Heres a little background information...
Hawaiian x Portuguese mixbreed with some asian and white thrown in there who was more concerned with helping his classmates get stronger with proper technique than sticking to a particular routine through the end and actually seeing the results. strangely enough i had some pretty decent (at the time) weights in my mid to late teens. leg press on a swing-type hammer strength machine 1000+, bench 5x225 at 16, when my other classmates could barely get 1rm @225, 2x385 full ROM squat, blah blah blah.
so the foundation was there when i went back into the weight room 2 years after graduating high school. early 20s, new supplements from AtLarge Nutrition (first and only protein/meal replacement i have bought since) and a pathetic 195 1rm flat bench and struggling to rep 225 squats. sad, i know. the good thing is that i had some awesome workout partners in my friends, Kelden, Micah, Jordon and Jon. with their help and a myriad of exercises from heavy compound movements to lighter weight iso movements on both the machines and with free weights, i was able to hit my personal bests of 365 flat bench, 405 squat, and whatever the max load was for out leg press machine. haha!
jump forward 3 years. laid off of work (carpenters union), sedentary and just getting disgustingly fat overall (loose 42'' waist at something like 260#) i decided to make a life change and go see the army and marine recruiters. army said come back when i lose weight, marines told me to come exercise with them during the week. as you can tell, the choice was simple. oorah devil dogs! this was the start of a nearly yearlong journey to lose 50+# while still maintaining a decent strength level to easily pass our PFT. grew to love running (scenery in hawaii sure helped) and put in anywhere from 8-10 miles a day. all the while progressively getting a little stronger month by month. i was at the point where at 215 i could do 13 wide grip (as wide as our bar let me) pull ups and easily cranked out the 100 crunches needed for those easy 100pts. struggled to lose the last few pounds and just made my shipping weight at 208lb in early june of this year.
in basic training i shrank to 195# and a 32/33'' waist and lost A LOT of strength. the next month after basic didnt help me in any way shape or form either since i had something like 70 MREs during that months time. now im in my school for my MOS and actually have time to hit the weights.
this is where my journey back to my glorious youth begins!
OCT 31, 2012
neck - 16.5''
chest - 46''
bicep - 15.25''(L) 15''(R)
forearm - 13''(L) 13.25''(R)
waist - 33''
thigh - 23''(L) 23.5''(R)
calf - 17.75''(L) 17.75''(R)