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My journey started at a young age, long before I even knew. Growing up I was always looked down on, literally, I was much shorter than everyone else from elementary school all the way until high school. Although I was small I had good genes. I was very well in shape, always having a six pack and was very athletic. I was a three sport athlete my entire life playing football, wrestling, lacrosse, along with baseball and soccer for a few years. This is what I lived for, playing sports, being known for my athletic accomplishments, in high school it all made me feel famous. Although I always knew it would come, college came around and I was not ready for my sports career to come to an end. It was that time of year were normal I would be getting ready for the football season to start and I finally realized that I did not have and physical responsibilities like that anymore, and I missed it. I missed pushing my body to its limits, challenging it day in and day out, it was all I knew. Being I was a three sport athlete I was always in shape and knew my way around the gym, but as time went on without sports the gym became more attracting. I realized that the gym would be the only place that I would be able to constantly push my body, I knew what wanted to do. I went to my two friends who I knew were very into lifting, this is when I was introduced to a different style of lifting, bodybuilding. I looked more and more into the bodybuilding world, looking at shows, researching bodybuilders such as how they train and eat. The more I work out with my friends, the more obvious it became to me that this is what I was meant to do. For the first time in two years I felt that famous feeling when in the gym that I did in sport back in high school, it was like I was lost for so long and I finally reconnected to myself.
Along this journey I have faced many challenging obstacles. With a struggling home life living with just my mother and brothers is not easy. The gym helps me cope with these sort of problems, I use lifting as a stress reliever. Although I deal with some sort of obstacle every day, as I’m sure we all do, there were two major setbacks. The first took place senior year of high school when I had to have my back operated on for a severe herniated L5 disc. This was a 6 month recovery period. I am currently dealing with a fractured hip. This recovery I’ll keep me out for around the same amount of time. Although these injuries placed major setbacks on my lifting journey they didn't, and will not keep me down and out. After proper treatment and recovery I will be ready to get back on the grind and continue to make gains.
My motivation comes in different forms from other people. One form of this motivation is the fear of letting certain people down. The few that come to mind are my best friends Steve and Matt who introduced me to bodybuilding, my grandfather who was my number one fan throughout my sports career, and my great uncle who helped me get into college. These people, along with a few others are individuals who have helped me, are my motivation, I cannot let them down. The other form of motivation come from the individuals who hate and doubt. These individuals are the fuel that I add to my fire in order to keep myself going. I refuse to stop until they are all proven wrong. A pet peeve of mine is to see potential and talent go to waste, which is another form of motivation for myself. I have realized that I have good genetics, some that people may kill for and I refuse to be a hypocrite by having my body go to waste. This comes from a quote that my grandfather used to tell me before every game “everyone is given a gift in life... leave nothing on the table”.
When it comes to a weekly routine I do not have one, many people may disagree with this but let me explain. The main purpose when I work out it to aim for hypertrophy, I focus on getting an insane pump for whatever muscle group I am working that day. In order to achieve this at its maximum level I believe randomness is the key. Each day is only one specific muscle group such as on day will be chest, the next back, shoulders, arms, and legs. For each muscle group I like to switch up the order of the exercises and the variations in which I perform them. My reason for this is to keep the muscle constantly on edge, always throwing them off. The reason for this is because when the same movement is continuously done it become muscle memory. Although you may see a weight increase in that exercise it is not necessarily because you got stronger, it’s because you are becoming better at that certain movement. This type of lifting is seen in powerlifters with their maxes. I try to focus on isolation the muscles being used during the exercise the best I can. I also bring a lot of emphasis on the eccentric part of the exercises. This really makes you focus on the muscle which causes a huge pump. I tend to stay in the gym for about 2 hours on average, making sure I warm and loosen up before lifting, and stretch after. Recovery and taking care of your body in these types of ways really makes the difference. I shoot for about 6 exercises and/or about 200 reps.
I plan to take every day as an opportunity to go out and better myself in some way. I refuse to stop the grind until I have made a name for myself and left my mark in a positive way for everyone to remember. I know if I continue my work with John at BBpics this will be very easy to achieve. He does such great work, the best part about it is the passion he has for it. He is very skilled and knowledgeable in his field and he showed that very clearly after our first photoshoot. It was my very first photoshoot and he made me feel very comfortable, is if I have done this before. He is very helpful and will not rest until the perfect photo is taken.
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