A lot of us grew up watching the all around spectacle that is professional wrestling, particularly, the WWE. And as larger than life as they already are on-screen, their hulking appearance and attention demanding presence is all the more felt when you actually get to see them up close. And nothing can personify this better than one of WWE’s biggest, hard-hitting superstars they have today, the ‘Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus.
One of the most decorated superstars of his time, amassing numerous accolades such as being a former WWE Champion, Tag Team Champion, and King Of The Ring, to name a few, Sheamus has been building his own brand outside of the wrestling ring, the "Celtic Warrior Workouts," a YouTube series where he features different WWE Superstars and other notable personalities while subjecting themselves to superhero-like training routines.
For anyone that aspires to remotely achieve a physique as chiseled as Sheamus, then perhaps, you may want to pay attention to some of his tips—which he shared to us in his recent visit in Manila.
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On fitness and getting started
“Fitness, in my mind, is being active. It’s taking that first step in trying something new. Like when people start the year by saying ‘I’m going to start fresh, I’m going to join a gym’ It’s pretty intimidating to join a gym, especially for people who’ve never been in one, and you see people who look like they know what their doing.
On my YouTube channel, Celtic Warrior Workouts, you see workouts done at home, workouts with bands, squats, and even going on long walks, just to start off that way. It’s not a good idea to go from 0-100 miles an hour."
First, you need to make a decision that you want to change your life and make a ‘brave change’, as I’d like to call it, and start that journey to get fit. And then you figure out how you’re going to do that. And its not just working out, it’s also in the kitchen. Changing your diet gradually. If you’ve gotten used to eating a lot of junk food and then suddenly decide ‘Im going to eat healthy now’, it’s not going to work, because you’re going to reject it and you’re not going to enjoy it. And if you’re not enjoying something, then you’re not going to stick to it.”
On workouts and the importance of starting gradually
“It’s all about gradual change, making plans for 6 months, changing the food you’re eating, even just bit by bit, bringing in better food, more fruits, more vegetables, more high-protein sources, and less sugary/starchy foods.
With workouts, start by going for walks, then start doing stuff at home. There’s a lot of Celtic Warrior workouts that show how you can workout from home. Then you can find your own way and find what suits you, whether its ‘Crossfit’, going to the gym, plyometrics, or doing yoga, it’s just important that you enjoy the workouts that you’re doing, because if you don’t enjoy your workouts, you’re not going to stick to it.”
(Sheamus even got to share a workout with kids from the Christian Mission Service, via Children’s Hour Philippines, where they participated in an obstacle course fun run at Pretty Huge Obstacles, an obstacle course race training facility in BGC.)
“There are so much workouts to do out there. Like in Pretty Huge Obstacles, that was amazing! I loved the kids in Manila. They were jumping over walls and stuff, but the thing is they were being active and having fun. There are just so many different types and ways to workout, and its just a matter of finding the right one for you that you enjoy doing.”
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On his own journey in making a ‘brave change’
“What’s changed for me is to think outside the box. It started to get boring, and just like anything else, if you do something over and over again, you just lose the passion. My channel has allowed me to be more passionate about my training, and getting to workout with different people has gotten me closer to everyone that I’ve worked out with. There’s a bond that happens inside the gym when you’re pushing each other to work harder, and at the end, there’s that awesome feeling of reward or a feeling of achievement.
My plan for the future is to just keep the channel growing. Just to keep pushing the message out there, and try to reach out and impact as much people as we can to make a brave change and change lives.”
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