Note to anyone who doesn’t want to read quite a bit, this may be long, it’s just a jumble of things I want to say.
I am currently 17 and a HS Senior. I started lifting during the summer between my freshman and soph years. I started then at 6’1" 135lbs looking like a twig with a bit of a gut. I’ve made it up to 165lbs still at 6’1" sans gut. My first really serious incursion into heavy lifting was last year when I signed up for the weights class my school was offering. With some excellent equipment and a great coach I was able to make some really big gains for the first time in my life. (20 lbs to bench, 30 to squat, 20 to DL in one semester.)
Every day I would come out beaten, fatigued, and feeling like a king. This summer I have been lifting heavy and plan to take two semesters worth of the class again once school starts back up. I have been eating big and clean and I feel better than ever. Lifting has totally changed my life and I now can say I found something I genuinely love and will keep doing till I die. Part of what keeps me going is the negative opinions of others and how it drives me to prove their misconceptions wrong.
I have showed the Nubret picture here to several friends and many have said that difficult to reach that kind of physique and while I don’t know if I can ever look that good, I can damn well try. The crux of motivational criticism that I recieved was earlier today from my own mother, who normally is a great support of my various endeavors. Upon showing her that particular picture and recieved a rather shocking negative response including such statements as “Impossible” and “disgusting” along with “no one likes that kind of body.”
While these are all valid (even though odd) opinions a person can have, the worst came a moment later. I realized I wouldn’t be able to sway her opinion so I made the compromise to end the conversation, at the very least you can admit it’s better to be like Nubret or Zane (who’s picture I had also shown her) than to be a fat lard lad, to which I recieved the response of…not really.
I was dumbfounded by the cultural weakening and crazy conditioning that could cause a woman who graduated from Stanford, who is otherwise very intelligent, to say it’s better to be very fat rather than very muscular.
Aside from my rant there that I hope angered many of you T-men and Vixens out there I would like to end on the better note that this is a special community here and by making this post I can better achieve my goals. Through this site I can actually believe that I can keep lifting hard, eating big, and eventually I will eventually get that great physique I idolize.
I hope someday I can look at some of my idols as peers. I hope someday I can look to some of those greats that have captured my mind and respect, men like TC, Chris Shugart, Prof X, Berardi, all the old greats in bodybuilding, and many, many others here as a brother and sisters in arms waging the battle to reach our own personal perfection. It is here that I can keep my goals in sight, eat big, lift big, and keep aiming for the stars.
Then when I’m a bit older, a lot stronger, and a helluva lot biger, I can look back at the day I posted this and know without any doubt that I took the right path.
Never think you can, know you can.