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Thanks for viewing my page. Since your here, I might as well tell you my bodybuilding story...

I started bodybuilding about 18 years ago. I had already been doing martial arts for many years, so I had good push-up strength, but not much else. As a teenager, I was especially scrawny and underdeveloped.

My Dad and I would go to the Dojo before school and hit the weights - based on Arnold's Encyclopedia of bodybuilding. Unfortunately Dad's enthusiasm waned pretty quickly (after about 2 weeks).

Somehow I built a bit of a foundation in my teen years - I proved to be especially strong at bench-pressing. My chest grew, but nothing else really - probably because I didn't enjoy training anything else! If only I knew then what I know now! I would have ate like a horse and lifted like crazy.

After high-school I took a personal training course - the CPTN (Canadian Personal Trainer Network) It was a course geared mostly towards weight training. It wasn't because I wanted to train other people so much, as I just wanted to train myself correctly and not have to pay anyone else.

I got serious into my training after that - eventually working as a Personal Trainer at the Y, and also I joined a local powerlifting club.

I powerlifted for a year. A scrawny tall guy like me... NOT cut out for powerlifting. But I finally got to learn from some real strength coaches! I got up to a 350 deadlift, 250 bench, and 330 squat. Also, I noticed that my chest got bigger, and my ass got bigger. (the glutes from all the deadlifts and squats). And I got fatter.

Not a good look for me! Narrow shoulders and fat, with thick glutes!

I finally got away from that, and realized I wanted to look good as well as being powerful. As a matter of fact, I didn't even care that much about being powerful... Over the next few years of on and off training I focused only on my shoulders. Didn't train legs at all! My ass shrank, my shoulders grew (a little). Finally I looked a bit more proportionate. And I lost about 45 pounds. (from 210 to 165)

I had a few rough years (life will do that huh?) and I lost a lot of muscle. But after that, I went to college, and there was a great new gym right on campus. Over that 2 1/2 years I worked on gaining everything back. Not only did I gain back what I wanted, I even added more to my shoulders, back and arms - during last term I hit a major goal: 20 consecutive chin-ups. But still I was soft, at 185. No abs!!

And this brings us up to now. I'm down to about 178, and I'm feeling strong. I've got my diet finally cleaned up; I eat very "zone" - 3:2:1 carbs, protein and fat respectively, with a focus on fruits and vegitables for the carbs. I am currently cycling my carb days 3 low to 1 moderate.

I'm also trying to stay balanced with my training. I am currently hitting the weights hard every other day, with cardio sessions in-between.

This time I'm going to make it happen. I'm going to carve out my abs with the fire of my will.

This will be my summer of abs!

Member Since: 2/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 400

My Goals:

By March 30, 2009
1. 172 bodyweight
2. Bench Press 185 x 10
4. Deadlift 225 x 10
5. Chin-up x 17
6. Run or Row 2 x 30 minutes weekly
7. Prepare for 10k Sun Run April 19

By June 1, 2009
1. 165 bodyweight ***
2. 21 chinups
3. 315 deadlift
4. 205 x 10 bench

By 2012:
1. 20 wide grip behind the head pulups
2. Deadlift 405
3. 275 bench

My Program:
Men's Health Power Training - 4x a week, push/pull routine.

Cardio 2x a week, once on a workout day, once on an off day. I run as much as my knee will allow. When I can't run, I row. Worst case, I use the stationary bike.

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I've lived all over Canada. Born and raised in Ontario, moved around a lot as a young adult. Did the musician thing in Edmonton for a few years, did the School thing in Winnipeg for a few more. Now I'm in Vancouver for more school, and looking for a real job!

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