I’m RJ. I was born in the Philippines but mostly grew up and currently live in Manchester. I joined Gym 4 years ago, after getting into leading a healthier lifestyle. I go to different Gyms in my local area as I find it helps me to keep motivated by working out in different gym environments and meeting different people.
Before I started looking at health and fitness as a lifestyle, I used to be overweight. I didn’t know anything about how to eat well or train so I researched and experimented with different things to see what worked for me. Since starting my fitness journey 5 years ago, I have learnt so much about both – it’s become a way of life to me.
I don’t restrict or ban any food in my diet but I make sure to avoid overeating by watching my food intake through counting my macronutrients/macros (fats, carbohydrate and protein intake) I now train 4 times a week. I split my week with 2 upper body workouts and 2 lower body workouts combined with core strengthening exercise. I also do yoga and enjoy cooking on my rest days. I also like to share my fitness lifestyle on my Instagram so I can help and motivate people in achieving their fitness goals. Although it might seem like I’ve got a good fitness routine I can stick to, it hasn’t always been easy to stay motivated. I’ve experienced good and bad times. There have been times where I wanted to give up training completely but when I always look back on how far I’ve come, I can’t think of giving up.
In total, I’ve lost 20kgs. I was about 85kgs and now my weight comfortably sits between 70kgs-75kgs. As I just had competed at my recent bodybuilding show, I’m weighing in at lighter at the moment at just over 65kgs.
At any point I lack motivation to work out, I always look at this list I’ve made to remind myself of the things I should focus on
- Determine your goals
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Leave your personal problems aside
- Be passionate
- Upgrade your knowledge and skills
- Try to eliminate anything that is draining your energy
- Practice self-talk
- Don’t be afraid to confront your fear and challenge yourself
- Acknowledge your achievements
Since going to the gym my self-confidence has increased. I’m more patient and able to handle challenges better whilst maintaining a positive attitude. I’ve also built resilience so I don’t give up on goals I set myself. Plus, I have more energy!
To give myself a challenge as I mentioned above, I decided to compete in a bodybuilding show (Men’s Physique Class) at which I did in Birmingham and Derby last May. It was a phenomenal experienced I had at those competitions! It was my first time too and I coached myself in diet and training wise. It was hard at first few weeks prepping for the show but at the end all my hard work was paid off. I also had fun and learnt so much not just from prepping for the competition show but I also learnt how to discipline my self physically and mentally.
Thank you for reading my journey and always remember consistency and hard work always pays off in the end. Follow me to see more of what I get up to in the gym, diet and my daily lifestyle on my Instagram @rjfitness_