Before: Age: 16 Height: 5'7"
Weight: 135 lbs Body Fat: 19%
Max Bench: 120 lbs
Max Curl: 60 lbs
Max Deadlift: 140 lbs
Max Squat: 135 lbs
After: Age: 18 Height: 5'7" Weight: 168 lbs Body Fat: 10%
Max Bench: 230 lbs
Max Curl: 135 lbs
Max Deadlift: 320 lbs
Max Squat: 315 lbs
Why I Got Started
Growing up, I was always one of the shortest kids in school and never really had much muscularity. I was never fat, but my physique was always 'doughy' and soft.
My excuse for not lifting weights was that I was waiting for my growth spurt. But, by the end of 10th grade I realized since my mom is 5-foot-1 and my dad is 5-foot-5 and I haven't grown at all in the last year, I figured a growth spurt was wishful thinking.
I was a decent swimmer at that point, but nothing special. I envied the other more muscular and fast swimmers and wanted to qualify for regionals like the elite swimmers. I decided to give it my all to train with weights to become a better swimmer and reach my goals.
Click Image To Enlarge. I Decided To Give It My All To Train With Weights To Become A Better Swimmer And Reach My Goals.
By the end of 11th grade, with the progress I made, I successfully qualified for regionals. Months later, I surpassed my expectations and qualified for YMCA nationals and even received letters from college swim teams. However, I ended up loving the sport of bodybuilding even more than swimming.
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I'm a strong believer in Johnnie Jackson's methods of never doing the same workouts and hitting everything from different angles. I always mix up heavy and light as well as high reps with low reps. You always have to shock your muscles and try new things.