I was in my freshmen year of college. I had barely touched a dumbbell before in my life. Weightlifting was the last thing on my mind. I was much more concerned with experiencing college and living the "four best years of my life." I was finally in a dorm and living on my own. No more answering to parents and more time to do the things I wanted to do. So I did what any typical college student would do: be lazy, play video games all day, and pig out at the dining hall. I was definitely becoming somewhat of a slob. During one of my weekly phone calls home, my father told me that my younger brother had started working out. No real thoughts from this came to my mind besides "good for him." I continued on with my college lifestyle and progressively I started gaining weight. I wasn't so much getting fat, but I was definitely not headed in the right direction.
About a month or so later I made my first trip back home. As I walked in, I joyfully went through the house, grateful to see my family again after time away. I then asked my parents where my younger brother was. They told me he was downstairs working out. As I entered the basement, I could not believe my eyes. There was my brother, except a much bigger, stronger brother from when I had left for school. My head was immediately rushed with emotions of anger, jealousy, and of course respect. I complimented my brother of his accomplishments, and quietly walked away.
As I returned back to school, the thought of my younger brother of 3 years being stronger than I was ate me up. I am supposed to be the bigger, stronger older brother; I can't let him tower over me. As I sat in my dorm I realized I had to make a change. Then, I made a commitment to myself; I was going to start going to the gym. Not only go to the gym, but go to all my classes, do all my homework, and really start taking control of my life. A few days later, I received a basic lifting routine from one of my friends. As I walked the path to the school gym for the first time all semester, I thought to myself, "This is day one of a very long, bumpy road ahead." I am proud to say that to this day, I am still fighting my way down that long road and I do not see quitting in my future.
I love working out because of the rush that you get from it. There is nothing better than pulling up that last dumbbell row, re-racking after that last bench press, and fully squeezing your biceps as you complete your last curl. I love knowing that I pushed myself and the results come as a reward. There is no team in bodybuilding; it is just you out there. If you cheat, you're cheating yourself. If you don't push yourself, you don't succeed. There is no one else to rely on, you control the outcome in the gym and I love that. I love working out most though because in the gym is where I feel my absolute best; it is my sanctuary, and I am thankful that God blessed me with the ability to lift weights. Living a fit lifestyle is the best way to live.
I get motivation almost everywhere I look. My family is so supportive of my efforts in the gym. They see me and they ask how my workout went, what my body goals are for the future. Seeing their concern gets me so fired up. Knowing that they are keeping me in-check makes me want to keep pushing. Seeing my friends and "foes" in the gym keeps me going as well. I like to think I am also self-motivated. My constant pursuit of perfection is/has kept me going 110% since day one and I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. It's addictive, this whole lifestyle. Eating right, sleeping adequately, and training hard. You just get so use to it and ultimately end up falling in love with it all. As I said earlier, I hit the gym every morning at 6 a.m. 5 minutes after I wake up, I am wide awake, I am ready to hit this day with a purpose and get after it. Watching the sunrise through the windows of the gym as I perform rep after rep gives me the confidence that I can accomplish anything. All those reasons and a million more, keep me motivated to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Seeing my brother more muscular than I was originally made me want to achieve my goals. Now that two years of hard training has passed and progress has been made, I want to see how far I can go. Knowing that the sky is the limit is what makes me want to achieve my goals.
Well, my number one goal is to continue to build a bigger, better physique. On top of that, I would love to step on stage this summer and compete for the first time. I feel like I have a lot more work ahead of me though until I will be stage ready. I really would like to be featured in a fitness magazine. Whether it be Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Health, any of those muscle magazines. I love flipping through those magazines and seeing these amazingly built guys featured on every page. To be able to lie on a page of one of those magazines would be such an honor. Also I would love to attend the Arnold Classic Expo this year!
Never quit. Stick with a routine and continue to make strides. Weightlifting is a mental act, as much as it is a physical one. So many times your mind will tell you to quit, to give up and stop going to the gym. You need to be headstrong through these tough times. You need to stay positive and blast through these plateaus. Whether it be a mental plateau or a weightlifting one, you need to believe in yourself and your abilities and barrel through it. When you finally get to the finish line and look back on the progress you've made: when you see where you are, compared to where you came from, you'll be glad you never quit.
Greg Plitt is definitely number one. He has an unbelievable physique. I love his workouts and the mentality he takes every day. I strive to one day be like Greg Plitt. I really like all the physique competitors for that matter. Ryan Hughes is definitely up there. Steve Cook, Alex Carneiro, Matt Acton, all these guys have athletic builds that just leave you scratching your head wondering how they got there. One day, I'll be up in the ranks with these guys.
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