Episode 206 – The Big Willie Challenge

Episode 206 – The Big Willie Challenge

On May 2nd, Will Smith broke the Internet when he posted a picture of himself looking a little less than his normal self. In a flamboyant “belly out” pose with a pair of boxers, slippers and unzipped windbreaker, he captioned it.” This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry. I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better. No more midnight muffins… this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!”Off the back of this, he started something new: The #BigWillieChallenge. The rules are simple:

Post a picture of your body now
Take 12 weeks to get into the shape of your life
Post a picture of your body after

The challenge has sparked a craze amongst a number of rappers, musicians and male celebrities in Will Smith’s circles, and it’s a fantastic message, incentive and movement to be pushing out there on such a wide platform. There are probably thousands, if not millions, of people who may be on this challenge, so we thought we’d put together a podcast and a guide, which you can find in the show notes, on how to maximize the #BigWillieChallenge so you not only get into the shape of your life, but you set yourself up to stay there for life. It includes the full set up of a transformation checklist, how to make changes, and why mastering the tip of the mountain of this challenge will be the most critical component to it.

“When you find that sweet spot, it’s when the magic happens.”

Akash Vaghela 

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[00:00] – Intro

[03:08] – initials steps to do

[06:10] – Transformation checklist

[09:25] – Mistakes on doing nutritional variations

[12:24] – Executions over unnecessary changes

[14:27] – Importance of measuring your food intake

[17:25] – Learning by doing

[21:42] – Is 12 weeks enough?

[25:50] – fat loss and dieting

[28:50] – Control and character building

[30:35] – Grind and Consolidation

[34:20] – Physical as the vehicle for a greater purpose

[36:00] – Our body as a scoreboard

[37:48] – Finding that sweet spot

[39:00] – Wrap up

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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.