One of the reasons I liked body weight exercises so much is because I felt embarrassed and awkward in the gym. Even though I took that personal training class I still felt intimated by many of the fancy machines... and felt everyone was looking at me because of my light skin and skinny body.
"What the heck is that FREAK doing in here?!" I could almost hear everyone say.
I loved the idea of staying in the privacy of my own home and just using my own body weight to get stronger and bigger.
Problem was... I wasn’t. 🙁
Body weight exercises were great for helping me stay lean but that wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to GET MORE MUSCULAR!
After years of fumbling around with trial and error methods of body weight strength programs, one day I looked in the mirror at a body that hadn’t changed one bit and said, “SCREW YOU BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES! I’m switching over to weights."
I immediately joined the local YMCA again and didn't care what people thought. I was determined to get BIGGER!
But... this is where the problems started.
I went regularly, and performed all the "recommended muscle building" exercises... squats, bench presses, deadlifts, etc.
At first, everything was fine... in fact, I even saw a little bit of muscle growth. But then it happened...
One day, while I was bench pressing, I noticed some pain in my left shoulder. At the time, I thought it was nothing... so I pushed through the workout.
But when the next morning came... my shoulder was KILLING me. I decided to "man up" and push through. Over the next few weeks the pain became overwhelming until I couldn't even lift my left arm. It sucked!
I felt angry and defeated... and had little to show for my consistent efforts.
Since I couldn't work out... I had plenty of time to research how professional body builders built muscle. I absorbed every book I could find. I became like a machine and studied everything. Then suddenly... a new REVELATION hit me like a ton of bricks.