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From Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit

It’s the seminal moment during personal training.

The one where both parties – the trainer and the trainee – are frustrated.

The trainer is thinking “they just need to change.  They need to embrace a healthy lifestyle.  They need to put down the doughnut.”

At the same moment, the trainee is thinking, “he doesn’t get it.  Doesn’t he know how hard this is?  He has no idea what it’s like.”

My name is Drew, and I’m a personal trainer.  And for years, I’ve been on the “trainer” end of that moment – not understanding how someone could choose to be overweight or in less than ideal shape.  I thought that I could just push people to be healthy by forcing them to listen to my sound advice.

But what I realized, is that the trainee is right.

  • I don’t know what it’s like.
  • I don’t get it.
  • I’ve always been in shape.
  • I’ve always been healthy.
  • I don’t know how hard it is.

Until now.

My website, www.fit2fat2fit.com is about my journey of forcing myself to understand what it is like for someone that struggles with weight, exercise, and eating.

Because if I’m going to help, I first need to understand.

For the next 12 months, I will take the journey from fit to “fat” to fit.

For the first six months, I will force myself to not exercise.  My diet will be free of restriction.  I’ll delight in some of the foods I’ve denied myself for years.  And I hope to finally understand what it’s like to struggle with weight, cravings, food addictions, and a lack of desire to find the “healthier me”.  My goal is to gain 60 lbs. in 6 months.

At the midpoint, the tables will turn and I’ll move from “learner” to “teacher”.  I will put myself through my own meal plans, workout routines, and discipline.  I will invite others to take the journey to “fit” with me.  I hope to show how simple, every day foods and behaviors that we believe “aren’t bad for us” actually keep us from reaching our health goals.  I hope that my experience will allow others to make small, meaningful changes in their own everyday lifestyles.

Yes, the personal trainer in me will probably win out.  I will get myself back to the health I’m accustomed.

But I hope to do so – and to teach people how they can as well – by first understanding what’s its like.

  • By “getting it”
  • By feeling the pain

So when I start to teach people (and my 60 lb. heavier self) how to make true change, I’ll do it like everyone else.

And when someone else is in that frustrating moment of “they just don’t get it”, I’ll be able to say that I do – and I made my way back.

I believe a lot of people lack the knowledge and the hope or inspiration to succeed, and I plan on giving them both.

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I’m a personal trainer and my website, www.fit2fat2fit.com, is about my journey of going from fit, to fat (on purpose) in 6 months, and showing people how to get back to fit again in 6 more months. I want to raise awareness of just how unhealthy the average American eats, by gaining 60 lbs in 6 months by eating everyday foods that most people don't think are that unhealthy (cereals, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, cookies, and even some salads). I then want to teach people how they can get back in shape by putting myself through my own program and giving everyone full access to my meal plans, workout plans, etc. So everyone can follow my progress every step of the way and hopefully make small, but important changes in their everyday lifestyles. I believe a lot of people lack both the knowledge and hope when it comes to getting in shape. I plan on giving them both through this experience.

15 Comments

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  3. Susan

    October 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

    i also can’t get the website to work!

  4. Drew Manning

    October 19, 2011 at 12:52 am

    So everyone- my site is back up now so you can go check it out. Excited to have everyone join me in a couple week back to fit!

  5. Keith Jones

    October 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I'm having the same problems as Larry. I use to be fit… oh so many years ago, but I've had a hard time getting motivated to get back in shape. I would love to take the journey back to being fit with you. I'll keep checking your site, hopefully you'll have it up and running again soon.

  6. Larry Adams

    October 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I so want to check out your website but the 404 error keeps popping up telling me that bandwidth has been exceeded. Have you been having problems?

  7. Anup

    October 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    People need to know how serious the problem is (addiction to processed foods) and should be shown how to kick the habit. Can’t wait to see you back in shape.

    Cheers!

  8. Larry Adams

    October 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Drew, this sounds amazing and dedicated on your part. I am having problems viewing your website so I cannot follow you and see your blog or videos. Are you having issues with it?

    Here’s hoping for great things and some real enlightenment. Good luck!

    Larry

  9. Bryan

    October 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Holy, cow! I have a lot of respect for this.

    I tried going to your website, but it appears to be down.

    Good luck!

    ~Bryan M.

  10. Drew Manning

    June 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Thanks Joe. I appreciate the support.

  11. joe

    June 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I kinda did the same thing except not with that much weight. Its not easy, but do your best.

  12. MRWED

    June 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Now you can truly understand how your clients feel about being unfit. Good job for that!

  13. MRWED

    June 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Now you can truly understand how your clients feel abut being unfit. Good job for that!

  14. Delena Silverfox

    June 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This made my eyebrows shoot up into my hairline. Now here is a trainer I can respect! Someone who is truly striving to understand their trainees rather than choosing to stay up on the pedestal where it’s impossible to relate.

    I’ll definitely be following!

    Delena

    • Drew Maning

      June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      @ Delena – Thank you so much for your compliment and for your support.

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