If I look back, it was during my boarding school days when fitness first happened to me. Thanks to the ethos of the school, we were equally pressed to be physically fit as we were to be good at academics.
From doing push-ups, pull-ups, sprints to yoga, I almost started learning everything about fitness right from my boarding school days.
Days Of Being Skinny
Though I loved being an outdoorsman, I was still pretty skinny. The craze of building a good physique started when I was in 10th standard, as I used to do pull-ups every day on an old iron bar running across our dormitory.
This was followed by 50-100 push-ups. After doing this for months on end, I noticed an impressive difference in my biceps, chest and the back. I was hooked! Since the food served at the hostel kitchen massively lacked protein, I was still skinny and stuck at 45 kilos.
The Bullying Motivated Me!
Since I was a skinny little fellow, my classmates made it sure to take my case. I was called names, picked up and thrown around and pushed around throughout the day. On the face of it, I acted cool. Deep inside, this bullying added the fuel to my fire to getting jacked.
Growing up in a hostel, food was a major issue. I needed more food to put on weight but never actually got enough. Luckily though, by the time I entered 12th standard, I had managed to put on 5 kilos of weight and graduated proudly out of school.
Stepping Into A Real Gym
I got admission in Bangalore for my higher studies and it was there where I first saw a real gym. The bodybuilders there astonished me and I was hooked onto the dream. I immediately took the membership and started working out the very next day.
The Nutrition Confusion
So, now I had access to machines, but what I didn’t have was the knowledge about the right nutrition. I kept eating whatever I got and performed exercises with poor form. Back in the day, there was no YouTube or Facebook to look at and learn things, so I did what I could pick up from the bigger guys in the gym.
Despite going to the gym everyday, I saw no legitimate results. The bigger guys suggested me to get on steroids and tutored me to believe that only steroids can get me bigger. Luckily, I didn’t go ahead as I was aware of the adverse effects of anabolics.
Then I joined a group on FB that promoted the keto diet like a religion. I gave the diet a try and was left in a miserable condition. I lost fat and along with that whatever little lean muscle I had. Soon after, I stopped doing that and also stopped following the group.
Reading The Right Things
I then joined a really credible FB group and started reading nutrition research papers, instead of following ‘bro-science’ experts. Whatever good info I came about, I applied that in my training and nutrition. The rest is rock and roll history.
Slowly and steadily, I got into fitness professionally. After realizing that natural bodybuilding is a joke because of untested competitions, my interest shifted towards Powerlifting, which was a turning point in my life. Since then, I have competed in 2 powerlifting meets.
Presently, I am also doing a training course by GetSetGo Fitness to take my career further ahead in the fitness industry.