rescue you and your energy levels while helping you lose inches and burn belly fat without going to the gym.
When I first started University in 1994 I had already been lifting weights for 3 years, and was bench pressing over 225 pounds at a weight of 185 pounds and 10% body fat.
Every evening during highschool I’d get home from my $3.10/hour after-school landscaping job, eat dinner and go to the local YMCA to lift weights.
I didn’t miss a workout, week-in or week-out. I’d even train on Saturdays – and sometimes Sundays!
So by the time I got to University, I had my routine down to a science. But just like anyone, my life changed dramatically when I moved into the dorm. And I started saying to myself…
“The college gym isn’t very good.”
“It’s always too crowded anyway.”
“I have better stuff to do after class than go to the gym.” (Ha!)
“I don’t have any time to go to the gym between classes.” (HaHa!!)
“I have a big Anatomy test tomorrow.”
“I’m getting enough exercise playing soccer and hockey.”
“I’ll start back up in the gym again in January.”
I was coming up with every excuse in the book to avoid my workouts!
Plus, along with the endless amounts of cafeteria pasta and weekend “liquid” calories I was consuming, I was losing the body I had worked so hard to build.
I still remember eating huge take-out containers of pasta each night, and starting my “weekends” on Wednesdays and not finishing until Monday night football.
My first semester at school I probably gained 10 pounds of fat while losing muscle.
It wasn’t quite the Freshman 15, but it wasn’t pretty.
What I wouldn’t give to have those days over again…and not just for all good times and girl-chasing!
I wish I had a chance to relive those days because I’d never have gotten off track from my workouts.
However, the truth is I did stop working out and eating right for months and things actually GOT WORSE before they got better…
At Christmas I went home. It was the first Christmas holiday when I wasn’t working at my high school manual labor job, so I had plenty of time for more eating and drinking…but also contemplating.
I was sick of feeling lazy and lethargic. I was 19 and I used to be strong. My bench press probably decreased 50 pounds or more since the summer ended and I started University.
You know that feeling you have during the holidays after all the meals, when you have some downtime, and you are feeling guilty, and you wish you could do something but there’s too much snow in the driveway to go to the gym? Or the gym is closed? That’s how I felt.
I started getting angry and disgusted with myself.
Here I was, on the path to what I knew would be a life dedicated to helping people improve their health and fitness, and I was
wasting away my time eating food that made me tired, and being too lazy to do anything but sit around and eat more food.
Finally, I got off the couch and put down the Sports Illustrated I was reading and picked up an old Men’s Health magazine, stumbled across a bodyweight workout, and went upstairs into a large open area in my parent’s house and I started working out.
No equipment, no bench, no nothing – just me, myself, and my own bodyweight.
It felt good to move, but it also felt frustrating to feel so out of tune with my body.
I was a 2-sport athlete in high-school, and now I felt like a beginner who wanted to quit. I hated that feeling, but I knew I was making progress.
I knew then I would never, ever, EVER give up.
After the workout I sat down, read through the rest of the Men’s Health magazine and said to myself, “Some day I’m going to be
writing for this magazine.”
I’m not joking.
I knew then that I was going to become a fitness expert and help millions of readers make that same breakthrough I made that day.
That bodyweight workout was a TURNING POINT in my life.
For the next three weeks I did bodyweight workouts almost everyday, coming up with more and more exercises to help me regain my strength and burn body fat. I did supersets, circuits, tri-sets, and anything else you could think of.
And by the end of those three weeks when I headed back to college for the next semester, I lost all 10 pounds of fat I had gained as a freshman. Plus, I had a new outlook on fat burning workouts, one that changed the course of my life FOREVER.
I wish I could find the author of that old magazine article and thank him – from me AND you – for helping all of us discover the
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Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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