Everyone starts somewhere. I was lucky enough to meet Lee Priest and attend a seminar with him last year. Do you think he was born with dinosaur legs, fitting of the name, Quadzilla? Do you think he was born with some of the biggest triceps on the planet? Do you think he was born a Mr Universe? No.
Just like Lee, Dorian, Ronnie, Kai, Phil, Jay, Flex, Arnold, and any other pro bodybuilder, I started off with no developed muscle. Of course we are all born with muscles. They’re part of our structure and body. However bulging, eye-catching, freakzilla type muscles take years upon years of dedication to working out, and consistent dieting.
What do I share in common with these pro’s? I was once skinny. Hold your horseshoe triceps guys – I’m not comparing myself to the likes of these pro’s. I’m not even in the same galaxy as them.
Far, far from it. However each of these pro’s at some point was skinny. Whether as a kid, a teen, or an early 20 something. They were skinny.
So was I.
When I was a kid I was overweight. This was from an abundance of gaming, staying at home watching cartoons and wrestling, and eating whatever the hell I wanted. Cereal for breakfast, that’s healthy right? You bet ya’. However I’d finish my breakfast off with a twix, drifter, kit kat or some other chocolate biscuit. It was my morning tradition. Chicken for dinner, a healthy meal right? That’s a staple for a bodybuilding diet. However…. not when you load your plate up with chips, ketchup, table salt, and bring it all together in one whopping sandwich of white bread. What could I expect other than to get fat.
Remember I said I watched wrestling? Well that is what inspired me to get off my ass, swap the chips for rice, and swap the game controller for dumbbells. Although don’t get me wrong, I still game now, and I’m 23. I’ve just finished Metal Gear Ground Zero’s (not that it takes very long to do so)!
So if I was a fat kid, how the hell did I become skinny? Well I lost weight as a teenager, quite healthily. I tidied up my diet, and began exercising. I still ate junk, what teenager doesn’t, I just didn’t over eat, and didn’t eat it all the time. I got to a ‘normal’ looking physique. What you’d expect any regular teenager to look like. The more I worked out, the more I learned about nutrition, or at least the more I thought I learned about nutrition. BY the time I was in college I was hitting the weights at home almost every day, and hammering back skinless chicken breasts, dry cans of tuna and protein shakes like they were going out of business. I went from ‘normal’ to slightly muscular, but still very skinny. Why the hell was I skinny I thought? Looking at issues of Flex magazine, I wanted the physique they had. Watching wrestling, I wanted the physique of a WWE Superstar. Where was I going wrong? Carbs.
A lot of fitness casuals shun carbs, believing them to be evil. However we NEED carbs in order to grow. I began eating properly, got a better routine and bulked all the way to 219 lbs. That was 1 lb lighter than one of my favourite wrestlers, Chris Benoit. So I went from skinny to 219 lbs of pure jacked muscle, right? Wrong.
You see this 219 was a combination of fat and muscle. Whilst bulking I lost sight of my physique, and was chasing weight on the scale, and adding weight to the bar. This was yet another learning curve for me. So what happened next?
I cut. From 219lbs, probably down to around 165 or so. That was a lot of weight to lose. I was looking more toned, but damn I lost a lot of weight. I was once again skinny, or at least I thought it.
Apparently my ‘skinny’ before pictures aren’t skinny, but to me, they are. I remember how I felt when I looked like that. I didn’t like it. I’d had enough of yo yo dieting. Mixing up routines and diets. I needed to find a consistent way to improve.
Enter 2013. I had bulked up once again from my skinny frame to yet another chubby muscular frame, weighing in at 215 lbs. 2013 is the year I saw a big difference in my training. This is the year I started to compete. So I present to you my journey from skinny, to competitive bodybuilder. I hope you enjoy it guys.
Adam Foster is the author of this article. You can get full details of Adams skinny to muscle transformation at http://www.shreddybrek.com/my-training-log/skinny-to-muscle-transformation/