Yeah, so my best friend is fat. At least that’s how he thought of himself when we first met a few months ago.
You may be thinking, “oh that’s so cutesy, you made a best friend in a couple of months. Do you have matching bracelets?” And if I was on your side, I guarantee I’d be thinking the same thing. And no, we don’t have matching bracelets. Yet haha.
I didn’t think it was possible for me to become “best friends” in such a short amount of time. But here’s how it all started…
I’m going to call him Fatticus, (obviously it’s not his real name. Or is it? Either way it makes me laugh).
So Fatticus and I were acquaintances for a few months before we actually talked. We’d see each other and exchange the normal “What’s up’s?” etc. but never really talked. Well, he ended up training me to fill a new position in an organization that we both serve in.
During this time we realized that we had quite a few things in common:
-He and I are both “Glutards” and yes, he coined the phrase…I think.
-We both had the same crappy experience with the same woman (not at the same time thankfully) WHEW
-We’re both perfectionists and love hard work
-And we both have a hard time trusting people and opening up
Differences Are Good
But it’s where we’re different that is helping to cement our friendship.
Fatticus (haha,I can’t help but laugh everytime I say that out loud), anyways,he is:
-a technical genius
-he’s 5 years older than me
-is a phenomenal copywriter
-a great cook
-and he has a weight issue (according to him)
After he finished training me, we went out to lunch and he asked my opinion about a business idea and we started pursuing it together. Within a month we realized that even though it was a great idea, there wasn’t a big enough demand for it and the demographic that needed it was too cheap to pay for it, so we put it on hold.
During that process Fatticus found out that part of my background is exercise science and personal training so he asked me for some help.
Which I happily agreed to (part of it may have been that he promised to pay for a trip to Aruba as my payment) but since that first training session I haven’t really cared about Aruba all that much.
Partly because he ends up hurting himself or making a small fool out of himself every time we go to the gym. He’ll either hit his head on the barbell during squats, fall off the treadmill, or fall off the edge of the sidewalk right after he says something a bit cocky.
Time for Work
So, Fatticus cancelled his gym membership at a fancy gym and purchased one at my gym. We set some goals for weight loss and some functional athletic goals. For example, he wants to bench press 250lbs by July, he wants to bike 20 miles in under 60 minutes etc. But mostly he wants a 6 pack (hello ladies) 😉
We decided our training schedule would be Monday-Saturday doing something every day, and some weeks we’ll just throw in a rest day in the middle of the week.
Anyways, he and I went with 2 other guys and had bod-pod tests done so he could find out his baseline. (a bod-pod is a type of machine that tests your body fat percentage, body mass, body volume and density)
For extra motivation, he and one of the other guys made a bet that whoever loses the most body fat and most weight by the end of a 3 month period wins $300. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me!
Persistency = Progress
Fatticus has been doing AMAZING, he wasn’t very disciplined at first. One day he told me, “I’ve been eating well for 2 days and I still can’t see my abs!” a frustration I’m sure some of you have had or have right now.
He even bought some fat calipers for me to test his body fat percentage at home so he wouldn’t have to pay to take the bod-pod test every week.
Well he went in this morning to have the bod-pod test done again and here are the results:
|INITIAL RESULTS||AFTER 4.5 WEEKS||CHANGE|
|% Fat Free-Mass||76%||%Fat Free-Mass||81.5||+5.5%|
|Fat Mass||48.416 lbs||Fat Mass||35.814 lbs||-13lbs of fat|
|Fat Free-Mass||153.020 lbs||Fat Free-Mass||157.861 lbs||+4.8 lbs of muscle|
|Total Body Mass||201.435 lbs||Total Body Mass||193.675 lbs||-7.6 lbs total|
Now, I know there will be some people who say that the bod-pod is not the best method to measure body fat % and I agree with them. However, whatever method you use, whether it’s a Dexa Scan, or hydrostatic weighing, calipers, or a bod-pod, use the same one each time so you get consistency in the measurements.
I don’t care who you are, what your story is, what your excuses are, you CAN lose weight and you can gain muscle! In just about 30 days Fatticus was able to lose 13lbs of fat, gain 4.8lbs of muscle, and drop 7.6lbs overall which is AMAZING for anybody!
Many articles online and many trainers will tell you that you shouldn’t expect to lose more than 1% of body fat per month. But, if you eat right, show up when it’s time to to hit the gym, you can lose more than just 1%. Just look at what my friend did.
Yeah, I’m super proud of him, he’s working hard and sticking to his plan. I’ve seen his daily frustration because the results aren’t coming as fast as he would like but persistency = progress.
Shop for YOUR Personal Trainer
I don’t presume to be the world’s greatest trainer, I know plenty of great trainers. But if you don’t connect with and have a great relationship with your personal trainer then you will never get the results you want.
Shop around and see who you connect with, do they know how to motivate you, can they relate to your struggles in life etc. Find what works for you!
If you’re sick of shopping around for a trainer and want to have a consultation with me, I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
Don’t lose faith in yourself, the majority of the change comes inside first and doesn’t show as fast as you’d like. Be patient.
Come work out with me and Fatticus. Even if you don’t want to lose any weight…he’ll entertain you and you’ll have a great time.
Because he still hits his head on the barbell and trips on the treadmill pretty much every day. And that’s something you can count on. 🙂