As a young lad, James Holliman was a jock, both wresting and throwing discus for his high school squads. When he reached college, his interest in physical fitness continued. He became certified as a personal trainer and expend more time than ever in the gym working out with weights.
But like so many others, when Holliman moved on from college, he moved on from fitness, too. Years of taking clients out to eat, lots of business travelling, and long hours at his desk took a toll on his body. Before he knew it, he looked in the mirror and watched it: the dreaded father bod.
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I had three big reasons. One was the way I appeared in the mirror. Whenever I took off my shirt off at the beach or pool, I felt self-conscious. I also “ve noticed that” my energy levels were route down, which is bad news when you have three sons who want somebody to get down on their knees and play with them. Overall, I felt overweight, tired, and mentally dull.
I was also having problems with high cholesterol. The doctor literally get in my face and told me I needed to get on statins and stay on them for the rest of my life. My father took statins for much of his adult life, which I don’t think was good for his health. I wanted to do all I could to not let that happen to me. I wanted to get in shape and lower my cholesterol the right way, through nutrition and exercise.
The third reason is a roundabout narrative. I decided to start my own gym. I wanted to provide a more service-oriented model for people like me who had demanding jobs but wanted hands-on is supportive of their own transformations.
When I started constructing the gym, I was run full time in technology. I put in a lot of super-long hours and feed seriously. Some of the personal trainers in my own gym were talking behind my back about how I was in such bad physical shape.
It came to a head when I was trying to help a couple of trainers write programs for interval-training class. I noticed they didn’t genuinely want to take my advice. I’m sure they looked at my sizing and didn’t think I knew what I was talking about. I’m a trainer. I like developing people. I like helping people reach their goals. But when you don’t appear the proportion, it stimulates it tough.
So, I had some good reasons to change, and jumped at the challenge to show people what the programs I was offering at my gym could do.
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I started by looking at the past winners of the challenge for inspiration. When I looked at their before-and-after paintings, I thought to myself, “If these guys did it, I can do it .”
I started considering outcomes midway through the challenge–after I had been doing it for a little over a month. Interestingly, because even though I’d been working out with weights off and on for a very long time, I had so much fat on me that I didn’t know what I looked like underneath it all.
Once I started losing the fat, I watched that I had a decent shape. I recollect guessing to myself that if I could just focus on getting as lean as possible, I might have a good shot at doing well in the challenge. That’s when I cranked it up.