First off, I want to start by saying I am not a fitness expert or nutritionist. I’d consider myself a hobbyist body/diet experimenter, at best, if you had to put a label on it. All of my opinions are based on personal experience and consuming knowledge from others whom I’ve deemed educated. Basically, I didn’t go to school for this and can’t prescribe anything to anyone legally. I’m just interested in sharing my experience as I transform from zero to hopeful superhero.
With that out of the way, hello world! My name is Steven Diomampo, by trade I write code and manage the Front End Dev Team at SpatialKey. We’re an entirely remote company and since my start, in mid 2014, I’ve had the luxury of getting back in the gym during lunch. Prior to that I was pretty much inactive, writing code at places that lacked a fitness facility and too lazy to drive to a paid gym during my off hours. It’s gotten even easier for me to hit the gym since my purchase of a Power Rack last year. I only have to travel as far as my garage now.
It’s pretty simple. I want to feel really confident walking around the beach or pool during the summer and have a physique like the pics below. I also look younger than I really am (maybe that has changed) and since I’ve had my kids it’d be nice to feel like I’m a “grown up” when around other parents. Eventually when my daughters reach dating age, probably at least 30 :), I want to look like a superhero and basically intimidate those who come knocking.
I’ve been consistently working out for almost a year and a half. Admittedly, the first 3 – 6 months were spent wasting my time doing random exercises, toying with Insanity and picking up weights that were heavy enough to feel like I was working out. Thankfully at the time, I had the help of a former colleague, Leonard Souza, who painted a clearer picture of what is really involved in transforming your body (hint: it’s a marathon, not a sprint).
Here’s a list of a few things I’ve experimented with or been inspired by:
- StrongLifts 5×5
- Primal Diet
- Counting Macros
- Due to the recent holidays, I’m also experimenting with “Dirty Bulking” aka “Getting Fat”, which has helped me put on some weight, but I’m not extremely proud of it.
I’m a naturally skinny person, something like an ectomorph I guess. I’ve always had a pretty hard time gaining weight. That said, my routine has been pretty consistent, 3 workouts a week, unless I am sick, injured (hopefully this doesn’t happen again) or have any indication of the potential for injury. Below is a current picture of my transformation so far.
The left-most photo is from back when I started in August 2014.
- I weighed 115 – 120 lbs
- and for the bro’s out there, I bench pressed a whopping 105 lbs (3 sets of 8 reps)
The right-most photo is me at present day (January 2016).
- I currently weigh 150 – 155 lbs
- I currently bench press 215 lbs (3 sets of 8 reps)
That’s all I’ve got to say for my first official post. Stay tuned for more shirtless selfies as I continue down this road.