Watch OUT...Mike Way is COMING your way!
My name is Mike Way. I was born and raised in Waterbury, Ct. I started working out/bodybuilding religiously when I turned 15. Till today I'm am working on my goal of getting noticed and ultimately getting paid for my hobby.
I can remember back to when I was younger, always watching wrestling. I don't know what it was that had me so interested, but all I knew was I wanted to be like them. I remember I'd like showing off seeing who was stronger by wrestling anyone who wanted to wrestle. I'd always win. I basically wanted to be the best at any strength/ power activities. Everyone today tells me I have great genetics for lifting, but I had them before I even started. It must be the French Canadian genetics.
I met my friend Eric Schmitt, who lived down the street from me, at the age of 14. We'd always hangout and I noticed he had a bench press in his room. I was interested in seeing if I could out beat him in weight. I was wrong. He is the one individual who could beat me, and I didn't want this to be possible. This defeat was my motivation to be the best. He's ripped like crazy; this had me interested in incorporating it into my dream of being jacked.
My aunt bought me a membership to the YMCA, and I was intimidated to go. Everyone seemed so jacked, and inside I felt like everyone was looking at me like I were weak or something. I eased my way in after my friend Eric bought a membership too. We started sculpting our bodies into what I would define as pieces of art.
I consider bodybuilding a lifestyle and life lesson in one. I'd consider it a lifestyle only because you have to always be on top of you're training and dieting 24/7. You also have to base you life around positive people and things in order to be the best. The life lessons taught are patience, effort, dedication, motivation, and determination. In bodybuilding, you have to work hard and be patient for what you set you goal at, this is the same thing with life. I've been taught a lot of valuable things when it comes to this sport. One thing is for sure, this is the hardiest work in the world.
Today, as of March 12, 2006, I am 200lbs at about 6 or 7% bf. My height is 5ft 91/2in. My goal is to enter my first bodybuilding contest soon, but it's hard because I've never been to one. My ultimate goal is to make money out of my hobby, if it's possible, and I always hear, "Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it."
I have to thank the exposure I got years ago as winning the "Teen Bodybuilder" on Bodybuilding.com. This was my start to my dream of being noticed. From there I've had tons of people email me regarded tips for training/nutrition/supplements, compliments, and a lot of model agencies. Steve Striker of R.I., which is now my trainer I consult online and sometimes in the gym, is definitely a lot of help. Phil Hall who is editor for PR News did an article for the website and adding me in it as the top person on the site. From there he hooked me up with Carrie McMillan from Waterbury's Republican American (which is my local newspaper), and she did a HUGE article on me. From there I've been working with a photographer named John Mitchell. He is a funny dude I do have to say, also has a lot of positive insights and advice for me. Thanks to all the people above for helping me on my road to success.
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