Popping with inspirational monologues that would leave Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction with a sweaty brow, My Magnificent Obsession charts powerlifting champion CT Fletcher’s return from the dead as he works on realising his lifelong dream.
If you don’t already know, CT blew-up on YouTube just over three years ago as ‘The Strongest Man you’ve Never Heard of…’, delivering fitness inspiration from the perspective of a man who basically has every excuse NOT to be in the gym. Having been through open-heart surgery, during which he flatlined on three occasions, CT disobeyed doctors orders to continue his obsession with weightlifting and is using his new lease on life to inspire others.
The film follows CT as he works on opening his first gym – the appropriately named Iron Addicts – while recounting the story of a tumultuous personal life. The most powerful moments focus on CT’s philosophy and his unique brand of motivational content. But it’s not blind positivity, CT’s story is balanced through a difficult relationship with his father and his wish to leave a legacy for future generations.
If you need a pick me up, or a little extra spark to get yourself back in the gym this winter, look no further. CT’s story has the power to inspire everyone, not just those who share his addiction to iron!
Now, what are you waiting for? It’s still your Mutha F*ckin’ set!
My Magnificent Obsession is available on Netflix now.
Everyone has to start somewhere but it doesn’t hurt to have a plan from day one. When it come to getting started at the gym, we want to avoid over-estimating and booking into a series of intense classes as a starter. Instead, look to bed yourself in slowly and focus on making small adjustments until your comfort levels increase.
To help you along, follow these 3 tips for getting started at the gym…
1. Keep it simple
A focus on the basics will keep you right for those early visits, at least until you get comfortable enough to experiment or incorporate more advanced exercises into your regime. Straightforward moves like curls and rows will see you continue to improve and avoid you becoming tangled upside-down in a squat-rack.
2. Keep it light
This one goes for weights, distances, speeds and any other type of measurement you can think of. If you’ve not been to the gym in a while, you might be surprised by how difficult you find any cardiovascular work. I was shocked at how much I struggled on the treadmill, thinking back to the boundless energy I had last time I played football (admittedly about 10 years previous!).
3. Keep a record
What exercises did you feel a real benefit from and what did little to engage your body? What weight are you lifting, what distance are you covering and what speed are you reaching?? Make sure you note it down! I do this on my phone using an app called ‘Workout Plan’. This is essential as it will help you track your progress and improvement – there is no better boost than that!
Basically, don’t let anything put you off working towards your fitness goals. There is a routine to suit every age, body-type and experience level.
The most important step is the one through the gym door…