Well, my dad and I were members of the very club I personally train at now when I was a little kid, so by the time I was allowed in the weight room with supervision (11 years old) I started doing some lifting. I have no idea whether someone set my dad and I up on a program or what--I really can't recall what my workouts were like.
I know I usually wore a purple tank top with wristbands around my forearms like Michael Jordan. I know I had pretty decent biceps for an 11 year old, hence the tank top and forearm-high wrist bands. I distinctly remember bench pressing one day, failing with a 60 lb. load and having an older guy help me out.
I remember a plate-loaded leg extension that I used. I'm sure I did bicep curls. I'd then play pickup basketball for at least an hour afterwards.
At one point, my dad crunched some numbers and realized we could quit the gym, but a Nordictrack, Soloflex and hot tub and save money over time. Throughout my teens, I would use the Soloflex for 2-3 months at a time then not use it for another 6-9 months. I'd actually get pretty good workouts with it. I did a lot of mountain biking and commuting to work during the summer on my bike.
Then, senior year of high school, I took weights to fulfill my P.E. credits. Our weights coach was also the varsity football coach, so our program was basically Western periodization training flat and incline bench, squat, and power clean.
I thought he was a dick, but he offered to help me three days a week after school so I could improve my clean technique. He said I lifted the bar like an "untrained gorilla." After two weeks my form got better, and I ended up hitting a max of 235, which was second best in my senior class (we had a weak senior class).
Flat bench was 215, squat was 300 (I didn't try to go any heavier because I thought squats were dangerous) and incline was 175. I probably weighed around 170-175 by the end of my senior year (June of 1998).
Starting in 2001, when I got my first job at this club through a contact I had made in A&D rehab, I began doing full body workouts three times a week. Always the same workout--Smith machine squats, flat DB bench press, DB overhead press, lat pulldowns with 3 different grips, maybe some dips, barbell curls, leg curls and leg extensions.
Becoming bored with this, I hooked up with a trainer who set me up on a series of workouts--4 day upper/lower splits, 3 day bodypart splits, and finally German Volume training. I responded very well to this. One day he said "Hey, go get a certification and start doing this stuff on your own. Read stuff on Testosterone, try stuff out, etc. It's not that hard. You already know people within the club, you could get a job here."
That was in early 2003, and I've been doing this ever since. My training knowledge has evolved dramatically, as has my own training. I haven't done a bodypart/bodybuilding split for a long time--I prefer full body workouts, although now that I teach a group ex class twice a week I've dialed back my training to accomodate that and as a result am getting stronger again.
I pray to stay healthy, and help those around me find the fire, and stay dumb enough to learn as much as I can every day.