25 Jan My Journey
Like most guys, I got started in this field because of the magazines that portrayed life as exquisite only if you have a ripped, shredded body.
Growing up, I never really cared about this stuff. What I did care about though, was health. I can remember a time when I was in third grade. I rented a book from the school library about the human body. It detailed everything from the alveoli in your lungs to how your immune system functioned. I wasn’t an avid reader but I read that book over and over. I was hooked on how amazing the body truly was. Then I just forgot about it.
Even though I forgot about my interest in the human body, I was always active. I played football, basketball, badminton, you name it, I was down. Really, I was just competitive. Looking back maybe it was because I was a kid with an abundant amount of energy, free of care, etc.
That last sentence is important. I’m going to get back to the energy aspect.
Fast forward to May 2016. What I would like to say is that I followed my passion that I discovered when I was in 3rd grade and got a degree in health, but I didn’t. I just graduated with a degree in Finance from George Mason University.
It was after getting my degree and already getting a job before I graduated that made me take a step back to see where my life was going. I’ve always been into lifting and health even sporadically throughout college but I never fully immersed myself into it because of the daily obligations from school, work, the military, relationships that never mattered (I wish I had known that back then), and from just being plain tired.
But this was a different time. I always felt like there was something bigger for me out there. Bigger than what faith & vision could describe. Although I can’t tell you what I was feeling, I can tell you where it was originating. My body itself. It felt as if I had this gigantic ball of energy that was ready to explode in my stomach if I didn’t let it out. There was a reason this was happening. I had let my health take a back-seat due to life. My life then, consisted of about 3-4 hours of sleep due to school obligations (I was studious only because I wanted better grades than everyone else), drinking on the weekends, and socializing. I also had to leave one weekend a month for the Army. Put all that together and you have a stressed-out young adult who was wreaking havoc on his body.
There were times when I didn’t even know myself. I felt depressed, angry, sad, manic all at the same time. There was a point when I thought that I was just full on crazy. Looking back now, that wasn’t the case. That was my body revolting to the way I decided to live my life—full of stress and obligations that truly didn’t matter. When we’re born into existence, we are just free falling into non-existence, I figure I’d rather free fall doing the thing I loved the most—helping people realize that life can be even more exquisite than they can imagine through health and fitness.
So I decided I would put my health first by actually going and getting what is called a DXA. A DXA has the capabilities to show you your lean mass, fat mass, and body fat % as well as bone density through an X-ray. This is the gold standard when it comes to BF testing and because I am who I am, I always want the best and most accurate, so I decided to go this route. The night before, I calculated my BF% to be 13% using calipers. 13% is actually pretty good and is in the lean category so I felt good about what was to come.
A day later, and 6 minutes on the table the owner casually told me I was 22% BF. My stomach dropped as I realized that I had become what I never thought imaginable. Average and out of shape. This was a shock to me because I always tried to go to the gym 3-4 times per week and when I wore shirts, I actually looked pretty good in them but I knew deep down I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I never thought I would get to the point where I was 22% BF.
This revelation completely shattered my view of myself. I was once a lean athletic guy but through the stresses and lifestyle of going to college and working, I found myself in an unhealthy state. Looking back, I shouldn’t have been shocked. My lifestyle habits were horrible, of course that was going to happen.
It was from that moment that I became dedicated to the health and fitness craft that I fell off of not so long ago. I decided I was going to change my eating habits, sleeping habits, gym habits, mental habits. Everything that could possibly prevent me from achieving my goal. Only this time it was different. You see, I’ve never truly been the guy to believe everything else that people say. I have to do my own research, apply it and draw my own conclusions. At least I got something out of that Finance degree. It taught me how to be objective and critical. I applied these skills to health and fitness. I read textbooks, research articles, you name it! I reworked everything from the ground up in order to figure out what truly works and what doesn’t.
Over the course of the 2016 year, I tried various methods that purported to work and didn’t, tried methods that purported to work and did, and settled on my own method based on obsessive research to find the best possible framework to achieve the body and life I was desperately looking for. Here are the results:
Throughout this journey, I tested different weight loss methods, ranging from low carb to low fat and discern what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly, even though I look great physically, the way I feel is even better. Remember that ball of energy I touched upon earlier? It’s not in my stomach anymore, it has become unleashed and shows itself in the work that I produce and everything that I touch. There is vitality that you become aware of by going through a physical and mental transformation such as mine, but sadly not everyone will get to experience this. This is why I started this company. To show everyone that they can look (if they wanted to) great but most importantly rediscover who they truly are and what they’re passionate about. In order to do so, you must find and achieve SYNERGY. But I like to call it SYNRGY.