Hello! Welcome to Strength And Gain. My name is Akash and I’m from India. I have been a personal trainer for a couple of years now and been working out for more than 8 years prior to that. All in all, I have been a health freak/gym rat for almost a decade now and it’s going to continue for the next decade as well. Fitness is my first love and passion and always will be.
My story– Growing up I was a chubby kid and it made me very self-conscious about myself. I wanted to join the gym, but I was kind of shy and had some inferiority complex issues. I used to think gyms were only for bodybuilders. Back then, the gym culture was not very popular in my city.
So finally, one day I decided to join the gym. It took me 2 years just to make that decision (Ridiculous! I know). Anyway, I joined a local gym and from the day I started lifting weights, I just fell in love with it.
Starting out, my only goal was to lose some weight and if possible, look a bit aesthetic in the clothes.
Initially, it was very frustrating as I was not getting any desired results and it took me almost 2 years just to lose 5 kg (11 lbs ).
Back then, I knew nothing about nutrition or proper training program. I listened to all kinds of suggestions other people offered me in the gym and tried it all and didn’t get any substantial results.
I thought maybe I had poor genetics and that’s why I’m was having such a hard time losing weight. There were times when I seriously thought about quitting. It was very frustrating, but the good thing that I did was I didn’t quit.
By the time I graduated from college, it had been almost five years into my fitness journey. I had a decent body shape, but nothing to brag about.
I got recruited in ACC Cements which is one of India’s top cement companies. Anyone who’s working in a cement plant will tell you this one thing; there is no job timing. 24*7 you have to be available in case anything breaks down. The plant was set up in a remote area and there was only a small gym in the company’s clubhouse. The work and the work hours were so hectic that by the time I got out of there, the gym would usually close.
As I was living in a shared room allotted by the company I couldn’t prepare my own food and had to depend on the canteen food which was in no way a healthy meal. In the next one and a half years I lost all the progress that I made in the last 5 years. I had a serious decision to make: Job security or my health and fitness. It was quite an easy decision to make. I submitted my resignation letter to the company.
But it was there that I developed a keen interest in gaining all the knowledge about nutrition and exercise.
Earlier, I used to read some articles here and there, but nothing serious.
I started reading lots of articles and blogs related to fitness and nutrition.
Somewhere I read if you seriously want to gain in-depth knowledge about any field, start reading books written by good authors about it. And I started reading books.
The more I read the more I realized that I had no idea how to train right, how to create a good workout schedule or what nutrition and diet actually meant. The realization hit me hard that for the past five years everything I did was wrong and a waste of time.
I always blamed my poor genetics for not getting any proper results but actually, it was my lack of knowledge.