Weight: Fat (I never tracked my weight from the scale)
I never really was into measuring my arms, legs and all that. I have always taken pictures and watched the mirror for my progress. Pictures are probably the best way to watch yourself though, since you can look at yourself in the mirror everyday and you won't notice you're changing.
Plus your stats really have nothing to do with how complete your physique looks. Yeah it would be cool to have 20-inch arms but I'm about the overall package and if I never had 20-inch arms, but I had a close to complete physique I would be happier with the complete physique.
Why I Got Started
I was always the fat or chubby kid. I always got made fun of and elementary school and middle school. My parents would always try to get me to lose weight by offering to buy me stuff or pay me if I lost 10-or-15 pounds but of course I would never stick with it long enough.
I remember one time I lost 7 pounds from going to a local gym with my parents and I thought I was big stuff. I always gained weight back, if not more weight. At that same time, I remember some huge guys used to always workout in the back corner of the gym and yell and lift crazy amounts of weight.
When I was 13, I started playing football in middle school. Before that, I didn't want to play football because it didn't seem fun to me when I started in 3rd grade. I liked middle school football a lot! Plus that's when we started lifting weights.
Like I said I was always a bigger kid, but also chubby, so lifting weights came really easy and fun for me. I always stayed after practice and after school for the coaches to help me lift more and teach me different exercises.
I finally picked up my first Flex magazine. It had Dennis James on the front cover and I would flip through the pages and it looked so crazy to me! I remember seeing the ad with Lee Priest in his off season with a huge gut as a before picture then him doing the Iron Man with crazy conditioning and his hair was bleached white!
I remember seeing Ronnie Coleman doing triceps, Darrem Charles doing biceps and I had no idea who these guys were! All I know is I wanted to look just like them because they looked crazy! They weren't fat like me, that is what I wanted to look like. I started educating myself on bodybuilding, diet, exercise and working hard and I just started doing it! I have been at it ever since, still learning and educating myself on bodybuilding.
How I Did It
I just got tired of being nothing. I wanted to be different and stand out from others. I figured if I want something bad enough I have to make it happen, no one else is going to do anything for me.
Usually I take protein powder and a multivitamin but I have been getting ready for a show since October 2007 and I have been eating all real food and no supplements. I am actually 4 days from the show now! I take ephedrine before the show. I take a multivitamin to get all the nutrition in.
I take a digestive enzyme with my meals to help with digestion. Dandelion root for a diuretic before the show and that's about it. I'm not too big into supplements; it's good to use what you need but don't go overboard there is no point.
My diet as of now is real simple since I'm getting ready for the show. I eat steak and whole eggs every meal for 4 meals. I have an after workout shake after I get done lifting that has carbs, protein and creatine in it.
Every 72 hours I get a carb meal that consists of pasta, sweetpotatoes, and rice! In the offseason I would be eating more of a well-rounded diet with more carbs but still basically the same thing. I work better on high fats and high protein.
Usually my training changes almost every week, but I like to keep things the same sometimes so you can really focus on those particular exercises and get stronger.
- Monday: Chest & Biceps
- Tuesday: Quads & Hams
- Wednesday: Off
- Thursday: Shoulders & Triceps
- Friday: Back
- Saturday: Calves & Abs
- Sunday: Off
For bigger body parts I do 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps. The reps just depend on how I am feeling though. I sometimes have been known to do 25-or-100 rep sets to really burn more calories while still stimulating the muscle with something different and holding on to your size when dieting. I don't do that too often but it's a nice change in pace.
I love keeping the rest time between sets really low about 30 seconds at the most. Even though you might have to lower the weight it really throws you for a loop the next day! I also like taking my time between sets so I can be stronger that particular day. I really gauge my workouts on how I feel that day, but they are always pretty intense.
Suggestions For Others
Educate yourself and work your butt off. No one is going to hand you anything, ever. If you want something bad enough you will do it, no matter what. If you need help staying motivated, get a trainer to help you out.
I have a trainer helping me get ready for my show in a couple days and he is crazy! So I don't ask questions I just get the job done. Forget moaning and groaning; always get the job done no matter how much you have to suffer - that's the mindset I chase my dreams with.
I don't know what God has in store for me in this sport, but I know I will continue to work my butt off and see where I end up. I hope you do the same! I know you can do it. If a person like me who loves food and is usually a lazy person can do this, really anyone can. Don't be a "could have been," go get your dreams at all costs.
Keep yourself surrounded by support and people who love you, or else you will never have anyone to enjoy your success with. My family, friends and girlfriend are my support system, without them I wouldn't be anything at all.