As children we all look up to someone whether its your parents, sportsmen or even super hero’s. I think mine was a combination of all three to be honest. My dad had me playing rugby at a young age but I was always THE small kid on the field, I was fast but small. This really used to bug me, I literally just to keep asking my dad when I was going to grow muscles and a beard and he kept saying “it’ll come in due time son.” Which wasn’t helpful, especially I was a late bloomer. So I decided to take things into my own hands.
I bought a magazine with my favourite rugby player at the time and probably still, Jonny Wilkinson. In my eyes the best fly half in history and the most talented left foot on the planet. I got a picture of him, put it above my desk in my bedroom for inspiration, went and found some rubbish old dumbells and from then on when I came home nearly every evening I’d be doing as many bicep curls and push ups as possible (because thats the most important obviously haha). Followed flexing in the mirror each time to see if I had grown since the day before. Weeks, months then years went by and finally I started to see some serious gains in my physique which really helped when I was playing rugby with the bigger kids…but still no beard! Ha!
By the time I was 19, (still only quite skinny) I remember coming out the gym in my home town in York, after a big arm workout with my gym buddy and I filled out my arm hole in my rugby top. It was too tight! I was so happy! Sounds so daft I realise but I was chuffed. From there I fell in love with the aesthetics of training as well as the fitness side and here I am today around 93KG and averaging around 10/12% all year.
We all have to start somewhere but consistency is KEY. If you’re persistent you’ll get it and if you’re consistent you’ll keep it.