Body Transformation: Positive Charge
WEIGHT 115 lbs
BODY FAT 7%
WEIGHT 160 lbs
BODY FAT 10%
Why I Got Started
I knew I wanted to improve my overall health. I always believed you should always strive to be the best you can be. You only have one body, so you should treat it with the utmost respect.
I was so used to being the skinny kid in school. I wanted to change how I was physically, and I knew that working out was the way to go. I played soccer almost my entire life, due to my British heritage. This made it so I was fit, but small in size. I wanted to be a bigger, stronger player.
I had seen magazines that had pictures of guys with the ideal body in my mind, so I knew that I had to set out and strive for that. My overall determination, coupled with the push from my friends and family helped me get started on my track to becoming a stronger, healthier individual.
How I Did It
It all started when I was sitting in my room at the age of 17. I looked at myself in the mirror, and I was just not happy with how I looked. I decided, I am going to do something about this.
I had been working for a while, and had a little money saved up. I decided to tell my parents that I was going to use this money to join a local gym. My parents were totally supportive of me, because they knew I was doing something I wanted to do and was positive for me.
My mom took me around to a few local gyms, and I finally settled on one about 5 minutes from home. This facility became my home away from home. I would go straight after school, and work out until my mom came and picked me up after work.
I would make time on the weekends to go also, and soon I fell in love. I had a newfound passion, and I was ready to put in all of the effort I needed to.
I was now lifting 5-to-6 days per week, and also decided to join my high school's rugby team. I was making great improvements, and I was extremely happy with where I was headed. I continued to follow this progression at the gym. Changing my workout routines, and making sure I mixed things up really helped me continue to grow.
I now am in college at Purdue University in Indiana, and workout at the tecreational center here on campus 5 days per week after classes. I make sure to follow my schedule, and this has helped me stay on track with my schooling also. I now plan to participate in a fitness competition held here on campus this upcoming spring!
Supplements are the key to my diet. They really help give me that added boost when I am not in the kitchen or dining court to get the nutrients from foods.
I make sure that I always plan ahead what I am going to eat that day. Without proper nutrition, my workout become slower and weaker, and therefore my results are diminished. Diet is key!
My training routine is fairly straightforward. My philosophy: Keep it simple! Just make sure to change it up a little every now and then! Your body will thank you for keeping it guessing.
I lift heavy about 4 days per week, followed by a light lift day, with cardio added in.
Smith Machine Close-Grip Bench Press (On Decline)3 heavy sets of 6-8 reps
Suggestions For Others
Never give up on yourself! There will be times that you feel you are not seeing the results you want to see. Do not let this deter you from what you desire. If you put in the effort, you will see the results.
Remember, it is not just what goes on inside the gym, but also what goes on outside of it as well. Educate yourself about what you should do, and how you should do it. You all have the ability to make a change in your life.
You should never be forced to settle with something you are not okay with. Work hard, put in the effort, and you will see the results you have always been looking for!
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very good transformation , thats proof you can achieve with any type of genetics , high calories from clean food and hard training = success like this . in my case lower calories lol .. well done man
Great transformation. From one skinny guy to another,**** that is a lot of food. All kidding aside is your lunch pail on wheels?
I feel weight gain is holding me back, but eating that much is such a chore. I can definitely add some to my diet (i.e. weight gainer and the nuts and fruits.
Either way, great transformation and article
it can be a lot of food sometimes. i try to make sure that if i ever have a sit down meal, i eat enough that i am FULL. then, i will just mindlessly have a jar of almonds or just randomly have a banana or two in between. really helps throw in the extra calories throughout the day.
Thanks for all the support!
Incredible transformation, I can identify with your struggle, as a former 120 lb'er at 6'0 and 18 years of age. I've been working out for about half a year now and I've gained about 15 lbs (the 1st half I didn't use protein/supplements, and now I don't have time to eat 6 meals a day =/). I'd like to be 160 in the next year or so, hopefully I can mimic this transformation.
Great job! I had to share your article with my son. He is in the same boat - high metabolism and can't put weight on to save his life! I swear he could eat nothing but junk all day long and not gain an ounce. I wasn't sure about getting him on a gainer but I suppose we can give it a try and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing your journey and showing that getting fit isn't always about LOSING weight! Take care and much continued success!
HUGE motivation! Thanks for the article! Probably my favorite part about this is that you don't use many supplements. I identify with that. It's good to see people can get results like you without having to load up on chemicals. Any tips on how to mix things up, and how often? Thanks!