Between spending time trying to keep a decent GPA and 50 cent wing nights at the campus Wingstop, it’s (real) hard to keep a good diet and real easy to gain weight in college. Luckily, I have three close friends that are constantly keeping me on track and headed in the right direction. Both of my workout partners, Taylor Grant and Bo Danso, are majoring in exercise science so they lead our workouts every night with their knowledge of the body and muscle groups.
SIDENOTE: Follow them on social media – @YaboyTG and @edanso132
Taylor wants to own a physical therapy facility, while Bo wants to own a gym. Because of that, every night is like a free professional personal training session. I take a lot of their health and fitness ideas as well and try to incorporate them into my life. I dig the way Bo always keeps track of his protein and carbohydrate intake to make sure he’s getting enough and the way Taylor plans his meals 2-3 days in advance.
The third person who does a great job of keeping me on track, in a competitive way, is my PSBPopCulture.com editor Brandon Clay. Being around him and watching eat extremely healthy then hit the gym twice a day, gives me that extra motivation to not slip up. Even after long red eye flights and his busy schedule, he finds time to get it done. I think to myself, “Surely if the boy B. Clay can manage to find time to prepare his healthy meals and hit the gym then I have no excuse.”
CLAY’S TAKE: I appreciate that fella. Honestly, for me it’s become a lifestyle. It’s a numbers game in terms of calories in versus calories burned combined with the amount of fat in those calories and protein intake as well. With my travel schedule, I have to be very cautious of what I choose to fuel my body with on a daily basis. I wasn’t blessed with the genetics to eat whatever I want and still stay in optimum shape. I had to greatly reduce my sugar intake in 2013 to see gains. I love slushies, Swedish Fish and things of that nature so it was an adjustment. I’ve replaced those things with other products that I like including granola and sugar free Trident gum.
This fall, I’ve adjusted my cardio to make sure I’m in the gym on a daily basis. I tell people often that it’s a daily choice to be great in any area. I feel as if I’m competing against myself and Jordan amongst others to get better each day. Owning the fact that I want to be in shape has made me that more accountable for sticking to my goal of being in great shape. The PSBPopCulture.com Team gave me a hard time when I made the life adjustment to reduce the sugar a couple of years ago but that’s exactly the motivation I need to be successful. I function at a high level when people tell me I can’t get something done.
Here are some of my favorite music lines to motivate me:
“I see rappers in the gym trying to tone up.” – J. Cole, Winter Schemes
“Living out a suitcase but I’m feeling good, Johnny’s got me pushing two plates.” – Drake, 9 AM in Toronto
“6 pack under my tank top.” – T.I., Trap Back Jumpin
Jordan Davis is a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com with a unique blend of #PSBPopCulture reviews. Davis has been rocking the latest trends since arriving here in 1995. He is currently a student at Kennesaw State, a Social Media Intern with PeachStateBasketball.com and is well on his way to being the youngest in charge sooner than later.
Brandon Clay is a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com through his various genre reviews. A self-professed entertainment & music junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. You can follow him on Twitter @PSBPopCulture.