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    Apr 03, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    What's up fam? I'm curious to hear of some others success stories on here. I'm new here and want to hear different peoples point of views on fitness, why the got into the lifestyle, and what was the hardest part.

    When i was in high school i was a lineman on our football team. I also did wrestling(went to state championships! icon_cool.gif) But i was incredibly obese. I'm currently 6'5 and in 9th grade i want to say i was 6'3? and i weighed 387 pounds... yeah. I had long heavy metal hair (Was in a metal band at the time) I looked greasy, i was unattractive, and i ate like utter shit.

    I also had weird thoughts about what my body should be. I'm half German, Half Japanese. And i didn't have the cliche ''small'' bodies my Japanese friends. But i was way bigger than my German friends... well i was pretty much bigger than everyone icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

    I did get good workouts of course from football and wrestling. But as a lineman i really just needed power over speed. Same with wrestling! it sucked if the guy was faster than me.

    When i was about to get to 391 pounds... i really wondered what was wrong with me. I knew i shouldn't lead this unhealthy lifestyle anymore. So in my junior year of school circa 07. I joined golds gym, and also joined a local boxing gym. I was doing cardio EVERYDAY after school at golds gym. Then i would drive to the Boxing gym and do the classes there.

    I wanted it badly... and i was eating healthy too. In those days i was eating like 3 pieces of chicken and a banana for lunch and dinner icon_lol.gif and also lots of fruits. I eventually lost about 150 ibs, and also became an amateur boxer. I was a local boxer and wrestler in my town my senior year. In boxing my wins were 12-3,and wrestling 8-4. It was a great time between junior and senior year! i totally changed my body in that year and a half.

    When i moved to LA in 2010 i was pretty skinny. I went to film school and i was on and off with fitness for a year. Sadly i gained some weight back icon_evil.gif then i literally just woke up and one day and decided to lift. After that i got a personal trainer at LA fitness! i lost that extra fat i put on. And started lifting almost everyday, as well as doing cardio.

    Now i have been trying to body build for about 2 and a half years now. Currently my max on bench is 375, max on squats is 335, 70 with dumbbells, 40 ibs with lateral raises, 250 on incline, 1000 on leg press, 240 on chest fly etc.

    The only really shitty thing was losing all that fat. I'm getting a lot more tone now! which is great and all. But, since i had all that fat on my arms and legs. I had to burn it off first before i saw a lot more toning in those areas. My legs are still huge and i like them that way. In my kickboxing classes i was known as the tree trunk haha.

    I'm not a perfect body by any means. And, i still haven't hit my ultimate goal. But still... i managed to see a ''metamorphosis'' in my body as i like to call it.

    I want to hear some of the stories from you guys now! what made you decide the change into fitness? what was the hardest part then? what is the hardest part now? what is your ultimate goal?

    Peace.
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    Apr 04, 2014 6:45 AM GMT
    By no means am i a "success story" since im still on the way to what i want my body to be, but i love the progress i've made. I basically came from an overweight family and was dangerously obese. Ive always been huge, so it never really bothered me so much back then, or atleast i never admitted it. I used to play rugby when i was a kid, still have plenty of my old trophies even. But i stopped when i got to university, mostly cause i had a too big a workload, also just out of rebellion (rugby had become my beard and just about the only thing my dad approved of, i didnt enjoy it anymore though). Anyway, thats when i hit the bigtime. Gained alotta weight overnight it seemed and was the biggest id ever been, 265lbs. Eventually i started having complications with my health. The doc said i was starting to show syptomz of high blood pressure, diabetes and possible heart disease all at the age of 19. He sat me down and explained that i was killing myself with all the food i was eating, and that i should find an alternative lifestyle if i wanna live long enough to even have a wedding. That pretty much gave me all the motivation i needed. I started off slow, taking stairs instead of the elevator, having small healthy snacks to nibble on instead of my old "starve most of the day then eat like a beast later" program. I also rearranged my life so to speak. I realized i ate mostly outta stress and a little depression, over the fact that i'd never come clean to anyone about who i really am. That was harder than any gym regiment for me, but i did it slowly too. Started coming out to my friends, then family. As soon as i had that "mind block" outta the way, my life drastically changed. I hit the gym all the time, had way more energy and was way happier. I joined a yoga class and totally fell inlove with it. My teacher (and later boyfriend) was the best motivator and support system ever. We trained long hours together, he gave me so much courage and he helped me really get over alotta stuff in my mind. I also became vegetarian in that year and haven't looked back since. Btw, i lost close to 100lbs thanks to gym, yoga, a healthy lifestyle and love. Hardest part now is getting over Luke's death. Miss him everyday still, and its only been a few months since he passed away. But im getting to where i wanna be with my life. Working on getting my own certification as an instructor, living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment like Luke taught me to. Btw, i use alot of the Rj members as inspiration to get to where i wanna be. Alotta friends here dont know how much they've helped me, just by being active, fit, healthy gay men. Thats my goal. To inspire someone else someday hopefully. Haha icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    VetBoi17 saidBy no means am i a "success story" since im still on the way to what i want my body to be, but i love the progress i've made. I basically came from an overweight family and was dangerously obese. Ive always been huge, so it never really bothered me so much back then, or atleast i never admitted it. I used to play rugby when i was a kid, still have plenty of my old trophies even. But i stopped when i got to university, mostly cause i had a too big a workload, also just out of rebellion (rugby had become my beard and just about the only thing my dad approved of, i didnt enjoy it anymore though). Anyway, thats when i hit the bigtime. Gained alotta weight overnight it seemed and was the biggest id ever been, 265lbs. Eventually i started having complications with my health. The doc said i was starting to show syptomz of high blood pressure, diabetes and possible heart disease all at the age of 19. He sat me down and explained that i was killing myself with all the food i was eating, and that i should find an alternative lifestyle if i wanna live long enough to even have a wedding. That pretty much gave me all the motivation i needed. I started off slow, taking stairs instead of the elevator, having small healthy snacks to nibble on instead of my old "starve most of the day then eat like a beast later" program. I also rearranged my life so to speak. I realized i ate mostly outta stress and a little depression, over the fact that i'd never come clean to anyone about who i really am. That was harder than any gym regiment for me, but i did it slowly too. Started coming out to my friends, then family. As soon as i had that "mind block" outta the way, my life drastically changed. I hit the gym all the time, had way more energy and was way happier. I joined a yoga class and totally fell inlove with it. My teacher (and later boyfriend) was the best motivator and support system ever. We trained long hours together, he gave me so much courage and he helped me really get over alotta stuff in my mind. I also became vegetarian in that year and haven't looked back since. Btw, i lost close to 100lbs thanks to gym, yoga, a healthy lifestyle and love. Hardest part now is getting over Luke's death. Miss him everyday still, and its only been a few months since he passed away. But im getting to where i wanna be with my life. Working on getting my own certification as an instructor, living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment like Luke taught me to. Btw, i use alot of the Rj members as inspiration to get to where i wanna be. Alotta friends here dont know how much they've helped me, just by being active, fit, healthy gay men. Thats my goal. To inspire someone else someday hopefully. Haha icon_biggrin.gif



    Great story Vetboi! it's could have overcome your obstacles. We all have MANY to still overcome. But this is a great starticon_biggrin.gif hope to hear more on your journey.
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    Apr 13, 2014 9:55 AM GMT
    I don't if any of you watch youtube fitness channels. But Omar Isuf is one of my all time favorites. This video he talks about how fitness success lead to success on youtube. And he also bettered other peoples life's through his videos and in person.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIkB_mC38Iw

    Has anyone else thought of sharing their story on youtube? or ever giving advice on there??