Why I got into Fitness

Posted: 14 February 2014 in Bio - Me, Myself and I
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Just like many, my passion for fitness wasn’t what you could describe the love at first sight relationship. I was highly energetic as a kid and I did love running around but as I grew older I started finding out about video games. Quickly I deferred my attentions from any physical exercises to living a more a more sedentary lifestyle in which I’d rather stay home playing games than socialise and do any sports – my motto back then was the less effort the merrier obviously!
Now that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy sports! I have always enjoyed sports but mainly from a spectator perspective, especially football which I have followed very thoroughly since a very young age (I am still very passionate about it especially anything relating to Portugal, Mourinho and Ronaldo).

Needless to say as I went into my teenage years I was slightly chubby holding the usual puppy fat. As I entered my teenage years, just before coming to the UK, I started caring about looks and all that malarky for the obvious reasons (obvious being that I wanted to attract girls…). This was when I had my first spark with fitness as I aimed to get rid of my puppy fat. By the time I had finish school in 2008 I’d say I was in a half decent shape due to the high amount of cardio I was doing through the many sports I practiced, mainly football which I played very often. Pictured below is me during a Summer holiday just a year before heading to University ( the tan makes me look in a better shape than I really was):

Skinny Collage
By the time I left school I could officially say that I was well and truly into sports which saw me switching from a spectator to participant role. This actually had a big impact when choosing Universities as I chose them on sporting merits and this ended up with me going to the best sporting University in the UK – Loughborough University; to read a degree which had nothing to do with Sports. Although I felt comfortable with myself when I first arrived at University, being surrounded by big and athletic people started to make me want to join a gym and so I did. I spent the first two years of University training in gyms however never really knowing much of what I was doing and to be honest happy with the little gains I was getting as I was more interested in going out and drinking my bodyweight in alcohol (really not healthy obviously but it was Uni and I wanted to enjoy myself as much as possible!).
In 2011, my third year of Uni, I was actually doing a placement in Finance at Vodafone. This is really when  I really developed a further interest into fitness and bodybuilding.
Partially due to me finding the whole corporate lifestyle rather sedentary and emotionally taxing, which together with some personal challenges I encountered that year; it had me finding a lot of comfort in the gym. In the gym I was able to let go of everything that was negative in my life at the time.

Upon my return to University for my final year I was truly indulged into the whole fitness lifestyle and, despite spending my time ensuring that I enjoyed University and got a decent grade; I spent a great amount of time reading about nutrition and gym routines and a lot of other fitness related articles. I found that this passion assisted me in achieving my final year grade as it had me structuring most days of university around study, social and fitness time.

That bring me to the present and it probably goes without saying that I remain very passionate about my fitness life and intend to do so for as long as I can! I will be posting about my present lifestyle soon as I  have recently embarked on an exciting new journey. Also stay tuned as I am aiming to start a workout log on here posting every workout structure. Until next time!

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