I started my bodybuilding journey around October of 2011. I was working 3-11 P.M and nothing going on during the day. So I started going to the gym to kill time. I never thought I would stick with it, since it was just something for me to do and interact with people. I always worked out in high school for baseball/basketball conditioning but just went through the motions to get it over with. I never took bodybuilding seriously…in fact, I actually hated it.
My father started working out at a private fitness center Studio 22; he was just getting into working out. About a year later I started working out with him at Studio 22. This is when I started taking my workouts and dieting more serious. My diet at the time was eat a lot. I wanted to put on size. It didn’t matter to me if it was fat or muscle. I was 147 pounds when I first stepped into the gym. I was sick of being the skinny kid people called sticks or bones. After 12 months of that I put on around 40 pounds in 2 years. My body fat percent was 12%. That isn’t that bad if you’re the average American.
But in bodybuilding, that’s fat! So the last 4-5 months I’ve really tightened up my dieting. Today I’m at 5-6%. The things that keep me motivated is having a partner that is depending on you to be at the gym everyday and I also took pictures every month of myself. You don’t really see the changes your body makes, because you always look at yourself in the mirror. But comparing pictures month to month is amazing.
My goals for the future are to compete in my first show this June. I’m not going in the show to win. I feel like getting into show shape and being up on stage with people who love this sport just like myself is winning. My weight goal I would like to be is 200 pounds and 6-8% body fat. I don’t know if I’ll do another show, but I think everyone should do at least one to say they have done it.
For all you guys out there wanting to get bigger but are scared to go into the gym, don’t think about anything but yourself. The big guys in the gym won’t even notice you. Put your iPod and do your workout.
Also write down your workouts. Don’t be the gym that looks lost in the gym. Know what you’re going to do, how much weight, and set goals. If you want to get big you have to eat big. Your diet will determine how buff/big you will get.