Throughout my high school years I was always the small kid on my sports teams. I tried hard but never could match my competition physically. I didn’t really lift, just went on an occasional run. When I graduated high school I was a measly 150 pounds. I went off to college and focused the majority of my time on partying, which was becoming a problem. I was like a ship that had set sail without a destination. By my sophomore year I was completely lost, depressed and needed to make some major life changes. At that point, I dropped to my knees to pray for the first time in years.
From there I decided to transfer schools at semester and quit drinking completely. At that point my friends were as most 21 year olds were, “in party mode”. Since I left that lifestyle behind, I needed to put my time and energy into something positive, something healthy. I got my own gym membership for the first time in my life, and started lifting. I didn’t have a diet, a good routine or any knowledge of supplements. But I fell in love with the feeling of pushing my body. I kept lifting, started talking to trainers, researching different diets and routines, the whole nine yards. The gym became my solace and gave me a natural confidence I had never felt.
With my new-found discipline and drive, I sought out an internship with a company I read about in a “Success Principles” book. That internship was in Maui, and last summer I moved there by myself and had the time of my life. I know I never would have had the confidence to move to an Island by myself if training hadn’t become a part of my lifestyle.
Since I began training, I have stayed away from drinking completely. Started fitness modeling, teaching a high school ministries class every week at my church, moved to Maui for a summer and competed in my first Men’s Physique competition in April, 2013. Training gave me the structure I needed to be successful in all areas of my life. It improved my discipline, time management, confidence and overall physical health.
Above all, training has taught me that the only limits we have in life, are the limits we put on ourselves. So take every chance and drop every fear!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013