I got started in bodybuilding as I lifted through high school to get better at baseball. I was immediately drawn to the weights, the progression, results, and the feeling of breaking down the muscle for a pump. I continued lifting weights through my high school baseball career and loved it. I would even lift weights before games to get a pump and look big in my jersey!
I was definitely one of the bigger kids in high school; usually around 10 percent body fat at about 205 pounds. Like most young bodybuilders, I looked into routines created by pros like Schwarzenegger, Columbu, and all of the old time greats. In doing so, I completely overtrained and under-ate, on top of my baseball practicing and games.
During my first year of college, at age 18, I decided that bodybuilding was my true passion. From there, I began my quest to gain muscle before I started competing. I did my first show in May at the NPC Lehigh Valley. I placed first in the junior class, and fifth in the heavyweight novice!
This sport is truly unique. For the most part, it's an independent journey. I grew up without much social interaction being an only child without kids living near me. I learned to take responsibility for my actions. I was drawn to bodybuilding because mistakes are on me. There are no teammates to screw something up or to blame. In this sport, although you may have support teams around you, only you can make it happen.
I started looking at the great physiques as I got more detailed in my training/nutrition. Schwarzenegger, Ferrigno, Columbu were among the first who inspired me to build the totality of my physique. Of course, my spectrum emerged from the lines of the 70s to the mass of the 90s.
On days when I feel like I can't go on, I think about the sacrifices I made for this journey. That what's going to take me higher in this sport. I have a sense of urgency because I truly want this as my life.
It's good to have people around you with the same mindset. My friend and trainer Mike Pence helped me thru my first prep. He handled my nutrition and occasionally was my training partner. Without him, I wouldn't have had the condition or knowledge. Thanks, Mike.
I plan to put on a good amount of mass during the offseason. My goal is to reach a solid 270-280-pound frame. From there, I'll decide on a competition and go for it full force. In the future, I plan to continue the process of gaining mass and refining it for stage presence, and to one day become an IFBB pro! Until then, I'll continue making improvements and gaining size.
All bodybuilders must accept this fact: nutrition is key. Training styles vary all the time, yet the principles of dieting remain the same.
Antoine Vaillant. I feel like I can relate to his physique. His lines are amazing, he always brings crazy condition, and he continues to pack on size. He'll be getting his pro card for sure.
Bodybuilding.com's Store made it a little easier on the wallet. As most bodybuilders can attest to, this sport isn't cheap! BodySpace and the articles provide good advice, especially regarding contest preparation.
Thanks: To my best friend and girlfriend, Emily. She pushed me to be better day in and day out. She reminded me of the reasons I was going through a difficult journey. To my friends Jeff, Chris, Kev, and Mike for always being supportive and helping any way I needed.