Weight: 230 lbs
Weight: 198 lbs
Why I Got Started
I had some unexpected changes that have taken place in my life over the past several years. If you would have told me that I would have a profile on the internet with pictures, blogs and videos, I would have laughed and said that there is no way I would consider doing that!
I simply would have said "the Internet is a waste of my time." Wow, I was so wrong! I certainly have had my share of the ups and downs that life can bring forth across one's path. However, I have always seemed to manage, and make my own way through. I've always had lifting weights as a form of relieving the stress of life, and considered myself to be above average in shape and health.
Working in New Construction and working hard manual labor all my life has certainly taken its toll on my body! I had suffered with lower back problems for a long time. And in 1997, I had seen many back specialists, including acupuncture and Chiropractic care. I was told then that my back was in bad shape from all my hard labor and that I had narrowing of the disks.
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I Certainly Have Had My Share Of The Ups And
Downs That Life Can Bring Forth Across One's Path.
The back specialist suggested I should have surgery, and that there was a risk that I could end up paralyzed from the waist down. This was not a risk I wanted to chance. So I was given exercises to help strengthen my lower back muscles.
Some of the exercises included hanging from a pull-up bar strapped in my Gravity Boots to help stretch and elongate my spine, and alleviate pain and discomfort. This certainly helped me significantly. I stopped working out my legs heavily and just maintained a moderate workout regimen.
In 2006 I had been suffering from pain in my lower left groin area. I had put it off, thinking I had either pulled a muscle or had been working too hard. So I tried to take it easy, thinking it would heal and get better. On top of all this that was going on, I had been laid off from my job, creditors were hounding me.
They had garnished my wife's paychecks, taking out a substantial amount just 3 weeks before Christmas. We were forced into a bankruptcy decision. I was doing side jobs, working part-time, and doing whatever I could to make ends meet. It was around this time I was working on some old piping.
There was not a lot of room for leverage. The pipe was very stubborn, but so was I. I was determined to break it free. Well, that is when I felt this burning pain rip through my groin! I was just about in tears. In 2007 I had surgery to repair 2 massive hernias and they implanted a mesh patch in my lower left groin area.
On April 15, 2007 my father had passed away. I was hurt by his demise, and pain and grief was hidden deep in my heart. In May I had picked up another job, and had worked until the first week of June, only to have all my checks that I had cashed from my employer bounce because of N/S/F.
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I Was Doing Side Jobs, Working Part Time, And
Doing Whatever I Could To Make Ends Meet.
The amount was again a substantial amount, from which financially we were not able to recover from, and thus led us to losing our home by the end of the year. We had until the end of January, 2008 to move. We were able to move to my mom's home - the home in which I was born, and raised.
This move enabled my family and me to help out my mother who was struggling financially as well. I found myself in a position in life standing at the cross roads, and wondering in which direction do I go from here? I found myself being pulled every which way.
My heart felt like it had been torn to shreds, and my soul saddened. If I had not such a strong belief and faith in God, that has made me strong mentally, physically, and spiritually, I don't think I ever could have made it through all my adversities. Going through all my heartache and pain has only made me stronger!
I had started to get interested in looking online at different websites. I had been praying for a hobby, something I could relate to with my love for working out with weights, physical fitness and nutrition. On March 25, 2008, I came across Bodybuilding.com.
Ever since I joined and became a member, I felt a sense of well being. I believe that by joining, I ignited a spark that started a raging fire within my heart and soul that burns with such a strong desire in exceeding my path in a bodybuilding lifestyle.
In the past year since joining, I have really increased my focus and have gone in depth in my training, hitting and developing weaker areas. I will tell you I feel awesome! I know I will never be young again, but I can honestly say I have never looked and felt as good as I do now! Bodybuilding is an addictive drug for me, it is my habitual habit, my hobby, my lifestyle, my life long passion - how could you not love it?
How I Did It
It has been a lot of trial and error for sure. As you get older and your metabolism starts slowing down, you soon realize "I really am human" and that you really do have to watch more closely on what you eat. That has been another battle for me, because I love to eat!
There's nothing wrong with that! You just have to learn how to eat good clean healthy foods! So by really buckling down, and paying strict close attention on what I eat, (if you are less active, you should cut back a little on your food intake, depending on your metabolism) along with good supplements and vitamins.
I stepped up my game in cardio and focused harder on my weight training. I am fascinated with transformations and stories, and find their triumphs to be uplifting and motivating for me! I feed off their energy!
A lot of times, when I am not feeling too motivated to workout, I will spend a little time looking and chatting with others on BodySpace. Some of those times are when I have my best workouts! It is also rewarding to be able to keep track of your progress.
Being able to keep track, whether its through your BodyStats, pictures, videos or all of the above, I am able to see my progress, and that gets me excited and pushes me to the next level. I am looking forward to enhancing my progress even farther.
- Standing Calf Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Seated Calf Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Lying Leg Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Leg Extensions: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Barbell Squats: 6 sets of 10-12 reps
- Lat Pulldown: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Pullups: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Bent Over Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- One-Arm Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Seated Cable Rows: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Hyperextensions: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Incline Bench Press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Dumbbell Bench Press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Decline Bench Press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Pushups: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Military Press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Rear Delt Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Front Dumbbell Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Incline Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Upright Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Barbell Squats: 10 sets of 8-10 reps
- Barbell Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Alternate Dumbbell Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- One-Arm Preacher Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Cable Hammer Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- One-Arm Cable Curls: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Crunches: 4 sets of 25-30 reps
- Oblique Crunches: 4 sets of 25-30 reps
- Lying Leg Raises: 4 sets of 25-30 reps
Abs: 5 Days A Week
Suggestions For Others
No matter what level of progress your on, or what your goal may be, the health and fitness benefits of eating clean and having a good exercise/workout program are priceless! You're as old as you feel!