by Christian Duque
John Meadows is one of the most popular and respected people in the fitness industry. He is someone who really cares about his friends and supporters. He does Instagram lives (even before, but especially during) all the craziness we're going through and always has time to talk to everyone. His insights into training, competition preparation and supplementation are practically unprecedented. In addition to his insights into the technical aspects of lifting and some rather complicated concepts related to nutrition, he explains everything in practical terms. He is a guy who never gave up a professional card and fought tirelessly until he could earn it. I cannot say enough good things about the mountain dog John Meadows.
When I read that he had had a heart attack, I literally froze in my tracks. The post was short, but also said a lot. John was said to have had a heart attack, was in the hospital and wanted to keep him in his prayers. I think I must have read and re-read the screenshot on Nick Trigili's Instagram at least a dozen times. It is strange when you read such bad news. I think you have read them unconsciously several times, maybe so that they can settle down. The fact that we only lost Luke Sandoe days before made processing even more difficult. Thankfully, John is in good hands in the hospital and, according to the news, his blood vessels appeared to be in order.
In an update released today (5/12) by Ron Harris, online editor-in-chief for muscle development, it says: “His arteries have np plaque formation, but he had 2 massive blood clots that blocked 2 arteries. He was in constant pain, but today they could clean one of the arteries. You will try the other one again tomorrow. “This is an important update. Follow @musculardevelopment on Instagram. They do a fantastic job and keep everyone up to date.
This update paints a different picture than yesterday's post that I believed in. I wanted to believe that this was not serious, that he was in no pain, and that he would be leaving the hospital in a few days – like nothing. While this update is very comforting, it is more of a reality. The good, probably the best, is that it is well looked after and in good hands. As soon as a person is in the hospital, they are closely monitored. If there is absolutely a problem, this will be fixed immediately. The fact that he is there is good news.
That being said, a heart attack is very serious and I can't imagine what John is going through. However, the guy is a tank and I am confident that he will get through in no time. That being said, I am also a believer and I believe that no matter how strong a person may be – whether mentally or physically – I believe in a higher power. So I personally prayed for John and why I think if we all pray it will make a difference. I know that some people don't believe in God. So if praying is not your thing, you can send positive vibrations. Frankly, it is simply a good thing to wish someone a speedy recovery. Another very nice thing is to post your photos and videos to John.
I've seen a massive outpouring of love and support in the fitness community over the past 24 hours. Whether it was Instagram posts and / or stories, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, it was very heartwarming.
Fans, media representatives and John's competitors and training customers have all made plans to publish photos and videos and some very well thought out news from the heart. Similar to prayer, this shows John how much people value him and take care of him. I think that's important to make sure that in the worst case, he stays in and gets better sooner.
The truth is that it doesn't take long to post, and it really makes a big difference. It's also a time like this when we really appreciate the contributions someone like John has made to the industry. His customers in particular may have the strongest connection to him than anyone else. I've known some of them over the years, and everyone says the same thing. His commitment to achieving their goals is astonishing. He is a real man, a real friend for everyone who loves bodybuilding and fitness.
I've even seen John treat those who do him wrong. There was a man who said neither his name nor when who actually benefited from John's work. John could have forgotten the guy. It was so obvious, so obvious. After a while I saw John at a competition and asked him about the situation. I don't remember details, but I do remember that he said something so they worked it out and it was in the past. He didn't seem to have a grudge and was totally positive. The other was completely wrong, but John kept walking. That is the guy he is. He's not fussy, he's definitely not a negative person, and everyone I know in this industry has only the best thing to say about him. Everyone loves John Meadows.
I remember when I first met John at the 2015 NPC Mike Francois Classic. I was thrilled to speak to him. I don't get hit by stars very often, but it does happen every now and then. I've always been someone who reads magazines, watches YouTube, and (especially then) visits message boards. There are some people who are entertaining and others who are educational, but you will rarely find someone who is both. When I approached him for the first time and introduced myself, I found him to be super personable, very down to earth and identical to the person in the videos. By that I mean that it was real. He was the same really cool guy I personally saw online.
When this conversation ended and I saw him later in the competition, I raised the nerve to ask him if he would do an interview. I expected him to say no, maybe because he was too busy or because he just wasn't interested. You have to recognize that John has always been in high demand and from large sales outlets. That being said, he agreed and we conducted a ten-minute interview covering all the basics. It was a really good day, we took photos together, I got a great interview and I learned a lot.
It's another thing, I love doing interviews, but from time to time I feel like an audience even though I'm doing an interview. It was really a very special moment for me. Every time I saw John afterwards, be it at Dave Liberman's shows, at The Arnold, really anywhere, he was always super nice to me, down to earth and just a classmate. John Meadows is exactly the type of IFBB Pro League Pro that everyone else should strive for. Everyone who comes into contact with him has a great experience. He is the ambassador who really promotes sport.
Finally, I would like to praise everyone who has posted their photos and videos on social media. Let's go ahead, show support, pray and / or send a positive mood and light up all platforms. I hope you enjoyed reading my article here in Iron Magazine. I look forward to reading your feedback in the comments. However, not only do I want to read your feedback, I also want to take the time to post something cool about John on social media.