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So, for those of you who know me probably also know that I like to take on a challenge. It’s no secret that I need challenges and changes in my life on a constant basis to function, as it keeps me going and keeps me focused on something.
So, for the last few months, since I moved back to Dublin I’ve been slacking quite a bit on the diet, had a bit too many beers, bad food etc. You know the story.
When I look back at my Instagram pictures from about 4-5 years ago – I was ripped, bro! I was smashing weights 6-7 times a week, while also running 10k’s 2-3 a week. I was the freaking Hulk. Hahah.
Let me see, if I can find some picture for you to see. Here are some of the most popular/liked ones from Instagram – rasmusbak1992 (self-promotion)…
Where to go from here?
Back then, I was a fanatic. I’ve already written some posts about it, where I talk about how fanatic I was. I probably was super happy because of the results, but now that I think about it I don’t recall having any social life. Every single plan I made was based on wether or not I could make it to the gym.
100% dedicated to eat, sleep, train, repeat. It’s hard not to love it, when you see the results. Which is probably why I was so addicted to it for some years.
I would love to get back to that form, but JAYSUS, it’s hard to get started. I still go to the gym 4 times a week and recently started running two times a week again. I also meal prep and log 85% of my calories via MyFitnessPal. The main difference from now and back then is that I actually go out and meet people. I don’t mind drinking a beer or eating some bad food – the key is to not do it every day. That’s the balance to find. I still haven’t found that perfect balance.
The Challenge / Six Nations
You probably read through the first part here and thought I’d forgotten about the challenge. Don’t worry!
So, on Saturday the final stage of the Six Nations (Rugby tournament with France, Wales, Ireland, England, Scotland and Italy). A lot of us from work went to see the game. We went to Sinnott’s bar here in Dublin, which is probably my favourite sports bar after The Bleeding Horse.
At the time of the game there were a lot of people in the pub. Fully packed. People in red (Wales), people in white (England) and of course people in green (Ireland).
Ireland lost the game against Wales, who then won the whole thing.
Any who, during the game we fell into conversations with some amazing people from America and Germany.
One of the Americans, Alex, is a power lifter, working out at a gym called Flight Performance Gym, which seems pretty cool.
Due to our common interests in lifting heavy sh.t, we talked about deadlifts, squats, bench etc. At some point she mentioned that her goal is to lift 180 kgs / 400 lbs by the end of June. She’s super strong, so she’s probably going to beat me.
As mentioned, I love a challenge. So I challenged her. I challenged her to lift the 180 kgs by June 27th 2019. I’m not at that level anymore, so I have to work hard to get back there. Also, I can’t use my beloved straps, which means I have to start working on actually holding the bar… Which can be pretty tough, if you’re not used to it.
Anyway, I’m not here to make excuses. I’m here to inform you and maybe you want to join the challenge. A challenge is good, I immediately got a new boost of motivation to hit the gym – I even added an additional DL session on weekends. I think I need it until my grip strength is better.
Challenges are good. Challenges are really good. Not only did I just get a new challenge. I also grew my network – so two of my favourite things in the World combined. What’s not to love.
I’ll probably keep a weekly or bi-weekly update here, if I remember.
Have an awesome day!
Stay tuned guys and thanks for reading,