I started going to the gym at the age of 16. At that time, I was as clueless as my friends who went to the gym with me. The worst part was that the gym was always crowded, and I felt like I did not belong there because everyone around me was huge. I remember just picking up some dumbbells and curling them. There was no training plan and of course, I was not concerned about the food that I was consuming. 

At the age of 17, the school that I went to had a gym, the good thing was only students could enter the gym and there was no fear of being judged. Slowly, I began to develop a passion for bodybuilding. Being a student, it is normal to be stressed especially when work starts to pile up and exams are round the corner. Bodybuilding and fitness are the avenues that I turn to whenever I need to destress. I believe that fitness does play a part in my studying too as it helps with my concentration. 

I remember someone asked me this question:” Why do you love gymming so much? Is it just to look good?” It is no doubt that every guy that enters the gym wants to look good, they want to lose weight and they want to build muscles. I won’t deny that I go to the gym to look aesthetically pleasing. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bodybuilding has helped me through insecurities and disappointments in my life, when I was a teenager, I was very shy, and I had no confidence to talk to people as I was constantly doubting myself. Bodybuilding gave me that confidence boost and it has taught me that I can be a better version of myself and how you must learn to love yourself before you can love others.  I will end off with a quote that I came across recently, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. It all depends on the choices you make in your life, of course, things will definitely happen which are beyond your control, whether you are going to let it affect you is your decision to make.