HARDGAINER DANIEL PARDO
posted on 4/09/2015 2:01:00 AM
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD DANIEL PARDO WEIGHED 49KG. HE WAS TIRED OF HEARING PEOPLE EXCLAIM “WOW, YOU’RE SKINNY!” OR EVEN ASKING IF HE WAS SICK. DANIEL WAS SICK… SICK OF THE JOKES AND OF BEING PUSHED AROUND BECAUSE OF HIS SIZE. Years of being underweight had left Daniel insecure, shy and unsure of himself.
“I’d never have my own opinion,” remembers Daniel. “I’d laugh at jokes that weren’t funny and agree with everyone even though sometimes things were at my expense. I had a skinny mind which led to a skinny body.”
When Daniel realised he would turn 18 without even weighing a meagre 50kg, he decided enough was enough. “After being the brunt of everyone’s jokes and feeling emasculated, I needed a change,” said Daniel. And change he did. Every day after school a dedicated Daniel would catch the bus to the gym and train.
Once people started to notice the changes in Daniel physique, and even ask him for advice at the gym, his confidence began to soar. Training wasn’t just changing Daniel’s body; it was giving him the confidence to live out his potential.
“I personally feel the changes within myself far exceed the physical,” says Daniel. “I’ve gone from someone with no confidence or belief to become a leader and somebody people depend and rely on.”
After attaining a physique he never thought possible, Daniel set out to achieve his certificate III and IV in fitness, plus a cert IV in small business management - and now combines the two to create life-changing results for others. Like many, Daniel believes that consistency is key – especially for ‘hard gainers’ like himself.
“Hard gainers is a term to describe ectomorphs or people of a smaller frame who find it difficult to put on mass. This is my specialty. Finding it hard to put on weight? I know your pain,” says Daniel. “But starting from where I did wasn’t all a bad thing. It taught me work ethic and gave me a hunger to progress that I haven’t been able to satisfy yet.”
According to Daniel, there are far worse and harder things than training and eating well. If you simply change your mindset and enjoy what you do, you will excel.
“From the day you get your first measurements or start to see results you are hooked. It’s just been a part of my life and slowly but surely it took over as my profession. It’s important to me because it has changed my life for the better,” says Daniel.
After launching his website and being blown away by the testimonials he received from his clients, Daniel was overwhelmed with gratitude. Now he is hoping to increase his reach and as many people as possible transform and achieve their goals, just like he did.
“I know I have the power to help a lot of people. I will always try to better my physique but I really want to show as many people as I can that you can make minor changes to your lifestyle for life changing results.”
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