Team Athlete Profile: Zane Hadzick


Zane Hadzick grew up understanding the whole lot about lifting issues that weigh so much, however nothing about lifting weights. As the 5-foot-9, 120-pound teenage son of a mom and father with a granite-countertop enterprise, he’d carried greater than his share of stone into properties in and round Weatherly, a coal city in northeastern Pennsylvania. But at the same time as a younger boy, he’d struggled to lose his lanky body.

Living the Sugar-High Life

One day when he was 5 years previous, Zane handed out whereas taking part in T-Ball. A physician informed Zane’s dad and mom that his blood sugar was low and that they wanted to maintain a prepared provide of sugar readily available. From then on, Zane dad and mom made certain he all the time had his “goodie bag” with him—a small brown paper bag full of every kind of sugary snacks. Zane was an lively child, and at any time when he felt drained or woozy, he would attain into his bag and seize a snack.

Years handed, and Zane entered after which rapidly dropped out of faculty. Unfocused and unmotivated, he stopped exercising. Even then, was by no means in a position to acquire a lot weight. Always hovering from 120-130 kilos, Zane figured that if he was skinny, he have to be wholesome. But when he began consuming whole muffins and half-gallons of ice cream at 1 sitting, he realized simply how a lot his sugary food plan was catching up with him. This time, he went to a unique physician, who famous that Zane had neither sort 1 (the autoimmune illness) nor sort 2 diabetes (the life-style illness). This physician informed him he wanted to alter his food plan instantly. All Zane was doing by feeding on sugar all day was triggering an infinite collection of insulin spikes and blood sugar crashes. No surprise he was all the time drained and unfocused.

Eating and Training Like the Big Guys

The physician gave Zane a listing of the sorts of meals he ought to eat, and when Zane plugged them into an online browser to be taught extra, up popped

“I typed in things like chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, lean red meats, and low-fat dairy,” Zane says. “When the search brought up the site, I was so embarrassed that I closed the screen right away. I didn’t want anyone to see that I was looking at a site filled with pictures of super-fit people. Considering how skinny I was, they’d think I was having delusions! Even when I went home and started browsing through the Bodybuilding site, I still felt uncomfortable looking at it—like I had no right to be there.”

Living the sugar-high life.

Zane lastly received comfy with the location—even with the truth that the food plan his physician put him on was the identical 1 that each one these massive, beefy guys chatted on-line about consuming. Emboldened, he took the following step and began weight coaching, utilizing the location as his sole supply for data.

“I began to notice results from my training. It was like, ‘Whoa, this is really cool! I want to keep doing this!'” says Zane. “But I would by no means educated a day in my life. I knew nothing about supplements or how one can learn a nutrition label. I did not know what every day percentages had been, or the distinction between fats, carbs, and proteins. I actually realized the whole lot off the web site.”

Zane labored laborious, and in 2013, in what he noticed because the fruits of all his coaching thus far, he obtained an invite from to take part in its annual Spokesmodel Contest. He was greater than thrilled to be invited. Even although he positioned fourth, Zane took his top-10 end as proof he was able to making massive adjustments in his life.

Taking the Gym Life Into Real Life

Zane’s rising confidence expanded into the remainder of his life. His girlfriend satisfied him he ought to contemplate returning to school. He had all the time assumed that he would take over the household enterprise, and now that he was bulking up, he would lastly have the ability to deal with the heaviest granite slabs. But he may already really feel the toll that that sort of lifting had taken on his physique, so he took his girlfriend’s recommendation and went again to highschool.

Once in college, Zane took what weight coaching had taught him about dedication, focus, and laborious work and utilized it to his environmental-science research. Four years later, he and his girlfriend (now his spouse) each graduated summa cum laude with matching 4.0 GPAs. After a yr throughout which they each labored as analysis assistants on the University of Maryland, they went straight into grasp’s-degree applications and graduated once more with high honors and 4.0 GPAs, virtually prepared to start their lives as adults. But not fairly but.

Taking the gym into real life.

Knowing that full-time jobs, a mortgage, and kids had been on the close to horizon, Zane and his spouse determined to take time without work and journey. They made it to all 50 states and eight international nations. Even as they travelled the world, they might make some extent of discovering the native gymnasium, each as a option to keep match and to satisfy the locals.

“We got to meet different people all over the world,” he says. “And while it did seem like gyms in the U.S. were fancier and had better equipment, the general feeling among the people working out was always the same. We were all just people working hard to be the best we could be.”

Today, Zane and his spouse stay northeast of Philadelphia. Zane is an environmental scientist for FEMA and an authorized private coach with NASM. At 170-plus kilos filled with muscle, he’s additionally unrecognizable from his youthful self.

“Now I have a wife and two little girls and I work full time,” he says. “I still get in my workouts every day, except now they’re at 4 a.m., because I’m a dad first.”

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