In high school I was a fat kid. But unlike many fat kids, I wasn't just a fat kid, I was weak! I had no strength to show for all my bulk. I picked up sports to get active. I was never a great athlete. In fact, when I took the physical fitness test in middle school... I was ranked last in my class! Eventually, I started weight training for wrestling.
I lost weight, improved my appearance, and got stronger in the process! After wrestling season my senior year, I knew I wouldn't have what it would take to continue athletics in college, but I still had a competitive drive. After picking up an issue of FLEX magazine, I was instantly hooked. After the last wrestling practice was over, I was in the gym the very next day and the rest is history!
I don't subscribe to any one theory for bodybuilding training. I've done many types of workouts over the course of my training career and I'll continue to experiment until I'm able to develop my own systematic approach. I like to have a structure and so often I will adapt a magazine routine with slight changes that suit my needs, structure, etc...
I've made great gains mostly from Layne Norton's PHAT split and Eric Broser's P/RR/S training. Right now my training is focusing on adding muscle everywhere but also improving my symmetry by bringing up my arms. I'm open to any training philosophy as long as it centers around hard work and solid principles.
I feel I'm qualified to write for your site because of my experience in the bodybuilding and supplement industry. I'm able to convey that experience in my writing. I am also a licensed physical therapist assistant, so I have a formal education in exercise science, anatomy, physiology, etc...
What sets me apart in this industry is that I was never naturally athletic, strong, muscular, or lean. None of these qualities came easily or naturally to me and I've had to put in above average effort and time to reach my goals. I feel like I can relate to many young lifters that feel like they are unable to make progress. I can also relate to older lifters due to my experience working in physical therapy and understanding how our bodies change as we age.
- 2003 - NPC Midwestern States, Novice lightweight, dnf
- 2005 - NPC Midwestern States, Novice lightweight, dnf
- 2007 - NPC Natural Northern USA, Open lightweight, 6th
- 2010 - NPC Midwestern States, Novice lightweight, 5th; Open lightweight 3rd
- 2010 - OCB Natural Indiana, Novice Short, 3rd; Open Short, 4th
- 2010 - NPC Natural Northern USA, Open Bantamweight, 5th
My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PTmuscle176