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How to Start a Bodybuilding Journey

27/04/2015 10:57 BST | Updated 23/06/2015 10:59 BST

Those who know me, know that I often decide to go on crazy little fitness journeys. Back in 2013 I went all out on the Insanity Workout, in 2014 I decided to try the 5:2 diet and earlier this year I decided to see if it was possible to live on orange juice (Answer: No.)

As I spent quite a lot of time performing as a professional wrestler (the "International Pop Sensation" Jayson Mayson.... yes, I know - it's a beautiful name, I wish I'd been born with it) I always had to try and keep in shape. I'm hoping to make a slight comeback to the this year, so it looks like I'm going to have to find a way to get my fitness up... and keep it there (kind of like juggling... unfortunately I was never any good at the whole juggling malarkey).

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During my days as the "International Pop Sensation"

The trouble is that most diets and workouts are short term solutions and hard to live on for any length of time. I lost almost 4 stone on the Insanity Workout and looked good at the end of it, but as soon as I stopped it the weight snuck back on (like a fare dodger on a train who sneaks off to the toilets when the conductor comes to check the tickets then creeps back to his seat.).

The generation I belong to (or maybe it's just me) don't seem to understand the concept of patience. Putting in effort and reaping the rewards later is a massive part of trying to become a bodybuilder. I know I am always attracted to products that advertise things like - "GET RIPPED TODAY!" The critical part of my brain says "this isn't going to work, you haven't worked out in a year and you're eating a massive chocolate bar right now!" But the less critical part of my brain, which influences my buying choices, responds "but look at that photo! She was fat - now she's thin. He was skinny - now he's got muscles upon muscles... and somehow he's changed race."

The idea of waiting for something to happen is completely alien to me. I usually start a workout routine one day and expect to have lost weight by the next... as though it wasn't actually a workout routine at all, but a weight-loss-magic-spell performed through interpretative dance. I usually expect workout supplements to work the same way, as though they aren't really additions to my diet but actually an elixir created in a witch's cauldron which will banish the fat from my body... or turn me into a frog.

But in order to actually get into the holy grail bodybuilding shape that I want to get into - I'm going to have to stick to a diet, keep up with a workout and take some supplements... which I'm looking forward to about as much as I look forward to a root canal. However, I have my plan ready, now I just have to motivate myself to start it.

My plan is to start on the new Insanity Max 30 workout to drop some weight and keep fit, which I imagine will cause me to resume my recurring nightmares about Shaun T waking me up in the middle of the night to do 3 hours' worth of jumping jacks.

I'll also head to the gym daily to stick to a weights program, when I'm at the gym I've always been good at the whole weight lifting thing. Unfortunately, I'm not so good at the actually going to the gym thing... I think I'm going to need someone to nag at me on an hourly basis until I actually head out of the house.

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Keeping this out of my diet is going t be hard work!

In terms of a diet I'm taking the option of not actually following one, but taking the time to eat lean, healthy food in small, regular meals. Am I looking forward to this? No! And I expect to crash by about day 5 and spend the whole day eating bag after bag of Doritos!

I have been advised to add the ingredient Nitrosigine to my diet, because it boosts nitric oxide levels in as quickly as 30 minutes, lasting for up to 3 hours. The scientific benefits look really good, it's FDA approved and my friend is looking in incredible shape. I've stocked up on a number of the different products containing Nitrosigine on his recommendation, now I just need to actually use them!​

Now that I've got everything in place to start my fitness journey, I just need to get started. Of course, this is the part that I'm most reluctant to do! Usually what happens now is that I say "I'll start tomorrow, I'll start tomorrow, I'll start tomorrow" for around the next 2 years until I realise that the supplements I've brought are going to run out of date so I have to force myself to start!

However, I think I've got a better way to force myself to get started... and that is to force myself to come back on here in a months' time and let you know how I'm getting on.

So check back in a months' time and I'll tell how spectacularly well my fitness plan is going.... or how I've spectacularly failed to even get started!