Ive been lurking around this site for quite a while now.... about a year; and have finally decided to sign up. The wealth of information I found here has enabled me to go from 15,114lbs,5ft8,12%BF To 16,166lbs,5ft10,10% BF in a little over a year; although i know a lot of the weight gain would have happened anyway as I am still growing.
I decided to finally post as i made my way to a gym for the first time today. Everything I had achieved had been done by improvising, or just using my own bodyweight. Such as my bunk-bed for pullups, hindu pushups, calf rasising off a collins word-finder, and using lead weights in a rucksack whilst squatting. You may wonder why I did this, but it's hard to be that self confident about going to a gym at 114lbs; toppling over in the squat rack. That's if there was one. Being from the UK is a huge disadvantage. The furthest weight training goes in most gyms is a set of 40lb dumbbels; sandwiched in a corner next to twenty stationery bikes. This is why I had to go on an hours bus journey, to the nearest, proper, "gym," but damn i felt good for it. Tis a shame that it's going to be a commitment ill struggle to make afterschool, but ive always got my rucksack, a brain and if that fails me, a wordfinder!
My experience, and what ive learned on T-Nation has really put pay to the fact that its 80% about nutrition. Heck I don't even know how much I can squat, deadlift, or bench press. But I do EAT, and eat some more. So thanks a lot you guys for enhancing my self confidence no-end.