Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion for health and fitness. To be able to help people reach their goals of becoming the best version of themselves is what I always have loved to help people achieve. I found my passion for weightlifting when I was eighteen years old. I was already working out for about six months at this time and had built a small passion for it, but the main reason why I had decided to take weightlifting more seriously was that I had developed scoliosis when I was fourteen. Soon after this diagnosis, I had no choice but to wear a body brace for the next two and a half years of my life.
The brace, which seemed more like a piece of armor, encased my body from my neck down to my waist making it difficult to be mobile. If this wasn’t already hard enough I was only able to take it off for one hour a day, which I would use to shower and stretch. Eventually, my specialist cleared me to permanently remove the brace, freeing my body from the contraction of it. The doctor had highly recommended that I keep weightlifting to strengthen the muscles around my spine to help my curvature even more. But there was one thing he had said that day that continued to bother me for some time after; he had told me I would never be able to lift heavy weights because of the stress I had endured from scoliosis.
I could go to the gym and lift weights but very lightly. Hearing this didn’t sit well with me because I felt as though I was going to be limited and would not be able to excel in the area of weightlifting.
I spent the next few years surpassing his expectations and proving his diagnosis wrong. Since then, I have grown from 145lbs to now 200lbs. I ended up involving myself in strength training and Olympic lifting, which helped me increase my physical size and gain the strength I own today.
Over the next few years, I dedicated myself to learn everything there is to know about the art of bodybuilding. During my early 20s, I competed in three bodybuilding shows which helped expose me to another more serious and dedicated angle of bodybuilding.
Doing these shows allowed me to be a part of a culture that helped further my education and gain more experience which ultimately created a stronger passion for the sport I love. After partaking in these competitions, I found stepping onto a stage wasn’t for me. I realized I wanted to focus purely on bodybuilding for myself by continuing to learn what I can.