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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!
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
1. 20 wide grip behind the head pulups
2. Deadlift 405
3. 275 bench
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.
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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| current weight: 178.0
hope all is good with you!
2334 days ago
have a great and healthy Easter!
2341 days ago
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
2461 days ago
Great page. :)
I wanted to come by and tell ya to ...
WORKOUT LIKE A FREAK !!!
You look Great !!!
2712 days ago
Excellent thought! Thanks for the comment on the blog! allen
2733 days ago