C.T. Fletcher burst onto the YouTube fitness scene in 2013, already in his early fifties yet a breath of fresh air in a world of lookalike and soundalike fitness influencers. The massive, deep-voiced veteran powerlifter, who had endured open-heart surgery eight years earlier, quickly found a niche as a beacon of positive energy and a model for even more personality-focused YouTube fitness celebritiesto come.
But Fletcher, star of the documentary My Magnificent Obsession, had more trials to come. He would endure another round of heart problems, culminating in a heart transplant in 2018 that saw him flatlining on the operating table twice more, bringing him to a total of five times. Life, it seems, wasn’t done with Fletcher yet. He’s still resisting the urge to procrastinate, working with online trainees, training as much as his 62-year-old body lets him, and selling a variety of his branded supplements through the Ambrosia Collective.
We caught up with C.T. to ask him about his decades-long strength odyssey and what advice he had for trainees of all skill levels.
Let’s start with the question many people have probably asked you: how do you motivate yourself to get into the gym?
I have a simple saying—“fuck procrastination.” Procrastination is the absolute worst thing. Everything seems like it will be easier five minutes from now, five days from now, whenever. That’s what your mind is trying to trick you into believing. But the truth is that it won’t be any better than it is right now. Get up and do something. Walk down and get the laundry. Go play hopscotch. Throw darts. Fart into the wind. Whatever you’ve got to do, do it. Otherwise, you’ll just keep coming up with excuses not to get moving. Eventually, those excuses will pile up, and after they run out—excuses run out for people who keep making them—you’ll find yourself sitting there, depressed because you haven’t moved for a long time.