I know this is really corny, but I was looking through my facebook photos recently and I stumbled upon some old photos. Like many facebook holders, we have pictures dating wayyyyyy back in the timeline. Well I am no different from that norm. I have pictures from junior high, high school, college, and ofcourse the present. Well in looking through these photos I can’t help but laugh. I laugh at myself because in all of these photos I did some form of working out which entail lead me to believe I was “jacked.” Allow me to show you.
The first picture is me at the end of my freshmen year in college. I had been working out with weights for about a month at this point and I felt jacked. Truthfully, I was on the beach with my friends and I was one of the only guys with my shirt off because I thought I was so jacked! Funny Funny
Second photo is me mid-summer following the completion of freshmen year in college. Now at this time I did zero cardio, didn’t eat right and pretty much trained arms alot. It’s so funny because when I think back to my early days of lifting weight all I remember doing is training arms. When I would go into the gym to train back and biceps, I would rush through back as quick as I could to hit my bics.
Next photo is a MAJOR throw back! This was me in my senior year of high school! I was doing cross-country and we ran mucho miles a day. We did alot of bodyweight stuff at the beginning of our practices such as push ups and sit ups, plus we ran, therefore I thought I was jacked. At the time I didn’t lift actual weights at all. Crazy though my legs look huge in this picture.
Finally we have me at some point of my sophomore year in college. At this time, I was still pretty much doing what I had been doing the year prior. This being only lifting and no regard to cardio, diet, or progressive overload. I would just lift for a pump and when I felt good I would call it a day.
I love looking at these photos. I love looking at these for a few reasons, and please be aware I am NOT trying to sound conceded. In saying that, these photos do show me how far I have come, but not just in a visual sense. During the times of these photos, I was not strong at all. I followed no program and I had no fitness goal to chase after. I just wanted to go in and look good. I had no idea what a compound lift was. I had never squatted or deadlifted. I just curled, lat pulldown’d, dumbbell flat benched and did some shoulder flyes every now and then. I am sooo grateful now with what I have learned along the way. I now love squatting and deadlifting. I look forward to hitting the bench, to adding chains to the bar and forcing out reps. I realize the importance of progressive overload and how muscle develops. I understand the focal point that nutrition plays in all of this fitness world! I am just so happy that I have continued to pursue this hobby and learned all along the way. And I know, the learning is FAR from over.
One more point that I HAVE to mention before I end this rant. Through looking through these photos and reminiscing all the way to this current day, one thing still stand strong. That thing being my love for weight training 🙂 . In today’s world, weight training is pretty much my life. I train, I instruct my classes and my clients and I am trying to expand my weight training business! Even back then though, I can remember on numerous occasions hitting the gym at ridiculous hours because I HAD to get my gym session in. Two circumstances in particular really stand out to me the most. One being my sophomore year in college. At the time I was working at the school library. Now the library was open 24 hours. The overnight crew came in at 11:30 PM. It was a Thursday night, I remember this because at the time “Jersey Shore” was UBER popular. The new episodes aired on Thursday night and I had to always miss them due to work. Anyways, on that particular day I had yet to hit the gym. Our campus gym was also open 24 hours so after finishing my shift and changing my clothes at my dorm, I headed straight out the door and to the gym. Obviously the gym was empty, but I remember having one of the best workouts because of it. I came back to my dorm at roughly 1:30 and I felt like a million bucks.
The second story is quite similar. This time the scene is set in the summer of my sophomore year. I went to the gym at midnight on the dot and trained arms. I remember my arms felt super pumped and the way the overhead lighting shined down on my arms things just seemed THAT much bigger. I could not get enough if it. I stayed there for more then 2 hours. When I finally got home it was past 2AM and I recall mixing my whey protein powder with my casein protein powder for the first time and it being the absolute best protein shake ever. So comical how you remember such minor details so vividly. I didn’t care that is was the middle of the night, I loved that lifestyle, and I still love it today 🙂
So that is my two cents for the day. I hope you enjoyed my throwback Thursday and if you have any throwback stories you would like to share, please let me know!
As always keep pushing your limits!
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