Name: Ben Thompson
Body Weight: 250 lbs
Body fat: 40%+
Waist: 46 inch
Bench: 180 lbs
Deadlift: 205 lbs
Squat: I was so out of shape I couldn't balance to perform a squat, I would fall over.
Before I started lifting seriously I dieted down to 165 pounds to prove to everyone I will never be fat again.
Body Weight: 205 lbs
Body fat: 15%
Waist: 34 inch
Chest: 43 inch
Why I Decided To Change Your Body?
I was sick of being made fun of. My whole life people said I would always be fat. When I got skinny people said the only way I would ever gain weight is if I turned into the fat kid again. I was sick and tired of people saying this and wanted to prove them all wrong. I felt that the way I looked made people judge me without knowing me as a person.
It wasn't so much changing my self to make others treat me different, but changing because I knew I could be a much better person. I would do anything to accomplish that. Nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my goals - I would do it by myself.
I saw it as a journey to benefit not only myself, but also to improve my character, will power, determination, self discipline, and most importantly the satisfaction of doing something everybody said I could not.
What Got You Started?
After deciding that I MUST prove everybody wrong I decided to research as much as possible. I began asking for nutrition advice from whoever would tell me anything. I started off with walking, gradually progressing to a light jog, and eventually running. I would lift as often as I could at school and had little knowledge about the sport.
As I progressed and gained more knowledge about my training I started lifting railroad ties and big rocks outside. Eventually people started to notice my gains and began helping me on my journey. I slowly built my own gym in my basement by gathering and making weights/equipment with help from my parents and dads friends.
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Throughout this journey I have never once given up my hard work ethic and always believed that I could improve my self.
When And How Long It Took You?
I started on June of 2005 at a body weight of 250 pounds. In march 2006 I was 165 pounds. I decided I wanted to gain strength and lean muscle and now in December of 2007 I am 205 pounds, and more athletic than I was when I was 165 pounds. So far I have been on this journey for 2 and 1/2 years and it feels like it has just begun.
- Stay as lean as I can and get as strong as possible.
- Set the Canadian record for Raw bench-press, sub junior men under 100 kilo's
- Become an established strongman and power lifter, while maintaining a lean physique and looking and feeling the best I can.