Jerzy Gregorek | Pod of Jake

Key Takeaways

  • Getting in shape isn’t all physical; a large part of it is mental. You need to become your own master and tell yourself you’re going to work out.
  • Microprogression is the key to a successful life:
    • Improvement doesn’t happen overnight. It took Jerzy 5 years to lift as much weight as a bodybuilder he once saw in the gym. It takes years and years of education for someone to become a doctor.
      • Have a goal and write down small increments to track your progress
        • “Microprogression is extremely important” – Jerzy Gregorek
  • “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” Jerzy Gregorek
  • Be careful of the voice in your head that complains, makes excuses, or says negative things about yourself
    • When they start to get negative, don’t believe them, and spend time doing something positive like reading a book or listening to an educational video
      • If the negative voices get extremely loud, consider getting help from an outside source (friend, family, therapist) if needed.
  • Forget about the past and the future, and focus on improving your life in the present moment. If you do that, your past and future will both get better.
  •  Taking care of yourself through staying active and eating healthy is like stitching together a parachute: It’s a slow process but if there’s an emergency, you’ll be glad to have it 

Intro

Books Mentioned

About Jerzy Gregorek

  • Jerzy Gregorek was born into a poor family in Poland in 1954 
    • Jerzy was bullied as a kid so he started lifting weights
      • From about 15-18, he became depressed and became an alcoholic. Fortunately, a friend was able to help him find a better path in life and Jerzy started focusing on educating himself and lifting weights again.
        • Jerzy later worked as a firefighter for a few years
  • In 1985, Jerzy moved to the US
    • He found a job at a gym coaching people and earned $5 per hour
      • People loved his advice and asked him for custom workout plans
        • Eventually, Jerzy had so many clients that he decided to open up his own coaching business
          • About 10 years later, Jerzy and his wife decided to put all of their fitness and diet knowledge into a book: The Happy Body 
  • Jerzy is also the author of:

Thoughts on Self-improvement

  • Getting in shape isn’t all physical, a large part of it is mental. You need to become your own master and tell yourself you’re going to work out.
  • “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” Jerzy Gregorek
    • Easy choices don’t require you to get better
    • Hard choices help you improve yourself beyond your current level
      • Making the choice to workout when you wake up isn’t easy, but it will pay off in the long term
  • Microprogression is the key to a successful life:
    • Improvement doesn’t happen overnight. It took Jerzy 5 years to lift as much weight as a bodybuilder he once saw in the gym. It takes years and years of education for someone to become a doctor.
      • Have a goal and write down small increments to track your progress
        • “Microprogression is extremely important” – Jerzy Gregorek
  • Be careful of the voice in your head that complains, makes excuses, or says negative things about yourself
    • When they start to get negative, don’t believe them, and spend time doing something positive like reading a book or listening to an educational video
      • If the negative voices get extremely loud, consider getting help from an outside source (friend, family, therapist) if needed.
  • Forget about the past and the future, and focus on improving your life in the present moment. If you do that, your past and future will both get better.

Health & Fitness

  • When it comes to fitness, Jerzy focuses on 4 parts:
    • Coordination
    • Strength
    • Posture
    • Flexibility
  • Obesity isn’t about how big you are, but how big your body fat percentage is. A person can weigh 100 pounds and still be obese.
  • Taking care of yourself through staying active and eating healthy is like stitching together a parachute: It’s a slow process but if there’s an emergency, you’ll be glad to have it 
  • You want to take care of yourself while still young and healthy so that you’re can surf and ski with your grandkids when you’re older

Master vs Fatalist

  • Inside every person, there are two voices: the Master and the Fatalist
    • The Master is the voice that tells you what’s right and the one you should be listening to even though it’s often asking you to do more difficult tasks
    • The Fatalist is the voice whispering negative thoughts and telling you to take the easier path in life
  • The 5 combinations of Master and Fatalist:
    • 100% Fatalist: This person is has a ton of negative thoughts, might be suicidal, and likely needs outside help
    • 75% Fatalist and 25% Master: This person knows what the right thing to do is, but since the Fatalist voice is dominating the conversation, they often do the wrong thing
    • 50% Fatalist and 50% Master: This person struggles to make the right decision because they’re constantly torn between two options 
    • 25% Fatalist and 75% Master: This person is aligned with the right decision and often does the right thing in life
    • 0% Fatalist and 100% Master: This person makes the right decision for themselves and does good for others as well 
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