24 Years Old
I have been working out seriously since 2014. I started working out as an overweight, 296 lbs, 24-year-old, over-the-road truck driver. I initially lost 60 pounds after eliminating fast food from my diet and running/walking at least 1 mile a day at a trail by my house. Later that year, I joined a Gold’s Gym, changed my goals, and got into some gym bro bodybuilding for a bit. I added some muscle and started taking working out a lot more serious. Within a year’s time, I lost a total of 117 lbs.
In January 2017, I got into powerlifting. A coworker of mine had competed in the Gary Kanaga's Ohio Cup and did well. I thought this was something I could do, so I signed up for THE BATTLE XI in April 2017 in the push/pull division. I competed at 198, benching 335 and deadlifting 535. With my little experience, I injured myself multiple times which limited me from competing more.
In May 2017, I became a certified personal trainer while working at Gold’s Gym. This made me want to invest more time in fitness and working out to build strength. In September 2018, I got married. After taking a year or so off to make sure I could compete, I signed up for The Ohio Cup in 2018. A week before the competition, I had my first baby boy. I competed in the 220 weight class at 203 lbs. I squatted 435, benched 390, and deadlifted 595. I took 3rd place. I also had a female client of mine who competed and took 2nd in her division.
I would say to someone just getting into powerlifting to just have fun. It’s not a job, but if you want to get
stronger, stay consistent and be smart about your training, you don’t have to hit a PR everyday.