Meet Craig, 46 years old, and he embarked on his personal journey at JWPT 12 month ago. His initial goals was to get in to achieve the best physique he could with the hours he had available to him alongside running a company and maintaining a balance of family life too. If you have followed Craig’s journey over the past 12 months then you will immediately recognise the hard work he puts into the gym floor. Check out Craig’s 12 week physique transformation
When Jake & Craig sat down together to review his 12 week journey he stated he wanted to sustain a good level of leanness while adding more lean muscle mass to his body structure. That’s what we did!
DAY 1 = 93.1kg
MONTH 12 = 91kg
After having 2 years of niggling injuries I had got it into my head that I didn’t have time to train. I wanted to train but I but thought I couldn’t fit it into my schedule with work and family commitments. Because I wasn’t training I wasn’t eating how I wanted to, I knew this wasn’t me and I had to get out of the slump I was in. I didn’t like the way I felt for the first time in my life.
I was introduced to The Cave by a good friend who was in the best shape he had been in for a while and he could not praise the set up enough. 2 days later I was on my first small group session and knew straight away this was what I needed to get me fired up and back on track.
I want to give myself the best chance of being as healthy as i possible can be for as long as I can be. Exercise, nutrition, water, sleep, recovery and stretching are all part of this equation. I have learnt when to train, when to rest, what to eat and when to eat it and to get 7-8 hours sleep.
I have learnt what body parts to train together, when and how to train them. Also not to waste any training time. Push yourself on every set and work to failure with correct form to get the best results.
I aim to push myself in every training session to improve. Whats the point of turning up and going through the motions. You are only kidding yourself. If you look in the mirror after your session and can truly tell yourself you have pushed yourself hard, you will have got something out of the session.
You can’t out train a diet so what’s the point in working as hard as possible not to put the right fuel in your body to get your desired goals. Food is fuel to give me energy to train and recover the most effectively I can. I have learn the balance of all food groups I need to get in every meal to be the most effective for me. I plan my food a week ahead and stick to the plan. This takes any guess work out of eating and this works for me.
It doesn’t matter how busy you are. You can fit 5 hours training into a 168 hour week. Even when i took off work and sleep I sleep I still had 49 hors to fit everything else in. 5 hours is nothing. I have learnt to set hard but achievable goals and my mind set is my most powerful tool. If I really want to I can. It’s only me who can stop myself. Excuses are easy.
Physical or mental barriers are down to yourself, there is always an excuse but there is also a way to tackle problems. I always didn’t want to do squats, lunges or deadlifts because it hurt my back and I wasn’t very strong at them. I am now strengthening my back and I am tackling squats, deadlifts and lunges with a different attitude. I have along way to go with these exercises but I am getting there and will.
The team at JWPT completely understand me and every other individuals needs that come through the doors. I have found a place that continually makes me want to be and pushes me to be the best version of me I can possibly be. There is inspiration all around the gym, people from all kinds of back grounds and walks of like all aiming to better themselves.
I feel the best I have felt in many many years. I have more energy , am more alert, sleep better, eat a healthy balanced diet and I am a lot happier than I was 12 months ago.
The hardest part of my 12 months was actually getting of my feeling sorry for myself arse and getting on with it.
In a nutshell I have learnt not to be a pussy, to train harder and remember that someone somewhere is always working harder.
Roll on the next 12 months.