Going from skinny to buff can be not only a challenge, but simply an impossible task for many young guys. That’s why when I recently saw the transformation of a young guy who started out pretty skinny and managed to train his way to a respectable physique. I asked him, Vaclav Gregor, to share his story which reminded me of the transformation of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in the 2002 Spiderman movie.
Vaclav Gregor: It was May 2007 and after months of thinking about it I finally decided to go to the gym. Or at least check how it all works in there. The first day I had to go with my friend, because I was pretty scared of all the big guys who are going to be there.
The first day was pretty simple, I went there, saw all the scary machines, barbells and dumbbells. However, I was determined to start going to the gym, so I asked what I need in order to start working out and went home. Two days later me and my friend finally went to the gym to have our first workout.
We asked the staff to show us which machines should we use (yes we thought machines are the best way to build muscles, but hell it was our first day), how many reps and sets should we do per each exercise, what body parts to train in each session and how to breath during the lift.
I was used to playing lots of sports, but lifting weights was something completely new to me and the stress that this movement with additional weights had on my body was enormous. My muscles were completely shocked.
I was sore for the next two weeks, just from this single workout session. But that was to be expected, because I was only 15 at that time and like I said I never lifted weights in my life. I was weak, without any natural strength and lacking muscle mass big time.
From Skinny to Buff – the Beginning