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    On 2 years at WBB

    I just realized it's been exactly 2 years that I've been here at WBB. SO I thought I should say something.

    Here's what I've learned in the last 2 years:

    No matter how strong or smart you think you are, there is always someone stronger or smarter.

    If you don't train your whole body, you will never meet your physical potential.

    No amount of training can substitute for proper nutrition.

    8-minute abs is a DVD at Wal-Mart, not an exercise routine.

    One bad injury can be the end of a lifting career or the beginning of one.

    It doesn't matter how much you lift, only that you lift as much as you can.

    Listen intently to all advice, then decide whether you should follow it.

    I still know very little about lifting, life, and everything else; but I'm learning.


    Here's what I've accomplished in 2 years:

    Have brought body weight from 197 at ~ 25% fat to 186 and ~11% (Lean mass from 148 to 166)

    Have not only squatted 405 and deadlifted 455, but have helped others to increase their numbers on these lifts.

    Have gone from severe depression to acceptance of life and all it's pitfalls.

    Have battled back from severe injury to improve all of my lifts.

    Have learned to love myself again.

    Will compete in my first power meet in 4 weeks.


    Thanks to WBB for everything these last 2 years. You've all helped my transform my body, mind, life.

    Special thanks to Maki, Daniel, Chris Mason, CoCoa, Moose, Dedicated, Brian, Callahan, Justin, Anthony, Narcissus (or whatever he calls himself these days), and really everyone whom I've ever had the pleasure to interact with here.

    Good luck to everyone. May all your goals be lofty and difficult to achieve. And may you attain them and surpass them at every turn.

    All love to WBB.

    -Drew

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    That is a really nice post Drew!

    I am happy you have gotten so much out of this site and I hope you continue to enjoy it and to help others here.


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    That's excellent, Drew.

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    Nice post. It's neat to see what some of the members take away from this site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    , Narcissus (or whatever he calls himself these days),
    Dude. You are confusing me (Formerly Nevermore) with Narcissus.
    That was my IM handle.
    that is so ****ing cool. <Gloat>

    I was wondering why you kept referring to me as "Narc" in my journal.

    Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In The fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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    WOW. It has been exactly two yrs for me as well....
    I'd post what I have taken but that would be hijacking the thread. (would it?)
    Hmmm well seeing as I don't really care...
    (And there will be some things that mirror Drew's)
    In 2 yrs I have :
    Gone from 6'2" 186 @ 13%bf to 6'2" 240 @ 13% bf.
    gotten my bench from a struggling 135 to 335
    deadlift from 375 to 545.
    Squat from 135 to 405 for reps.
    My life and attitude including my work ethics and patience have all changed for the better due to my Bodybuilding lifestyle.
    I have made more friends on this board that I consider to be true friends than in anyother point in my life.

    I have learned:
    Like Drew,
    Your results will only be as good as your diet;regardless of your workouts.

    That Having Drew call you a Chicken-Legged-Bodybuilder is a lot of damn motivation.

    That denouncing and rejecting that term a year later feels damn good.

    Deadlifts and Squats really do make you grow more than any other lifts.

    Cardio is always important,nothing is as sad as a 250 lb guy wheezing after sex or jogging.

    Liquid diets are sometimes a necessary evil and actually work regardless of what anyone tells you. (Weightgainers/shakes)

    Supplements only work when you actually take them.

    I'd have to thank Rookie,Wikked1 especially in the beginning for motivation,CoCoa,Galileo,
    I'd thank Budiak but he didn't really like me back then,Callahan,Severed.
    Ties,Drew,BCC,And Twisted Dendrite for being so ****ed up.
    Without this site I would be quite a ways from my goals and terribly uneducated.
    SO , thanks to Dan,Chris and Maki as well.
    Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In The fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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    Thanks guys, and no worries about a thread hijack. It's all good.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Good post, drew. To come back after injury and set some PRs ... that's just awesome.
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    I know there are more testimonies out there...


    TESTIFY!!!!
    Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In The fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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    Man ive been on here longer and havent learnt 95% as much as everyone else...thats because I finally started to lift seriously a few months ago
    Nice post guys, it really is nice to see people progressing!

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    I'm just waiting for you guys to do some sort of cyber hug. The pansy-meter of this forum just shot up a couple notches




    Hell, it's been 2 years for me too. Can't say I've improved as much as Drew or the others, but it's been the only forum I've found that's worth sticking to for years. I'd like to think I've become a better person since June of '03, in all areas.
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    Drew, that is a great post. It's great to see you time here has worked out so well and now you're even getting ready to compete. ACE!

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    *Squirt*


    (Usually I reserve those messes for Kimpy but she gone)
    Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In The fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatred
    *Squirt*
    Super, now I've got banana-muscle-juice all over my thread. lol

    BTW, I've added 20lbs on my squat in the last month.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Drew, you are such an a-hole!
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    Thanks Max.

    Better than a MASS hole!
    Last edited by drew; 06-04-2005 at 07:54 AM.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    I've just realized I've been on a year. What I'll learn in 2 years..will be awesome.
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    i havent been here quite 2 years about 19 months. but i have learned a HELL of a lot while i have been here. Mostly about nutrition.

    When i first started out, i had lots of trouble with my knees and other things...since i have been working out regularly...those problems have disappeared.

    I look forward to finally attaining my goals and could not do it without wbb.

    I especially want to thank drew, justinf, bruteman, chubrock, cphafner, cocoa, canadianhomer, and getfit...they have always been there supporting me and keeping me rolling along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    I just realized it's been exactly 2 years that I've been here at WBB. SO I thought I should say something.

    Here's what I've learned in the last 2 years:

    No matter how strong or smart you think you are, there is always someone stronger or smarter.

    If you don't train your whole body, you will never meet your physical potential.

    No amount of training can substitute for proper nutrition.

    8-minute abs is a DVD at Wal-Mart, not an exercise routine.

    One bad injury can be the end of a lifting career or the beginning of one.

    It doesn't matter how much you lift, only that you lift as much as you can.

    Listen intently to all advice, then decide whether you should follow it.

    I still know very little about lifting, life, and everything else; but I'm learning.


    Here's what I've accomplished in 2 years:

    Have brought body weight from 197 at ~ 25% fat to 186 and ~11% (Lean mass from 148 to 166)

    Have not only squatted 405 and deadlifted 455, but have helped others to increase their numbers on these lifts.

    Have gone from severe depression to acceptance of life and all it's pitfalls.

    Have battled back from severe injury to improve all of my lifts.

    Have learned to love myself again.

    Will compete in my first power meet in 4 weeks.


    Thanks to WBB for everything these last 2 years. You've all helped my transform my body, mind, life.

    Special thanks to Maki, Daniel, Chris Mason, CoCoa, Moose, Dedicated, Brian, Callahan, Justin, Anthony, Narcissus (or whatever he calls himself these days), and really everyone whom I've ever had the pleasure to interact with here.

    Good luck to everyone. May all your goals be lofty and difficult to achieve. And may you attain them and surpass them at every turn.

    All love to WBB.

    -Drew
    Awesome post D...you have come a long way since your accident bro...keep rolling along man...you keep me motivated to attain my goals man. seeing what you have done since the accident is IMPRESSIVE as HELL.

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    Thanks Bri. I use the accident to motivate myself and others. You've gone through your share of adversity, as have most people here. It's all in how we come back from it that makes us who we are.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Thanks Max.

    Better than a MASS hole!

    I'm from Texas biatch!! HA!
    Burritos are the bomb for bulking!
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