Body Transformation: From Gawky to Hunk
My name is Devin. I grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania. Ever since I was young, I got picked on for my height, I’d say I’m probably done growing at 5’2″. When I finally had enough of the ridicule and insults I decided to start hitting the gym in order to make up for my height by putting on size and strength. This was probably about 2 years ago. Shortly after, I stopped training and lifting out of anger and realized that the gym had become my outlet and escape from everything rough that was going on in my life. Seriously, even today when I’ve got my headphones on and a barbell in my hands, the rest of the world doesn’t exist. It’s like therapy. After I made this realization my time spent in the gym increased and so did my progress.
My biggest motivation is probably my father. Though he doesn’t spend time in the gym like I do, he raised me to be strong and go all out in everything I do. The way he pushed me in life is the reason I can go as hard as I do not only in the gym but in everything I do.
I started out not really knowing what I was doing. I would train seven days a week not knowing the value of rest so in turn, my progress suffered. It wasn’t until I found a group of friends that shared the same passion that I got on an effective training/diet regimen. I started supplementing protein powder and amino acid to make-up for where it lacked in my typical diet. Supplements aren’t the answer to making serious progress, but if you don’t have the time or money to always plan out great meals they definitely help.
Though my goals for the rest of my life aren’t related to fitness and lifting, considering I plan to be an English teacher, I do plan on being involved in fitness until I’m physically unable to train anymore. This is definitely the beginning of my fitness journey.