So this #10YearChallenge thing got me thinking a lot about what we do and don’t see online and a simple post turned into a full blog. It’s about progress, whether it’s 1 year, 2 year, 5 year, 10 years or more.
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Social media lies to you. (in case you didn’t already know). Here’s my #10yearchallenge.

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First let’s address the fact that the image on the left is not post-workout and also day 1 of a holiday so zero tan also.

These tricks of the trade are the standard on all #fitspo instagram accounts. Myself included. 

I think we can agree despite this there is obvious progress and change however, (other than the few grey patches.👴🏼)

But this is 10 YEARS! Many people chasing transformations (in this case muscle gain) expect/want this level of change in 12 weeks. Because again, the majority of social media LIES to you and tells you its possible.

This is not to say significant transformations can’t take place within 12 weeks –particularly when fat loss is the sole goal– BUT, most people aren’t aware of many other factors that determine some of the more dramatic muscle-gain transformations they see online.

Lets address some of the factors (there are many more than I’ve listed, but these spring to mind first)

TIMETABLE:
The fortunate few that find themselves with an Athlete-style timetable (or close to): A days responsibilities consist solely of Eat-Sleep-Train-Repeat. Bliss.

DISHONESTY:
Some transformations utilise substance ‘assistance’.💉 Let me be clear: I hold no judgement on those that choose to put whatever they want to into their bodies. If they lie about it and deny use while telling their customers similar physiques can be achieved ‘naturally’ with their training plans, then I have an issue with it.

GENETICS/BIOLOGY:
Some people will put on slabs of muscle and lean up just by looking at a dumbbell. Life isn’t fair. I’m not one of them either.

Many of these transformations (1,3,4,6,7) were done in 12 weeks. However the change in #gainz is equally due to the dropping of body fat giving the appearance of more muscle gain. Larger amounts of muscle gain take time!

Many of these transformations (1,3,4,6,7) were done in 12 weeks. However the change in #gainz is equally due to the dropping of body fat giving the appearance of more muscle gain. Larger amounts of muscle gain take time!

TRAUMA: Some will have a significant life event that kicks there ass into 100% determination mode and just give it all. If you can hack this mentality without a traumatic life event, you’re winning. 

PR1MEBODY:
When I sell my plans online, I WANT my clients transformation. A lot. But there’s no way getting around it, they need to WANT IT more than I do. For some, dedication to the nutrition and training will result in an incredible transformation. However my goal with every client isn’t to send them on their way and say goodbye after 12 weeks. It’s to inspire them to a life of fitness. That doesn’t mean they have to sign on to another 12 week plan of mine- they could try anything else! The hope is that they continue something and continue their progression year after year. They need to see that a ‘transformation’ doesn’t have to have an end date. ✌🏽