Start Lifting, Get Ripping
I’ve been interested in bodybuilding for as long as I can remember. Actually, since 1978 when I used to see a green Lou Ferrigno shredding his clothes and throwing car sized objects across the room. What brute strength! Yes, he was the Incredible Hulk and that guy amazed me – a mean, green muscle machine. I always held a fascination for bodybuilding greats like him and Arnold “Arnie” Schwarzenegger. Those guys were just awesome in the 1977 hit documentary “Pumping Iron”. If you haven’t yet seen this impressive flick, what are you waiting for?? Do it now!!
Lou and Arnold have always been my role models. I’ll give you a quick scoop on some of their bodybuilding achievements:
Ferrigno competed in many contests such as Pro Mr. America, NABBA Mr. Universe, IFBB Mr. America, IFBB Mr. Universe, IFBB Mr. International, Mr. Olympia and Olympia Masters winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in almost all of them. Way to go, Lou!
Arnold did impressively well himself winning the Junior Mr. Europe contest in 1965 (age 18) and Mr. Europe in 1966 (age 19). He also won numerous bodybuilding and power lifting contests, taking away five Mr. Universe wins and seven Mr. Olympia wins. His goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world. I sure can agree with that!
Wanting to follow in their footsteps, I took every level of weight training offered in high school. I loved working out. Pumping those heavy cold weights until my muscles were on fire felt soooo good. Yes, pain felt good – how ironic! Seeing the veins starting to pop out of my arms and legs was an awesome sight. Throughout my college days I also did a lot of bodybuilding and became a Physical Fitness Major. Later on I became a certified fitness trainer and bodybuilding coach.
I may never be green and most likely I won’t be the next “Terminator” but I thank Lou Ferrigno and Arnold for giving me the ambition and motivation to bodybuild my way into a successful and rewarding future. As you can see, bodybuilding really is in my blood (probably running through those popping veins) – Heh!
Let’s start lifting!