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From Overweight to Top-5 Triathlon Finisher with Ian Harding

Ian Harding interview on Hustle & Motivate, presented by, the home of the underdog
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If you’re someone who’s been told you weren’t good enough, not big enough, not fast enough, not smart enough, or if you’ve ever felt demoralized by a failure you weren’t willing to accept, this is the show for you.

Hustle & Motivate is a blueprint built by guests who’ve conquered obstacles, silenced critics, and overcome adversity by seeing every failure as an opportunity, believing in the true power of the underdog mentality.

Through interesting and honest conversations, we uncover the stories behind these impressive individuals.

The aim is to show you what you’re capable of. Realizing that a simple mindset shift opens up a world of possibilities.

Because in the end, you can do anything you believe you can achieve.

Who Is Ian Harding?

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#transformationtuesday and after my podcast with @digital_savage_podcast it me thinking. There are no secrets to weight loss. There is no shortcut, no pill, no fast track. The number one thing it takes though is WILL POWER. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keto works for some people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe paleo is better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The diet….DOESNT MATTER. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The exercise…..DOESNT MATTER. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It ALL works if you apply it and STICK TO IT. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have the will power to say no to that cookie? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have the will power to workout even when you don’t want to? To turn down drinks with your friends cause you have goals? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Build your will power and you WILL be successful.

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Ian Harding was overweight for most of his young life.

Constantly picked on, made fun of, and picked last for team sports, he finally decided to make a change when he was about to graduate college.

So he registered for a triathlon while weighing over 300 pounds and not having his own bike.

Then, exactly one year later, he raced in that triathlon 100 pounds lighter. Everyone said it couldn’t be done. And Ian proved all of them wrong, finishing 5th in his age group.

Quote Of The Week

“If you have even the slightest inclination that you might want to do something — try it. Just take the first step and try it…Don’t overanalyze everything.” – Ian Harding

Show Highlights

[5:17] A really dark time in Ian’s life

[9:52] How one text message changed everything

[14:12] Facing a hater and the details of race day

[20:31] What “do it for yourself” means

[27:48] How to dig yourself out of dark times

After Listening…

You can find Ian on Instagram @doing_it_for_yourself and you can check out The Do It For Yourself Podcast right here.

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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.



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