I’m becoming a guinea pig!

I know, I know… I have really bad headlines for my articles but hey, if you’re interested in my stuff you are still going to come and check out what’s new right?

So allow me to say what the heck do I mean by why I’m becoming a guinea pig next.

I’ve said this dozens of times before…

You can’t teach something you do not know how to do yourself first and for all those blind people leading the blind out there, this includes making money online.

To make money online there’s a ton of different assets you will need to have in place and I’m not talking about assets in the form of:

  • websites
  • software
  • products
  • money
  • time
  • etc

Not any of the above, I’m talking about your mindset.

I’ve always believed that in order to be the best you can at something, you have to be in awesome mental shape first.

See that I said “mental”. I don’t necessarily mean you need to be in great “physical” condition for you to be successful, I think it does help but it’s definitely not a “must have”.

Why Am I Becoming My Own “Guinea Pig”?

In my constant search for improving my own persona for the best, I joined a local gym the last week and I’ve been object myself of my own experiments, hence why I’m becoming some sort of a “guinea pig”.

If you have been following me for a while, you’d know by now that I love running and in case you’re wondering why the heck do I even do it, it’s because:

  • I love it
  • it makes me feel good
  • it helps me solve problems
  • it relaxes my brain and
  • it keeps me healthy!

In case you just started getting to know me, well I love running so now you know.

Joining The Gym

So fast forward to the gym thing, I gave them a call last Thursday and asked about the fees, they said I could pay a full year in advance and get a 50% discount (talk about marketing) so I visited them the next day.

The clerk asked me if I wanted more information to which I just said “I want to cut to the chase and join already, brief me on the gym later” and so we did all the paperwork and I was IN.

Note: I honestly had enough about over thinking everything lately so nowadays I just act and find out if it was a good or bad choice once it’s taken and not before (Ready, Fire, Aim)

Nutriologist Visit

The next Monday I went to see a nutriologist as part of the gym service, she gave me this diet plan (which I didn’t like btw) and I was absolutely ready for my first day at the gym on Tuesday.

I also realised I actually eat pretty healthy stuff so I won’t go into diet details here.

First Day At The Gym

Tuesday came, I woke up at 5:50am, got ready in about 15 minutes and off I go to the gym!

I felt like a kid in his first kindergarten day and I honestly felt a bit nervous too. As soon as I entered the gym the first words I said were:

“I’m new, this is my first day and I’d like to talk to an instructor”.

So an old lady took me to this guy right in front of everyone (I felt like a total idiot at this point) and so I was just left with some senior dude.

I quickly introduced myself to make the whole situation a little less awkward, coach didn’t say a word and just took a quick look back at me (like thinking “oh shit, not another newbie!”) and asked me “what do you want to do?”.

I said I wanted to build some muscles, lose fat and gain more strenght and endurance (if possible) so this guy mentioned all the other things I could do there that included spinning, boxing, crossfit, etcetera to what I just said “I want to lift weights” since I got the idea he didn’t want to help me at all.

To make a long story short, in the end this guy ended up telling me what to do so I worked out biceps, triceps and deltoids using the lightest dumbbells I could find (when I finally was done I noticed those weren’t the smaller ones) and went home with a big smile.

Second Day At The Gym

Woke up at 5:50am again and as soon as I started rushing out of bed I noticed an insane pain in my arms, I couldn’t stretch them all the way so after a few laughs at myself (in pain) I managed to get ready and off I go to the gym again.

I told the coach my arms were in pain, he laughed at me and said it was because I’m not used to work those muscles, I didn’t laugh this time (I kind of got enough laughs at me the prior day so I wasn’t in the mood for more abuse) and just asked “okay so what do we do now then?”

“Legs” he answered so I started working on some machines made to work out your legs with his previous indications.

Needless to say, there were a LOT of girls in this section and I was told to use some machines which I always thought were exclusively made for woman only (I still think that).

I got some stares like “what the heck is this guy doing here?” so I just decided to put my “I have no idea what I’m doing” face and got out of there as quick as I could. To this point, I think the coach was trolling me so I just rolled with his “recommendations” and didn’t ask any questions.

The pain on my legs was intense but I could bare with most of it and completed every single exercise to the “T”.

When I finally was done with everything, coach asked me to do 80 crunches, I made a funny face like “are you kidding me?” and he said “Okay, do as many as you can” so I said screw it then, I started and did 100 crunches in a row then I did about 50 reps on the second set and I called it a day.

I think I did that many reps because I was already warmed up and also ran for about 20 minutes before starting the day so everything went smooth to this point and I was pretty happy about it again.

Third Day: Hell Begins

I was supposed to be at the gym on Thursday but I had to take my girlfriend to the airport since she’s having her bachelorette party as I write this. I felt incredibly sore in my legs and arms but I still managed to get out of bed and walk around like a human being.

I took her to the airport, came back to the apartment and I had the plan of attending the gym in the afternoon but then something happened…

I noticed my leg movement got “diminished” and by diminished I mean, I could barely move my legs.

After a lot of self massage I managed to start walking around again in the afternoon so I decided to go for a quick walk outside, I rushed out and noticed how affected my walking was and my standing position as well. I swear to God I was walking almost like a monkey by that time.

So after probably like 5 minutes (the pain was getting out of control) I came back to the apartment and I decided to lay down for a bit on my bed, fell asleep and as soon as I woke up I noticed I couldn’t move at all anymore.

Again, after a lot of self massage and laughing (and swearing) at myself I managed to get to the bathroom, took a shower, went back to bed and even though I still had a lot of things to do (all my computers were on) I just couldn’t manage to stay awake so I fell asleep.

There was no gym for me this day.

Fourth Day: Things Getting Out Of Control

Woke up at 5:50am and I immediately shut down the alarm clock.

The prior day I could barely move my arms but this time everything got a lot worse. I couldn’t even reach for the remote controls that were right there in my own bed so I decided to rest a bit until my muscles weren’t so tense but that never happened.

After about half an hour, I suddenly had the urge to go to the bathroom so I kind of “walked” if you can say that in something like a mixture between walking like a monkey and crawling like gollum (character from Lord of the Rings) obviously, in lots and lots of pain.

Managed my way back to the bed and remained there until I said “enough is enough” and I dragged my ass as I could to the office and finally got on my working chair.

My arms aren’t in so much pain like before but today is Friday and when I first worked on them was Tuesday so if you do the math, it has taken me literally four days just to be able to stretch my arms almost like they are supposed to without having excruciating amounts of pain.

As for my legs go, they are completely done.

Can’t stretch them, can’t stand at all, can’t walk, I can rest my feet soles fine on the floor if I’m sitting on a chair but any kind of movement besides that is highly painful.

What has caught my attention is that not even after I’m done running 15 miles without any prior preparation have I felt this sore before.

I have to be almost dying for me to take pills and that’s exactly what I’m having right now, some pain killers and Ibuprofen.

Why I’m Becoming a Guinea Pig Video

If you have the time you can watch this video (it’s long).

And if you don’t have enough time then just skip it and be happy! ;-)

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So What Comes Next?

I can’t wait to be able to stand up again, as soon as I can walk a bit I know I’ll be good to start running again and that means right back at the gym too.

I will be a lot more cautious when selecting my weights, I don’t mind going through lots of pain but I do mind not being able to train daily. Two full days not being able to workout is just not acceptable so I need to start training smarter (not harder) and I also need to function properly because even though I make most of my computer work while sitting on my desk, I need to be pain free to move around since I’m a very dynamic person.

I’m always taking short breaks, go up and down the stairs, walk to the mini market that’s about two blocks from here, take out the trash daily, buy water bottles a lot, etc., so I do need to be at least somewhat physically functional around here.


I think that if I can manage to have a very solid mindset in place and connect that to a great physical shape (become healthier) the business side of things will solve itself.

That means no more fears, no more false sense of progress, no more anything of what doesn’t allows me to grow.

As for the positive side of things, I think this will help me build a more magnetic presence, become more attractive (in the sense of friendliness and likeability) and generally speaking I think this will improve my life in every single way.

Let Me Know Your Thoughts!

Do you also work on the areas where you lack the most or do you just focus on improving the business side of things?

Let me know in the comments area okay? Talk soon! ;-)


PS. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

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Sergio Felix
Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.