Anuj Went From Being Stick Thin To Super Jacked With The Help Of Science & Hard Work
If you are a regular MensXP Health reader, by now, a lot of you know me as an author on the portal. Apart from this, I also own and operate Sixpacktummy, a fitness company. With this piece, I am going to detail my journey from a skinny, small boy who went on to get jacked, naturally. After getting bullied for being too thin, it was in 2007 that I decided to pick up weights. Initially, the purpose was not to get healthy or anything but was just to look good and to get rid of the bullies. Thus, began my journey.
Motivated by 'Ghajini'
Aamir Khan's look for the movie 'Ghajini' gave me a big push. I thought, if Aamir Khan could transform in his 40's, then why can't I? Back then, I couldn't afford a gym membership, so I bought a pair of dumbbells and started working out at home. I used to work out in the same one room apartment where I lived. Learning how to exercise through the Internet and health magazines, I was able to achieve 14 inch biceps. There were hardly any decent supplement shops, forget about authentic ones. My diet was all natural food and I would consume egg whites as the only protein source. I took my first supplement after 4 years of training. My transformation from an extremely thin guy to an average built guy was only done with the help of a pair of dumbbells and a nutritious diet. Hard to believe, but that's the truth!
A Desi Trainer Almost Ruined My Progress
Though initially, I did things on my own and was pretty happy with the results, I decided to take things to the next level by joining a good gym and training under a trainer. Since it was my first experience of working out in the gym, I put blind faith in my trainer. This trust soon came with a backlash and I suffered a back injury. He made me do deadlifts with incorrect technique which resulted in a disc bulge in my lower back. The impact was such that I couldn't do deadlifts until last year. During this period, I didn't train my lower back but made sure that I was working out the rest of my muscles. Another setback was when I tore my ACL during Kickboxing practice. It was a sports injury for which I was operated on and was on bed rest for months at end. Even while on bed rest, I made sure to work my arms. That was the kind of passion I had towards weight training. Due to this injury, I had to avoid working my legs for two years, which made them my weakest muscles.
From CA to Health Coach
Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant. It wasn't uncommon for me to skip training because of work commitments. Sometimes I couldn't even go to the gym due to work pressure. But fitness was something that I couldn't keep myself away from. I setup a small gym in my apartment and would workout from 12 am to 2am in the night. No matter how tired I was, I made sure to still workout. By this time I had realised that this is what my passion was. I decided to follow my passion and turn it into my profession and went for my certification with the American Counsel for Exercise.
Science Got Me Ripped, Not Steroids
Like any other fitness enthusiast, even I believed that six packs are built only with the help of steroids. But the whole idea of putting a needle in my butt just didn't sound good to me. I was told by the industry experts that no matter how hard I trained, I cannot achieve a chiselled physique without steroids. You won't believe that even Mr. India's and Mr. Delhi's had the same view. After getting my certification from ACE, I realised that the fitness industry was flooded with misconceptions. The biggest one was the use of steroids to achieve a beach body. I implemented whatever I learnt during my own training and nutrition program and achieved a physique that I dreamt of. Moving from one trainer to another, from one website to the next, I ultimately and relentlessly pursued scientifically proven studies and got the results I aimed for. It took me around 6 months of extensive training and dieting and I was there. I followed a structured low carb, high protein and low fat diet. When people saw my pictures, nobody believed that I did it naturally. The problem is, since they don't know how it can be done naturally, they don't believe it. This is how our Fitness Industry is and you can't really do much about it.
The Take Away
The main aim of fitness is to have a balance of strength, endurance, agility, body balance and power. Today, I have fixed my lower back issues without any medicines and surgery. How? With proper training and nutrition! Trust me, that is what you need to concentrate on first, supplements will come later.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
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