Striving Towards The Ideal Body — Part VIII

Abhinav Thakur
3 min readMay 2, 2023

The last time I wrote a part in this series, I was about to stop lifting weights. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time.

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I was doing Crossfit a few times a week when one day I dislocated my shoulder. I was pretty distraught as the next few weeks were filled with recovery exercises. I have been active all my life and being limited due to injury (which has happened many times) has a negative effect on my mental state. So the next few weeks were tough.

It has been 5 years since, and I am proud to say that I feel stronger. I may not be as strong as I was in 2014 when I did a competitive power lifting meet with great numbers all around. However, at 35 years of age; I can still do dips and pull-ups. I can run up to 3km and hike up a mountain without getting wrecked.

Evolution of the Fitness Mindset

As I have gotten older, the meaning of fitness has changed. When I was 27, fitness just meant being the strongest possible version of myself. I was lifting weights 3–4 times a week. I was doing absolutely no cardio because cardio was “evil”. Basically anything that could get in the way of strength gains was pushed to the side. I was watching lifting technique videos in my spare time and finishing up the queue of my World’s Strongest Man competition playlist on YouTube.