Well, you know me already Gerdy, but here goes:
Been training for 9 years now and started at 5'10 120 lbs with arms of less than 12 inches.
Computer nerd who got tired of being the narrowest, skinniest guy around..
Regular people may never develop the "need" to better themselves/their bodies simply because they are like almost everyone else and think that's the way it's supposed to be or whatever. No drive.
Someone who was so badly below average as me just needs to take a look around to realize that something is wrong.
Anyway... I always sucked at sports (except for my vertical jump and anything jumping-related) and was that guy who was always left on the bench after teams had been chosen during P.E.
At least I kicked ass in just about every computer game there was. Great.
Now back in the day, movies and games with more muscular heroes were far more popular than today... And yet I never thought of just going to the gym. I was flat out ignorant when it came to stuff like that.
Anyway... One fateful day in 98 or 99 or so I saw a book (in a bookstore, where else), it was Arnold's Encyclopedia...
Now I've always read a lot and was fresh out of new sci-fi books to read, and this book in front of me seemed to be relatively big.
Reading material for about 4-5 hours tops, I figured (with my reading speed, anyway), but better than nothing.
Bought the book, a gym membership on the same day (since I did indeed finish it that day lol... Of course with no food-breaks...)...
And, lucky me, the guys in that gym actually knew how to train. Me and several of my friends went there and Arnold's not-so-great splits etc were quickly forgotten..
Anyway, at some point I got to read Dante's first thread on the net but only switched to DC years later.
So yeah, rest is history...
Lifting/getting stronger/bigger used to be
a "I want to feel comfortable with myself" thing for me.. Back then I didn't think about impressing others (since they always talked negatively about gym-rats anyway) all that much...
No idea if I'm ever going to compete in bodybuilding.. The idea of standing in front of a lot of guys while wearing only a speedo doesn't appeal to me so much
Maybe I'll do a few powerlifting meets instead, we'll see.
For now my goal is to get as big as I naturally can and then be able to walk around at 250 with abs showing later on in life, at most with HRT support...
Been at slightly over 290 this very year, but am down almost 10 pounds due to introducing more cardio and a stricter diet..
And I need to find a damn DC-ready gym again since my old one closed down and I hate slow progress.
Anyway, greetings to all my brothers in iron here.