I often ask myself if I have left it too late to weightlift, as I am nearly 28. Here is how I look at it…
I have always been facinated with muscular physiques from a very early age. WWE (WWF back then) was where I first noticed a strong body. Growing up with the likes of The Ultimate Warrior and Hullk Hogan, I dreamt of growing up like them one day.
I was around 13 when I first picked up a weight. I had a cheap second hand multi-gym in my parents back yard. I used it occasionaly, but I didn’t understand the philosophy behind it all.
When I hit 16, I joined a leisure center gym in Aldersly Wolverhampton and I also used the gym at school, during my free lessons. I did, what I thought, ‘very well’. I was going daily, working out hard. But I never uderstood nutrition and I only did the gyms posing muscles, biceps and chest. I never understood the anatomy of the human body.
I would usually have a good workout and then reward myself with 6 pints of larger and a kebab.
So, the above was my wasted teenage years as a weightlifter. I spent it on the beer and enjoying my life as a young one.
At the age of 19, I met my future wife, moved home, became a dad and had a full time job, life was very hectic at this time.
There was a weightlifter at work who went to the gym on his dinner hour and so I tagged a long on a Friday, again, another lost cause. I had people telling me that I couldn’t do it and I would always be fat.
Moving onto present day, with three children, a wife, a house 100 miles away from my home town. I have finally hit a time in my life where I know my role. We have decided not to have any more children, at least for a good few years, and so I can fianlly conquer another dream.
I’m glad that I have my life settled now and I can settle into the gym. I have tried in the past and failed, I needed to get the more important things in my life before I concentrated on myself.
I am now one year into serious weightlifting, although I have to work around the family. I am just happy that I can now focus on keeping fit and set a good example to my children.
My passion for weightlifting is immense. I eat, sleep and do weightlifting, it keeps me mentaly strong when life gets tough.
I had a dream and now I’m living it…
(I often talk as if I have been lifting for years. I have been lifting for over 2 years, but only for the last 16 months I have taken it very serious)