Motivation and Fitness

Welcoming a Guest Writer to my blog, Parnell Dean - 


Staying Focused Even Though You Don’t See Results

Many beginners give up on their fitness goals because they do not seem to be making any progress. Although they are going to the gym and cleaning up their diet, they don’t look any different. Demotivated by the lack of results, they give up on turning their fitness fantasy into a reality. What they do not to realize is that reaching their fitness goals takes time, so staying motivated and consistent, especially at the beginning when there appears to be no progress, is critical.

 In fact, you are almost guaranteed to pass through a period of time at the beginning of your fitness journey when your hard work seems to produce little to no results. According to the website, most of the strength gains you make in the beginning of a weight training program are due to neurological adaptations rather than muscle growth. Thus, a significant increase in muscle growth usually does not occur until after you have been training consistently for 8-10 weeks. Although the time it takes to see fat loss results varies, many people report that it takes at least a few weeks to notice a visual difference in your body if you lose weight at the recommended pace of 1-2 pounds per week.

 Although the lack of immediate results can be discouraging, a look at people who have dramatically changed their physique reveals that reaching your fitness goals takes time. Arnold Schwarzenegger, arguably the most popular bodybuilder in history, is a prime example. According to, he lifted weights for the first time in 1960, but he did make his pro debut until 1968 when he won the NABBA Mr. Universe title. The following year he competed at the Olympia Weekend, the epitome of bodybuilding competitions, but he came in second to Sergio Oliva. However, his persistence paid off: he defeated Sergio Oliva the following year and won the 1970 Mr. Olympia title. He went on to win the Mr. Olympia title every year through 1975 and then again in 1980. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger is now a household name because of his bodybuilding and acting career, it took years of consistent dieting and training in order to develop an award-winning physique.

 Because it takes so long to see fat loss or muscle building results, many beginners get demotivated and quit; however, it is important to realize that just like mastering a foreign language or obtaining a college degree, there are few if any immediate results. Instead, you have to stay motivated enough to work hard for weeks, months, and sometimes even years, before you see any significant payoff. If you can make it through the initial stage of apparently little return on investment and you can continue dieting and training consistently, you are sure to reach your long-term fitness and physique goals.


Hope u enjoyed Parnell’s contribution. He himself had a awesome transformation.

Train Hard. Cheers…

Gert Louw


Author: gertlouw

In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and intense strength required, is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol! Starting now with my building phase (3 months) and me and my training partner is really pushing each other to new heights. He is more cardio orientated than me so he is currently KILLING ME! SO 6-PACK, I AM WAITING…SHOW ME HOW DEEP YOUR CUTS CAN GO! Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family! Can’t wait for 4K projectors to hit mainstream! For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it, not selling anything on it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 7 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Don’t like talking about it, but this is now 10 years after I was given 2 years to live. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it: ~DEATH~ A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side..’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

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