I´m sure you´re busy as hell and probably get a thousand e-mails form readers daily, but I wish you have the chance to read through this one.
I usually tend to keep stuff to myself, but I honestly feel the need to thank you.
My story starts on october 2010. I was 21 years old, sitting at a chubby 175, zero muscle mass and not a single care about it. Life was good, and I was happy.
Everything changed that month, tho. I lost a loved one, developed a severe depression and, all of sudden, life didn´t make sense anymore.
As a way to clear my mind, I decided I would go back to regular exercising and get in shape again.
It started well, I cleaned my diet and slowly started to run 3x a week. Phisically I was improving, but my mind was still fucked and getting worse.
Long story short, my depression was killing me. I started to run 10km a day for 6 days a week and was eating something like 1000kcal a day.
Not surprinsingly, I dropped to a malnourished and unhealthy 121 pounder at 5´10´´ in july 2011.
That same month, I completed a half marathon in 1h44min. Funny thing is I hated running. I only did it because I was afraid to regain weight.
One week after the half marathon, I was training in the treadmill and almost passed out. I was weak, sick and needed help.
That day, I decided I would turn my life around again.
I seeked medical aid, quit running and decided to go back to lifting weights, something I loved to do as a teenager.
As a compulsive reader, I started to research all I could on weighlifting. That was the time I came across your blog.
On August 2011 I was a little better, so I started `lifting´. I was doing the typical BB body part split you see on commercial gyms.
But as I dug deeper into your writings and learned about the compound lifts, I thought: Hey, that makes sense.
I slowly started to incorporate frequent squatting to my training. Then benching, chinning, deadlifting, OHPing...
Not surprinsingly, I was hearing crap from the `personal trainers´ at the gym, because the stuff I was doing was dangerous and I should just stick to cable flies and curls.
I didn´t trust them, tho. I trusted you.
So I didn´t care about all the crap I heard and all the laughs from the bros looking at me squatting the bar. I kept at it. I worked my ass off.
I was already disregarding isolation movements, but when I read your post from January 3rd I decided that 2012 was gonna be dedicated to smash the compounds and get as strong as I can.
Fast forward to today.
I´m sitting at a lean 158lbs, looking good and as healthy as possible.
People are complementing me daily, and life is awesome.
I´m currently squatting 240x3, deadlifting 355x3, benching 180x3 and OHPing 120x3.
The same bros that used to laugh at me now are coming to the squat rack to tell me I´m strong.
I can honestly say that your writings changed my life.
I can´t thank you enough for that.
Just make sure to remember that you are a role model to a lot of people, myself included.
Thank you for everything.