It’s been a long road since picking up my first set of weights back in 2005. I went through years of self-study on lifting and nutrition only because back then we had limited resources to find information, unlike now where every second person seems to be some type of trainer.
After completing my personal training certificate in 2007 I decided to make a huge change and take that very big leap into a proper gym. I felt insecure and lost and quickly turned to stimulants like pre-workout to be a way of bribing myself to even think of going to the gym.
A couple of years passed and I found my balance with work, meal prep, and training. I looked lean (skinny to me) and felt like i had so much energy, what made it so easy was how it all became a very simple pattern. I would prep all my meals for the week on Sunday and train every single day no matter how I felt and this quickly became the simplest routine of my life. It was so simple and I didn’t allow anything else to come into my life to upset it, until I was ready for the next step and tried my hand at competing in the Natural league.
I was never one to settle for average or the “that will do” mentality so I stepped way outside my comfort zone and paid for my very first coach who lived almost 2 hours away but I was dedicated and knew I needed to test myself against the very best in the natural world. I made the drive every week for that unforgettable 45min session that gave me a lifetime of experience which helped shape who I am today.
The next 4 years were very busy while working fulltime as a builder and moving jobs into demolition. I was also dedicating all my spare time training in preparation for more competitions, but this time they were held in other states and even a few overseas. I have learned a wealth of knowledge from a couple of coaches but for the most part, I had coached myself. The growth that I gained from coaching myself has given me the confidence and experience I can now share with others. Learning to listen to my body was the hardest part to grip, but building on my attributes will forever be with me and it could have never happened without the lessons I learned along the way.