Five years ago, I was 27 years old and weighed 220 pounds, the majority of this being body fat and very little muscle. I drank a case of beer every day and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.
My diet consisted of mainly delivery and fast food. At the time, I had a roommate who would go to the gym on a regular basis. He would always invite me, and my response would be, “That’s stupid, anything you can do at the gym I can just do here at home.”
One day, he replied, “OK, when are you going to start?” I thought, “That’s a good point.” So I put on some basketball shorts and headed out to the gym with him for the first time. I was hooked.
I remember struggling to bench press 95 pounds. I got most of my workout from loading and unloading the plates for my roommate. I continued to train on a regular basis for the next four years, but I hit a plateau. I was in pretty good shape, but I couldn’t burn more fat or increase strength.
Then I saw a video of Dr. Jim Stoppani showing some weightlifting techniques I had never tried before. Now, I had seen plenty of workout videos of exercises I’d never done before, but Dr. Stoppani explained the reason behind everything he was doing.
I must have spent a couple hours watching videos and reading articles from the Doc. I can now bench 245 pounds, no problem. My knowledge of weight training and nutrition has grown immensely over the last year, all thanks to the Doc.
Friends and colleagues are always asking for nutrition and training advice; even people at the gym that I used to go to are now coming to me with questions.
I went from a 220-pound, junk-food-eating, beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking, no-exercising, lazy sum bitch to a 170-pound, macro-counting, IFCC-living, Pre JYM/Post JYM/Pro JYM-drinking, 1.5-gram-per-pound-of body-weight protein-eating JYM Army soldier. Wooooo!