Who is this dork?
Hi, my name is Brendan and I am in my third year of university as of 2017.
But most importantly, why do you care? Because maybe you can relate to my story and interests.
Back about six years ago I made one of the first decisions that has shaped my life to where I am now.
I started working out.
Starting to Workout Changed My Life.
It provided me a feeling of purpose, it became my ultimate goal to become as muscular as possible through hard work. In grade 11 I would wake up at 5am and workout in my dimly lit basement. I did this before getting ready for school for 6 months before telling anyone.
Truth be told I felt scared of telling people what my goal was and what I was working towards. After all, I stand 5’11” and back then i weighed about 120-125lbs.
This was sometime within the first year of when I started working out, to give you an idea on my physique.
I know it’s low quality but you can see how small i actually looked and the body language that showed the insecurity that came with it.
I spent the next 4 years doing research on my own on bodybuilders and their workouts and diets. However I found myself making very slow progress, roughly 6lbs of muscle a year I believe.
It was slow, but it was certainly happening and I was grateful for it, but also I began to become impatient.
Here’s what I looked like during my most aesthetic stage in life.
After a while however i began to plateau in strength and size.
Things began to go downhill.
I began developing pains all over my body and my workout partner became injured as well. He is currently dealing with a double herniation in his lower back, and deals with sciatic pain constantly.
Then Second Year at University, change began.
I had told myself that I capped the amount of muscle I could build with the amount of strength I had, thus I needed to start following a strength training program.
So I did what any noob does, I looked up the most popular powerlifting/strength training program there is and decided to follow it. However, I think I may have misunderstood exactly how it was to be applied.
I switched between the 5,3,1 program and the 5×5 program. In the 5×5 program I would do 5 sets of 5 of bench twice a week, 5 sets of 5 reps of squats twice a week and 5 sets of 5 deadlifts once a week. I would also try to increase the weight every week.
To be honest i laugh when I think about how i used to structure my workouts. I had such a narrow focus & knowledge on it and thought I was an expert. Now, not only do I know significantly more than i did, but I also realize that there is always more to know and learn.
Anyway, back to the story,
I Got My First Injury In The Winter.
While setting up for a squat, I pulled a hamstring. My pride got the best of me and I tried to continue the set, but, after a couple reps I simply couldn’t continue.
When this happened I had to take some time off lifting, a couple months, and that was the first time in years that i had taken more than 2 weeks off from the gym.
I had reached 167lbs at this point, but it was nowhere near in a healthy way. On top of round the clock eating, I was consuming mass gainer like it was water. This particular mass gainer I consumed had Creatine in it, and since i was taking 6 to 8 scoops of it a day, I was getting roughly 11 grams of Creatine a day.
I would like to point out, THIS WAS NOT SMART.
Anyone who has looked up even the smallest thing about Creatine knows the recommended dose is about 3 grams per 100lbs of body weight. Simple math will show you I was taking a liiittle bit more than I should of.
During My Second Year, My Second Biggest Life Changing Decision Was Made.
It was during this time period that I decided to go vegan. I had already been vegetarian for a little over a year and I decided that I couldn’t support the industry anymore.
I decided that i would figure out the nutrients I was consuming while I wasn’t vegan and make sure that I would be consuming the same nutrients in the same amounts without any meat or dairy.
Then as time went on, I had realized I had been brainwashed by the world about animal products and further solidified my stance on veganism.
I’m not going to expand on that here. Fear not, there will be content on the webpage discussing the topic of veganism from many different angles.
However, consider it more of an invitation to my way of thinking and the logic behind my choices than me shoving my beliefs down your throat.
Eventually, My Injury Passed and I Began Training Again!
It felt great to be back training again. There’s nothing like a good workout and watching yourself progress off of nothing but hard work and dedication. It really builds your character.
Aaaand then injuries began creeping back in slowly. Eventually, I had to take time off again due to elbow tendonitis. I feel like this is a lot of peoples story. A roller coaster of progress and regression in going to the gym, do you relate to this?
Around this time I discovered a man who had a YouTube channel named Alex (Channel Name AlphaDestiny). I can not recommend a channel more than this guy’s.
Everything he uploaded was information that I had never heard of and it changed my training and knowledge around it vastly. This is where i first learned about periodization and different kinds of it. This is also where my interest in fitness shifted from bodybuilding to strength.
Fast Forward To Now.
After one more up and down in training, We’re brought to where i am today in January of 2018. Now, I have developed systems. Taking what I’ve learned over the past 6 years in both nutrition and training from many different sources.
I’ve equipped myself with the tools I need to reach the goals I’ve had since I was a child.
Now, I’m going to make it happen.
Also I have always wanted to document my progress and create a community/following of people who want to do the same thing. I always word vomit whenever I talk about this stuff with people in real life.
Figured I might as well create a website where I can do that and also have a database of information. Not only for myself but those who are interested in the same goals.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, its basically a novel you’ve just read.
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