GTS Athlete of the Month
7 months of consistency has really paid off! Join me in congratulating Danny Ta for earning the October 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month!
Danny joined up with GTS in April 2018. He has consistently shown up to the gym 3 days per week and performs his program with precision and an emphasis on form and technique. He has also gotten involved in 3 different nutrition and training related challenges (GTS Reverse Diet, GTS Total Health Challenge, and the GTS Clean & Lean Challenge).
He’s figured out that he didn’t have to operate in any extremes…
Danny just consistently showed up to the gym 3x per week, focused on moving well, made incremental habit based changes to his nutrition and has aimed to find balance with the things he enjoys in life!
Over the last 6-7 months Danny has lost ~27 lbs (215 lbs —> 188 lbs) while building muscle, and improving both his mechanics and strength in the squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press!
When he’s not jacking steel, Danny enjoys photography and sampling all types of food, beer, and cigars!
It’s been a fun ride so far, and we have barely scratched the surface of his potential… really looking forward to see what Danny accomplishes over the next 1-2 years!
Check out Danny’s story below!
Q&A with GTS Athlete Danny Ta
What was your background or story prior to GTS?
I’ve always been fairly active in sports, whether it’s running (10k, half-marathons, or a marathon) or Muay Thai. I’ve done some weightlifting on my own, but I’d always get bored of it because of the lack of variety.
How long have you been training with GTS?
Since April 2018
What was your initial motivation to find a coach?
There is a story about what finally drove me to find a coach. Feel free to ask me sometime!
Basically, I realized that I lost a few steps, in terms of strength, and wanted to start putting muscle back on my frame. Instead of what I would have normally done (to back to 24 hour fitness and hit the weights), I figured since I was starting over again, that I would do it right. I would seek out a coach/gym that would help me to finally lift with proper technique so that I could get more out of my workouts! And not injure myself in the process. That last part was key for me.
After my first session, I knew that I’d been doing it all wrong for a long time. And that’s ok! We’ve been making it right ever since. I expected to put muscle back on my frame. I didn’t expect my body composition to change as much as it did! it was definitely a pleasant surprise.
What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?
The Yelp Reviews drew me to GTS. My only regret was that I didn’t start a year earlier when I first found out about GTS. The coaching was a huge reason why I stuck around. These guys really do give a lot of attention to everyone, addressing their needs and helping them with all the finer details from lifts to nutrition! Plus, the fact that the system works and I look and feel a lot healthier definitely didn’t hurt either.
What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?
The most helpful habit was changing my diet. Incorporating leaner protein into my diet was a game changer for me. Also, I’m now a lot more aware of the food that I consume. With the nutrition program, it is a lifestyle change, but I feel it’s not very restrictive either. I feel like I “could” have my cake and eat it too, which helps to maintain my healthy eating habits.
What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?
I’ve learned that it’s ok to mess up/fall off the wagon, as long as you know and understand what went wrong and make an honest attempt to get up quickly and back on the wagon.
What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?
Be as consistent as you can in terms of workout and diet. It’s ok to fall off the wagon. Just get back to business as soon as possible!
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