What is your fitness legacy? How do you want to be remembered? What lasting impression do you want people to have of you when your time is up?
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Hi everybody, and you’re listening to or watching the Brad Newton Show podcast with Brad himself. Where I talk about health, fitness, body transformations, contest prep, and everything in between. My journey and my preparation by getting ready for the world titles in June 2017. I’m literally 17 days from stepping on the stage for my very next competition. If you’re watching this via video form of the podcast you’ll see that I have no t-shirt on and I just got a spray tan literally about 30 minutes ago. If you’re just listening to the podcast then you’ll have to go to YouTube to see the video version of this podcast.
Look, to be honest quick update, my how I feel. Look, this morning I woke up and I was fucking tired. That’s the truth, 17 days out I am tired and I’m getting more and more tired as the days move on. I have a little bit more energy now than what I did but not much more, so I thought I’d give you that heads up. However, in this small episode I want to talk about a legacy of fitness and I think, coming from a place where I was sick all the time and in and out of hospital, and if you’ve heard that episode before go … If you haven’t go back and listen to it. I talk about how I was really sick. I had a junk food addiction and I didn’t give a fuck about my fitness levels or my health or anything like that. I had no respect for my body, I had no respect for what I put in it, and I had a heap of excused for why I couldn’t have the body that I really wanted. Chasing shortcuts and programmes that offered no long-term benefit and being saw by people that really didn’t have my best interest at heart.
Now I’m in a position where I’m fucking rocking it with competitions. I now feel that’s my duty to help as many people as I can achieve fitness on their level. If you’re listening to this and you’re struggling and you need help then I can certainly help you, but I want to give you some perspective and kind of want to talk about fitness legacies. Look, at the end of the day we’re fucking busy, we’re so busy and this was one of the biggest excuses that I had when I first started my journey. I was doing my flight training, I was helping my ex-girlfriend run a business, and prior to that I was at university and I was studying so I didn’t have time. That was the big number one excuse I had, I didn’t have time. I didn’t have time, I don’t have time, I don’t have time, I don’t have time to study, I don’t have time to do this and that, I don’t have time for this and do my flight training. I don’t have time to go to the gym. Are you kidding me? I don’t have time to do that sort of stuff. I don’t have time to go to the gym and train.
Also, I remembered I’d go through periods of being consistent with my training, not seeing results, then stop going, and then go back into the study thing, or go back into the flight training thing. Then whenever I had this thought of I’d like to be ripped, I’d like to be fit, I’d like to be strong, I’d like to be healthy, and realise that it was too fucking hard I never achieved it in the first place. Had that limiting belief that stopped me from ever taking action the second, third, fourth, fifth time, I realised that I was never going to create a fitness legacy. Ultimately, what it comes down to is for me was about creating a legacy. It was about turning my physique around and now documenting that journey as well so that my future children will look back on this journey and go, “Fuck, he did it. Wow, my dad’s a superstar.”
I’m not trying to get first place in a fucking fitness model competition. It just so happened I won first place a few weeks ago, but for me I want to be first place in the eyes of my future children in that they’ll look to me and go, “Wow, he did it, he lived it.” Hopefully they don’t swear at a young age right, but ultimately that’s what it’s about. I know it’s about looks and how you feel, but then it’s like if you’re out of shape and you’re listing to this or watching this and you’re like, “Man, I don’t really care about fitness. I don’t really care about what I put in my body. I don’t time, Brad it’s true, I don’t have time, I don’t have the money. It costs money to be healthy, it costs money to be fit.” The truth is that what’s your legacy going to be? What do you want to be remembered for in terms of your fitness? Do you want your children like when they grown up, if they’re small, to look at you as somebody that wasn’t a model for fitness?
I don’t know, there’s something that might push you over the edge, but if you look at the long-term of this situation of your legacy relating to your fitness it’s a much bigger and effective motivator for anybody that you might be connected with or be close friends with or might be part of your family if you’ve actually made that transformation yourself, and you’ve actually taken that road, and you’ve actually transformed your body. Rather than being a preacher, because there’s so many people that are preachers, there are so many people that will tell you, “Don’t do this, do this. Don’t do that, do this. Eat this, not that. Combine this with that and not this.” So many people yet they’ve never fucking lived it.
There’s so many people that have told me how to lose fat and have never achieved it in the first place, it’s unfucking believable just how many of these people are out there. It’s like you’ve read it somewhere but reading about it and experiencing it and living it is two different things. From the perspective of your legacy it’s like once you transform your body then it’s like again, you’re not preaching, you’re leading by example. That’s probably the best form of leadership right there. Rather than telling somebody the way you think it should be and it might be right in theory, but you don’t really have that much leverage over somebody or that much influence over somebody if you’re not a walking example yourself.
Returning back to my example, I 100% feel like I’ve created a fitness legacy not only am I living it and experiencing it, coming from a place where I didn’t give a fuck about what I ate, I didn’t care about my training, I didn’t care, I didn’t care, I really didn’t, I really did not care. If someone said, “Brad you need to eat healthy.” I don’t care, and I deep down I did and that’s the truth. I think you do too. Deep down you do care. Deep down you do want to be a role model. I think you’re confused. I was, I didn’t know what the fuck, I was confused. I went from one programme to the next and gym memberships, and then I got to the point where I became kind of emotionally removed. I tried all these different things that didn’t work out for me, so I leave with this thought that you had to consider. That is, what would you like your fitness legacy to be? What would you like people to remember you for when they think of you and they think of your levels of fitness and health?
Do you want to be considered somebody that was influential? Do you want to be considered somebody that was a role model? Do you want to be considered as somebody that was outstanding? Or do you want to be remembered as somebody that died of cancer? I know it’s a little harsh but I think it needs to be considered. I never did, I never considered fitness legacy five, six, seven, eight years ago, I didn’t. Now I am and that’s actually one of the biggest reasons why, hear me out, I’m documenting my fitness competition journeys. Because I want people in 20, 25, 30 years from now to see what I went through, but more likely my closest group. I want them to see and their children, and my future children, to see what I went through and that through all the obstacles I share through this transformation of getting up on stage, and all the rejections, and all the pain, and all the fucking lack of sleep, and the being sick of the meal planning, all this kind of stuff that everybody goes through at various stages of their fitness transformation.
I want them to watch that as a documentary series about my life and that if I could do it, if I could pull this off and go to the world titles and fucking win or even place then that’s the best influence I could possibly have. That’s a lot better than me telling my little granddaughter one day when I’m 70, 75, 80 years old, or my future son or daughter that they should be eating healthy. When I can say well look where I am, I’m an example, I’ve been through what you have been through, and I know how it feels. They can watch my story as a documentary and I could be somebody that I can influence them by actions as opposed to listen to my words. Just follow my fucking footsteps and you’ll see what I did.
A little bit of a ramble, so I thought I’d put it out there. It was on my chest. I wanted to talk about fitness legacy. If you have anything to add to this you can always go to my website, leave comments, go to show notes which is on my website. Go to SoundCloud, leave comments there, rate it there, iTunes give it a rating. Wherever you play out, SoundCloud, my website, or you can send me an email email@example.com. If you have anything to add to what I have to say, it’s just my thoughts, that’s how I see it, but I’m open to opinions and criticisms and otherwise. If you have anything you want to add to that please let me know. Otherwise I love fitness and I’m passionate about it clearly, and I’m all about helping people.
Just listening, want to lose a little bit of weight? I’ve been there, I fucking struggled, I hated it, I hated being out of shape. Even though I said I don’t care about my fitness and I really did deep down. I have free courses available if you want to check them out. It’s on my website seekfitlife.tv. Go to courses, check it out, free enrollment forever, for most of them because I want to give back and help as many people as I can. Thanks again for tuning in and I’ll see or hear everybody very soon. Thanks again and speak soon.