Calum Von Moger, this generation's answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger, has taken to Instagram in a throwback post, reminiscing about the days he originally put on size. Throwing back to the beginning of his body building journey, Calum told the story of working in a supplement store, whilst heading downstairs to the supermarket to stock up on chicken, milk, and bread rolls.
"These were the days I made some glorious gains," said Moger, posting a pic of himself only 4 years ago at the age of 23. Even at 23, the body builder was an absolute mountain of a man, and only 2 years off his 2015 Mr Universe win.
"I’d go downstairs to Coles and buy a roast chicken, 6 bread rolls, some lettuce and mayo. Then smash these chick salad mayo rolls for lunch while serving customers between mouthfuls. I’d also drink 1-2 liters of milk," said the 27 year-old in the post.
Calum has previously pledged his devotion to chocolate milk and it's role in his nutrition program, however he went on to explain how sleep also played a vital role in his growth.
"During my actual lunch break I’d go to my car and have a 30min nap. After work I’d drive to gym, sleep for another halfa ['half an hour' for the non-Australian speakers] in the car park then go in for my workout with my mates and push as much iron around as I could," he explained. Sleep is essential to body builders, as growth hormone is produced and protein is synthesis occurs if food is eaten directly beforehand.
It's not surprising that Calum is looking back to happier times, as the bodybuilding icon has had a rough trot over the last few months, with some serious injuries and health scares.
In an Instagram story only 3 weeks ago, the 27-year-old posted a doctors report, underlining his diagnosis of "Deep Venous Thrombosis". "This is a blood clot in one of the deep veins... It is life-threatening," read the report, letting his followers know the seriousness of his condition.
When clots appear out of nowhere, it's usually a bad sign, especially when they form in the deep veins near your muscles. “When blood clots form in this deeper system, they can be painful and very dangerous,” says Dr Luis Navarro, founder of the Vein Treatment Centre in New York City. That scare was only a week after he fell during an abseil on Sydney's sea-side cliffs, which resulted in surgery to repair his torn quadriceps, a procedure that lead to the ultimate discovery of the clots.
Despite the hardships, Calum seems determined to power on and return to the lifting scene stronger (and bigger) than ever.
"I have to mentally block myself every time I think 'I can’t' I have to tell myself 'I will'. The demons of doubt waged a war against my will to fight back, to be stronger then before," said Moger in a statement.
"I will not give up on my goals or ambitions. I’m going to fight to overcome each obstacle in my path. I will become stronger than before."