Ever since transitioning, I’ve always wanted to work towards having a ripped body. So I’ve invested in gym equipment and supplements like protein and creatine. While I’ve been happy with my progress so far, I wanted to try something different and push myself to new limits.
So I signed up for online personal training by Flippy Tham. A little background on Flippy, I’ve known of him for many many years (since the days of Friendster) but we’ve never really talked. But I’ve seen his transformation from a skinny kid (like me) into this pumped beast. So when he announced that he was going to do online training, I thought, “Why not?”.
The training program by Flippy includes a list of exercises 5 days a week, and a meal plan. You’re required to send in weekly picture updates so he’ll know when and what to adjust in the plan. Sounds simple? It really is… until you get down and dirty with completing the list.
So here’s the 3 top lessons I’ve learned on a 2 week’s training program.
Food is fuel for your body
You’ve heard this all the time – you are what you eat. The meal plan I’m on is pretty strict with no cheat meals for fast results. There’s almost zero sugar, lots of bland oats and chicken breasts. The first 3 days were the hardest with urges to quit and go back into my little bubble of comfort. But as any good trainer would do, Flippy helped push me through it.
It’s not like I enjoy the meals now, but after seeing the results, I gotta admit that it’s pretty darn addictive. Don’t get me wrong, meal prepping is still a pain but at least you’ve got convenient meals to go for the week with a couple of hours of work.
Leave your ego at the door
Before I started with this program, I would bench up to 52kgs and I am pretty proud of that considering it’s my body weight. However, I would only manage 1 or 2 reps of that weight. Flippy’s program includes a minimum of 6 types of exercises targeted at specific muscles for that day that require a minimum of 10 reps for 5 sets. Let’s just say I didn’t manage to complete chest day properly without decreasing my load to a measly 22kgs.
On top of all that, there’s an abs or cardio circuit to complete after the weight training. Now, Flippy manages all of this in an hour. Yours truly took close to an hour and 40 minutes. Needless to say, it was pretty humbling and I had to throw out all of my “achievements” out the window and focused on this new plan.
Discipline is key
As the plan that I’m on doesn’t include face to face interactions with my trainer, it is up to me to keep to the program. I only have myself to blame if I didn’t get results so I made sure I did my best. Before the program, I’d train approximately 3 to 4 times a week. And those were with heavy loads and minimal reps. Now it’s 5 days a week and even if it was after a busy work day, I still had to push myself to work out. I work nights so when I get home at 10.30pm, it’s straight into an hour of training. I don’t have to tell you that it wasn’t easy at all. But was it worth it? I’ll let the pictures do the talking:
Now I can’t say that I can keep up with this strict regimen for a long time – it’s kinda unsustainable in my opinion. However, I’ve found a whole new level of respect for professional body builders and people with ripped bodies. You can be sure that there’s a mountain of bland and dry boiled chicken breasts behind that six pack.
If you’re serious about getting in shape or wanting to take your limits to a whole new level, hit up Flippy Tham. But remember, you gotta be patient and work hard if you want to see results.
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