By Strength Oldschool
* This article was originally posted on June 1st, 2022.
Every now and again I enjoy looking through old training videos and physique photos of myself. Today I was checking out old garage gym footage from back in 2017, where I was pumping up using resistance bands. I normally hate looking at photos of myself, especially when I'm showing off my physique (or lack of as it may be at times) and Initially when I made the video and watched it back, I wasn't pleased with my body. I only saw negatives.
However, its now 2022 and with fresh eyes, I must have been a damn fool to think I didn't look good. In my opinion, back in 2017, I was looking swole!
I was almost at my heaviest ever bodyweight and carrying a good amount of muscle mass. I was looking pretty thick, especially on the arms, which is the most important thing ha ha! I'm glad I actually keep most photos and videos I dislike at the time of creation, because over time, as you get older, you look back on stuff and think..."I didn't look as bad as I thought I did!"
Having always been skinny at a younger age, it took considerable time, many, many years as a "natural" for me to pack on the beef.
If I compare the photo above (me around 15 / 16 years old (1997 maybe), 6ft tall weighing about 9.5 stone / 60 kg / 132 lbs) to my 2017 physique within the video above, there is a remarkable difference which I'm proud of.
Don't get me wrong, I'm carrying a fair bit of body fat, especially around the waist, but In my opinion, I look healthy and much better compared to my younger self. Ripped physiques look good but I much prefer the beefier look.
I also came across this footage from 2015. This short, semi-relaxed, back pose footage shows some good thickness I think. At the time all I did was Deadlifts and Rows - simple basic training using heavy and light weights.
Lot's of things have motivated me to train over the last 30+ years but there were three Iron Game books which helped fuel my drive to get to the gym and train. If you are interested in knowing what these three books were, click here.
If only I could get back into either of those above shapes today! But life at the moment is very stressful and stress isn't good for the mind or body.
Thanks for reading folks!
Keep training hard,