Bear with me for a minute, because what I am going to say next will seem, at first, to have nothing to do with supermodel, Super Mom and Olympian, Dara Torres.
A friend of mine called me up on the weekend and asked me if I would help him get ‘back into shape’.
You bet. This guy never asks for advice. He is (or at least was) the guy that everyone in the gym went to for help with their strength, speed, body-fat, etc…
So, yeah I was surprised.
I was even more surprised when he said that Dara Torres was his inspiration for getting back into shape.
You may also be surprised after I tell you a little bit about him:
Height and Weight:
5′11″ …weight?…hmmmm….I have seen him at 220 lbs lean and 299 1/2 lbs loaded with muscle and fat. According to him, he is around 270-275 right now, and in poor shape due to injuries and an unquenchable desire for all things CARB.
: Former football player and current strength athlete. Built for power. At 260 lbs, he was laser timed at 4.69 in the 40 yard dash. Basically, this guy is, or rather was, one big chunk of quick-twitch muscle fibers.
Drop weight, get healthy, correct any muscle imbalances, improve his strength to weight ratio and look good in a swimsuit. Not like Dara Torres, but good in his own manly kind of way.
His Inspiration / Motivation / Raison D’Exercise: Dara Torres
Dara Grace Torres (born April 15, 1967) is an American swimmer. She will be the first swimmer from the United States to compete in five Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008. She will compete in the Beijing Olympic Games in the 50 meter freestyle, 4 x 100 medley relay, and 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
She has won eight Olympic medals, including four golds, and won five medals alone in Sydney in 2000, the Games in which she was the eldest member on the team with her 33 years.
On August 1st, 2007 at the age of 40 (just 15 months after giving birth to her first child), she won gold in the 100 meter freestyle at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, her 14th win at these events.
She then followed that up on August 4th by twice breaking her own American record in the 50 m freestyle, 26 years after she first set the American record at just 15 years old.
So What’s Your Transformation Inspiration?
Can I make a suggestion?
Watch the Olympics!!!
Watch the Olympians
Listen to their stories:
Years and years of brutal, painful training.
Eating to fuel the body, not to satisfy their sweet-tooth.
Sacrifice and discipline in pursuit of a beautiful goal.
My guy isn’t dreaming of making the Olympics.
His goals are a bit more pedestrian. But, he knows that if Dara Torres, at 41 years of age can set national records and compete in the Olympics, then he CAN transform his body.
And if you need some more inspiration, take a look at the following pictures of British Olympians, swimmer Gregor Tait, triple jumper Phillips Idowu and cyclist Rebecca Romero.
Even if you could care less about the Olympics, I guarantee that you can admire the physical results of the hard work that these athletes put their bodies through.
Works of art sculpted out of flesh and bone.
In the next few posts, I will be outlining my plan for transforming my chunky buddy’s pudgy body into a mass of twisted steel and sex appeal
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