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.