I know this will attract a crap load load of “trolling”., however it is something I think about everyday. You see , I feel for people to listen to you in this kind of industry, you have to really walk the walk of training. I used to hate to try to give advice because I felt like I honestly should not, even if I KNEW it was great advice.
It all started when I was younger, and became chronically sick, I lost all ability for any physical action until I was much older and much too late.
I vomited every day , some days every meal. I could not hold my food, and if I did any form of exercise it just aggravated the stomach problem more and more. Eventually I had surgery to fix it , I could not throw up or even burp , therefore I could eat normally finally. At 6 feet 120lbs I was like a toothpick . By a scheduling mistake I was put into weight lifting class and first benched right at 100lbs. I was so jealous when I saw people bench 185, and was even told I would never bench 185. Within 4-5 months they guy who told me that was still benching 195 or so and I hit 200lbs before him. Within 9 months I did a 300lb bench, and when I graduated I was one of the top 5 strongest people at the entire high school.
But I was working on strength training with low reps with the football team ,so I was still just a pole that could bench 300-310 and squat around 375.
From there I got pretty chubby with my waist at 34-35 and kept strength training. Then one day I decided to train for appearance , become a trainer ,and give others the greatest gift I received , a healthy body.
Now I have come a long way , but still regularly feel out of place offering advice and training others. Even though this is what I eat and sleep everyday, I feel I just am not there yet myself. I constantly ask myself questions like
What can I tell people about getting bigger arms, mine are just at 17?
My bench is only 355, why can I offer advice on it?
I think because I was sick so long and knew I looked like a pole for years, my self esteem is low , it sometimes effects my teaching, and even my own training. But then I remember what my coach told me the first day I ever benched.
" In the end, it is not where you start that counts, it is how far you go"
So I go on, and on training, helping whoever I can and eating and breathing this.
Here is my progress so far…90% of the appearance change was done in the last year,