Why I Got Started
I used to be a professional motocross racer, and anyone who is familiar with the sport knows what it does to your physique. When I was racing competitively I stood at 6 feet and 135 pounds! I suffered a very serious injury (compression fractured 4 vertebrae in my back, broken ribs and a bruised heart) and I decided to step away from racing.
During my recovery I was pretty depressed with how I felt and especially with how I looked. Everyone always referred to me as the "skinny, lanky kid" and I remember I looked into the mirror one day, unhappy with how I looked and said "wow, I need to do something about this."
I'm a very competitive person and needed something to push myself at, and I soon fell in love with bodybuilding. I started training about 5 years ago, in late 2006.
How I Did It
I did a TON of research on Bodybuilding.com forums and learned as much as I possibly could and starting putting it all to use. I am the type of person that if I commit to something; it's 100% or don't do it at all!
I remember when I first started getting into working out and eating correctly all of my friends thought I was crazy, and always said "you will never get muscular or ripped like those guys you see in magazines." I made it a point to prove them wrong! I gained around 50lbs within the first year, I seriously changed my lifestyle and my friends were blown away.
Now being a full-time personal trainer/nutritionist, I use this example with my clients all the time. Don't EVER put limits on yourself, because if you really commit you can do amazing things!
Staying consistent with my workouts and diet was the biggest role in my progress and how I got to where I am today.
Suggestions for Others
My biggest tip for staying motivated is to keep your ultimate goal in mind all the time! I use this myself and also tell clients to do this; ask yourself this question every night when you're lying in bed … "Did I do everything I could today to reach my goal?"
If you can continue to say "yes" to this question, I guarantee the results will be more than enough to keep you motivated!
Gabriel Guzman, Photography By Guzman