Bodybuilding Turned Me From a Drop Kick To A High Achiever

Growing up as a young teen, I wasn't on the list of good students. I was barely passing school subjects and failing many of them. I was getting suspended and even risked getting expelled. I was getting into fights and looking for trouble. I didn't have a lot of direction or purpose in life, and I wasn't on a good path.

When I was 15, I got suspended from school for getting into a fight (in fairness, I was standing up for my younger brother, so it was technically his fault 😂). I was a relatively skinny kid, so while I had some free time to kill without having to be at school, I decided to join a gym.

It completely changed me.

After a few months of training, I made some solid progress. It was the first time I had experienced the rewards of hard work and commitment! This boosted my self-esteem and gave me the drive and confidence to start applying myself in other areas of my life.

I had a lot of work to do - I was basically at the bottom of every class. After 6 months of applying myself, I started to get better grades but still failed maths. After 1 year, I passed maths with a B+. After 3 years, I was getting A's and even topped my physics class! 🥇

I graduated with one of the highest scores in my cohort. I was no longer that dropkick - I was now a high-achiever.

I went on to:

✅️ Complete two bachelor's degrees,

✅️ Earn a commercial pilots licence,

✅️ Graduate from an airline pilot trainee program,

✅️ Start and run two successful businesses, and

✅️ Earn countless certificates

.... all because I started to believe in myself, thanks to bodybuilding.

So, if you're wondering if working on your body is vain and self-centred, it's not because you're also building self-esteem, confidence, character, discipline, organisational skills, and grit. You are improving your health and well-being. You are changing your life for the better. You are making yourself a better person, parent, partner, and member of society.

Working on your body can quite literally save your life - like it saved mine.

About the author

Daniel Brack

BSc., Pn1, CFT, SEN

From commercial pilot to fitness coach, Daniel changed careers to pursue his passion for health & fitness. He is the founder of Recalibrated Bodies and co-founder and Head Coach of Titan Fitness Algarve. He has a Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning and is a Certified Fitness Trainer and Sports and Exercise Nutritionist. Daniel was an international IFBB men's physique competitor and is a father to two daughters. His passion is helping others become more educated and skilled to reach their health and fitness goals.

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