02-07-2004, 11:41 AM #1
How did you get into bodybuilding?
Forgive me if there is a previous thread like this... did a few searches and concluded there wasn't.
I'm wondering how all you boys really got into bodybuilding?
For me it was a pretty precise moment. I would dick around with weights once or twice a week through all of high school. Always played sports but never went on a real program. Stuck with bench, guns, lat pulldowns, abs (not much legs). Then in my final year I had a problem with this girl. She caused me so much anguish and stress. So I went to the gym to relieve this stress. It literally was driving me insane. I was going with a "I'll show her/them" attitude, and working out 4-5 days/week, with what I look back on now as some serious intensity and overtraining.
Anyways that feeling faded and I began to appreciate bodybuilding for the right reasons. I learned more, got stronger and loved every minute of it. I still use it as my primary stress reliever and an escape when things get tough though.
02-07-2004, 12:16 PM #2
I used to be very very skinny. I got poked fun at and told I was too fraile to play sports and blah, blah, blah. So I hit the weights and ate right. I was 6'5" and 195 pounds. Now I'm 265 pounds and feel pretty **** good about myself.
02-07-2004, 01:06 PM #3
Joe Weider. The guy just won't stop calling my house.
J/k...actually got into bodybuilding while in college as a way to take control of my life. You have two choices in college outside of studying...either become a bar stool or do something productive in your spare time. I choose the second one.
02-07-2004, 01:23 PM #4
stress relief for sure
02-07-2004, 01:26 PM #5
Been doing it all my life...........wrong............
needed to get past the overtraining, and the natural level of strength..
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02-07-2004, 01:26 PM #6
To kick some ass in Sambo. Unfortunately if that's the case I have a lot more work to do and also to give myself some confidence.
02-07-2004, 04:48 PM #7
I've always wanted to improve my body, and finally got the motivation to do so about three years ago. I mostly wanted to do it just to prove to myself that I could. Now its like an obsession. I've went from 180 to about 250, but I still have a lot of unfinished business.
02-07-2004, 05:30 PM #8
I started to lose weight. I had just started college, and broke up with the infamous HS girlfriend. I started reading Mens Health - it's not the greatest mag out, but it was great for getting me started and motivated, given that I knew *nothing* about weightlifting when i started.
I lost a lot of weight, then started to put on muscle...every time i hit a goal, i keep increasing it...i'm starting to wonder if i'll ever be happy, 'cause I remember the time I said if I can get to 180 I'd be happy...now i'm 200 and not nearly satisfied.
02-07-2004, 06:07 PM #9
to kick ass and chew bubble gum..
02-07-2004, 06:38 PM #10
I became interested in the sport at a very young age back when Wide World of Sports used to show alot of power lifting and Body building shows.I guess I was around 13 yrs old when my parents bought me my first weight set.I played around with them all through my teen years,then off the college I went and lost contact with the sport til my late 20's and been hitting the weights since.I love this sport .........
02-07-2004, 08:20 PM #11
Started with the concrete and plastic weights then got serious at a dungeon of a gym around 15 yrs old. I miss that gym only the hardcore no T.V.'s, just a dingy old gym that held about 75 people.
02-07-2004, 08:44 PM #12
Never really knew why...I'm looking for that reason now. Maybe it was because i was tired of being a fatf uck and being picked on? Or getting my fat ass beat? Or maybe for girls? I was asked why i put myself through so much pain awhile back in the gym...My friend heather was worried because i would do this: School, Gym, homework, sleep. That's it. And i told her i just liked doing it..She pressed me about it until i told her, "I just love the feeling you get..You feel more powerful then any other person there, you're free. I love the feeling of holding a heavy dumbell in my hand and knowing no one can ever take it away from me..seeing an extra inch on my biceps, knowing i can move up in weight on curls, or leg press, or bench(i REALLY love that feeling, trust me! ) " and she just got more worried and finally she stopped worrying..But we dont talk much more either . Oh well, that's the price you pay for dedication
02-07-2004, 11:47 PM #13
been doing it since high school because of sports....my friends think i have some kind of disease and view it as an obsession....... but anyway i go 5 days a week now and if i don;t go i feel like im missing something. My g/f alwats gets pissed because she says "well you have time for the gym but we only hang out a couple times a week" (she'll never understand).... I love the feeling after a good lift, the soreness is almost like a high or something it's weird.... for instance this week me and my partner took off before our 17 week endevour and neither one of us could go the week without lifting, it's just become a part of my life now.... i truly love to lift.
02-08-2004, 12:07 AM #14
Competed gymnastics for 20 years and the last 3 of those years started weight training. Then I quit gymnastics and decided to commit myself to getting huge and doing a bbding contest.
02-08-2004, 12:14 AM #15
I was a scrawny kid. I literally got into fights 3-4 times a week, the other kids were 3-4 years older and huge. They got a kick out of whipping my ass. (I'm talking like when I was 6 years old here).
When I got older, my sister bought me a set of weights and a bench for xmas. I had no clue how to do anything. No books, nothing. I just did curls and bench presses and military presses. I loved the incredible hulk and arnold movies.
After my teen years I went to school, got married, had a family, etc. New house, car, career working on commercial jets, not a bad life.
Then I got lupus and almost died from it. My immune system turns my blood into battery acid, basically. So one day I'm in the bed, dying, so out of shape I can't even breathe, and I went downstairs and just started pushing the weights. And I never stopped again.
Funny thing happened. I'm better. Cured? Who knows, not totally, but I am stronger than I have ever been and look pretty ****ed good too. Heh. Of course, I have to fight this stupid disease, so that's where the test comes in. Great stuff, that testosterone .....
That's about as short and to the point as I can tell my little tale.
02-08-2004, 02:50 AM #16
Arnold and Sly... As a kid I was a huge fan of theirs and collected everything I could find. Justed wanted to become like them. Looking now I ifgure Sly is no longer a goal, he's way too small for me
02-08-2004, 06:47 AM #17
i had to get into weights, i grew too quickly when i was 14 i grew upto 6'5 very quick and was a skinny little punk at about 150lb, i had very bad circulation, my hands used to turn purple with yellow spots, doctor told me to get into the weight room to fix the problem, 2 years later i was still 6'5 but was 220lb, circulation problem mostly fixed.
Took 8 years off the gym, back at it now, 300lb and still growin strong.
02-08-2004, 02:54 PM #18Originally Posted by Roidfever
02-08-2004, 03:22 PM #19
i was tiny...
02-08-2004, 07:02 PM #20Originally Posted by Lord Humungous
i think i started lifting for fighting... i was always skinny but always pretty strong for my size, got in alot of fights but never lost. i figured id loose sometime soon and started lifting. i figured if i worked out more it would help me protect myself. now i just wanna get stronger and bigger cause i see how much women look lol. i guess now i can say i do it to just stay healthy and to keep my ass out of trouble
02-08-2004, 09:28 PM #21
i was fat, out of shape, and had no motivation or confidence, no girls would look at me. i then came on this board, put together a nice lil diet for me , then hooked up with my homie swole.. and here i am now.. and im not fat.. i got confidence, and a pretty ****nn hott gurl
02-10-2004, 12:58 PM #22
I love the sport of bodybuilding and had gotten into at first just for impressions and girls. But now its become a much more significant part of my life. It is my addiction! I feel like I can never ever be big and ripped enough, like there is always some part of my body that I can improve on. And I just want to always be on the top of my game and be in the best shape i possibly can. To me, in bodybuilding i am constantly striving for perfection, but yet, deep down inside of me wishes I never reach it, because that would mean i am finished and then i would have to stop. I NEVER WANT TO STOP!!! I think I would be mentally sick and depressed if I did. I hope when i die they bury me in two caskets, with some free weights. Sounds fcukin crazy i know but hey, thats how i feel
02-10-2004, 01:11 PM #23
For as long as I can conceivably remember I have always wanted to be huge. Maybe it was playing with He-Man (he was jacked) I don't really know. In my younger years I was chunky and soft and got made fun of a fair amount. I started lifting at 15 in high school and I have never looked back since. At first I told myself it was for the girls, but as time went on, I realized this is all about me. I do this for me and only me. Nothing brings me more satisfaction. I love it.
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