Who is David Ihedigbo?
David Ihedigbo’s before and after photo holds special significance. It is apparent Ihedigbo put in the hard work to lose weight and tone up. Less clear is why he was out of shape to begin with. Ihedigbo’s before-and-after story:
“When I flash back to my before photo, I can’t but give God all the praise and glory. Last decade in 2015, I suffered an accident that ruptured my Achilles tendon. The crazy thing is that I first tore my right tendon in 2011. Now, my left tendon was ruptured and once again I required surgery. During the procedure, I contracted MRSA – a flesh eating bacteria. I was placed on antibiotics for about four and one-half months. I couldn’t work out, let alone walk because I was on bed rest with a tube from my arm going directly into my chest.
“Thanks be to God, I beat that disease. But the battle was half won. That season devasted my body and mind. The body I looked at in the mirror was no longer mine. I was a college and pro athlete who was always fit physically and mentally. I gained weight and lost muscle mass. I became depressed. With God, I made the decision to reinvent myself. I trained hard, ate clean and worshiped. I truly thank God for the strength and mental fortitude to heal my body and get fit. This is my story of how I overcame depression and unhealthy body weight. If you are struggling, trust God.”
Occupation: Business Owner
Education: American International College
Major: Sports Management
Motto: “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Motivated by: “What motivates me is my love for Christ. Knowing God has a purpose for my life. Through my training company, and my passion for fitness, I’m able to make God known to others and Improve people’s health all at the same time.”
Unknown facts: “My wife is a twin, and she’s also my number one fan helping me to get this company off the ground. I also love extreme sports like BASE jumping.” [BASE jumping: BASE jumping is the recreational sport of jumping from fixed objects, using a parachute to descend safely to the ground. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, and earth (cliff). … A popular form of BASE jumping is wingsuit BASE jumping.]
Fitness start: “I grew up in an era where exercising was the norm and not the exception. Being outside and playing until the streetlights came on was just another day in my life. Eventually, growing up and playing high school sports allowed me to use that talent as a ticket to play college football and graduate from college. So, what got into fitness was my passion for the game of football and the love of preparing my body to be bigger, faster and stronger. I knew how to work out and see results, but I didn’t know the ‘why.’ It was the searching for why performing a specific movement would trigger muscle growth that drew me into fitness and keeps me going today.”
Fitness goal: “Ihedigbofitness is a movement the Bible says, ‘As a man thinks so shall he be.’ My fitness goal is to educate people to believe that they can be different. Your dream body may not be the same as the next person, but that’s ok.”
Fitness advice: “Break your goals into small parts. Write them down and everything you are going to need to achieve this goal. If you don’t have someone to hold you accountable, find a partner because you can’t win by yourself.”
I balance my diet with a carb cycle.
“On days that I work legs, I eat foods high in carbs, protein, but low in fat. On days I work my upper body, I eat foods low in carbs, but high in protein and good fats. On cardio blast days, I eat no carbs at all. On these days, I eat protein and green vegetables.”
Physical: I strength train.
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“My most effective workout activity is strength training. So many people spend their time in the park and their neighborhood just walking. That is cardiovascular training, which is a good start. But the problem with that is when the body cools down, it also stops burning calories. With strength training, once you finish that workout, your body is going to continue burning calories. For every pound of muscle buildup, your body will burn 50 calories a day at rest.
“Regarding COVID-19 quarantine training, I recommend people focus on an in-home strength workout plan. But primarily I suggest people focus on nutrition and avoid overeating. In my opinion, after this era of coronavirus, there will be a real need for Black people to focus on getting back to a healthy weight and diet.”
Mental: I am prayerful and thankful.
“The proper balance in my life starts and finishes with the Lord. Before I go to bed, I like to plan out my next day and then say a prayer. So that I’m productive and move forward each day, I start my morning praying and being thankful. Balance just means putting some structure into your day.”
Spiritual: I lean on the Word of God.
“A favorite scripture of mine that speaks to my spiritual outlook is Jeremiah 29:11 that says, ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’”
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