I began weight training at a very young age, around 10 or 11, to improve my athleticism in both soccer and baseball. I always wanted to be the fastest and strongest athlete that I could possibly be whether it was on the soccer or baseball field. My father introduced me to the weight room (which was and still is in his basement) to share in his passion of pushing the iron. I remember becoming addicted to the gym from the very first training session. I quickly learned and adapted to all of the movements that he had demonstrated to me. I remember sitting in school and impatiently waiting for the final bell to ring to get home and begin my workout. Even the days where we would have baseball or soccer practice right after school and were put through hours of drills and conditioning, I still could not wait to get home to push and pull the iron.
Around the age of 14, after having a few years of weight training experience, I began to see some physical changes in the mirror. As I began to realize that I could actually put on muscle with the weight training, I became obsessed with bodybuilding. I would read several bodybuilding magazines and online articles while looking at pictures of the current and past bodybuilding greats every day whenever I had a free moment. Given that my father has such a passion for the Golden Era bodybuilders (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu, etc.) I was always baffled by their aesthetics and the way that they showcased the body like a true piece of art. I always said that I wanted to achieve the body that Arnold was able to build and it is a goal and dream that I will never stop chasing.