2017 DUBAI MUSCLE SHOW
Left: December 2013.
Right: December 2017.
I know you guys are probably sick of this “before” photo I always use, but I love it, it’s the most accurate representation of what my life was back then, a chubby guy just chilling on a sofa not afraid to show his curves 😂 and enjoying his insecurities and bad decisions.
If you were sat next to me on that day, and you told me 4 years later I would be on a bodybuilding stage I would say you’re out of your mind, but here I am.
Yes I did not place, yes I wasn’t 100% ready, yes there were better guys, but at that moment I entered the stage, none of that mattered, everyone was busy impressing the judges, I didn’t give a damn, I was distracted by the image of my obese self sitting in the crowd and watching me, that was my competition, and that only.
I couldn’t hide my excitement on stage, because it was a dream come true, I still can’t believe it happened.
If you know me well, you’ll know that midway throughout my prep, I went through some serious mental issues (no shame), back then I was too bothered to even live let alone do a stupid bodybuilding show. Every professional help insisted I quit the show, but when I started recovering I realized I was way behind but I can’t let go of the thing I’ve been dreaming of so long, cause who are we if we don’t dare chase our dreams?
Even though there were lots of obstacles last two days which (a little bit) affected how I looked on stage, it was still a great event by the @dubaimuscleshow (no excuses).
And if you don’t know already, I HAD NO PREP COACH, I was my own trainer, nutritionist, prep coach, motivator, psychologist and posing coach, competing against some top professional athletes who do this for a living.
I’m definitely not satisfied with the outcome, but I’m hella proud! Maybe my results are not as great as the other 16 competitors’ in my category coming from around the world to win the pro card. but I promise you, none of them have been through what I have been, or have come from that shape you see up there.