Although I have never participated in structured sports in school, for as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for health and fitness. I would watch the fitness channel on television and do the fitness routines in my living room. I always admired the fitness levels and physiques of the fitness instructors, and envisioned myself being as fit as those instructors.
I thought about joining a gym for years, but did not think I had the time. Also, I was very intimidated at the thought of walking into the gym for the first time and not knowing where to start. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I started working out in a gym.
Life Gets Serious And So Do I
It all started at age 29 when I began having pain shooting up and down both my arms. Having no idea of what was causing the pain, I decided to go into a walk-in clinic. The doctor ordered an MRI of my neck and back and the results showed that I had advanced disk disease with bulging disks in C3, C4, and C7. I was referred immediately to an orthopedic surgeon who told me I needed surgery to fuse my cervical spine. Needless to say, I was shocked! I had not seen this coming.
I did some research on my own and found out that chiropractic care could be an alternative treatment to surgery. A good friend of mine referred me to her chiropractor. After reviewing my x-rays, the chiropractor assured me that even with my advanced disk disease and cervical spine issues; he could get me back to 99 percent functioning with no pain or surgery if I did exactly what he told me to do.
Along with regular adjustments, I was instructed to “get into the best shape of my life”. This was the push that I needed to join the gym. I started out with light weight exercises that my chiropractor showed me. As I got stronger I began to increase the weights. I relied on fitness magazines and trainers in the gym to learn the best ways to strength train with free weights. It did not take long to get over my fear of going to the gym and to also make some great new fitness friends.
The pain in my arms subsided and eventually disappeared as I continued to work out seriously at the gym. I was getting into “the best shape of my life”. I spent years working out and eventually friends in the gym started encouraging me to compete. It was around that time that I met April Delapaz, a personal trainer and competitor. She trained at a gym where I could work out while my son was attending swim team practices. Some of April’s competition pictures were posted around the gym, and I eventually got up enough nerve to ask her if she thought I might have the potential to compete.
Believe it or not, six weeks after the day I met April, I was on stage at the NPC 2012 Kentucky Muscle competition. To prepare, the first thing April talked to me about was proper nutrition and how important premium quality supplements are for natural athletes in building and maintaining lean muscle mass. We only had six short weeks to get ready, so I had to do it right.
April introduced me to Beverly International supplements. She’d been competing at a national level for eight years before I met her, and she explained to me how Beverly supplements had been instrumental in her success.