When I started high school, I was small (125 pounds and 5-foot-6), but I didn't feel too small compared to others because I went to a small private school with a few hundred kids. My school had no sports teams or weightlifting classes.
During my sophomore year, I transferred to a public school and was shocked. The school had more than 3,000 kids and sports teams. The guys seemed much bigger than me, but I didn't really think anything of it until the start of my junior year. I was sick of being the small kid and wanted to catch up to everyone else. I wanted to be considered one of the most muscular kids in the school by the time I graduated.
Since then, I have pushed hard and seen massive success. I caught up to and surpassed many of the kids I once considered "big" and I'm still working toward my goal for the next few months before I graduate.
I take a 90-second break between sets. On the last set of each workout, I do a dropset and drop 20-30 percent of the weight and go to failure.
Barbell Front Raise (shown with dumbbells)3 sets of 6-8 reps
2 slices wheat bread with 1 can tuna, lettuce, cheese, and tomato
2 slices wheat bread with 6 slices turkey, lettuce, cheese, and tomato
My first day in the gym was hard, but I loved every second of it. It felt awesome knowing all the work I put in would show. Every time I leave the gym, I can't wait for the next day to come so I can go back and do it all over again. After a month, I started seeing results and knew I was doing something right. That's when I started to eat right and take it serious; no more skipping days. I was ready to change my body and lifestyle for the better.
Months went by and I loved seeing the drastic changes to my body. Everyone else could see it too. I was constantly getting compliments from my friends. It felt amazing knowing my work was finally being noticed. It's great being able to push myself to the limits to get better in the end. Whenever I'm aggravated or upset, I go to the gym and let it all out.
My parents are the main reason I became who I am today. They always pushed me to do my best and told me to never quit. That's exactly what I did. They were there every day making sure I was working out and eating right. Any time I needed help along the way, they were right there to help or get me anything I needed to be more successful. Without them, this would have never been possible. They are still helping me out to this day.
The people I go to for inspiration are my friends. Most of them love the gym just as much as I do. We are together nearly every day working as hard as we can to achieve our goals. We help each other out and make sure we are giving it all we can. Anytime I'm feeling lazy, they would push and remind me that I have been working for this. They want to make me the best person I can be.
My future plans are to stick with lifting until the end and be the best I can be every day. I have always been interested in competing and have been looking in to it. I have no idea where to begin with it, but I hope to compete one day.
Try your hardest and never give up.
Ronnie Coleman. He is a champ. Eight wins as Mr. Olympia. The amount of dedication he put into be successful is crazy. By the end of my time, I hope that I can put in a fraction of the work he did.
I recently created a BodySpace, but I have been buying supplements from Bodybuilding.com for a long time. I looked up multiple nutrition guides to help me figure out my diet. I also followed a few of the workout routines posted on the site that I found on the forums. They helped me build a solid schedule and benefited me the most.