We’d like to share with you the fitness transformation of Glenard Garana. Not everyone’s fitness journey involve losing weight. For others, the struggle is bulking up and getting up to a healthier weight. Glenard has always been stick thin since he was young and he’s always been teased payatot. Through patience and committing to better himself, he was able to transform his physique to something he is more confident and proud of. Read his story here:
1. What prompted you to start your fitness journey? When did you start?
I’ve always been teased as payatot since I was young. It’s what prompted me to start going to the gym back in 2012. I was able to see improvement in the first 5 months but then I stopped because of personal reasons. I tried to get back in 2013 but then I did not succeed because of vices. It’s always been this cycle of starting then not continuing. But this time around, I wanted to get serious gains. I know the only way to do it is to really commit and stop alcohol and smoking. I can definitely see the improvement now that I am more dedicated.
2. What was your biggest challenge when you started your fitness journey?
The biggest challenge is getting back to the gym and seeing the guys who were just beginning their fitness journey back then and who used to get fitness tips from me have significantly improved their physique. I felt embarrased to have been left behind. If I didn’t stop then, I would have been at the same level as they are.
3. Do you remember how long it took you to see results?
When I was just starting and didn’t know much about fitness and proper nutrition, it took awhile to see the results. But since I started being more focused on my fitness journey, I can see some progress in a matter of weeks. It took me awhile to get to this level and I have to forego all the vices to really see my gains.
4. How did you stay motivated?
Admittedly, it’s hard to get the motivation when you have a busy work life and always have to do overtime. It’s one of the reasons why at some point I stopped going to the gym all together. Keeping the motivation is all about changing your perspective about fitness. I wanted to become more consistent so I was able to push myself–even when my job as a machinist requires me to work nights every other month. I also watch a lot of bodybuilding videos to learn more and stay motivated.
5. Do you have a fitspiration? Who is it? Why?
I am inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger who still lifts at his age. I also think that people who are disabled and yet still go to the gym and are dedicated to fitness are motivating. If they can do it, so can I. My wife–my beautiful boss, and my parents also inspire me to be the best I can be.
6. How does your workout schedule and routine look these days?
I workout 3 to 4 times a week and not more than an hour per session.
7. What’s your top 3 favorite exercises/workouts?
I love exercises that focus on the chest and back. I also love doing squats.
8. Do you follow a specific diet?
I follow a simple protein diet. Now that I am trying to bulk up, I eat a bit more carbs but I still watch my intake. I also make sure to put less oils in my food. I also eat a lot of fruits like bananas and apples.
9. What advice can you give our readers on their fitness journey?
Trust yourself. You can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t be afraid to break the rules and push yourself harder. Eat big to get big. It’s what I needed to do since I’ve always been thin. But it’s important to have a proper diet and not just eat anything. Develop the self-discipline to help you keep the motivation. And lift safe!
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