Here is the full transcript of personal trainer Mischa Janiec’s TEDx Talk on Natural Bodybuilding: Become The Best Version of Yourself at TEDxHSG conference.
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Hello everybody. I have a question for you: What is the first thing which pops to your mind when you hear the term “bodybuilding”? Chicken breasts, brown rice, and broccoli, right? Or is it rather a way too muscular, narcissistic guy like overtanned, flexing in front of the mirror of your gym or the classic: steroids. That’s what I always hear.
It’s usually another very positive idea, and to be honest with you, for a long time it wasn’t for me either. Well, today I’m going to tell you something about bodybuilding. I’m going to tell you how I used this powerful lifestyle as a tool to become the best version of myself: mainly through learning how mental and physical fitness are connected to each other, recognizing self-reflection as a success driving attitude and learning that failure is a necessary step towards success.
My name is Mischa Janiec. I’m a personal coach, entrepreneur and a natural pro bodybuilder. And I’ve been doing this sport for almost eight years. That means I’ve completed over 2,000 workouts and spent over 5,000 hours in the gym so far. Unbelievable!
I’ve also bench pressed over 10 million kilos, that’s the equivalent of 100 Blue Whales, the biggest and heaviest animal on this planet. It’s a good amount of weight; don’t you think?
But let’s start where it all began eight years ago. I grew up in Switzerland as a very non-reflected lazy troublemaker. You know, the kind of kids teachers never wanted to deal with, and also lacking in willpower and afraid of leaving my comfort zone. It’s a wrong slide by the way — of leaving my own comfort zone.
Well, today I can say I made a lot of mistakes. That was also the reason why I lost my first apprenticeship at an insurance company after only eight months. And the funny but also sad fact about it: I didn’t even recognize it as my own mistake.
So a few months later, I got diagnosed — my back started to hurt very bad and I got diagnosed with scoliosis. So scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve. The most common symptoms for scoliosis are a limited mobility and pain in shoulder, back and neck.
Funny story: at the screening for the Swiss Army the cardiologist couldn’t even take a proper X-ray of my heart, because my spine was twisted so bad that it got covered almost completely. And this started to worry me about my future, especially my health.
Time went by, the doctors were adamant that I had to take on physiotherapy but after a few weeks I gave up on that again. Time went by, and my back issues got worse. I was secretly hoping that there is a magic pill who could solve my problem overnight. But back at the doctor’s office he confirmed that there is no quick fix. Instead, he offered me the solution which turned out to be the key of my success. He proposed going to the gym only twice a week to build up my overall muscularity and help my condition.
Now that didn’t sound like a bad idea, you know. I instantly saw chances of approaching women, walking on the beach with a nice six-pack and muscular arms and of course all the girls staring at me. And that was actually how it began my journey to become the best version of myself.
Yeah, now a few of you will ask, like: how can swinging some dumbbells in the gym change your life so drastically? I strongly believe that your physical fitness has a great influence on your mental health and you can’t enhance one without the other to a certain extent. Therefore you need to build up your physical strength to reach your full potential.
Let me give you a few examples here. As soon as you start to work out, you start to sweat, you start to breathe deep and after you finish you just feel absolutely amazing. Do not say on limitless — and the reason for this is endorphins, a hormone your body releases after you get physically active. It’s comparable to the high runners get after they surpass the first heavy miles. And it’s also the reason why so many people nowadays choose the gym or a run as a part of their morning routine, you know, to get a head start above everyone else.
Another even more important reason is your body posture. It’s not only proven that a bad body posture causes people to appear insecure and sad but also to change their whole mental state. And it goes in both directions. That means, as soon as you start to work on your physical appearance, you’re not only going to look happier, you can become happier, more secure.
Amy Cuddy held a very interesting TED Talk about this topic, like body language shapes who you are, be sure to check that out. And I mean for a lot of you guys, I see so many young ambitious students here that you guys, you already work hard, you know, like you have dreams. You study for weeks, months, years, even for decades with the goal to change the world someday, right? But what if you can’t make it out of bed anymore, because you’re going to suffer from chronic back pain. That’s actually the case for a lot of young people nowadays — working in offices and studying in schools.