Nick Lee: My Blackmail

"I've done several programs over the years."

After living this lifestyle for so long, it's hard not to think of yourself as a bit of an expert, or that you have nothing new to learn. But there's always something new to learn, including how to be humble and ask for help!

My 2017 was pretty high-flying as I started a fancy new job. Plenty of not-so-healthy lunches, dinners and drinks found their way back into my weekly routine. I was settling in, trying to be sociable with my new colleagues as I made new friends.

By the end of the year, many of my old ways and habits had crept back while I wasn't looking, and I'd started to fall back to my pre-transformation body again.

I looked in the mirror one day and was horrified. I realised I needed to reach out to Trish again. I think I said it to her pretty simply at the time: "Hi Trish, long time no speak, I think I need some coaching again". It was then that I committed to a full 2018 of working with the Ab Factory.

My goals were a little different this year. I certainly had body fat I wanted to lose, but at the same time I'd developed an interest in Calisthenics (street workouts), from various Youtube videos and other workshops. I really wanted to pull off the Human Flag move at some point. A great goal. But how to make it scary and blackmail myself?

We decided to set a date and I committed to performing the Human Flag live on Facebook video stream at the end of the year. I was terrified! At the time I couldn't do it at all. Would I get there?

Nick set himself a 12 month goal and made sure he was in the best physical shape to achieve it

Calisthenics training is a little different to traditional weights-based training, so it required a different strategy and good planning. Trish and I sat down and worked out a training program I could do week to week - a mixture of Calisthenics and weights - that would complement my goal and set me on the path to success.

Throughout the year I trained hard, got really strong, prepped a lot of meals and really learned a lot about myself along the way. About half way through, Trish helped me identify a need to make my nutrition more interesting and appealing (because I wasn't putting enough effort into it), and it was really after that point my body composition improvements started to accelerate.

At the end of the year, Trish came to my Cali-gym and live-streamed me on Facebook, doing my Human Flag, watched by people in the Ab Factory community. I'd made it!

Having the scary goal was very important to keep me going. It was a mixture of pride and the desire not to let people down because I knew they were going to be watching the stream. It really motivated me throughout the tough times, and throughout the duration I've set some really strong habits in place. I won't be going back any time soon.

This has truly been one of my most satisfying and successful years in recent memory, and easily my most successful year. The sense of accomplishment is huge, I've made new friends, I'm in the best shape of my life, and I owe it all to structured coaching, accountability and good old fashioned hard work.

Nick :)

PS: You can read more about Nick by clicking here.

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