The ab crunch machine is where it all started, from that point on I was bitten by the fitness bug. Although I was a little different, I was more interested in looking bigger and stronger compared to looking like a lean fitness model. So in the summer of 1997 at the young age of 12 I remember starting my fitness regime, I would run or cycle twice a week to keep up my fitness and to get stronger I did body weight exercises, such as pullups, press ups, sit ups etc. Doing this worked well, even at such a young age, but I quickly progressed and needed to take the next step - lifting weights.
So, for my 14th birthday my parents bought me something I had wanted since I started my fitness regime, a set of dumbbells. I was ecstatic, I had a set of dumbbells totalling 50lbs, I was finally ready to start lifting weights. For the next couple of weeks I read books on the many different exercises you can do with dumbbells, I must have tried 50 or more exercises, most of which I can't even remember. My favorite of all exercises was the dumbbell biceps curl, which I'm sure is a favorite for many young guys. I distinctly remember doing dumbbell curls twice a week in my bedroom, I remember curling 10lbs each arm for 2 minutes, resting for 30 seconds then starting again for another 2 minutes, I did this for a total of 30 minutes!
By the time I was 15 I had a home gym setup in my parents garage, I had a multi gym, a bench press and a barbell set. I could now perform more advanced exercises to help me get bigger and stronger, I remember doing bench press, chins, deadlift, rows, squats and shoulder presses about 4 times per week and let me tell you, I loved it. I was getting bigger and stronger and my school friends started to take notice!
Today I'm 26 and my passion for lifting weights grows stronger. My training routine consists of a full body workout which I do 3 times per week. I train at my local fitness center which is about 5 miles from my home, so my cardio consists of cycling to the gym. I have always been interested in feats of strength rather than the bodybuilder look, although I must admit I like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but always loved watching world's strongest man competitions. I have been to a few powerlifting events but purely as a spectator, my plan is to compete next year just to see where I rank compared to others in my weight category.