I didn’t step on stage until I was 35 years old, which looking back on it now just seems wasteful to say the least. I could have brought so much more to the competitive stage in my 20s, as all I had to worry about was training clients, eating and training myself. The reason I refrained from competing was due to the muscle imbalances in my right quad (and arm) that were the result of a severe motorbike accident, that I was involved in at the age of 21. The damage from the accident was so profound that the nurse who removed my cast (who was there where I arrived in Emergency) told me that the tissue damage was so deep, that he could actually see my femur. All up it took the Drs 3 operations to full clean and close my leg.
Yet less then 1 year later I was in the best shape that I had been in and even though I dieted to the day with my training partner whilst he was prep’ing for his competition (including drying out and being absolutely shredded), I never stood on stage.
Fast forward 13 years and I was decided to enter the WBFF and let the shorts that I wore hide some of the deformity of my quad. 6 months later after some persistence from my partner and mate, I decided to go all out and enter the WFF on only 1 months prep. The end result was that I won the state title.
So where is this going? I let my perceived limitations hold me back from doing something that I always wanted to do. I let my perceived limitations define my future. I wanted to write this post to remind people, to not let your perceived and current limitations define who you are, what you can do and the things that you can achieve. You never know what you can achieve when you have a go and regardless of the outcome, I guarantee you that you will collect something invaluable long the way.
Surround yourself by people that push themselves, that are going places and that are not afraid of your potential. Dream big, be bold and live large. I attached this picture as I think it just summarises that whole mindset!
Be inspired and inspire some people along the way!