How Did You Get Started?
I was 19, and the girl I was with for a year cheated on me. I had a friend that was into working out, and I decided to focus all my pain, hurt, and frustration on the weights. I started lifting and became addicted, quit smoking cigarettes, and within six months gained 40 pounds. I fell in love with the pump and proceeded to get my personal training certification to really learn what I was doing. And yes, I got my ex jealous! Since then, I have just continued to explore all the facets of physical fitness, and after ten years of experimentation I have discovered bodybuilding is my true passion from now on.
What Is The Hardest Part Of Making The Transition From Civilian Life To Military Life?
That was a long time ago; I would say the shock and awe of contradictory rules and regulations of being "owned" by the government. They control everything and even the terminology is enforced. That and being introduced to a world of different backgrounds and lifestyles; it changes you, forces you to be disciplined and obedient.
Being from Boston I grew up around the Irish and Italians mostly, I didn't know people chewed tobacco until I joined the Army! People from the "bible belt" tripped me out with their slang and habits and were very foreign to me. In the long run it made me a more efficient leader and able to better understand society as a whole.