The Beginning of a Long Journey

At a young age, I got ridicule all the time for being skinny. People (mostly relatives) telling me I needed to eat much more or calling me names such as bones every time I would see them.

One day I had enough and wrote down on a little sheet of paper of my goal. It was two simple words, get big. It wasn't a clear goal since at a young age; I didn't realize how important a clearly define goal was.

Timeline of my fitness journey as I can remember.

  • Age 14
    • Lifted my first weight at home. Nothing too serious.
  • Age 18
    • Heading to Mexico for the first time! Trying to get in better in shape for the beach. Step foot in the gym for the first time as well. It was sure intimidating but going with friends really helped.
  • Ages 21 to 25
    • Casually working out without any research or a defined goal.
    • No schedule or quality routine.
    • Zero knowledge about nutrition. Went to McDonalds after a workout because I wanted to get big and thought it would be beneficial for me.
  • Ages 25 & 26
    • Starting researching and looking for valuable information about nutrition and workout routines.
    • Tried different types of routines. Full body 3 times a week and 5 day split.
    • Understanding compound movements and isolation movements.
    • Worked out with a friend that helped me learned a lot in which I still apply today.
  • Age 27
    • New found drive and motivation to go the next level.

During the ages of 18 to 25, I wasn't serious about fitness. Yes I started going to the gym more than ever but there were also some months I didn't go at all. I just wasn't committed.


California Fitness & Yoga in Da Nang City Vietnam.

What changed?

However, at age 25, a good friend sent me a personal development podcast to listen. It was my first encounter with personal development. Not knowing it at the time but this one little event had such a big ripple effect throughout my whole entire life. It really did changed the way I looked at life.

I started taking responsibilities of why I wasn't where I wanted to be. In terms of financially, emotionally, mentally, and physically, I knew there were a lot of changes to be made and the first step is to take responsibility and stop blaming others for the life I lead.

From that day forward, I've made a real commitment and clearly defined what I was truly after. I finally understood that where I was in life is because of all the decisions I've made in the past. I stopped being a victim and started taking control of my life.

Falling in love with the Process

When listening to my first personal development podcast, he stressed the importance of gathering all the knowledge you can from people who've been where you want to go and then start applying them.

Ordering a quarter pounder at McDonalds after a gym session wasn't the best idea but because of my lack of knowledge, I thought by eating McDonalds was going to be the fastest way to get big. While it does get you big fast, it wasn't the type of 'big' I wanted. 5 pounds of fat isn't the same as 5 pounds of muscle.

I wanted instant result at that time but I now understand that it's supposed to be a long and slow process. From 116 pounds to currently 185 pounds and trying to get to 210 pounds, I still got a long way ahead of me.

If you're like me and consider yourself a late bloomer, just remember that it's all about the progress even if it's slow.

Where am I Now

I have clearly defined my goal. I am still learning and experimenting with what works for me and what doesn't. I now head to the gym 5 to 6 days a week, knowing that every rep and set is bringing me closer to my vision. I go no matter how I feel. I love the feeling of being sore and when I'm not, I crave for it.

I'm not where I want to be but I'll get there soon enough if I keep on pushing.

There will be days when you just don't want to go at all but you know what? Go anyways. You'll feel so much better afterwards.

**Fitness starts at 1:30**

Published by Duy Dang