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What Sparked Your Passion in Bodybuilding?


#1

I am curious how people first got into bb, how old they were etc.

I think i read a Where's Waldo book about 15 years ago. In one scene you were supposed to find Waldo in a beach scene. I remember bodybuilders on the beach, some had huge upper bodies and no legs, some had huge legs and no upper bodies, some were balanced. This is the earliest I can remember even thinking about muscles. I was around 8.

Then there was the barbell set my dad got me for xmas when i was about 10. If he says I spend too much time in the gym i call him out.


#2

About a year and a half ago I got pretty ill and lost a lot of weight. It took a while to get well, but I did though it left me pretty weak and out of shape. Prior to this I taught LEO/Corrections defensive tactics, martial arts and combatives and I was very physically fit and active. I was doing pyramids, hindu push ups, hindu squats and handstand push ups.

So when I got wiped out...well it pretty much pissed me off. I determined to get well and get back in shape. As I mended up I started reseaching suppliments like Creatine which led me to this site a little over a year ago.

So I read just about every article on the site and learned how much I didn't know about weight training. For the last year I trained pretty much for strength with lots of set and low reps. It has worked very well and I'm stronger now at almost 42 than I was at 21. I've gained strength and some size all over. Now I'm changing my work out up a bit to gain a bit more size/muscularity.

So thats my story...


#3

No one, honestly. When I was about 13 I was always one of the weaker ones in my age group, so I trained whenever I could to try and get stronger. (i wasn't very good, I just did loads of sit-ups, push ups and step-ups thinking it would build muscle) However, I didn't do very well and the constant bullying I recieved got the better of me so I stopped for a few years.

After looking at myself and realising I was bordering on anoerexic (sp?) I went to a gym, ate what my dad told me to (Steak, eggs, haggis - he's scottish) along with weight gainer shakes and put on 28lbs in 5 months. (7.5 stone to 9.5 stone)

Ever since then I've gone been quite regular over the past year and a half. I haven't made the progress I should of though, I've been quite in-consistant at times.

Right now I'm 11 stone with fairly low bodyfat (10-11%) so 49lbs in just over a year isn't too bad!


#4

about a year ago a group of friends and i started working out in one of my friend's basement. he actually had a semi-decent set up, we just did a lot of benching, pushups, curls, tricep-work, and dips it wasnt much but for me it was a enough to create a spark which ignited an inferno.

as the time progressed less people would show up or be less consistent but i went every single day, sometimes my friend whose house it was wouldnt even work out. eventually that "sometimes" became a never and the workouts were eventually called off but it may have been due to his job or something, i cant really remember.

so having the determination and drive that i had i didnt let the lack of equipment stop me. for the next couple of months id just do variatons of pushups, ab-work, and other bodyweight exercises. eventually a friend of mine doated his crappy flat-bench and adjustable dumbbell set which last me a while but ive since out grown it and my cunning isnt enough to suffice for the lack of weights any longer so im checking out gyms for the time being. i actually tested my 1RM deadlift today and did decent with 350lbs.


#5

I'm sure I'm not the only one, but comic books. While my two younger brothers were the athletic ones (I just had no interest), I was into reading, and drawing. ONe day during my 2nd year in college, my friend Scott, who was a few years older, made me go to the school gym so he'd have someone to train with.

I started going every day, really just for something to do socially. Once I noticed changes (a few girls commented! -lol), I was hooked. Years later, out of the three siblings in my family, I look the most like an athlete :smiley:

But in all honesty, I just wanna look like the Batman -lol

Stu


#6

When I was a junior in high school, I ran into an old classmate from 8th grade and he had gotten huge!

He was always a big kid but now three years later he could bench 375.

At 17 I was fairly weak, so that's what ignited the flame for me.

Good topic!


#7

Me and a friend built a "secret underground gym" in his basement when we were like 7. We had a jump rope, boxing gloves which knocked my front two teeth out, bowling balls used for curling, and some other random stuff.

My mom found out (when I came home missing two front teeth) and banned me from lifting weights untill i was 16 because they "stunt your growth".

That being said I didn't officially begin lifting weights untill I was 16 in which I decided to do something about being completely average in all aspects of life.


#8

Part of it was just becoming very dispassionate with weighing 138 and wanting to change.


#9

An injury to my leg in high school forced me to sit out a season of lacrosse and all I did was read Louie Simmons articles, this led me to Dave Tate, Dave led me here and the posters who were active at the time started a small fire in me that grew exponentially when I read Cycles for Pennies for the first time about a year ago.

What got me real fired up was getting asked if I worked out. To some that would be a compliment but to hear someone not know for sure whether or not I lifted(when I had been for a few years) gave me a definite "F this let's get serious" attitude that I carry with me everyday. The fact that I discovered CFP around the same time was great timing for me.


#10

I was big into martial arts as a teen so I lifted a bit just to "tone" and try to look more like Bruce Lee or Vandamme. I weighed about 145 at the time and thought if I gained muscle I would be too slow for MA.

I didn't start seriously lifting until I found a link to this website from an MA website a couple of years ago. Oh and right around that time my wife made fun of me for being so damn skinny. I was 155 at the time and I'm 190 now.


#11

Your not the only one. When I was ill my little boy started to discover Spiderman, Batman, the X Men etc. One day he asked me why I didn't look like those super heroes...

Talk about motivation...:wink:


#12

Spider-Man and Venom


#13

watching pro wrestling when i was in grade school.....


#14

I'm with you on that one man. The first time I saw this guy, it was all over...


#15

wow, its weird you pick him.... My dad went to high school with him.

He also played football with my dad, and lifted weights with him, from what i hear he was a beast in the weight room even as a teen.


#16

march 2007, I actually had somewhat of a gut, thought it was ugly & gross, and I also wanted a cut face, with nice jawline, so I started going for a few months mainly concentrating on losing weight & keeping muscle. I was doing about 12-15, lighter weights, and ended up gaining muscle.

Stopped for a month after a serious car crash, then started lifting heavy & friggin love being big. Gets me lots more attention from the right people (women) and now I gladly take my shirt off at the beach.

Body Building FWT!!!

oh yeah, and the movie 300 also helped out a bit hah :stuck_out_tongue:


#17

Im going to catch some shit for this, but 300 was a ton of shit.

It got me rededicated to my eating because if those guys were huge, then I have it in me block out the sun.

I got into bodybuilding when I was in highschool and didnt figure it out until I got to college that I had to train hard and eat big to grow. I joined a powerlifting gym and began training with some guys MUCH bigger than me. Nothing lights the fire under your ass like being 100 lbs lighter than your buddies.


#18

I was a total fat ass in high school.


#19

I used to love watching "The Incredible Hulk" tv show as a kid. I also was in awe of the male gymnasts that I saw on TV in the summer olympics. I guess I always knew that I wanted to be strong and muscular (I've always been athletic).

From there I found out about Arnold and started reading muscle mags. I wanted to build muscles like the guys I saw in the pictures in those magazines. So, I started researching weight lifting.

Unfortunately, my aunt's husband at the time put a haitus on my training. He had supposedly worked as an athletic trainer for the Detroit Redwings (which later turned out to be a load of BS, turns out the guy was a compulsive liar), and told my mother that lifting weights would stunt my growth and could be harmful for me (I was about 12 at the time).

So, I couldn't start lifting until I was around 16 (and even then I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I don't really count that in my training age). I did a short stint at the local YMCA with a friend of mine, but quickly stopped going when I didn't see any progress (and my friend pretty much stopped accompanying me).

It wasn't until I was 18 and asked for a weight set for Christmas that I truly started my journey into bodybuilding. Since that time I've played with numerous programs, got to train MA under some of the best MA coaches/practitioners in the world and eventually realized that I wanted to really focus primarily on building muscle (or should I say, re-discovered that desire from when I was a little boy). I also put on about 50 lbs of muscle, got a degree in exercise science, and got certified as a personal trainer.

It's been a great journey thus far. But, I honestly wish I had gotten an earlier start, and realized the importance of diet much earlier in the game.

Good training,

Sentoguy


#20

Junior High: Lots of sports. Brother-in-law bought a Total Gym. Used it out of curiosity.

Highschool: Brother bought a set of 10lb dumbells and I started doing curls. Trained in muay thai for half a year.

Year off HS: Started weight lifting like a total fucking noob.

College: Tons and tons of homework, projects, and all nighters. No time for weight training. I started to get fat.

Graduated: Working 9-5 with lots of spare time. Bought a gym pass and did lots of reading. Every once in a while I'll run into someone I haven't seen in awhile and they'll say something like, "Holy shit, you got big!" or stare at my arms and poke.