My childhood wasn’t exactly peachy growing up, in fact, I spent most of my earlier years getting beat up, picked on and struggling in school.
I can vividly remember myself hoping I would go a day without being picked on, for me that was a good day.
Like any struggle, I just told myself to put one foot in front of the next and march forward in hopes for better days to come.
Around the time I was a freshman in high school my friend Mike invited me to go to the gym with him. I remember thinking maybe this was a good thing for me since I was so physically small and desperate to put on some weight. Walking down the hallways I would get shoved by the older classmen and girls always overlooked me. Life was rough still, but I was determined to turn that around. The GYM changed everything for me, I truly believe it saved me, physically, mentally and created a great business.
Over the course of high school, I trained as much as I could. I would usually go to the gym about 2-3 times a week with my friend Mike and a couple of my other buddies. By the time I was a junior in high school, people would actually crack jokes at my size and gave me a lifting nickname “T-guns”. Things started to eventually turn around for me, not only had I gained a decent amount of muscle mass, I finally hit my growth spurt and the bullying slowly subsided.
Below you can see my high school transformation: