Paul’s Success Story

We sat down with Paul to ask him about his fitness journey.

How and when did your fitness journey begin?

I’ve been going to the gym since I was a child. When at the age of 4, my mother took me to a gym that has a pool so that she could teach me how to swim. Ever since, I’ve been going to a gym. However in 2009, I moved to California and became a member at a gym that was open 24 hours a day. I began to workout with a purpose. Like a man possessed.

What is your current workout routine?

My current routine is a hybrid of many workout routines. I studied and practiced to find a routine that worked best for me. I use staggered super sets, high intensity training, sustained circuit training, isometric power lifting and plyometrics. With cardio sprinkled in-between my upper and lower body days.

What keeps you motivated to continue your exercise routine?

There are so many sources of inspiration that I draw from. Characters from popular culture. Superheroes, martial artists, mythological heroes, other body builders and my own family. Seeing the things that Bruce Lee could do, made me ask, what could I do if I dedicated myself to that level? I try to think of the superhero version of myself and try to do what they would do. I had two grandparents who died not long after they had fallen and broken their hips. I told myself I wouldn’t allow that to happen to me. So I began strengthening my body for a healthier future.

Do you have advice for those just getting started?

Don’t judge yourself by how others look. Meet your own expectations, not other people’s expectations of you.

The journey of a 1000 miles begins with that first step. You have to find the courage and willpower to stay the course. No one will look and feel how they want to the first week at the gym. Understand there are many paths that lead to the top of the mountain. Find the one right for you and always keep moving forward.

Your body is an engine and the better fuel you feed it, the cleaner and stronger it can be. If you aren’t eating healthily, you won’t see any fruits from your labor. Don’t judge yourself by how others look. Meet your own expectations, not other people’s expectations of you.

What’s the greatest benefit you get from exercise?

I enjoy hearing from my doctor that I’m one of his healthiest patients. I sleep better and more deeply. I actually got a job at the gym I was a member of when I lost over 50lbs. I was there so often, they figured why not have me on the payroll. It’s also given me a renewed sense of confidence. Which, in and of itself, is worth the effort.

What’s your greatest accomplishment since you’ve started your fitness journey?

I was unable to do even one pullup all throughout my time in high school. I could barely run a lap without being out of breath. And I weighed 220 lbs. Today I weigh 160 lbs. I do at least 50 pullups a day. Last March I ran in my first marathon. Not only a marathon but the Zombie Run. Being chased by zombies through obstacles and woods. I wouldn’t have ever of even tried to do that five years ago. Running into old friends from high school who I haven’t seen since graduation is also a thrill. Nobody ever recognizes me, and the look on their faces once I tell them it’s me is priceless.