Today, I’m going to share with you my personal story. About how I lost 64 pounds in 7 months. I’m also going to reveal what I think was the #1 key to my success … and I’ll bet it’s not what ya think! So make sure to read the WHOLE story to find out …
A little less than 9 years ago, my football career came to an end. Half of my life up to that point – over 10 years – had been invested in being the best I could be at my sport. I played all four years of high school, five years in college and two in and out of the NFL.
So it was quite the transition. And going from working out hours per day with a very specific purpose, to NO directed workouts at all, and no real purpose to train for … real quick I was out of shape.
One day, I saw this picture of myself:
And decided enough was enough. I set out to train six days per week, plan my meals religiously and get to my “fighting” weight of 246 (at the end of the summer after my senior year of high school I was weighing in at 246, and that’s when I had been in the best shape of my life, up to that point).
So I started on the plan. Things went very well at first, if I remember correctly, the first 10 or 20 pounds came off very fast – within the first month or so.
But pretty soon, the weight loss started to slow down. I hit a plateau for a few good weeks, and it was very frustrating.
At this point I was training by myself. All my strength workouts, all my cardio sessions – I was doing them alone.
I realized that I had trained in a team environment, been around like-minded people working towards a common goal for more than 10 years. And I realized that that’s what I needed again to kick-start my progress again.
So what I did at the time was 1) take two or three spin classes per week at the gym I was working at, and 2) lifted with the guys I worked with at the gym two or three times per week.
That snapped the plateau. In fact, it took me all the way to my goal weight in about 7 months. And I KNOW that getting around other like-minded people was the #1 factor that helped me really reach my ultimate goals (and maintain them until now, I might add):
So, if YOU are struggling, if you’re at a plateau … if you feel like your workouts and your nutrition is pretty good, and you can’t really figure out why you’re not making progress … this could be the missing factor for you.
And, the exact type of support you need is individual to you. Maybe it’s a spin class. Maybe it’s a training partner. The training programs we offer at the FVT Studio are also a great solution for many folks.
You may (or may not) know WHAT you need to do. And the reality is, if you don’t, you can do a little research and come up with a plan for yourself if you really wanted to.
At the end of the day, it’s being around like-minded people working towards a common goal, it’s the accountability and the motivation and everything else that comes with being a part of the FVT “tribe” that gets our clients such amazing results, and new success stories coming several times each and every month. (Take a look at the testimonial section on our website HERE to see a few of them!)
Thanks, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training