These shows have been wildly popular, and the two were later spun off into all sorts of challenges.
One of my all time favorite people on the show was a guy named Eric Banks, aka Big Easy.
He was always a fun-loving guy, didn’t take himself too seriously, and most importantly, he seemed like a legit, down-to-human being.
Somebody I would actually like to sit down and have a beer with – know what I mean?
So needless to say when I found out he was working with Jim Laird, I had to know what they were doing.
I’ll let Eric tell the story himself…
The first time I approached Jim Laird about helping me lose weight, he asked me a few simple questions, listened to my answers, and then stated, “Come back to me when you’re serious about making some real changes and not just looking for a quick fix.”
Needless to say, it was not quite the answer I was looking for.
In fact, it pissed me off, but it really made me think long and hard about myself, where I was, and where I wanted to be.
Finally, about 5 weeks before my next show, I decided the time had come, and I realized that I had some serious work to do, as I was in horrible condition.
I remember as I was driving over for our first meeting, I was scared to death that I was going to get my ass handed to me. Instead, during our first meeting, we talked about sleep, and lifestyle choices.
Basically we discussed getting healthy so I could then apply the 80/20 rule, which is as follows: take good care of myself 80% of the time, so that I can be Big Easy the other 20% of the time.
After a short discussion, we came up with an eating plan that suited my current situation. It was impossible for me to eat well during the day, so instead I snacked on nuts and jerky and the occasional protein shake. Most of my food would be eaten at night when I had access to good stuff like meat, fish, and veggies.
As far as the workout, I walked for leisure every day, which meant just enjoying being outside, rather than walking to “burn calories.” I also trained with Jim every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
My first work out lasted 5-10 minutes because I was in such horrible shape I could hardly complete Jim’s very simple warm-up. I remember Jim telling me, “No big deal man. I’ve seen plenty of athletes over the years get crushed by the warm-up.”
Every time we trained, we did a little bit more, and within two weeks I was training for an hour. We crawled, we carried things, we dragged things, and never once did I leave feeling wrecked, nor did I get overly sore.
The best part? The weight was flying off!
I was shrinking so fast I could hardly believe it, and yet, in spite of the success I was having, I started freaking out. I kept thinking that I needed to do more cardio!
When I told Jim about my doubts, he would always say, “Stick to the plan Banks. Focus on taking care of yourself, not doing more.”
In five weeks I lost almost 50 lbs., and gained a lot of muscle. Needless to say, they were completely shocked when I showed up for the show!
Over the last two years I have continued to work with Jim. I have had my ups and downs, but we continue to make progress. We do more of a lifting style program now, and looking back, everything we have done previously, has set me up for where I am now.
I continue to be challenged, and I continue to get better, but I’m never crushed, and I always leave feeling good.
Jim continues to educate and remind of the 80/20 rule. I am very grateful for Jim’s balanced approach, as it allows me to stay consistent and motivated.
I have no doubt that if I would have trained with a different coach or trainer that had more of a “Drill Sergeant mentality” as opposed to a “Teaching mentality,” there is no way I would still be at it.
I look forward to continuing to improve and to learn from Jim as I strive towards my new goal of helping others learn about the 80/20 rule and how it can improve their lives in the long term.
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