Why Strength Training?
Strength training has the power to change lives. It certainly has changed my life dramatically and my goal is to show you can take your life to the next level through the pursuit of strength.
In my experience, while we train our bodies to get stronger, bigger, leaner etc., the mental aspect of lifting is often neglected. While there are strength sports such as Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, and Strongman, strength training has the potential to carry over to virtually all sports- whether it’s running, martial arts, football, wrestling, baseball, basketball, cricket, track & field, you name it. Athletes of all types are becoming aware of the benefits of strength training.
The benefits of strength training extend beyond the physical. Strength training has the potential to improve all areas of life. It teaches a system of setting goals and achieving them. By pushing one’s limits on an ongoing basis, it gives a person so much confidence to achieve great things all other areas of life. It also teaches discipline, dedication, patience, persistence, mental toughness and much more.
My name is Anand Jobanputra. I was born in California but I grew up in Mumbai, India where my parent moved back to when I was little. Because of several factors including lifestyle, genetics, diet and environment, I was always extremely overweight as a kid and it only got worse as I grew older. As a teenager, I was morbidly obese weighing over 125KG/275lbs with a ~50-inch waist. My weight was causing me issues at a very young age and I decided to do something about it.
I joined the gym when I was 13 years old and got some good results from it. Then there was a period time I could not go to the gym because my priority was to get good grades at school. I regained all the weight I had lost and more. It was devastating. Not only was I having all these physical issues with my weight, but had to face psychological stress in the form of bullying and even people closest to me not believing in me and labeling me as lazy, dumb, socially awkward etc.
But you know what? It didn’t matter what anyone else thought. I knew that I was capable of so much more and I never listened to the haters. I’m still the same person but the difference is that I have overcome many of my self-doubts, fears and am more confident in myself than ever.
As far as my memory goes, I’ve always admired strong people. The first person that comes to mind was my dad. As I grew older, I had a great admiration for people who were successful because they were physically and mentally strong. These people were underdogs at different points in their lives. Even though they were told that they couldn’t achieve anything in life, they only listened to their own voice. If they had listened to the haters, the world would not have known their name.
I was on a mission change my life. I knew that it would be the hardest thing I had ever attempted but I also knew that if I could do this, I could do anything. After many failed attempts and yo-yo diets, I knew something had to change. I sought out help from so-called “experts” in the form of different trainers and dietitians I could access at the time, but none of them had the answers. They all wanted me to go on these crash diets and do cardio all day. There was so much bad information given to me and unfortunately most of this still exists in our society today. I doing extensive research and that’s when I found strength training and my life would never be the same.
As you can see from the picture above, I was able to do this by focusing on strength training. If an average guy like me can do it, anyone can! Me at 275+ lbs with a 50-inch waist vs Me at 150 lbs with a 32-inch waist
I have personally learned from some of the best research, researchers, experts and have trained under some of the best coaches in the world. Now, I want to share my knowledge with the world in an easy to understand way.
Today, I’m a competitive powerlifter and I train with some of the strongest people in the world. I’m nowhere near the strongest person out there. I’m just an average guy competing against myself. As cheesy as that may sound, that is my number one motivation in pursuing strength and it has enhanced every aspect of my life. I am still the same underdog am I’m only starting to move towards my potential.
If you have what it takes to take your life to the next level, together we can realize our true UNDERDOG STRENGTH!