Benjamin Gallagher

Queer Orlando Lifestyle Blog

Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer or nutritionist. The posts I share on weight-loss come from personal experience. Please consult a doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan. 

In 2006, I was a 5’7 sixteen-year-old boy who weighed 180lbs. I wanted to lose weight but felt insecure in the gym. Buff dudes in gold tank tops curled 50lb weights. Women in spandex practiced their splits before spending the next half hour on an elliptical. Meanwhile, I struggled to run on the treadmill for fifteen minutes. Why? Because nothing motivated me to move my body. 

In “How I Motivated Myself To Exercise When It Felt Impossible” Rita Templeton made a list of tools that inspired her to keep active. Walking led to dancing led to taking a Zumba class with a friend. Her choices became hobbies that promoted a healthier lifestyle. However, those hobbies still presented a challenge. 

“On the days when I feel like doing absolutely nothing, I make myself get up and walk around for a while — because once you’re in motion, staying in motion becomes much, much easier,” Templeton said. This advice resonated with my search for a fitness program in the summer of ’06.

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Gilad Janklowicz

My journey led me to Gilad’s Bodies in Motion on Fit Tv. Gilad Janklowicz, a fitness television personality, utilized aerobic techniques to promote constant movement from viewers. I followed every instruction because not one exercise felt too difficult to try.

“Once again, if you’re having a hard time in any portion of this workout you come back to this jog or walk in place. But you never sit down. Never sit!” Gilad said to me through the television screen.

I jumped from side-to-side in my parent’s bedroom. This space became a gym where self-confidence flourished. Gilad encouraged me to try kicking boxing techniques during workout sessions.  These moves kept me off the sofa and on the floor. I wanted to prove to myself that this body could keep up with the people on television. Eventually, I felt confident enough to join a gym and carry on my fitness adventure.

Looking back twelve years later, I realized that a good Fitness Guru should promote a healthy lifestyle over the use of a product. Gilad promoted activity and endurance over weight loss. I lost 20lbs that summer but the daily habit of going back to the television program installed self-confidence and determination.

As always, thank you for reading my blog! In Part 2 I will discuss modern day guru’s that help me stay active. If you liked reading this post then please leave a thoughtful comment below and let’s start a conversation. 

All the best,

Benjamin Gallagher

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