Saving Seth - Ditching the Dad Bod With Marc Lobliner
The Back Story
What Are Your Goals?
My goals are pretty basic. To become healthier and get to a low (10-12%) body fat. This on its own is a massive goal given my current shape and level.
That’s my biggest overall goal.
For training, I would like to get stronger, improve my flexibility and functional abilities, and have better overall health. It would be nice to have better heart health and a lower weight.
There are some specific strength goals I have. I would like to get my bench up to 225 or more, my squat back up to 335, and deadlift up to 315.
Any Past Struggles and/or Mistakes?
Struggles in retrospect were mainly excuses. That’s something I had to recently come to terms with.
Yes, situations can cause set backs but I seem to let them take over completely. In college, my grip slipped on a pull-up bar and I fell. On my way down I hit the bent and messed my back up pretty bad. This led to a pretty sedentary lifestyle change.
I finally starting to get back into lifting and playing basketball for cardio a few years after that.
I had an odd accident on the court where I fractured my ankle which set me back even further. The biggest struggle was a battle with depression and stress. I had always had a struggle with depression and eating my feelings.
This lead to a bad relationship with food. I would alternate between starving myself and binging horribly.
This only got worse when I became a small business owner. I became so stressed in the day to day operations that it really took a toll on me mentally. I gained a massive amount of weight and an even worse mental space.
In January I left the business to pursue a sales job for a brewery. It was a great thing for me mentally. I was able to get into a positive mindset. The problem was my body had taken such a drastic turn that motivation for the gym became so difficult and my food habits were awful.
I have slowly been starting to go back to the gym again after basically three years away. I’ve started eating healthier which has helped with my mental health and sleep.
I know I have a long way to go but I know with guidance and building good habits I can get there. I just want to be the healthiest and best version of myself that I can.
Any Unique Issues You Deal With?
My issues are typical to what most people go through on a daily basis. I travel a lot for work which means a lot of time in a car and long days.
I recently became a father by way of a relationship. My girlfriend had a kid prior to our relationship. I wasn’t aware of how much time and effort went into being a dad, maintaining a relationship, having a work life and staying healthy.
I have to become much more efficient with my time and energy to make it all work while being the best father, boyfriend, and employee I can be.
What Are You Hoping to Learn?
I’m hoping to learn how to better balance my life from Marc. He’s a successful businessman, a great husband, amazing father, and has a level of conditioning/fitness that most people dream of.
I want to learn how to efficiently workout, how to plan and approach a diet/lifestyle and how to take the steps to get to where I want to be. I want to learn more of his mindset, work ethic in and out of the gym and how to balance it all while being a dedicated dad.
So, I hope to overall learn how to get to a headspace to reach a new peak every day from someone I greatly look up to.