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Johnny Gargano details getting back in shape for WWE comeback

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After wrestling his first match in nine months, Johnny Gargano detailed his body transformation to get back in ring shape.

Gargano returned to the ring last night on Raw after defeating Chad Gable. Gargano then posted an Instagram on Tuesday describing his process to get back in shape.

Gargano wrote that he wanted “a complete mental and physical break from everything”. [he] correlated with wrestling” during his time, which included dieting and training. During that time he was able to eat what he looked forward to without judgment. He ate whatever he wanted, But eventually Gargano missed the dial in and the food was no longer special to him.

Although he didn’t know where he would make his comeback, Gargano decided in April that it was time to get back to work and get back in shape.

“I am far from a finished product and I am looking forward to growing and improving more and more as these months go by. I am never going to be the biggest man and I am positive this post will have trolls who Annoyed by my existence who say I’m still ‘too young’ but this is what I’m doing and I’m working with what I’ve got and I’m trying to make the best of it. I train too hard And unfortunately my body type is what it is. I’m honestly doing my best to be the best version of myself every day,” Gargano wrote.

“It’s the result of about 16 weeks of work. Coming back to my opinion.. the worst I’ve seen or felt in 18 years. Here’s my message.. You can do it 100% too. Wherever you are You can always change for something else in your life. I know the first step is scary but attack everything you’ve got. What you wish for could only be 5 months away!”

Gargano’s full post is available below:

Long post coming up. I was a little apprehensive to share this at first because I’m on record of my history with body dysmorphia since I was growing up so it’s a little embarrassing to post these pictures (which I’m sure as 75%) You gotta shock) my pictures are in little wrestling gear). I’m still not happy with how I look, but maybe by sharing this it can spark some spark in others and normalize this discussion.

When I quit wrestling in December I decided I wanted a complete mental and physical break from everything related to wrestling. Diet and training go hand in hand with me. This is unfortunately a cosmetic business and is a part of the job. I’ve been ‘dieting and training’ (probably my first 10 years terribly wrong) for my entire wrestling career. That is, about 18 years. I was incredibly tired of it and didn’t enjoy it. My inner fat kid missed being able to eat whatever I wanted without counting macros or ‘planning a cheat day’ and then feeling guilty and feeling gross half-naked on TV. It was a vicious cycle that gave me a terrible relationship with food. The thing I was looking forward to the most.. was being able to eat and not being judged.

In the same way I wanted to quit wrestling.. I wanted to quit diet and exercise. In the hope that my passion would reign and when I was ready to come back I could fully re-energize and attack whatever I found. To become the best version of yourself is possible. From December to April.. I ate whatever I ate everyday! Me and Candice (pregnant for a few of those months) teared up Uber Eats! it was very nice! I wanted to go full ‘dad bod’ and I did! I trained here and there but without any rhyme or reason. As the months passed.. it turned out as I expected.. the food was no longer special. I missed being dialed in.. and having abs.

So in April I decided that I had to go to work. I didn’t know where and when I was going to be back, but I wanted to be prepared and I knew it would take time, given the damage I had done. How my career ended was beyond my control but the only thing I could control was what I did and how I looked when the time came.

I hit up AJ (@cementfactory) who has had tremendous success with many of my colleagues and we put together a plan. I have done so many different diets but the magic that AJ has shown is absolutely incredible. I’m eating cookies and burgers and fries and big bowls of sweet cereal 2 times a week. I’m never starving like I’ve been in the past during my takeover preps when I’m sad and sad for like 1600 calories a day. It is truly a gift and it has completely changed my life. It’s a completely sustainable diet that lets me stay in shape but also stay well fed.

I am far from a finished product and am looking forward to growing more and getting better as these months go on. I will never be the biggest man and I am positive that this post will have trolls who are outraged by my existence who say that I am still ‘too young’ but this is what I am and I work with what I am doing I’ve got it and I’m trying to make the best of it. I train very hard and unfortunately this is my body type. I honestly try my best to be the best version of myself every day.

This is the result of about 16 weeks of work. Coming back to my opinion.. Worst I’ve seen or felt in 18 years. My message going here.. you can do it 100% too. Wherever you are in your life, you can always change for something else. I know the first move is scary, but attack whatever you’ve got. What you wish could be only 5 months away!

Gargano and Candice LeRae welcomed their first child, a boy named Quill, into the world this February. Gargano became a free agent when his WWE contract expired last December, and he took time off from wrestling before and after LeRae was born.

Gargano returned to WWE on the August 22 episode of Raw. He has been feuding with Austin Theory ever since. After defeating Gable last night, Gargano was attacked by Theory after the match.


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