As a former world missionary and teacher in the suburbs of Tulsa, I have built my life around influencing those around me. In 2017, at the age of 31, I founded the American Dream Center, a nonprofit that helps immigrants overcome challenges and build happier, more productive lives. But due to the hours of work and the stress, my own well-being suffered.
Even though I ran a full and half marathon a few years ago, I was very out of shape now. Fortunately, I knew a man. A college friend of mine, Sean Garner, NSCA-CPT, had been a long-time fitness devotee, running a multimillion dollar gym and spa in Miami, and being a Men health Top coach contender. Over the past eight years, his Project DadBod system has helped hundreds of men regain their best bodies in limited time.
Okay, maybe he wasn’t just any guy. But I couldn’t think of a better one to help me get back in shape. Fortunately, Sean was ready to take me on as a client and created a plan for me to build endurance and strength. Although we didn’t live in the same town, he told me exactly what to do and when to do it, and even gave me access to Men health All Out Studio app that contains videos of him doing each exercise properly. This sense of accomplishment drove me through every session.
Start of changes
Ever heard of the Turkish getting up? Well Sean told me to do it and stared at the gym. But within just a few weeks, I noticed great improvements in my mental and physical health. I slept better; I would fall asleep earlier and fall asleep all night. My mood improved and I was full of energy, determination, and mental clarity. So I decided to do whatever Sean told me to do.
Establish a new routine
In search of a goal that would keep me engaged and focused, I explained that despite limited cycling experience and almost no significant swimming skills, I would do a triathlon. I immediately asked Sean for assistance. To prepare for my multisport challenge, my training became much more cardio-based, with lots of cycling, rowing, and squats. Sean constantly checked my progress and kept me focused with calls and texts. These gym outings were now non-negotiable. My job remained challenging, but I found that it only made my workouts more beneficial and rewarding. There were more physical changes – I gained muscle definition from all the pulling on the rowing machine, especially in my shoulders – but my sleep and mood improved a lot too.
I also lost weight, probably because of Sean’s equally valuable nutritional advice. Because of the busy days and nights in the office, I had resorted to fast food a lot. Sean emphasized the importance of clean eating and introduced me to simple meal preparation hacks. I cooked chicken breasts and vegetables in bulk, divided individual portions into small containers and brought them to the office.
A setback and reset
In March, when the stay at home orders were in place and my pool and gym closed, I fell back into old habits – lots to take away, little time to exercise. When the triathlon was canceled, I was at a crossroads. But instead of quitting and with Sean’s encouragement, I increased my goal.
Before that, I was hoping to finish the race. Now that I have to train until next summer, I’m in to compete. I dream of being number one for my age group.
Under Sean’s guidance, I now train five to six days a week. Saturdays are my long training days, when I run, bike, and swim. (I’m lucky enough to have my pool and gym reopened a few weeks ago, though Sean would surely find another way to keep me grappling even if it hadn’t.) The other days I focus me lifting weights, usually for 45 minutes to an hour. I’m grateful that I have something to work towards and follow my own dream as I run my nonprofit to help others achieve their dreams.
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