I’ve always wanted a bodybuilder.
I was born with a six-pack and a six foot four inch waist.
But, I was never sure if I could build one.
I would struggle to keep the weight off, and when I was young I was bullied by the boys in the local school who teased me for my size.
I didn’t know what to do.
But as a child I got the idea to try my hand at bodybuilding.
I’ve had a lifelong ambition of being a body builder, but I’ve been doing it for 20 years and I’m still getting older.
In the 1990s, I built a six inch squat, which made me one of the biggest guys in the gym.
I had to lose weight to be able to compete.
I’d been in the top 10 in the world for a while.
Then, in 2001, I started to see a change.
Suddenly I was bigger than the boys, more muscular and bigger than I’d ever been.
I started losing weight.
The next year, I lost a tonne and was able to lift more weight.
I began to build up a huge chest, I got a six pack, and my confidence grew.
My bodybuilding career was about to take off, but things didn’t quite go as planned.
As I began training for bodybuilding competitions, I found myself having to deal with a lot of physical pain.
So, I decided to get a prosthetic for my chest.
I got it from a specialist in Birmingham who knew I was very fit and had a long history of sports injuries.
So he told me he would give me the best prosthetic he could.
My chest got better and better and my chest muscles began to grow again.
By 2003, I had a five-pack chest and my back started to look like it had been working on the side of the road.
My back muscles had begun to work on the front of the legs, and I was getting stronger.
I loved my new chest.
It was so much more muscular than the previous one.
When I went to the hospital, my physio told me I had done a lot for my new body.
The doctors said it would take about six months for me to recover from the surgery.
It didn’t take long for me, either.
By the time I got to the rehab centre in February 2004, I’d lost almost 20kg.
My shoulders had started to grow back, my shoulders were wider, and the muscles in my back began to expand.
By August, I could lift more than 150kg.
But I still felt a little bit sore, and it was time to start my new diet.
When my muscles were stronger and I had better shoulders and hips, I felt like I could go more often.
I used to work out every day.
Then I’d be working out at the gym, and by the time it was my turn, I would have my body shredded.
I realised that I’d always been an athlete, and bodybuilding was one of my favourite things.
So I started working out in the early hours, when I’d wake up.
I also went to classes and did cardio and strength training.
By late 2005, I’ve lost a couple of kilos and started working on my strength.
I feel strong.
I love lifting weights and lifting weights.
I don’t get tired.
And when I lift weights, I love it.
I just want to do it again, and then some.
I work out with my gym members and I love that they get to know me.
It’s a very professional environment and I feel very secure in that.
I enjoy my job.
It has helped me through a lot and I’ve learnt a lot about my body and my fitness.
My main priority is being able to eat healthy.
I’m a big fan of good fats and proteins, so I try to keep up with the latest diet recommendations.
But what I like the most is the flexibility that comes with being able, when the mood strikes me, to lift heavier weights.
It doesn’t matter if it’s for competition or not.
I always want to lift weights.
When you’re training for a bodybuilding competition, the weight doesn’t necessarily matter.
When it’s your first time competing, it’s a huge boost.
If I’m not able to do that, I feel bad for the competitors, too.
I have to keep moving up the rankings, and that’s why I love bodybuilding so much.
When people ask me what I want to achieve for my career, I always say that I want my body to look as good as it does now.
I can’t wait to get back to the gym and work out again.