Beginner’s Guide to Home Workouts- Part 2

 I am back with part 2 of workout for beginners at home!

In case you are new here or missed my earlier blog post on workout for beginners at home,then click here to read more.

Workouts at home are never exciting for beginners. We often are lazy or perhaps are not motivated enough. Through Life Is Transformation, you will have insights and tips on workout routines, diet and a lot more. With the onset of December, a lot of you guys tend to give a little attention to the growing waistline or the bulging beer belly.

The Problem

Let’s admit that every single one of you wants to be in the best shape possible and more often than not hit a roadblock because the gym memberships are expensive. A lot of you have work timings which do not permit you to squeeze in 45 minutes of your day to visit the gym.

The Solution

Working out at home is one of the easiest ways to get your fitness goals giving. No need to worry about any fancy pieces of equipment or expensive workout gear because I am here to give you all beginners some easy to do exercise at home which requires nothing more than a bag or a bottle of soda.

Watch the video below where I will be showing you 4 simple workouts which you can do at home without any pieces of equipment!!

 

Making Peace with Your Past

 

It’s been more than a few years now since I have actually taken out time to retrospect on how my life has panned out.

Have you ever tried to look back at your past and then getting lost in the small stories which eventually shaped you up?

So last week I made conscious decision to look back at how my life has evolved over the years. The idea here was not to see how good or bad my life has been, but merely a way to say to myself that

Look, this is your life story and no one but you are responsible for it

A Past to Remember?

As I was reminiscing the yesteryear’s I realised that I  made few terrible choices and mistakes. But at the same time, there were many decisions of my life which turned out to be good. So is there a point to look back and keep wondering and thinking how we could have done something better to change the way we are living now?

My answer to this question is that there is no point in looking back and then regretting or cursing yourself on how your current life has shaped up. Rather when you are drawn to your past, encourage your mind to say that there is a reason why all this is in the past. You smile about it or even cry about it but never let what you did in your past affect the decision making in your present stage. When you look back and reflect on everything that has happened in our past, we learn to move forward It is only when you can ever make peace with your past.

You Make Peace with Your  Past by owning your Piece of the past. – Andy Stanley

On a Purpose

A life without any purpose is like hitting the arrow in the dark not knowing if you are hitting the target. How often do you feel tired and lost, bogged down by leading a mundane time driven and time controlled life? You wake up and do your things, reach respective offices or colleges or whatever your daily place of work is.

The Questions Asked

There have been times where I have hit the bed at night after a very long and tiring day wondering why I am doing what I am doing? Has anyone of you too faced this question where you are at a total loss of an idea and do not understand why you are doing what you are doing? I am sure the answer to this will be a unanimous one.

So here I was one fine day after completing my daily grind wondering what is that one thing which has kept me ticking in my long journey of body transformation? A few days passed and I still couldn’t come out with an answer as to why I am doing this. Let me be honest and tell you that I was going to give up mid way not wanting to further continue with it as the purpose of what I was doing had got a little hazy.

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. – James Allen

Luckily for me, this was the time when I came across Simon Sinek, a world-famous TED talk speaker and a marketing consultant for various global corporates. To his credit is one such famous theory of – ‘The Golden Circle’ 

Realign with Purpose

This theory for me has been an eye-opener of sorts as it questions one’s core beliefs only to come out with a definitive purpose and a very optimistic way forward.

So wanting to apply Simon’s Golden Circle theory in my personal life, I asked these 3 simple questions to myself:-

Why am I doing this?

How am I doing this?

What is the outcome of it?

More often than not we are culprits of first trying to figure out the What and then the How and lastly the Why; this may not be the wrong thing to do but first, try to ask the question of ‘Why’ to yourself. Once you come out with an answer to why your all other aspects like ‘How’ and ‘What’ will to fall in place.

The day when I had a clear purpose of my daily routine in front of me, I started to enjoy it even more and never questioned myself again.

Purpose is not the Thing You Do,It lies within You

The Fear Of Failure

Fear of Failure leads to Failure – Paul Cohelo

Failure has always been by my side like a very very close friend. I am on the other side of the 30s now and life hasn’t exactly panned out the way I had envisioned it. For days I have pondered and wondered that why things just never went my way. This created a lot of self -doubt and disbelief in my own abilities.

There have been days where I have locked myself up in the room thinking why does it all have to go wrong?  People who know me well enough will tell you that

He will always leave things halfway through.

I really don’t think that I lacked determination or the will to go all the way. From relations to work life, it’s always been the story.

Early Life

I first held a cricket bat in my hand when I was a 4-year-old boy. My focus while growing up was always cricket. But never was I pressurized that I have to make it to the competitive level. Maybe my parents had realized it earlier that he might be talented but may not have the resilience of going the long distance.

cricket bat pose

As a kid, I was ecstatic to play with people almost twice my age. Our coach must have spotted something in me and may be that’s why he had directly put me to train with the senior team.

We were coached by Avi Sir, a well- known figure in the cricketing fraternity at Dadar.  An avid cricketer, who had missed an opportunity to make it to the national side at the last minute due to an injury. But he did not give up, instead, he focused on training youngsters like me to fulfill their dreams. We were just 12 then.

The Fear Of Failure

This is where my destiny with failures began. I cannot fully say failure but a cowardly behaviour which lead to the foundation of the many failures to come. Our team was a part of a cricket tournament and we had reached the finals. On the day of the finals, as our team reached the ground I saw our opponents who I felt were a much stronger team.

I was intimidated by them, a lot was going in my mind at that time.My parents were there to see the team win, to see me play a game I loved. During the practice I faked an injury, I did get some back spasms but not which will put me out of the team. I went up to my coach and informed him I won’t be able to play. That there I think was the nail in the coffin. I sat out that game, we ended up on the winning side.

I could see the disappointment in my parent’s eyes but they never mentioned it to me. They had come to see their son play. Winning or losing didn’t matter.  Right there I had failed them and I had failed myself.  Why I did what I did I would probably never know but I guess the occasion was far bigger than what I had anticipated.

Rise Above It

Today, the present me is not a success that I would like to be but none the less I have managed to put my past failures behind me and emerge successful in front of my eyes.

My success has come in form of body and lifestyle transformation. When you look at it from the larger perspective, it is exactly what life offers. Fear of Failure is on everyone’s mind but be thoughtful and resilient to rise above it and you will emerge a better person. Failure is not the end of it all, but that one step which can transform your life.

fear, failure, rise

The key is not to prove yourself to others but to prove yourself in front of the mirror which you face every single morning.I have managed to prove it to myself that I can outlast and outclass myself by mere self -determination and sacrifices, good things and results take time. So be thoughtful and resilient to rise above it and you will emerge a better person.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently- Henry Ford

 

Life- Ever wondered what’s next?

Has it happened with you?

This has happened to me multiple times when at the end of each day I feel like I have nothing to look forward to in life. I am putting up this question to everyone who reads this. Does this happen to you as well? In my case, I usually end up retracting into a slump and just cut off from the out side world to introspect.

By doing this I try to channelize my radical negative thoughts into a funnel and get rid of the doubts raised, over the next couple of days. At times these are not negative thoughts but thoughts which manage to instill self-doubts and fear of not knowing what’s coming next.

This is an extremely unnerving phase because it simply challenges what you have been doing till now.In my personal experience, I am a very confident person in whatever I do, in-spite of that if I can face such doubts one can only imagine the plight of the few unfortunate ones who lack confidence.Imagine this, a long day at work comes to end. The day was just about perfect and everything you planned for went according to how you had planned it. So the day is over and as you walk by you hear this –

Am I good enough ?

What If my best isn’t good enough?

The Concept of Trio in Life

The voice you hear is nothing but your inner self (soul)who is at a constant war with your outer self(self-made image). At such times your third entity that is your thinking mind is altogether on a different tangent because the mind is more often than not responsive only for superficial or materialistic rewards. That’s how our software is coded.

I am no subject matter expert on how minds or brains function! However, being a highly opinionated individual, I will give my perspective on how to deal with the three-tier tug of war. Let’s say that we all must learn to accept the time we are in. Time here refers to the different phases of our life. The office you work at, the gym you go to or may be the place you go for dinner with you family every weekend are few of the phases of your life.

Just as these phases constantly evolve and we invariably keep changing or moving ahead with the hope of better prospects. Similarly, the trio of a soul, self-made image, and the ever eager mind must evolve too. How do we do get the trio to evolve simultaneously at the same time? Well, it’s not going to happen simultaneously but one has to make each of the 3 elements evolve separately.

The only way to do this is by changing our mundane routine and do something different each week. For example, don’t take the same road to work every day. Try it and see it for yourself. Replace the cup of coffee instead with tea or any other beverage even if you don’t like it! Implementing few tweaks in our routine just helps us to reset the trio in their own independent manner. The self-doubt gets its own chance to re-discover itself and help us in clearing our thoughts.

After all, change is the only constant and that is how life is a transformation!

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My many first days at the gym !

A transformation from Zero to Hero?

Gym Memberships are tricky.Let me not beat around the bush and come straight to the point I want to express here. Like the many of us, I too have taken gym memberships with zest and zeal to make a turn around in my life. This has happened with each one of us at some or the other point in our lives – We watch a film in which the hero undergoes a transformation from being zero to hero in less than 2 hours, we read about and see images of the sportsmen we idolize and we keep saying to ourselves,”I also want to look like this ”

 Mind Set at Gyms

A few years back, there was a concept that gyms are meant only for cardio and not weights! This was my initial impression as a new gym member.

There was this general mindset of the people at large, I too, unfortunately, was of this opinion.

At the age of 19, I enrolled at a local gym only for cardio. All I did was walked on that stupid machine for 35 odd minutes.Have sweat all over me and feel happy that I did something. This routine went on for 20 odd days and boom my body gave up. More than body giving up, it was the precarious situation of getting used to a set routine.

The Realization

That’s where it struck me that this is not my cup of tea. I will rather diet and manage the food intake than walk on the treadmill. This was the beginning of many firsts to come in years which followed. There is no exaggeration here. I must have literally joined 7 gyms and worked out for first 10 odd days till i turned 25.

I am 31, with a complete turn around in my mindset, and a new approach towards exercise and body building. Mind you this will give you a new approach to look at life as well. I thought of writing down these thoughts as every day I see older versions of mine at the gym who give up way to early. There’s lots more to come and I feel this is the right time for me to give back to the society and contribute. As little as I can towards making people believe in themselves.

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