Starting a blog about my passion for fitness wouldn’t be just without explaining when and where that passion was spawned from. I was born in 1987 and grew up watching 90’s action films starring actors who without a doubt were the best of their time. Who were they? My top three were Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone. In hindsight, these three guys were the ultimate fitness models and inspired me from a young age to reach for a high level of fitness. It wasn’t obvious to me at the time but I had become obsessed with the idea of becoming fit even though I had no idea how to get there. Like any young boy without a clue, I went ahead and asked my mother and father how to reach my new goals. I literally asked my mom whether the food she was feeding me at the time would help grow big and strong, anything from spinach and broccoli soup to salad and colorful veggies I ate without any question and gladly asked for seconds. She wasn’t wrong in doing this but there was so much more to it than healthy eating.
Fast forward to high school, I had finally gotten over my ‘awkward’ years of growth and begun to see some slight changes in my physique. I was no where near what I was aiming to get to but I began lifting weights and seeing small amounts of muscle come in. Up till high school I was just running and playing sports so I had a pretty lean figure my freshman year. The changes in my physiology started to become noticeable when I started wrestling my sophomore year, for anyone who hasn’t wrestled in the past, it’s a sport that requires team collaboration throughout practice in the week and then an independent performance when you compete on the mat. Practices were run in a repurposed room that became so hot, you could see sweat drip off the walls. I competed at the 160-pound weight class category where I began to learn the meaning of hard work. We ran the halls, lifted weights, lifted each other, and sparred like Spartans. Wrestling was the beginning but it wasn’t the end. When I got to college I practically postponed my health and fitness goals to focus on ‘figuring it out’.
My post college experience is when things all started to come together. I finally had the time again to dedicate myself to doing the things I enjoyed and building the habits I wanted to. When I began to take fitness seriously I started by reading anything and everything I could get my hands on about fitness. What I ultimately learned…? I learned that fitness is a lifestyle, it’s built into a person’s habits. It starts with the food you eat but it continues into the type of exercise or movement you engage in and ends with allowing your body the time to regenerate and rebuild. It’s rare for someone to naturally be drawn to eating healthy, exercise on a regular basis and go to bed early. This becomes even more difficult to accomplish the older you get because life only gets busier and busier. However, like any obstacle that seems unsurmountable at first, you chip away at it long enough, you’ll end up on the other side before you even know it.