It was during my early teen years when I started lifting my first dumbbells, but I did not take it seriously and barely knew how to even perform the proper technique. At that stage I was just lifting mainly for sports performance when I was heavily involved in track events, the 100m and 200m sprint.
After few years passing by I just realized how skinny I was and how unsymmetrical my upper body and lower body development was. Knowing that I wanted to make changes to my body, I started spending some time searching on the net, and then I came across the Bodybuilding.com website. From there I started by joining BodySpace, and my transformation gradually picked up.
I like to keep my workout duration somewhere around an hour on average per session. During this time I will make sure that I'm giving full focus on the intensity and tension throughout. The idea during the workout is to always focus on the contraction and technique rather than pulling/pushing the weights on and off. Keep it steady and I can assure you will highly likely to stay away from injury.
Example of my training splits:
Gradually increase the weight as the reps decrease.
Sprint Training10 sets of 50 meter sprints
Sprint Training10 sets of 50 meter sprints
One of the most important things that I would like to stress about nutrition is to eat healthy food whether you are just living a healthy lifestyle or doing sports. If you eat crap you will be crap! Healthy food to me can be defined as: whole food, non processed food and definitely not fast food, etc. My principle is easy - ensure you have a balanced diet which includes nutrition from a variety of food sources and keep the food intake at every 3-4 hours containing a portion of protein, carbohydrate and fats. This routine puts your body in a prime mode, which will accelerate fat burning. In other words make sure you NEVER skip your meal if you want to stay lean.
Anytime I'm hungry I will snack on raw almonds to keep me full and drink loads of water to suppress hunger. Changes in the volume of carbohydrates will vary from time to time depending on my goal. At the end of the day the total macro intake will determine if calories are in surplus or deficit.
I have tried few supplements out there on the market experimenting what works well for me, as far as it goes I like to keep it to the basic to ensure efficiency on the body absorption.
Bodybuilding gives me the feeling of satisfaction. It is a long term process which indeed needs a lot of patience and determination to succeed. I would say that this is one of the best sports out there that really challenges your brain if you are considering yourself a competitive bodybuilder.
To me it is also something that can keep you away from bad habits like smoking as you are responsible for the development of yourself. This triggers determination and discipline!
Day in and day out make it possible to stay motivated! Seeing result is one of the reasons. But being fully responsible towards the development of yourself is huge. I would also say that when you are healthy a lot of great benefits out weight negativity.
I want to be the best at what I do, and help others to achieve their goals as well.
Having the best natural fitness physique possible, and doing my best to help others achieving their goals. I do believe helping others for greatness and seeing others transform for the better. Keep pumping!
First thing first, drop the ego down! Always allow yourself to keep learning things; you might think you know all but there's a lot more that you can learn. Ensure that you keep it consistent, and visualize your goals by breaking them into smaller ones, creating a daily routine. Stick to it and you will be successful in bodybuilding and in life! One last thing: NEVER let anyone tell you what you cannot do! You determine what you are to become, not others!
Kris Gethin! He is really a role model, and really inspiring to me! I learned a lot from him in many aspects. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the all-time bodybuilder for the symmetry and principles that he holds. Not forgetting also my coach Pierpaolo Belich from Italy.
I use everything on this site to learn, don't compromise! There's really a lot of information that you can gain from it. As for my favorite I spend most of my time in the Articles section.