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Strong Again

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Aiming for roughly this condition again. Not so lean that I have no energy for a hard days work.

I spend a lot of time encouraging people to get through that first couple of weeks back at the gym. I do this because I know what a mental barrier it is, getting your mind and body connected to the feeling that you’re changing into a better version of your self.

I got a first hand dose of the value in pressing on through the hard part this past couple of weeks. The muscle fibers are starting to kick in and my strength has doubled over last week already. Clothes are starting to fill out a little more in the right places, as my scale weight shifts. The two week push changes from a struggle to stay motivated and eventually winds up with your body really craving results. It’s no longer fighting you, but working with you.

Of course, I’m training with Naturally Massive, but I got word that a couple of new people on The Fat Burn Truth have gone through their first couple of weeks and they have noticed some big changes at the end of week two as well.¬† I love hearing about this stuff, so feel free to keep posting updates on your own transformations. Another guy out west told me he lost 50 pounds in under three months.

After all the great training updates, I got to sit down with the script revisions and dig into some details on the movie ‘TUFF’. I guess all the progress has a cross over effect. The transformation of a character takes time but the process continues, both in the gym and around the film.

It’s funny how time changes your outlook on shaping the body. There was a time, in my teenage years, when seeing a powerful physique lit up dreams in my mind. I saw more than muscle in magazines. I saw the superhuman ability to take charge of my life in every muscled pose. As my muscles grew I felt my ability to conquer the world growing along with them.

There is no denying that standing on stage, in front of flashing cameras and waving trophies over head felt great. It was easy to believe that the magic really is in the muscles. Of course life has a way of kicking you in the teeth sometimes and that’s when you discover that all the muscle in the world won’t make you strong enough to avoid feeling weak and defeated. (Pretty chipper of me, I know.)

The great thing is that you can find yourself much stronger when you rise from a set back and realize that it takes more than muscle to have a real impact. Your actions and the heart behind them are what give substance to the character you build, physical or otherwise.

Good to have you training with me.

- Sebastian

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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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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