It's been a while since I created a thread here, but I wanted to celebrate this milestone in my life somehow. Today (Friday, November 18th, 2005) marks the 10th Anniversary of my very first bodybuilding competition. I competed in the men's lightweight Novice category in the 1995 Gainesville Bodybuilding Competition. I received 2nd place (out of 3 competitors) and thus began my adventures in competitive bodybuilding.
After dieting down for 12 weeks, on the day of the show I weighed 145 lbs. and was at 3% bodyfat. Scary stuff.
Here's a link to my progress picture directory and I'll post a picture from my first competition, and some pics from my other competitions (from 1997 through 2004):
The purpose of this thread is to hopefully inspire some of you who are more muscular than I to have the courage to compete. Furthermore, those of you who are ectomorphs like I am, having the courage to step out on faith and believe in your ability to improve your physique (and possibly compete as I have).
For me, the experience of competing in a bodybuilding contest was one of the most emotionally and physically rewarding experiences I've ever had. Being a skinny kid, I never dreamt that I'd be able to compete in bodybuilding. Watching "Pumping Iron" when I was 9 years old, I thought, 'Man... wouldn't that be an awesome experience. If only I wasn't so danged skinny!'. Little did I know.
Here's a before/after picture constrasting how I looked at 16 with how I looked at 36:
Anyway, remember guys/gals... anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You don't have to be the perfect physical specimen, and not all of us can look like Arnold, but if you just take it one workout at a time, one meal at time and be consistent and disciplined, before you know it you'll have a physique that you can be proud of.
Be blessed, my friends! Thanks for being so supportive all these years!
- Skip "Psalms 139:14"