Name: Dinuka Perera
Country: Sri Lanka/Japan
Good Isn't Good Enough
I've been into fitness since I was very young. I've been lifting weights all my life and stayed in reasonably good shape most of the time. I have a good grasp on nutrition, so it wasn't until my early thirties that I felt myself beginning to slide.
I was 33 when I realized that I wasn't happy with mediocrity. I needed to improve, needed to get better, needed to chase my dreams and be a role model for my kids so I could ask them to do the same.
If you think you are good enough you will never strive to become great. It's the same in any area of life. I wanted to strive for greatness. I knew the choice was mine.
So I decided to change my good body into a great one. I knew it wasn't going to be an easy task, but I ended up exceeding even my own expectations.
After my initial success, I decided to take it up a notch and hit the competition stage before I reached my forties. I became the First Sri Lankan to compete in Fitness America pageant and was given the unofficial title "the Most Shredded Sri Lankan on the Planet."
I've been in the lifting game for a long time so I have the fundamentals down. At the same, time my body was very seasoned due to hard training over the years so I knew I had to do something different and challenging in order to see good results. I knew my intensity would have to be higher than it had ever been.
To trim the last bits of fat from my body, I began doing plyometrics or using super bands instead of resting between exercises. It worked! This technique helped me to get that extra definition I needed on stage.
My Supplement Stack
I'm conservative when it comes to supplements. With the right kind of diet and training however, supplements can help you hit the final step from good to great.
Suggestions For Others
Train with a purpose
Train with a purpose. If you really want lasting results and want to change the path of your life, then you have to train with all your heart. Find that purpose and stick to it.
Have a clear vision
How are you going to reach your goal if you don't know what you want? You need to envision yourself looking exactly how you want to look and then see yourself doing what it takes to get there. Your mind must believe it's possible.
Pay attention to the basics
If you want to master your body, first master the basics of exercise. Focus on form, tempo, your mind-muscle connection, your full range of motion, your kinetic chain, etc.
Keep your body guessing
Your body will adapt to stress, so you constantly have to push harder. Keep your training on the edge while respecting your body's limitations. If it does not challenge you, then it does not change you.
Intensity is the key
Keep your intensity high! If you don't bring the necessary effort to your workouts, you won't rip anything for the rebuild process to kick in.
Have the right mindset
There is one thing that will make all the difference to your fitness goals: the right mindset. If you think you can, you will. If you think you can't, you won't.
It's like Thomas Jefferson said: "Nothing can stop a person with the right mindset from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help a person with the wrong mindset."
Sri Lanka is known as "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean" because of its natural beauty, shape, and location. The island contains tropical forests and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity. It's also the nation of smiling people.
The sports of fitness and bodybuilding are not very huge over here, but it does have its followers and enthusiasts. Lately, it's been catching up with the rest of the world.
I want to say a special thank you to my beautiful wife who's been supporting me throughout my life in anything and everything I do. She believes in me to go that extra mile and achieve extraordinary goals. She's a true partner who has my back every time.