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    I Tried Shawn Mendes' Workout And My Body Will Truly Never Be The Same

    My body is left in ~stitches~.

    Hey! I'm Ryan. I have a complicated relationship with my body.

    Was looking at recent pics & it’s crazy how coming out can really change your life. I came out in March & it’s given me a sense of pride, power, & purpose—things the ‘me’ on the left never felt. It makes you wanna be your best self. If you’re scared, just know things get better.

    I've always been extremely self-conscious and insecure when it comes to my appearance. Even when I was little, I remember my weight fluctuating every single year. I was always bullied and made fun of for being bigger, and being the tallest in every class definitely didn't help when it came to blending in. I was the kid at the pool parties who would wait until no one was looking to take my shirt off and jump in.

    In high school, I was able to keep my weight down because I was active — I played basketball, baseball, and tennis for the school. But once college came, I retired from sports and it seemed like my metabolism retired too. My diet started to consist more of alcohol and unhealthy food, and I had little to no knowledge about nutrition or working out.

    I was going through an endless cycle: My stress and anxiety made me gain weight, and gaining weight made me more anxious.

    Flash forward to March 2018. After being inspired by the movie Love, Simon, I worked up the courage to come out. I felt empowered and decided it was time to make my mental/physical health a priority. I wanted to find a fitness routine that worked for me and try healthier foods.

    So... last night I came out as gay to my parents and it went amazing. Honestly (and idc if it’s corny) I decided to do it after seeing #LoveSimon alone 3 days ago.

    One celeb I've always admired is Shawn Mendes — he's been open about his battles with anxiety and genuinely seems like a good person. Plus, he's in incredible shape. Like, wow:

    Last week, I saw this video of Shawn working out and it inspired me to want to try it for myself.

    So, I reached out to Shawn's coach and co-owner of LIFT - Corktown gym, Josh Adamson. He sent me one of Shawn's conditioning workouts, which is broken up into three different parts.

    Josh said he does strength training with Shawn four days a week and adds in a conditioning workout one to two days a week. For me, this was perfect because I was looking to try something that would combine strength training and cardio.

    Part one of the workout was the warm-up, which needed to be done three times in a row:

    The first exercise was a 10-calorie row, which sounds easy, right? Well, it was harder than I thought, especially right off the bat.

    The second exercise was 10 cossack Squats, which I definitely YouTubed beforehand because I had no clue what they were.

    The third exercise was 10 hip circle monster walks on each side, which wasn't too bad.

    Last up was eight half-kneeling dumbbell overhead press (each arm), which I liked as the last exercise in the warm-up.

    Thoughts after the warm-up:

    The second part of the workout was METCON (aka metabolic conditioning), which involved rotating five stations for 30 minutes.

    The first station was a 250-meter row, which — like the warm-up — was a great way to get my heart rate up.

    The second station was six devil's row, a move I'm certain Satan himself invented.

    The third station was a 60-meter medicine ball (100 lbs) carry, which made me feel like I was on some type of military mission.

    The fourth station was 30 jump lunges, which is easy for the most part — until you reach your third or fourth round of rotations.

    The fifth station was 20 ring rows. Make sure you try and keep your body still as you do the arm exercise.

    Thoughts after metcon:

    The third and final part of the workout was SPEED/SPRINTS:

    The last part seemed easier because it was just one exercise, but doing three sets of 15-second sprints on the assault bike was harder than it looked.

    Thoughts about Assault Bike:

    If you want to keep up with me and the rest of my journey, you can follow me on Instagram @RyanSchocket.