TUFF And Getting Buff

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Becoming TUFF Is About More Than Just Muscle

So here I am, seven years after the making of the internationally aired film Facing Goliath. Until I had made that movie, I knew I could get myself to transform, but it wasn’t until after that film that I really felt I could share with anyone a method that would allow them to do it in a really big way, if they were dedicated enough. It wasn’t long after that that Naturally Massive and The Fat Burn Truth became the methods a lot of people were using to burn fat and/or build muscle.

I showed a lot of people how to make their transformations happen and that was gratifying, but in the process of running a weight loss company, producing a TV series on fitness, teaching people around the globe how to build natural muscle, and raising a family with my wife, I realized that other things matter more to me than a great looking physique.

Wait a minute now. Before I freak you out, I’m not saying we shouldn’t all get in shape. What I mean is that I came to feel that you can only transform yourself so much physically and then, to go further, you need to figure out how all that physicality and strongly conditioned muscle can have an impact beyond the physical frame.

I mean I got into all this because muscle, for me, symbolized becoming a hero and having an impact on the wold around me. Sure I was only seven when I first came up with that theory (largely based on the size of my dad’s arms and an early interest in Superman), but the truth is I still see that people respond to the symbol represented in strong looking physical characters. I also get that people want to find out what extrodinary things they might be capable of if they were ever called upon to be more than ordinary. If you’re like me then the question becomes, how do you make your transformation more than just a personal physical goal and make it something that impacts the world around you?

It’s taken me a few years, but I found my reason to build an action hero and tell a story that I feel is worth telling. It happened when I came across some real life news stories of modern day families in Germany seeing their children taken away from them because of obscure Nazi era laws that were never taken off the law books after World War II. Apparently in the late 1930′s parents there were restricted from making decisions about their kids involvement with The Hitler Youth movement. Hitler wanted total control of German education to keep parents from teaching anything to the contrary. Fast forward to 2007 and that law has been used to explain police raids on family homes that result in kids being taken away from parents and parents jailed when they opt to do some or all of their kids education from home. This is being explained as necessary to maintain a uniformed education system for German children, but the line between personal freedom and government control seems to be getting blury.

The movie TUFF got its start here, because I wondered what a father with some fight in him might do, if he and his wife were being forced to give up their kids over a policy like this. The German families I had read about were gentle people who didn’t have the ability to fight back, but what if someone strong enough to do something about  it confronted the situation? Now a film and a character based on that concept is what I am building. That is why I am training to be TUFF and I invite you to train to be your own version of Tuff with me.

You see, for me, I see this as a way to build a symbol of what we all want to really be strong for. Just like the character TUFF, being strong or fit, is something we do because we want the people we care about (friends or family) to look to us for strength. We want them to feel that we are as strong on the inside as we appear to be on the outside. For me that’s what this physical transformation and filmmaking journey is all about.

I hope to find you on board with me on it.

All The Best,

Sebastian MacLean

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  1. Alan says:

    I originally started to weight train when I was 14. It started with the pushups and situps. I missed the cut in grade nine for football. I weighed in at 125lbs then. I almost quit working out then and actually got into smoking cigarettes instead. For 30 days I punished myself for missing that cut but then I realized that I was stronger inside then what the coaches saw on the outside. With internal passion I went back to the weights and dedicated myself steady to them for the nexe 12 months. Sadly over the summer of 1995 my older brother died in an accident. He told me though that I had made excellent progress and I would surely make the team that year in September. I had gained 35lbs in 12 months and did make the team that year. We won the year undefeated as champions. But what had happened in my journey was more then making the High School Football team. I had found my passion in weight lifting. This sport is not a sport to me it’s a way of life. It has taught me more about myself in 15 years of dedication and has given me constructive purpose which that energy may have been used in much more destructive purposes. I maintained the natural approach all my training years to date and have more passion about it today then when I started.

    This lifesytle can be one of the most rewarding anyone can have. With the ability to see consistant improvements in the one thing we cherish most our body we can learn to carry that knowledge into all the other avenues of our life. Weightlifting or any form of exercise will consistantly increase well being hormones for the body and mind. Through training one can increase their ablilities to “visualize” a picture of their ideal body. This visualization practice carries over into our life outside the sweat walls and into every other area that we may choose to journey with passion. Great things are accomplished first in the workshop of the mind and when a new image of self is formed, it is from that state of beingness that passion is born and all things become possible. I wanted to add this for thought…. Doing is a function of the body…..Being is a function of the Soul.

    Whatever your reason for exercise remember that the greatest gains come through mental imagery and spiritual beingness. If you see yourself as what it is your aiming for the physical doing part becomes that much more meaningful. If fact only a fraction of physical effort is required to accomplish anything that follows mental and spiritual preparedness v.s just trying to do the thing without it. This has been a fact that has helped me to persist where I otherwise would have given up.

    In all you do, do it with all your mind, body and spirit. Live each moment as if it were your last. Savour even the most simplest and smallest of things.. for we are here to create something worth remembering, not just to merly exist.

    Best in all your life for that is your birthright!


  2. Bodhi says:

    Sebastian, i did research on YouTube of the history you mentioned and understand why it inspired the movie. Freedom is one of my highest values and is our human right. The power of choice, of how to think and what to do. I agree, both inner and outer strength is a force we can utilize to positively impact the world around us. And, in light of the deeper meaning behind the TUFF transformation journey, here’s an acronym – Training Unanimously For Freedom.

    Alan, i’m on the same page regarding the integral approach of body, mind and soul. I’ve heard it stated that the body must be guided by the mind and the mind by the soul in order to maximize potential. I can also verify the processional effect physical fitness has on all aspects of ones life.

    My own story is similar in that i started out at a younge age reading bodybuilding magazines during primary and highschool. However, it’s only until recently that i’ve taken the initiative in both education and application of these principles. Working out is my outlet, a mental vacation if you will, where time disappears and i’m totally focused in the now. I’ll be training for life.

    Thankyou both for your comments, this is a great blog.

  3. Alan, what an incredible story. Thanks for sharing. Your attitude is a real reflection of how setting physical goals can carry over as tools used for achieving anything you put your mind to. There’s no doubt in my mind that settling for less is not what we’re here for. The physique is only part of the equation, as you alluded to, and the real impressive stuff happens in getting our spirit and mind reaching for more as well.

    Keep on rolling man. It’s good to hear from you.

  4. Bohdi,
    I think you see what I am talking about here. Many of us got into physique development because of what it represents on a deeper level. When people see injustice, they don’t always feel strong enough to take a stand and maybe they aren’t. I suppose in that way many people look at a powerful body, at a young age, and feel it must result in a greater ability to face injustice. Sure, we all grow up and see a lot of vanity around it, but being physically strong can still be a symbol of strength for taking a deeper stand on something. I don’t mean this just for a person in shape but also for those looking at you, believing you stand for something even more impressive than your appearance.

    In going after the movie TUFF, I’ve chosen to put a stake in the ground on the issue of freedom for individuals and families, as I see a strange shift in the desire that some places are exercising to remove those freedoms. You honed in on my intent here really well, as I have hoped people would see that we can all take this stand together during the time I’m training for the film TUFF and beyond. Heck, we may not all agree with each other on issues, but most of us would all be willing to ensure the liberty of every person and every family to hold to their conscience and live free of being told what to think or how to raise a family.

    If you don’t mind giving me the use of your acronym, I would like to keep using it. Thanks for the comment.


  5. Bodhi says:

    So true, often physique development empowers individuals and in so doing expands their identity of who they are and what they’re capable of. With this newfound inner and outer strength they take on challenges, such as issues of injustice, which in the past perhaps they shyed away from due to lack of self-belief.

    The subject matter we have been discussing resonates with me deeply and has inspired the writing of a song. It is my hope that others will also pursue creative expression because music, film and the arts are a powerful medium for communication and change.

    I’ve learnt from this blog that we can expand our personal physical goals so they have a purpose of greater magnitude and depth which in turn encourage us to contribute to life in a meaningful way.

    Sure, feel free to use the acronym as much as you like :)

  6. If you get a recording of that song done, I hope we can hear it somehow, someday.
    - S

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Sebastian MacLean is a Canadian based actor/producer. In addition to acting in a variety of diverse film roles, he has produced an internationally televised documentary film Facing Goliath and a health related TV series Body Quest. He is currently working on developing action drama projects for both TV and film.

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