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I have always been interested in weight training.
I first started serious lifting during my high school years. From my late teens to mid-twenties I was completely dedicated to bodybuilding. I was a member of the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association. (NABBA) Actually I took out life-time membership, so grand were my ambitions.
I managed to develop what by most people’s standards was considered a good physique. When my wife first met me, she couldn’t get her arms around my chest.
However, by the time I reached twenty-five I realised that if I wasn’t going to take drugs, I would never win anything.
While I was totally absorbed in the sport, I also knew I wanted to live a long healthy life and do other things. So not being prepared to take any form of performance enhancing drugs, I decided to ‘retire’.
I continued to train as I loved doing so. But without the impetus of competing I started to lose size over the coming years.
I have maintained my keen interest in the sport and followed the competitions and the competitors.
In my late forties I got into powerlifting and competed in the Northern Ireland Powerlifting Federation (NIPF).
This is a drug free federation who test their lifters.
For over forty years I have observed and competed in different forms of weight training.
During these forty plus years I became increasingly aware that in bodybuilding there is just so much BS written about the whole thing.
Looking back now to when I was a young man, I wish I had known this. But like everyone in that environment, I read all the popular bodybuilding mags and studied the routines of the champions.
Now this would have been all well and good if like them I had been taking good old vitamin ‘S’ (steroids) as it is known in the sport. But I wasn’t and spent many years wondering what I was doing wrong.
So, I have decided to write this small book. Well actually I’ve been thinking about it for at least the past fifteen years. So much so that when I finally sat down at the computer, the words just flew off the keyboard and I wrote at least half of it in a week. This book is small because actually the basic principles of ‘natural’ bodybuilding training are very simple and straight-forward.
I have used every design and formatting option to keep cost to a minimum, so that if after reading it you think it is actually me who is full of BS, you can just throw it in the nearest recycling bin. All you’ve lost is the equivalent of a half-decent lunch sandwich, and if you brought the Kindle version, not even that.
Frankly I think a lot of you will do just that. When I was young, I would not have listened either, I was so indoctrinated in all the BS that is out there.
But if even just one of you listens and applies what I have written here, then it will have been worthwhile. Maybe you can save on all those years of wasted time and energy I was guilty of.