THE TRUTH ABOUT BEN SAM’S FITNESS JOURNEY
In some African cultures, men with pot bellies are associated with wealth when some of the contributing factors are poor diet choices and a lack of exercise, often leading to health complications. The truth of the matter is losing weight is one of the most challenging activities you can undertake in your fitness journey. Better self-esteem, confidence and mental health are some of the benefits, but would you ever consider one of those benefits to be better camera angles when you are a hands-on videographer?
At first glance you would think there is no correlation between being a videographer and a fitness enthusiast, right? Whilst there isn’t always a correlation between the two fields, being physically fit in the world of shooting documentaries, music videos and adverts that involve awkward angles and movements to create some of our favorite music videos, is a must. Is it possible to make fitness a part of your lifestyle without tipping the balancing scales of work, family and life in general?
Ben Sam, runs a successful videography business, and promotes promising underground artists in setting a foundation for their music careers whilst juggling the demands of family and business. He gives a solid testimony on how being physically fit has helped his health and the execution of his business, videography. He is a self-professed fitness enthusiast who credits the progress he has made in his fitness journey to two years of serious training with Jack Nyando, who works at Capital Hill and is a fitness trainer at Flex Appeal Gym & Fitness Factory Gym. And to training with Wellington Mwangonde, from Blantrye’s “BodyProject” for a year. Although he now trains himself using the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from his trainers and other fitness enthusiasts, it hasn’t always been easy.
Unhappy with the man staring back in the mirror, Ben Sam embarked on the journey to change how he viewed himself by transforming his relationship with food and exercise. He felt he looked older than his actual age with his weight gain, especially when he looked at his expected body mass index based on his height. He found himself getting fatigued more frequently especially in his line of hands on work and that is when his journey of transformation begun.
Ben Sam trains 5 to 6 days a week, either before or after work hours, with work out sessions lasting anything from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Although he is on a low-carb-high-protein diet, he says his work-out plans vary as the year progresses and depending on his body goal; when bulking up he supplements his diet with caloric surplus, taking in more calories to gain weight and build more muscle, and when shredding, he takes in less calories than his daily amount, which is called calorific deficit.
If the increase in the number of gyms and fitness programs in Malawi is any indication of how the perspective on fitness and body building is changing, then it is safe to say that we are on the right path to becoming a health-conscious nation. Ben Sam reckons the perception people have about body building is still quite negative as most people do not see the value in putting their bodies through vigorous training and dieting, regardless of the physical and mental health benefits.
Although he does not plan on competing in body building competitions, he plans on participating in Powerlifting competitions as soon as he feels ready. He views sculpting his body as part of his lifestyle and discipline, so much that skipping work-out sessions sometimes leaves him feeling tense with no other choice but to work out more to ease the muscles.
You might be looking for ways to create a lifestyle that includes fitness despite your busy schedule. There are so many local gyms and fitness instructors offering their training services, just be sure you choose to start your journey with proper consultation with your doctor and train with certified instructors to avoid any health hazards along the way.