posted on Mar, 31 2015 @ 03:46 PM
I wanted to start a new thread to see if there are any other ATS members that are involved in the sport of bodybuilding or similar activities related
To begin, I will describe how I became interested in this, and a little about the related future goals that I have:
So I was always the short kid - and I mean really short. I was hung on the coathangers at school, I was an easy target. And I will never
forget the handful of times that I was struck by so-called "friends" doing sucker punches and catching me off guard, knocking me to the sidewalk. I
looked several years younger than my peer group. I weighed a whopping 70 pounds as a freshman in high school, wrestling in the 105 pound weight class
(yes, I got my *ss handed to me).
10 years later I'm not so small, and I've discovered a passion for weight lifting and transforming my body.
This sport is so scientifically interesting to me - because you can literally change parts of your body by continually putting them under stress (the
ribcage is an interesting one - certain movements and breathing techniques help bodybuilders to develop more open/wide ribcages - a feature very
noticeable on bodybuilders in some of the poses).
Bodybuilding requires not only exercise, but also nutrition and sleep regimens that can be difficult to maintain.
As for myself, I have a job that sometimes requires me to work for 90 hours a week, which pretty much eliminates any plans I would have for going to
the gym, getting 7+ hours of sleep per day, or doing my meal preparation. But when the work schedule is manageable (40-50 hours), which a lot of the
time it is, I try to stick to my regimens/plans as much as possible.
In the past year I've really made some progress, and last week I deadlifted 345 lbs (weighing at 155 and 5 foot 6), a new personal record for me. It
was only 1 rep, but I did it 3 times and I know once I've practiced I will eventually be able to do multiple reps.
As for the diet part of things - there are so many helpful nutritious items that can really boost your growth. But I want to save that topic for its
own thread, which I will make in the weeks to come.
Also, I plan to compete next Spring/Summer (if my work schedule allows for it), going into my first amateur bodybuilding competition at the age of 26.
Anyway, this is something I have a life passion for - something I plan to pursue for decades to come. And because ATS is an extended family of mine, I
wanted to share my passion with you all and find out if others out there may also be into this sport.
There have been a few threads about this in the past, but that's why this is "Current ATS Members into Bodybuilding/Fitness Competitions?".
Looking forward to hearing from others about this. I know bodybuilding gets a bad name from self-centered egotistical jerks and roid-heads, but in
my experience and my own beliefs bodybuilding has been nothing but a positive thing for me, and some of the most caring/thoughtful people I've ever
met are competitive bodybuilders - SO DON'T BELIEVE THE STEREOTYPES. A few juice heads shouldn't be giving everyone a bad name.
I will close with this : whether it is lifting weights or perusing the forums on ATS, I always try to contribute my efforts, give it my best, and
encourage/lift others up while doing so. Thank you ATS