Being Fit Can Be a Struggle for Men Too


Reggie Collier, Contributing Writer

The main goal is to be better than you were the day before.  After competing in my first competition in 2015, I found out a week later that I was going to be a father.  My fiancé went into the hospital for preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy condition that could have been fatal for her and my daughter. I spent every free minute I had at her bedside. At that time, I let go of all of my goals to pursue a career in fitness and the competition arena.

Reggie Collier of Reggie C Fitness

In 2016, I put on over 30 pounds and during this time, I caught pneumonia.  Not being at my physical best limited all exercise for me for about a year. It wasn’t until January 2017 that I started back avidly working out, and my only goal was to get back or beat the person I transformed into. Even being a trainer, I over preach this to my clients and always believe in the act of continued progression. I am embarrassed to admit that I lost myself due to making excuses, becoming more complacent, and giving reasons of why I couldn’t work out.

One thing I know is that you cannot be the person who is content with mediocrity when you know greatness is on the other side if you push for it.  That’s why I continuously push my clients to outdo the old them, and set new goals to obtain each day. I had to work harder than I ever have before, spending 4 to 8 hours in the gym, 7 days a week. There were no limits to my dedication, because I had to beat the old me. I never knew what exactly the outcome would be when I got on that stage, but at the end of the day, I knew that what mattered was that I gave it my all.  Exceeding the old me physically, mentally, and emotionally was important.

Even if you are a busy guy, you can still drop fat, get healthy, and get into the best shape of your life.  All you need is a simplified exercise plan, a progressive set of nutrition habits, and a knowledgeable trainer to help guide the process. So many guys will think back to their youthful and healthier days and wish to train like they used to or wish to get rid of that beer belly.  Well, I have good news for you!  Like I tell my female clients, “Don’t Wish For It.  Work For It.”  You don’t have to train like you did in high school, but you just have to put down the remote, step away from the couch, start the training process, and stop making excuses!  You are the only one holding you back!

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