Sam McDonald: "Block out the temptation of quick fixes"


Training history: I've been training consistently since September 2015.

Favourite exercise: Dumb-bell shoulder press and rope slams.

Favourite motivational quote: "If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you."

What advice would you give to someone who wants to achieve results like you?

Don't try to rush the process, or make it harder than it needs to be. Results will come when you're consistent with your food prep, eating habits and exercise.

Don't get too hung up on the details - there is no specific exercise, recipe, or supplement that is going to make the process faster. You just have to be consistent with what you're doing and be patient. And above all else, enjoy the process!

Enjoy the energy you get from eating frequently and enjoy the strength you get from lifting weights. How you look goes hand-in-hand with how you feel and how you function.

In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of a transformation?

Consistency - stick with it. Block out the temptation of quick fixes.

Social media is saturated with "get ripped quick" programs. They may get results short term but they are never sustainable.

What did you learn from this experience?

I learnt just how important it is to set yourself a goal. And make it one where you are held accountable! Tell everyone! The UFT Challenge did this for me.

By having a photo-shoot booked 6 months in advance, knowing that one of my photos would feature in a training journal, knowing that everyone was going to want to see my "after" photos, it really gave me tunnel vision.

There's nothing more rewarding than accomplishing a big scary goal.

Sam says:

About a year before starting up at the Ab Factory I injured my back pretty severely at the gym. From this injury I lost all confidence in weight training and pretty much just let myself go.

I was really nervous about signing up at the Ab Factory when I did, but determined to take control of my weight and my health. Cut to now, and I feel really proud for what I have achieved in the last 12 months. 

I have a new confidence in the gym and the way I approach weight training. It's structured, it pushes me, and I'm not afraid to lift heavier.

I feel super privileged to have the knowledge that I do. Not only that but I'm also a part of an amazing community. I have new friends to train with, to get inspired from, and to celebrate my achievements with.


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