Ben Mason – Real life 130kg to 75kg
What motivated you to change your lifestyle and become fit & healthy?
All through high school I was unfit. I played some sports and never really excelled at them. Along with that I had a very serious self image problem that I kept to myself, I felt i never really knew how to fix it and that was just who I was.
One day I decided to open up about this to my family and some other mentors, they educated me and showed me that it was possible to change and with some hard work I could achieve anything I could dream of.
You mentioned your biggest stage was 130kg, explain how how important nutrition was in your transformation?
Nutrition has been a huge part of this change. I used to work at Domino’s Pizza so I would quite often eat that for every meal, I mean why not?…It was simple and available at the time. When I started my journey I first turned to Jenny Craig which was my first step to learning about correct portion sizes and all about the correct foods to eat. Later on when I started weight lifting I turned to my own nutrition plans and self educated myself about the correct foods to eat with the right balance of macro nutrients. You can train as hard and as long as you like but without correct nutrition your results will never be 100%.
Tell me your normal training week, what is your schedule?
I like to train a lot, fitness keeps my mind sharp for all my other daily activities and I can happily say I am addicted to the endorphin release it provides, there is no better feeling in the world.
My training consists of:
Monday – Weight Lifting (Strength Program) and a 10km run
Tuesday – 1hr Boxing and occasionally 1hr Muay Thai training
Wednesday – 7km Run, 1hr Boxing Sparring, 1hr of Whitney’s super awesome and amazing Strength and Conditioning Class
Thursday – 1hr Boxing
Friday – 5km Run
Saturday – Weight Lifting (Strength Program)
Sunday – Rest Day (Most important day of the week)
Why Boxing? Why do you prefer this, over other forms of training?
I find that I am a very focused person with high expectations for myself. I find that boxing is a perfect match for my personality as it allows me to set my own personal goals on things that I need to improve each week, focus on them and then do the hard hard to achieve them. Whenever I start something I feel that I need to be the best at it and I think this is the best thing about boxing. Its a sport where no matter what level you there is always a challenge whether it be with yourself or an opponent and as such you are always working harder and harder to pass that challenge and move on to the next one. There is no end to it, you can never be the best, but like Floyd, Manny, the great Ali you can work your ass of every day and be the best that you can be.
What has been your proudest moment to date? What are your future goals & ambitions?
Easily the biggest achievement for me was jumping into the ring for the first time. Unfortunately it didn’t go my way after a horrendous weight cut but that in its self was a huge challenge for me. I was able to set my mind on what seemed like an impossible task and push through until the end. That is by far my greatest achievement to date, just knowing I can get not only my body but my mind through a task like that instils a lot of confidence in myself.
My goals are pretty broad; Be happy, be humble, live in the moment and love everyone and everything unconditionally. This mind set has got me through the hardest of times and has filled me with confidence in the world that we live in. I don’t really set specific goals in a fitness sense. I believe that things come into fruition in there own time, just do what you love, be patient, work hard and the rest will come naturally. At times when it all feels to hard or that I am not progressing I just take a moment to remember my goals and push through with whatever needs to be done.
Biggest idol/role-model/hero? And why?
I could go on about Floyd Mayweather / Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao etc here as from a Boxing sense they are the most dedicated to there sport and have trained hard to get there. Really though my biggest role models are the people I associate myself with every day. Everyone is unique in there own little way and I believe we all have a lot to offer. Without the support and knowledge of others we are nothing.
What advice do you have for others wanting to get fit?
Develop your mind. It is your greatest tool that you can ever have and will get you through the hardest of times. Don’t let it be filled with poison like regret, anger and weakness, instead fill your mind with love, happiness, dedication and discipline and use these tools to push yourself further. Love and respect those around you and they will do the same for you. Never back down from a challenge, no matter how hard it is your mind can push you through. There is no such thing as failure, if you can’t finish something then don’t think of it as a negative, treat it as a learning experience and come back stronger the next time. Everything in life is a learning experience so always focus on the positives and work towards your goals, it’s not going to happen overnight but with a strong mind, hard work and dedication anything is possible.