Since I started going to a gym my life has completely changed, and no doubt for the better.
When I met Malcolm Brown it changed even more. As a bodybuilding champion when he was young, and I mean a British Bodybuilding Champion with over twenty wins to get there, this is a whole new world to me and one I am only beginning to understand. He now works as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, but he still helps people (in fact he has trained champions) but he doesn’t compete now.
So when Malcolm was asked to hold a seminar at one of the big gyms he works for in London (Intensity) he was a little apprehensive, having not talked at something like that for many years. I told him how I had spoken a few times now about my writer’s journey and if you’re talking about what you know, it always works, just have a plan to guide you and see where it takes you.
When I give talks, as I will be doing again towards the end of the year to the U3A on Canvey, one of the things I have found is that when you talk about the hard work it takes to achieve the dream, people will always be inspired. We need someone to relate to and whatever your dream, someone who says I NEVER gave up, no matter what, is an inspiration in any field. It’s truly humbling to feel that something you’ve achieved is inspiring to someone else, right? All the more so if those people want to be where you are. And that message rang loud and clear yesterday in London. Malcolm had done what so many people there wanted to do.
We heard Malcolm speak about his own journey to become a winner (I think you become a winner long before you hold the prize, right?) and what an inspiration it was. It doesn’t matter if you appreciate bodybuilding as a sport or not (it’s a lot more scientific than I ever realised!) what stands out is the hard work involved. You have to admire the tenacity and the drive, and what I was so impressed about was what an inspiration he was to all those younger people who stood and listened and watched. Also it’s the real people stuff. There stood a man, who said it as it was. Who said that his sport saved him from trouble because where he grew up in Tilbury wasn’t easy and he is sure if he hadn’t found his sport and known what he wanted from a young age he would have ended up in trouble, prison even. He is a regular guy who lived the dream and proof that anyone can do it. His dream started in a garage with a few weights. He describes himself as a loner on a mission. When home life isn’t all it might be, his escape was his home-made gym. It’s a story of hardship and fight, and his inspiration was an Arnie poster. There is something humbling about that image, right? I see it now, in a film. Maybe there’s a memoir waiting to be told.
In the second part, Malcolm walked us around the gym and demonstrated some of the exercises and there is no doubt that people left with a wealth of new knowledge. In fact as Ben, another very successful champion, said at the end, he is certain what Malcolm did and said has changed the way people will now train.
I was so honoured to be there and see that other side of him. Truly inspirational. So writers, take heed:
- The winner’s mentality needs to be in place long before you sign that first publishing deal.
- You have to want to win no matter what and be prepared to focus only on that dream with a focussed and determined mindset.
- And above all: never give up.
But take heed, and Malcolm has this in spades, be humble. Be prepared to stand up and talk about your journey and where you came from in a way that will inspire and hence drive others with the same dream. Do it with dignity and heart and share your wisdom. Winners never stop being winners and I was so proud of my man yesterday. We hope to do a similar seminar at one of the other gyms he works at. And anyone who lives close by should come. It’s inspiring.
That is all. Have a wonderful Monday. Choose to be WINNER.
Malcolm Brown EFBB Champion 1987, Intensity Gym, London, May 22 2016
Inspiring young people
Not like that, like this…
In awe of the champion…
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