WWE star Johnny Gargano has contemplated his body transformation after his in-ring return.
Johnny Gargano was one of the pillars of the NXT Black and Gold era and left WWE after his contract expired in December 2021.
Gargano spent the next several months taking a break from business and focused on his family after the birth of his and wife Candice Lera’s first child, their son Quill.
On the August 22 edition of WWE Raw, Johnny Wrestling returned to the company to a huge backlash.
in one Instagram postOn the September 12 episode of Raw, Gargano revealed his body transformation and return to the ring.
The former NXT champion posted photos of his body and wrote the following caption:
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 horribly wrong in my first 10 years) 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 “cheating plans” and then feeling guilty and 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 what I looked like 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’m never going to be the biggest man and I’m positive there will be trolls in this post who are outraged by my existence who say I’m still “too young” but that’s what I’m doing Working with him 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!
Johnny Gargano defeated Chad Gable in his Raw in-ring singles debut on the September 12 edition.
Keep an eye on Johnny Gargano’s NXT win-loss record (for television matches) at this link.
— johnny gargano (@johnny gargano) 13 September 2022
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