About the Author
Welcome to The Muscle Program, your home for building muscle and becoming the best version of YOU!
I started this site in 2010, fueled by my passion for helping others experience everything this lifestyle has to offer.
Like most reading this, I'm not a competitive bodybuilder or athlete. I’m just a normal person who loves to train.
My mission is to give you practical methods to build more muscle and cut fat while pushing yourself to that next level.
My Personal Story
That's me in the red tank top at age 17 weighing about 135 lbs.
At this point, I had been lifting weights in my backyard for about 2-3 years.
I had made a little progress since, but the guy you see here still had ZERO confidence and low self-esteem.
I grew up as a small, skinny kid and got picked on more than I'd like to admit.
It all started as a means to an end. I didn't want to get picked on anymore. I wanted girls to like me. And I wanted to be able to stand up for myself, and others, too.
I'll never forget the kid in 7th grade who slammed me against a locker and told me that he was going to beat my ass. And for no reason. Apparently I looked at him wrong in class (I was a daydreamer and spaced out a lot).
I recall countless similar events. Kids and teenagers can be like the animal kingdom. They can sense your weakness and once they do, they attack! And I was one of the easiest targets.
So that's where the first inspiration to stat hitting the weights came from.
I was also fascinated with the movies from my childhood era that starred dudes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Jean-Clause Van Damme.
I was around 14 years old when my dad bought me a weight set to put in the backyard. I had those old plastic cement-filled weights, a bar, and a bench. And I would go out there several evenings a week and lift.
Keep in mind that I was never naturally strong nor was I good at sports. Well, except for the sports games on Nintendo. I was decent at those. But lifting weights felt good. It felt right.
It wasn't long after that when I picked up my first bodybuilding magazine (I don't recall if it was Flex or Muscle & Fitness, but I read several of both thereafter). I started learning more about training and nutrition.
I still had a really tough time gaining muscle throughout my teens. You could say that I defined the word hardgainer!
It wasn’t until my mid-20s when I started putting on what I considered real muscle mass. I was reading more about guys like Flex Wheeler, Dorian Yates, Kevin Levrone, and several others from the 90's bodybuilding era. And I'll never forget bench pressing 225 for the first time...I was ecstatic!
Fast-forward a few decades later to now, here I am with even a stronger passion for the gym. Training is something that I've stayed consistent with throughout my entire life.
It's helped me build confidence and has driven me forward in almost every other aspect of life. And I believe it also kept me from going completely over the edge during my early years when I wasn't making the smartest of decisions!
That's why I'm here now, sharing this experience with you. You may already know what an impact working out can have on your life because you're already in this routine. Or maybe you're just getting back into it and want to feel that again. Or you may be just starting out.
Whatever stage you're at, I encourage you to make a commitment that you're going to do this for the rest of your life. And just know that your dedication also impacts those around you. It inspires others to be their best! And that makes our world a better place!
I hope you enjoyed my story. Now go slam down your pre-workout drink and hit the gym!
Train with Passion,
P.S. Be sure to head over to my resources page next for the supplements I take, gym gear I use, and more: Jason's Recommendations
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