The reason why I got into bodybuilding, can be seen as the generalized reason nearly everyone gets into bodybuilding; to gain size. When I first started off the last semester of my senior year in high school, in 2003, I was about 110 lbs. I gained 15 lbs before the school year ended, and very quickly actually. Too quickly but it’s only later on did I learn, that’s what they call newbie gains.
Afterward, college came around and I stopped but I was 125 lbs and a little happy about my gains. Fast forward some months, I got back into the lifting and gained about 10 more lbs. Leaving me at 135 lbs for a while. Then as school came to an end, and time was given to me, I did what they call a dirty bulk, trying to gain as much as possible and hit about 145 lbs. It seems I was very good at gaining in 10 lb increments lol. Anyways, so school started back and I ended up losing some of my weight, as expected but didn’t continue lifting. Ate about the same as I did on the bulk, and obviously gained some but never weighed myself around that time.
Fast forward to summer of last year; 2010, I wanted to lose some of the body fat that I gained from over the years, with the dirty bulk and eating without training. So, I included a routine of a 5 day split, with 2 days of cardio. I included cardio before and after my training. In a short period of time, I was 135 lbs again but much leaner. As fall came around, I decided to stop the cardio but keep the lifting. I did a 4 day split of upper/lower body exercises, and basically ate on a maintenance calorie. Was able to stay the same weight but presumably, looked bigger than previously.
Finally, this year came about and it was time for my ultimate long term goal; hit 180 lbs, no matter what. So I started lifting, eating and supplementing on protein and weight gainer. Finally hit 145 lbs again, and now I am 150 lbs. It took me since Feburary to reach my current weight, but it’s how I like it. Nice slow gains. I hope to reach 180s in the next 6 to 8 months. The journey hasn’t been easy but the gains have made it worth it.
Weight training is a life long process. It’s not a one time thing because even when you reach your personal goals, you have to maintain it. Not only that, but a true bodybuilder, is NEVER satisfied with the goals he/she attains and pushes further to see where his/her body can lead him/her.
Overall, the main message I want to leave you with here, is that even though it took me this long to reach this main point in my lifting life, it was all due to muscle memory. That’s something I am going to talk about in one of my entries. But muscle memory makes getting back into the groove of things, even when you’ve been out of it for months upon months, very easy.Read More »