LC92 saidWhat did you guys look like before starting an exercise/diet plan? I want to see if there is someone who looks similar to me, so I can get more motivated. Also just for discussion and to hopefully see sexy pics
I'm naturally twinkish, in that if I don't eat large quantities of food or do something out of staying sedentary, my body will just stay the same. Apparently I have a broad back compared to my waist though.
I grew up on a ranch in The Sandhills of Nebraska. As such, there was always an abundance of corn, potatoes, beef, and garden vegetables. (The Plains States aren't much for fried and sweet food, like Southerners.)
It was the usual work on a typical ranch. As a freshman in high school (1974), I weighed around 135 pounds at 5'5". I'll be in my 40'th year of lifting in September.
I'm a classic mess-endo somatotype, and I've always been a hardy eater. When I was in my college weight class I was around 185. When I was 28, I was 230# and The NSCA, based in Lincoln, NE, studied me because of my exceptional development. Although AAS were not illegal until 1991 (legend drugs from 1988 to 1991), I never was involved in that in my youth. I.e., I'm not what I am because of a jug of goodies. I eat hard. I train smart. It's all science to me, and I study it nearly every day.
Getting big is all about calories and understand the proper training method for a particular look. Genes play a big factor, but, so do a lot of other thing.
9 months ago today, I had an elective triple CABG (open heart surgery coranory bypass graft). Baylor Heart Hospital calls me one of their most successful patients ever, and followed up with me as recently as last night. My cardiologist has encouraged me to compete again this August, and, as of the moment, I'm planning on competing August 16'th.
Your somatotype plays a big role in your physical development. I don't have big joints, but, I was and am bigger than the vast majority of folks my height and age, and that's been true for nearly 40 years.
I've seen many young men learn the power of calories, and completely change the way the look. Most notable was my ex roommate of nearly 4 years, whom I met here (via him sending me a mail on RJ) in 2007, who weighed 135 at 5'8" when we first met and gained 85 pounds in just five months. (Logan is a type 1 diabetic, smart as a whip, has a great work ethic, is coachable, and very disciplined. We made lemonade from his lemons, and it could not have made him happier.)
If you're thin, or have small joints, there's no real harm there. You'll likely outlive many folks, but...genes play a huge factor in all that. The number one killer, of course, is obesity.. High blood pressure is always something you should abate, because if you don't it will kill you. And...tobacco use is just plain silly. Exercise, and maintaining hormone levels will help you live to a ripe old age....and...having good mental health. 3 things...really...diet, exercise, and mental health. If you're a closet case, and have low esteem..it quite literally can kill you. Stress kills people. Lack of exercise kills people. Lack of hormone kills people. It's a balancing act for many, but, for others...well, they're just plain lazy. (Try having all your ribs broken and lifting weights just two weeks later.)
So, to answer your question,...I've been a stud nearly all my adolescence and adult life. (I'm also gifted upstairs, but, that often can be more a pain that a strong thing.)
As far as motivation, do it not for a particular look, but, because it feels good, and, learn how to do it on your own. The traits of independence, confidence, having a plan, executing a plan, discipline, are all traits that will better nearly every part of your life.
And, don't fret...you're not ugly, and you're out. You'll be fine.