Yesterday I began the first of a 6-part series of my story from Fat to Fit and what led me to Bodybuilding. We walked through my childhood journey of being overweight and my track and field day that changed my life.
Fast forward to 2000. While I had taken this idea of confidence awoken to my education and was excelling from a student standpoint, I had not honed it towards my physical self. I was still overweight and had still not taken action on improving my self-image. It just so happened that as I went to register for classes for my first year of high school that I saw a line item under classes I had never seen before. “Weight training”. I asked the counselor what this was and quickly signed up after hearing it’s focused on fitness, lifting weights, and muscle building. “Muscles?! That’s what I want!” I thought to my young self.
While some might have looked at that modest weight room in anguish, I did not see that weight room as the converted attic space it was – to me it was the sanctuary for the beginnings of my walk with my confidence being awoken.