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Kon

Mohammed, nicknamed Kon, is a flight cabin crew member from Egypt. When he’s not taking care of his elderly parents, he’s traveling the world on one of the most challenging work schedules you’ll encounter. It’s completely unpredictable, changing from one month to the next!

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“We never stop learning. We never stop growing. Time passes anyway so let it pass while you do something you love and enjoy the benefits sooner than if you would keep pushing your dreams till tomorrow comes.”

Kon’s story is one of personal challenge and tremendous growth. “I started out as an obese kid with bad habits in regards to food or activity whatsoever.”

At a young age, he knew that he wasn’t happy with his body. He began extreme dieting,  walking and moving more, and successfully lost a lot of weight.

As he learned more about fitness and health, he adapted his program. He chose to focus on bodyweight training as an affordable alternative to a gym membership. In the beginning, he trained anywhere he could. “[I] didn’t have a bar and was using a tree instead.”

Without consistency, you can’t succeed

At first, his training didn’t yield results. He just wasn’t working out regularly enough. So he decided to join a gym after all.

“It was the go-to place for building a good physique.” Wanting to incorporate bodyweight exercises into his gym routine, he discovered calisthenics. “I fell in love with it and watching all these skills being performed and the freedom these people had controlling their bodies was amazing.”

Kon was fascinated by his body’s newfound capabilities. The functional strength that calisthenics brought him was so impressive, he decided to stop going to the gym for a while to focus exclusively on training in calisthenics. “I remember starting out I couldn’t even do 1 dip without falling.”

Discovering Calisthenics Academy refocused his workouts

The entire time that Kon tried to create his own program, he struggled with consistency. In fact, even after quitting the gym, the results he’d hoped to get weren’t happening. So he kept moving back and forth between traditional fitness and calisthenics, never really experiencing the benefits of either.

When he discovered Calisthenics Academy, Kon finally managed to find focus and structure where there was none before.

“The discipline acquired from following such a journey is amazing and has benefited me in many aspects in my life. I have improved both physically and mentally and enjoy the freedom of movement my body has to offer and believe that much more is coming!!

It’s helped him get and stay motivated about his workouts. “My results are good but i will never be satisfied until i achieve mastery of skills. It is a long process and requires a lot of patience and hard work. I will get there no matter how long it takes.”

He believes that everyone should experience the beauty of bodyweight training and calisthenics.

“Calisthenics it’s a life-changing activity and as I enjoy the benefits, I would like others to see the beauty in it too.”

His transition wasn’t easy…

He struggled with consistency and the real challenge of calisthenics. But he knew that the struggle was only his first level of resistance. And so he persevered.

Like anything new in our life, our bodies will resist change. So if it’s something you have not been doing before and decided to do it, you will not adapt overnight. However that seems to be the case for the majority of us. We weren’t born into the gym room. So we all have to start somewhere.”

However, his biggest challenge wasn’t consistency or adapting…

“The hardest part in my journey was the negative comments I got from those around me.”

For a long time, he compared his body, his looks, and his fitness to others around him. This caused dissatisfaction, self-criticism and demoralization. He internalized many negative comments. “It got to me and made me lose heart many times.”

But the stronger he grew, the more he was able to ignore those cruel voices. Instead, his physical strength also became a mental one.

“[I] decided that the only person I need to beat is me. As long as I am better, stronger, fitter than me in the past then I am on the right path.”

More than that, he now uses negative comments to motivate himself; they no longer get to him.

This journey is done by you, for you so if there are any comments by others regarding mistakes you are doing then learn from them. But if their sole purpose is to bring you down then completely neglect them and continue forward.”

He doesn’t let his busy schedule make him lose focus

His work schedule makes any kind of commitment hard to maintain. “If you really want something then you need to be extremely flexible and manage your time wisely. Set your priorities and that is exactly what I did.”

As a flight cabin crew member, his schedule changes completely from one month to another. “I have one of the most random life schedules there is with no fixed working days or days off. Flights early in the morning – mid day – or late at night. Staying in the aircraft for 12 hours plus. Yet I still find time. Why? because it’s a priority to me.”

Calisthenics Academy helps him to always find the time to exercise. “I like how everything is broken down and explained in details with no guesswork necessary, the workout rating system which allows to adjust the exercises as you go and lastly, the freedom to workout offline and input the results any other time making it ideal for everyday use.”

Even when pressed for time, Kon knows that regular mini-workouts will be just as, if not more valuable than the longer timeframes he can find to train. “I seize any opportunity I have and I believe that even little effort if I am completely squeezed in for time is better than no effort….any effort you do still counts. If you are really struggling with time then a little effort everyday will do the job. It’s not just about how much time in a day you have for working out. More importantly its how many days how many weeks how many years can you be consistent with that effort. The more effort you give the quicker you get results. If it’s tough in the beginning, learn that your body will adapt.”

Kon’s advice to anyone who’s not sure that calisthenics is good for them

“You need to ask yourself, why am i doing this in the first place. Not what you want from it but WHY? After answering this you should work on developing training from an interest into a passion. Once you get to that stage it naturally becomes a part of your new life where if you go without it for a long period you start feeling that something is missing.”

“We never stop learning. We never stop growing. Time passes anyway so let it pass while you do something you love and enjoy the benefits sooner than if you would keep pushing your dreams till tomorrow comes.”

Kon and a friend run a Youtube Channel focused on Motivational/Personal Development, designed to help those in need of guidance or assistance in their path to work towards a goal or a dream. Click here to find out more.

CASE STUDY

Name: Mohamed, nicknamed Kon

Age: 26

Location: Everywhere!

Work: Flight cabin crew

Benefits:

  • His mindset transformed: negativity around him only fuels his drive to succeed.
  • He can train anywhere, anytime: despite his busy and hectic schedule, Kon manages to find even 5 minutes in his day to move and explore his body’s capabilities
  • Movement and calisthenics have become a lifelong journey for him: there is no quick-fix to good health, and Kon has found the tool to help him stay focused and committed even years from now.

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Kon is a full-time flight cabin crew member, and his life is spent on-the-go. And yet…he always makes sure to have a moment to exercise, even between long 12-hour shifts.

More than that, he wasn’t always fit, active, or an athlete. In fact, he started out quite overweight.

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But what comes of it is just amazing.

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“Any effort you do still counts. If you are really struggling with time then a little effort everyday will do the job. It’s not just about how much time in a day you have for working out. More importantly its how many days, how many weeks, how many years can you be consistent with that effort. The more effort you give the quicker you get results. If it’s tough in the beginning, learn that your body will adapt.” -Kon, Calisthenics Academy Athlete

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Be patient and stay focused

  1. “It is a long process and requires a lot of patience and hard work. I will get there no matter how long it takes.”
  2. “If you really want something then you need to be extremely flexible and manage your time wisely. Set your priorities and that is exactly what I did. Your body will adapt eventually.”
  3. “I seize any opportunity I have and I believe that even little effort if I am like completely squeezed in for time is better than no effort.”
  4. “Do what you need to do and eventually your body will have no choice but to adapt, but to change in order to survive this new lifestyle you demand of it.”
  5. “Consistency and patience and anyone can achieve what he wants.”
  6. “I have one of the most random life schedules there is with no fixed working days or days off. Flights early in the morning – mid day – or late at night. Staying in the aircraft for 12 hours plus. Yet I still find time. Why ? because it’s a priority to me.”
  7. “Any effort you do still counts. If you are really struggling with time then a little effort everyday will do the job. It’s not just about how much time in a day you have for working out. More importantly its how many days, how many weeks, how many years can you be consistent with that effort. The more effort you give the quicker you get results. If it’s tough in the beginning, learn that your body will adapt.”
  8. “Always listen to your body. If for some reason you don’t feel well today and your body tells you to take a break then do it. But don’t fool yourself into this feeling. This journey is by you for you. Be honest be consistent, be flexible “
  9. “Time passes anyway so spend it while doing something you love and do not have fears or doubts in yourself. There is no bigger investment than investing on yourself and well being.”

Benefits of calisthenics

  1. “The discipline acquired from following such a journey is amazing and has benefited me in many aspects in my life.”
  2. “I have improved both physically and mentally and enjoy the freedom of movement my body has to offer.”
  3.  “It’s a life changing activity and as i enjoy the benefits i would like others to see the beauty in it too.”
  4. “what I can do now is always shocking to those who judge a book by its cover.”

Personal challenges

  1. “[I] decided that the only person I need to be beat is me in the past and as long as I am better, stronger, fitter than me in the past then I am on the right path.”
  2. “There is always a way around your circumstances, you just have to be flexible and set is a priority. And if one can’t priorities the most valuable gift which is health. I don’t know what else you can be flexible for.”
  3. “We never stop learning. We never stop growing. Time passes anyway so let it pass while you do something you love and enjoy the benefits sooner than if you would keep pushing your dreams till tomorrow comes.”
  4. “I embrace the entire journey, the entire process. The high and the low, the rising and the fall. Every part of it taught me something.”
  5. “Always remind yourself of why you have started this journey. The stronger your why is, the more likely you are to stick to it and be successful at it regardless of the time needed for achievement. “
  6. “We all fall, even the best of us, even those people you watch on YouTube performing all kinds of skills must have fallen at some stage. It’s part of the journey, just make sure you learn every lesson as it comes, don’t repeat your mistakes and don’t lose hope.”
  7. “Remember to keep the challenge between you and yourself. If last month you could do 5 pushups and this month you can do 6 that is improvement.”
  8. “Like anything new into our life, our bodies will resist change. So if it’s something you have not been doing before and decided to do it, you will not adapt overnight. However that seems to be the case for the majority of us. We weren’t born into the gym room. So we all have to start somewhere.”
  9. “You need to ask yourself, why am i doing this in the first place. Not what you want from it but WHY ? After answering this you should work on developing training from an interest into a passion. Once you get to that stage it naturally becomes a part of your new life where if you go without it for a long period you start feeling that something is missing.”
  10. “This journey is done by you for you so if there are any comments by others regarding mistakes you are doing then learn from them but if there sole purpose is to bring you down. Then completely neglect them and continue forward.”
  11. “The happiness and freedom you will acquire will be worth every drop of sweat.”
  12. “Embark on the journey and focus on each day as it comes and do not think about the rest. Everything will fall in place as long as you continue moving forward and forging your way.”