Said, of course, in the manner of 2 Chainz.
So here’s my life story about going to the gym. Don’t trip, it’s not very long. The very first time I went into the gym was in highschool for a PE unit. I’ve had decent leg strength for the majority of my life but my upperbody always lagged behind. It wasn’t really a big deal since I ran track so I never paid it much attention. In the PE unit I had to bench press and I started out with just the bar and that was easy but not THAT easy. It kind of embarrassing in the beginning but I wasn’t tripping too much about it because I knew I was fast and that’s all that mattered at the time. I eventually worked my way up to 25′s on each side bringing me to 95 pounds. The second year of PE I ended up working my way up to 115 when the unit came around. We only had two years of PE so that was pretty much as much working out that I did. I tried out for the football team and the strength test for the bench press was 135. A plate on each side. I was unable to do one.
A few years of bboying and my upper body strength improved. At least, I thought it did. By now I’m in college and hit the gym every now and then. By every now and then I mean very not really lol. I’d go for a few weeks and then stop for the rest of the year. Rinse and repeat. In college I think I may have hit 1 plate (135 lbs) maybe for like 1 or 2 reps. Which at the time I thought was solid considering I was only 145 lbs.
I got into running and juicing vegetables and what not. I dropped a lot of fat but also a good amount of muscle. I looked in the mirror one day and thought, “Man my chest is like gone.” Granted, I never really had one but whatever was there was now gone. I imagined a chicken breast and asked myself, “Does a chicken have a bigger chest muscle than you?!” Something had to be done.
I had been growing out my hair to donate and it had been about a year. I knew it would be a 1.5 to 2 year endeavor. It’s super passive, all I had to really do was let it grow. I decided that I would grow my muscles. I would do this for at least 1 year. I weighed about 150lbs at the time and they said a good goal to shoot for is 1.5x your body weight which is 225 lbs. This so happened to be 2 plates. ” 2 plates?! Are you crazy?!” is what I thought to myself. I said I’d shoot for it and if I get it, great if not then oh well. I decided that I would go to the gym for about 1 year. I had been working out at my apartment gym a little and on the bench press machine worked my way up to 180 pounds (which doesn’t really mean shit on the real bench press) Then I moved and stopped.
Later on, I got my 24 hour membership from Costco. It was for 2 years but I felt more pot committed to go and get my money’s worth. That was in October of 2012. I signed up probably in November and went for a few weeks. I’d go during lunch since my job was so close to the gym. I ended up quitting my job but kept going to the gym in February since the New Years crowd would now be gone. I had all this free time so there was no excuse to not go. I’d go to the gym 3 times a week just like I did when I had work.
I started my bench at 95, worked my way up to 115 again and got some courage to try 135 a couple of times. Just goes to show that 180 on the machine didn’t translate too well over to the real bench press. Sometime in June, I was able to one rep 185 which to me was pretty crazy by itself. Eventually I had go my working weight (4 reps) to 185. I could do 1-2 reps of 205, sometimes I could do 3 but never a clean set of 4. Always with a spot because I never felt confident enough to complete the third rep.
My friend urged me to try 225 with his spot a few weeks ago. I did it and he said he barely touched it but I didn’t count it because I don’t know how much barely is. I know that if he doesn’t touch it at all then it would be all me. Today at work, I had a beer at the company gathering. I didn’t go to the gym yesterday and I totally didn’t feel like it now. I left late because I wanted to do some extra work that I was originally planning to do instead of going to the gathering. I thought I wouldn’t go to the gym so I didn’t change at work. On the way home I decided that I should go just to go. Keep the habit and what not. I took a day off yesterday so I wanted to at least go in and get in a shitty workout because I didn’t want to lose too much momentum. I did my warm up set and I felt pretty good.
I felt like I was lifting with a good amount of power. My friend who said to try 225 came in so luckily I would have a spot so I could attempt it. I said fuck it, I might as well try it today I’m feeling good right now. Low and behold I did! I hit my goal one month early and on a day that I almost didn’t go to the gym and totally wasn’t expecting to PR (setting a personal record).
That’s about it, I just wanted to share that with whoever reads this. (Probably a Google bot spidering my site) If you are a real human being, thanks for reading!