EVE Online is a space-based MMO with over 400,000 passionate fans. One of these fans has taken his devotion to the game a little more seriously than others. Advertising director Marcus Dickinson, has spent over two years working out in order to look more like his avatar, Roc Wieler.
Dickinson, who had previously weighed 230 pounds, had a life-altering experience while attending the 2009 EVE Online FanFest.
According to CNN,
“Something snapped inside me, and I realized I wasn’t being true to my brand. Why can’t I be this character? Why can’t I look like this? He acts and talks like me because he is me. I’m the one who gave him life.”
So he resculpted his body to his current 185 pounds with the time-honored activities of exercise plus diet.
Now he blogs about his hardcore workouts (some of them sound absolutely grueling) and posts occasional recipes. Then there are the extremely inspirational photos.
I’m concerned that his regimen may be risky. Dickinson writes that he feels feverish or nauseous after some workouts. Also, CNN writes that he never eats dessert or allows cheat days. That kind of dedication may be unsustainable in the long run. As someone who has maintained a fifty-pound weight loss, I make sure to eat a small dessert every day, to keep me from falling face-first in a pile of chocolate.
But if you’ve ever needed a dose of boot camp-style motivation, Dickinson (and Roc) said, “Keep coming back here and anytime you need a boot, my size 10 steel toe will be here to motivate.”
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