Growing up, I was influenced by my father who constantly worked out and bragged about his biceps. Like any young kid, I wanted to be more like my dad. The only problem was I couldn't weight lift at such a young age because I thought it would be bad for my health.
Throughout the years, I played basketball and soccer and competed in karate. I was more athletic than most kids despite being naturally thin. I had natural strength and used it in every aspect. I finally had enough of kids pointing me out as being small—nothing made me angrier. I only weighed 103 pounds as a high school freshman, though, so they had a point.
My sophomore year, I joined the wrestling team and continued to impress my coaches with my athletic ability. I quickly moved up the ranks on the team at a nationally renowned wrestling school. I never took it seriously until my sophomore year. At that point, I couldn't get enough of it. I kept lifting more and more. Now I rival my dad in strength.
Impressing my dad drives me to get better and keep putting on muscle. Filling myself with all the latest motivational videos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kai Greene always gets me pumped up. The fascinating thing about bodybuilding is that you can never get too much of it. There is always something that needs to be improved no matter how big you get.
At first, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who showed me the world of bodybuilding and made me want to have something I can always be proud of. I could say Arnold is my motivation. But when it comes to inspiration, I'd have to say it comes from Kai Greene. His philosophical talks and how he describes the way he feels when he wins is unbelievable.
On days when I don't feel motivated to work out, I get on the computer and watch some motivational videos. Then I put on sweats and a heavy jacket to get my blood pumping.
My plan is to put on more weight. Then I will enter many local bodybuilding competitions and hopefully start my own gym.
Use the feeling you get from people mocking or calling you small to your advantage. When you get under the bench press bar, think about everything that makes you angry and use it to be stronger.
Kai Greene is the man I look up to. From watching all of his videos, you can see why he is the people's champion. He has many great videos where he talks about the philosophical side of bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding.com helped me with supplement facts. I also use the rating system for every product I'm interested in. I like how the site lists the winners of the annual best supplements of the year and how clearly it shows the science of how supplements work.