Staying in Shape Profile: Geoff MacGillivrayInstagram: @big_papa_mac Category: Staying in Shape Do you use a trainer? No
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
Originally it was to enlist in the Canadian military. But with a baby and new marriage, I felt it wasn’t for me to do. Just continued to train because I loved how I felt and looked.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
Deciding to enlist in the military so I wouldn’t end up like a sack of sh** in training camp.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
I never had a “plan”. Just went in and trained. Started focusing on certain muscle groups when I began to seriously train but never had a routine. I prefer focusing on form and contraction rather than just lifting heavy and getting the weight up.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
It was always hard for me to gain weight. Decided to change my eating habits. Eating clean is the best thing for me to gain weight. 5 meals a day, roughly 5000-6000 calories a day. We are human so cheats aware key for me or else I go off the rails.
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Short term goals are to compete next year. Long term is to maintain this lifestyle and be a role model for my kids.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
My mom, she was diagnosed with bone and breast cancer. She has a broken hip, ribs and shoulder from the cancer. She still manages to move around, play with her grand kids and remains positive even though the future is bleak.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Having young children and being up most nights while they were teething, sick or needing a bottle. Finding the energy and motivation to get up and go to the gym was tough. I did it but it was tough.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
Pet peeves: when people wear perfume/cologne, when people sit on machines and talk, when people judge me for being fit and assume I took steroids.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Hold yourself accountable, don’t make excuses for the workouts you didn’t do or the food you didn’t eat or shouldn’t have eaten. Make going to the gym part of your daily routine, this makes it easier for you to get to the gym and get your workout in!
Please share anything else you would like to say:
I may not be the biggest or the strongest but I am one who gives 110% and leaves everything I have in the gym. I love training, eating clean and everything in between.
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