Has there ever been a situation where you thought you were going to “throw the towel in” either in career, fitness or relationship but you KEPT MOVING FORWARD. How did this experience change you / your life / your path?
During High School I was an avid Rugby player and committed Track athlete. These co-curricular sporting pursuits consumed my time away from the classroom however in my final year of high school, I felt I was weak and ineffective in contact when playing Rugby and genuinely intimidated by the larger opponents I encountered on the field. I lost confidence in my ability and felt I was too small to deal with the physical demands of the game. My confidence took a further blow when I tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my left knee whilst playing.
I turned to weight training to rectify my physical limitations however prior to this resolution, I had limited lifting experience with training. I had acquired the basic lifting fundamentals through my high school’s strength and conditioning program but never saw substantial gains and felt discouraged by my lack of progress. After a year of rehabilitation I returned to the Rugby field and enjoyed another season of playing only to be subjected to a second ACL tear, this time in my right knee.
After two successive knee reconstructions I could have easily thrown in the towel. Instead I chose to redirect my focus towards my new-found passion for bodybuilding and a career in fitness. 5 years later and I am now capable of Squatting 225kg. You are not defined by the circumstances you find yourself in but rather by the way in which you respond to the situation. How you face adversity is a choice. You must adapt to change where necessary, realign your focus and establish new goals before making a steadfast commitment to realising those goals through small deliberate actions each and every day.
A number of years ago I made the conscious decision to shift my focus, change my attitude and pursue my passion. I set out to transform my physique but in the process I transformed my life. For me, fitness is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that can have far-reaching positive implications on one’s life that goes beyond their external appearance.
What does being a part of the MSCR Squad mean to you?
For the most part Fitness is an individual pursuit, but being a part of the MSCR Squads means that I can share my passion for health and fitness with like-minded individuals who are on the same mission as I am.
The MSCR Squad has brought together an eclectic group of like-minded individuals who share the same passion for health and fitness as I do. For the most part Fitness is an individual pursuit, but being an integral member of the MSCR Squad means that I can empower others to initiate positive change with the help of other inspiring athletes.
What do you love best about the brand and values?
For me the Muscle Republic brand is not about being the best, it is about realising your own potential and being YOUR best. I think the Muscle Republic brand reinforces the notion that it doesn’t matter if you are an absolute novice or a seasoned veteran what matters most is that you are putting your best foot each and every day and seeking to be a better version of the person you were yesterday.