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Put in the work. Shock the world.

“Put in the work. Shock the world.”

Every year right around this time, the health and fitness world begins to return to a state of normalcy.

On January 1st (the beginning of the New Year), everyone makes the commitment to a new beginning.

They have big plans for the New Year!

You know this because they typically announce it to the world on Facebook.

They post sensationalist headlines and long posts trying to prove how “this time is different.”

Except, this time is NOT different.

They fail just like most people fail and for the same exact reason why most people fail.

They fail because WINNING is not the only thing on their minds. Validation is too.

This is how winning is done.

When you want to win, I mean REALLY WANT TO WIN, there are no announcements.

There are no pats on the back. There are no smiles.

Real winning is a cold, ruthless business.

Winning happens at 5:00 AM when it’s -8 degrees outside.

Winning happens when you decide to become a ghost.

There is no reality. And there is no virtual reality because you leave it all behind for the only realm that matters: THE WINNING REALM.

While the rest of the world sleeps, you are out building what you have visualized.

3 Easy Steps That Will You Guarantee Victory

1) Become a ghost– Tell your friends/family that you are on a mission and that they won’t see you until it is accomplished.

2) Work ferociously behind the scenes– Don’t tell anyone anything. Keep all progress a secret. If the difference between accomplishment and failure is isolation, you must completely cut yourself off from the world. Just get the win!

3) Shock the world– Emerge from the shadows a newer and better man.

Case Study: A long-time Strength By Sonny reader shocks the world

Most people tend to think of transformations in terms of physical transformation, so this is a good point to end this piece on.

Enea has been a valued member of Strength By Sonny Community years now.

He has also been a member of the private group since the very beginning.

Every once in a while, Enea would remove himself from the group. It wasn’t a big deal. There was no announcement.

Out of respect, he privately messaged me and told me he was leaving the Internet (virtual reality) to go work on himself.

This was my response every time.

“Cool. Let me know when you want back in. You’re welcome back anytime!”

Recently, Enea shocked the world (our group) by posting this picture.

Current pic (End of 2017)

It’s been so long since we’ve heard from Enea on a regular basis. I’ve always pictured him as a skinny teenager.

Now he’s a fucking tank.

Now he looks like a grown man. To fully grasp Enea’s journey from stoppable to unstoppable, here are some pictures from throughout the years.

End of 2013

Beginning of 2014- Right around when Strength By Sonny started

Summer 2015- Shredded as fuck

End of 2015/Beginning of 2016: This is the leanest he has ever been.

Summer 2016- Right around the time when he started training more seriously with weights.

Another 2016 shot- Still looking lean and more like a male model.

Summer 2017- Bulked up carrying much more mass (peak size)

Current pic (End of 2017): He is currently cutting down. Can’t wait to see the final product!

Final Thoughts on Putting in the Work and Shocking the World

Enea’s transformation is a classic example of putting in the work and shocking the world.

I had no idea Enea was working his ass off behind the scenes. I have received zero progress pics over these last few years.

To my knowledge, he did not post any progress pics on social media. I think he deleted his profiles anyway.

That’s exactly the point.

There were no announcements, no encouragement, and no outside validation.

He’s just be winning.

He slowly put in the work in the shadows and one day, he emerged to shock the world.

That’s how it’s done and I’m very proud of him.

From Scrawny to Brawny

One final thing to remember is that winners like Enea always start at the exact same place.

They start by making the decision to go all in for the win. 

You must make the decision to win. Then put in the work and shock the world.

If you are unhappy with your current physical condition, you must make the decision to win.

Once you have decided to win at all costs, you must devise a game plan and execute that game plan until you are victorious.

Strength By Sonny has many game plans to get your started:

WEAPONIZE your mind, body, and spirit– Of Tyrants & Tellers

GET JACKED– The Strength By Sonny Pure Strength “Hurting Bombs” Program

LOSE WEIGHT in 6 weeks– The Of Tyrants & Tellers Diet


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  1. Enea
    January 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm — Reply

    Sonny, so honored to be forever a part of SBS! Thank you for everything you’ve taught us over the years, and just want to tell you that with your advice you are creating a beast generation. What I wanted to add to this is that you guys may see my progress and think that’s good, but you have no idea how much I’ve changed and improved my mentality over the years following Sonny’s advice to a tee. Masculinity all the way, put in the work, shock the world…!

    • January 22, 2018 at 10:39 am — Reply

      Hell yea brother! Thanks for putting in the work!

  2. Shaz
    January 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Hey Sonny, I know this is a silly question but just wanted to know how big your main lifts are now. You are looking way more jacked now hence the question.

    • January 22, 2018 at 10:39 am — Reply

      I don’t know. I don’t train heavy like that anymore. It’s all about muscle contraction.

  3. Ryan
    January 17, 2018 at 4:38 am — Reply

    Fucking amazing. Props to the guy. Guy kill it with women. Looks like a model except instead of a puss y runway twink he is monstrous hunk.(no homo). You said you work with him in you private group. How are his result with women from then to now?assuming he does the whole cold approach thing.

    • January 22, 2018 at 10:38 am — Reply

      I don’t think he did cold approach. I’m pretty sure he always did good with women.

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