how to stay motivated in your quest to attain a fitter and healthier body.

Motivation is very essential in every sphere of life, whether it be sports, fitness, schooling, working, weightlifting, name it. Motivation is even a lot more important when it comes to developing good habits. Habits like; working out regularly, doing every exercise slowly with good form, eating right, washing your hands before eating, sleeping 6 hours a day and so on. Motivation is one of the keys to success in any endeavor.

Now the question is how do we get motivated and most especially how do we stay motivated in our quest for a better body and a generally wonderful health? Well there are a lot of things and happenings that motivate people, for example I’m motivated by what I have seen others accomplish, my own accomplishments, the praise I get from admirers, my family (my mum most especially), what I know I can achieve if I’m consistent, being a source of inspiration to many people also motivates me and the list goes on and on. So like I said earlier there are a lot of things that motivate people and you are probably reading this article because you have been motivated to live a fit and healthy life maybe because you know your health is important or you have seen my body and you want to look just like that; you see whatever it is that’s your motivation. To get motivated is not the problem for most people. The problem for most people is how do we stay motivated? I have seen a lot of people go to the gym for a month or 2 and they eventually stopped going. Now they were surely motivated that’s why they came to the gym in the first place but along the way something went wrong, they just didn’t feel the way they felt before stepping into the gym. They lost the motivation to workout. They lost their first love for fitness and health. They just couldn’t take it anymore, they allowed the hustle and bustle in life to take the better of them. I understand the feeling because I have been there myself. I have lost motivation to workout a lot of times. Probably because I didn’t get to a particular goal I set, I couldn’t workout under the kind of conditions I would have wanted to, I wasn’t eating properly because of my busy schedule, I just felt depressed about something and then allowed it rob off on my workout or I fell ill and lost lot of muscle. Yeah there are lots of reasons why I have lost my motivation to workout in the past, that’s why I had to derive ways of keeping myself in the game, keeping myself ever hungry for a better physique and an all round healthier life.

Now I’m going to tell you how I have managed to stay motivated all this while and I hope it helps you out:
– I read the success stories of fitness models, natural bodybuilders and even regular individuals that have been able to successfully transform their bodies.
– I use the pictures of my fitness heroes as wallpaper and screen savers on my gadgets, so that every time I take a look at or use that gadget, especially my phone, I get to see their pictures and get motivated to want to be like them and I can only do that by working out. That motivates me to workout even harder.
– I keep track of my progress. Now this can go both ways. If you are making progress it would motivate you to do more but if you are not making any progress (or even worse; maybe your muscle size has reduced or if your goal is weight loss; you have added more weight) you may begin to get discouraged. Well for me when that happens I just know it’s either I’m doing something wrong or what I’m doing is no longer enough to stress my muscle adequately to cause growth. For me this doesn’t discourage me, atleast not anymore because when this happens I just keep changing my workout and, or diet till I start seeing an improvement.
– I look at what I have achieved so far and that gives me the boost I need to keep at it.
– I look at the endless opportunities out there for people with wonderful bodies and I keep on telling myself if I keep at it the possibilities are endless.
– I also look at the achievements of other people in the fitness industry and I know that if I work harder, 1 day I too would achieve all those things. So I derive motivation from that and I workout the more.
– I get comments everyday from guys about how wonderful my physique is and how they want to have a physique just like mine. Not to talk of the ladies that encourage me with their never dying love for my body especially my abs. Now tell me who will not stay motivated knowing that people appreciate the hard work they have put into getting their body into shape.
– finally I surround myself with people who are like minded. People who have goals and are interested in fitness.

Now you will be lucky if your family members share in your love for fitness and are very supportive of you because there is no other support that can equal that of your family. For me I’m lucky to have a family, especially my mother, that supports me in anyway they can, in achieving my fitness goals.

These are just a few of the things that keep me motivated and funny enough some of these points also apply to our everyday life, so I hope you have been able to pick up a thing or 2 on how to stay motivated in your quest for a better physique and generally healthy lifestyle.

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I became ‘Mr Body Perfect 2011’ after spending only 5 months at the gym (read how).

On the 8th of february I marked 1year in the gym and to celebrate it, I just thought I should share with you how it was from the begining up untill I won the Mr body perfect award last year. I stepped into the gym for the first time on the 8th of february 2011, with no idea whatsoever of what to do or how to begin. The only thing on my mind was the fact that I had a fashion show on the 19th and I needed to get in shape for the show.

Now let me take you back memory lane; I had been used to working out at home, doing basic bodyweight and conditioning exercises like, push-ups, crunches, climbing steps and so on. I had been working out at home, on and off though, for about a year before I ever picked up an equipment at the gym. At the beginning of my home workout it was about improving my overall strength and jump power because I was into full time basketball playing at that time. I had achieved a certain amount of muscle hypertrophy after a while and then my goals started tending toward getting bigger so I could play basketball with older guys and not feel intimidated by their size. Later on my goal was to look sexier because I wanted to go into modeling. So I worked out, still at home though, and I got my Six pack abs and a great body to go with it. After my photoshoot I fell ill for a prolonged period of time which lead to my loss of muscle size and definition. It was really discouraging and that made me stop working out for quite sometime. Then the fashion show came up and I knew I had to do something because I always try to look my best for every job I’m given. I had a short time, barely 2weeks, to get prepared for the show and that was when I knew I had to use a gym.

Back to what happened at the gym. Like I said earlier I went to the gym for the first time on the 8th of february, 2011 with no idea of what to do. I told the gym instructor what my goal was and he assured me I could achieve it. I have always had this idea that the more hours you spend working out the “more muscle you build” and the gym instructor made it even worse when he said “you can achieve your goal but it depends on how hard you are ready to work”. Me being a pretty hard working and determined guy, I felt that when it comes to the gym ‘hard working’ meant spending a lot of time working out. So I started working out for 8hrs a day with a 30minutes to 1hour brake in between. I continued like this for a week until I picked up a fitness magazine which made me understand that I have been over doing it (overtraining) so I reduced my workout time to 4hours and I continued at 4hours up until the fashion show. By the day of the fashion show I was looking good and all, not because I over trained but because in the mist of that over training I was obeying 2 winning principles; I was using a full body workout program and I worked out with high intensity. At that time I didn’t even know what I was doing I just used to work on every part of my body because I thought that was the right thing to do since I had to spend a lot of hours working out. Well after the fashion show I had gotten hooked. Right there and then I knew bodybuilding was something I wanted to do and fitness became a lifestyle for me from then on.

I continued working, reading articles and trying to understand the human body for about 3months before I heard of the ‘Mr Ideal Nigeria’ pageant. When I heard about the ‘Mr Ideal Nigeria’ pageant I was happy because I thought it was a physique contest. Little did I know that physique was just an aspect of the pageant. At this time my muscle growth had gotten to it plateau and stalled. Reason being that I was experimenting with different workout programs and techniques that didn’t work because I learnt them from the drug induced bodybuilders, online and in magazines. When I decided to go for the ‘Mr Ideal Nigeria’ pageant, I knew I had to do something to pass my plateau, increase my muscle size and shed as much fat as possible in order for my muscle definitions to show. At this time I had reduced my workout time to 2hours but as I searched for ways to burst through my plateau, I found out that at 2hours as a beginner, I was still over training and that over training made my body release a hormone called cortisol which caused muscle break down and increase in bodyfat. I also found out that I wasn’t eating enough, I wasn’t sleeping enough and that as a natural bodybuilder, food supplements were my best shot at optimizing my time at the gym for maximum natural muscle growth.

I started splitting my workout into 2 sessions a day, 6 days a week. I never allowed a session to exceed 45minutes because that’s when the body starts producing high amounts of cortisol. I also started trying to sleep atleast 6hours a day so that my body can get enough rest. Finally I started using food supplements (not drugs) and by making this 3 changes I was finally living up to my potential. My muscles grew bigger, my bodyfat level dropped and my muscles were more defined. I had finally gotten a hang of it.

On the 24th of June to be precise, which was a little under 5months since I first lifted up an equipment at the gym, I was awarded the ‘Mr Ideal Nigeria’ fitness award which is called the ‘Mr Body Perfect’. There were a lot of other guys at the pageant that were bigger than me and had been working out for a longer time than I had. Some had started working out 5, 6, 7yrs before I ever dreamed of setting foot in a gym but what gave me an edge over them was the fact that my body was well defined and in the right proportion. Some of them had the muscle but they had fat covering their six pack so people couldn’t see it and some had a wonderful upper body but a neglected small lower body.

The message here is that knowledge pays. In other words it pays to be knowledgeable in whatever field you find yourself. Study hard -knowledge is the key to success. After reading this you probably want to transform your body the way I did and probably want to do it in the shortest time possible without the use of drugs. Well I’m telling you now, its possible but the price you are going to have to pay is to spend a lot of time studying fitness articles and understanding the human body (your body in particular).

I wish you well as you continue or aspires to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. Stay fit.

Is kaycee going to be the editor-in-chief for the online version of the no.1 fitness magazine in Africa (Ultimate Fitness Mag)???

Last week Wednesday I was contacted by one of the owners of the number one fitness magazine in Africa; Ultimate Fitness Magazine and I was offered the post of editor-in-chief of ultimate fitness magazine on-line version. I was overwhelmed with joy and surprised because I wasn’t expecting anything like this at least not yet. It was like a dream come through for a magazine like that to want my humble self to be its editor-in-chief. Negotiations are still on but I just felt that you my fans and blog followers should be the first to know. Thanks for your support, without you there is no me.

Megatron Gym Ajah

Now this is a gym of high standard, I can attest to this because this is the first and only gym I have ever used. I used this gym for only 5 months before winning the ‘Mr body perfect’ award in 2011.

This gym has a bar and a beautiful pool-side relaxation area, for you to cool-off after a wonderful workout session. With a fully air-conditioned environment you are comfortable and definitely encouraged to come again and again.

They also offer a wide range of services; aerobics, weight training, dance, yoga, boxing, basketball court, tennis court, 5 on 5 soccer, swimming pool, massage and relaxation studio, standard 8-ball snooker table, the list is endless. Their trainers are very friendly and dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals.

Visit them today at; block1, victory estate, (in thomas estate), ajah, lagos.
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If you live within the lekki-ajah axis, just give them a try and I promise you will be amazed.