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I Thought I Felt Funny

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A variation of the poster for TUFF

Last week I mentioned the pain I was feeling from those first few workouts. That was no real surprise, since I’ve been through it many times after a long lay off. However, some of the aches seemed a little deeper than usual and by Friday night I found out why. I had four days of the flu coming to me.

Now you folks might be way more useful than I am when I’m down with a flu, but I tend to pretty much become an unshaven, blanket covered, lump that periodically transitions from a bed to a couch and makes strange groaning noises when poked with a stick. These are the glamorous moments when I realize just how much my wife and kids love me, because it’s sure not for my charm or my looks.

As for the process of moving ahead with the physical transformation for TUFF, the flu isn’t all bad. Not that I encourage it as a training strategy, but the flu does rev up a metabolism and do a job burning off some body fat. It may not be as pretty as a morning jog, but there’s still a silver lining in there if I dig deep enough, at least till I’m back in the gym tomorrow.

Now from my above remarks, I may have you thinking I wasn’t able to do anything about moving TUFF ahead. Well I did have a couple of lucid moments. Early on Saturday I had a brief script review meeting and now have a ton of positive reaction and a number of reasonably minor revisions that have to be set into the script.

So despite the flu, progress has been made and tomorrow will be another Naturally Massive training day.

- Sebastian


Blog member ‘Bohdi’ offered up an accronym for everyone training along with me here, as Tuff is turned into a real on screen character for the eventual production of the movie TUFF. The accronym is TUFF (‘Training Unanymously For Freedom’). So feel free to “Get TUFF” everyone and thank for the contribution Bohdi.

TUFF And Getting Buff

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sebastin maclean TUFF And Getting Buff

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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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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