Everyone has a story. Mine starts as an overweight kid that had a huge desire to lose weight, but had little knowledge of how to do it. I remember being 240 pounds in 8th grade and wearing a size 40 pant. I was too overweight to enjoy sports and was miserable. I knew I had to make changes, I just didn’t know what to do. Initially I started eating one meal a day. It worked and by the time I was in high school I weighed 220, but it stopped working eventually. At that point the desire for continued improvement was stoked. I starting grasping on to any information I could get my hands on. I read every book I had available to me, I started scouring the magazines, and even listened to cassette audio tapes on the subject of fitness and nutrition.
I came to find out there was a lot of information out there, but it wasn’t all the same. It was very confusing to me at that age. Another thing that I soon came to realize is even when I meticulously applied what I was learning, results didn’t come for me over night, but through this I learned most valuable lesson. If I worked extremely hard and was extremely consistent, the results came. They may come slowly, but they would come.
I worked my way through high school with a tedious training schedule and nutrition. Cardio fasted in the morning. I remember sneaking protein bars in between classes, kids looking at me crazy at lunch when I would eat canned tuna. I would come home and weight train and then do another cardio session before bed. I graduated high school at 158 pounds, dropping over 80 pounds in that 4 year period.
The journey was just beginning. The weight was now off, but I wanted more. I wanted what I saw in the magazines. If I could drop 80 pounds I could easily gain some of it back in muscle right? Well not so easy. Back to the grind stone I went. I found the same issues I faced losing weight trying to gain muscle. It was hard, and I was again confused and looking for more knowledge. If I ate enough to put on muscle I gained some fat too. Why can’t I just gain muscle?
3 years after high school graduation I competed in my first bodybuilding show 173 pounds. I will admit dieting for it was the most grueling and emotional thing I had ever done, but I won. That made it all worth it. A week later I did another show and I took 6th. The next day I was back in the gym, the desire for more improvement!
2 years later I decided to compete again in 2005. This time I was under the tutelage of my first coach, Mike Francois. Getting ready for this show was much easier, I knew what to expect. I knew what I should be doing and how I should look at what point. On top of that, I was learning so much. I competed that year at 185.
I’ve gone on to compete about every 2 years since then, most recently winning the Mr. Ohio at 198 pounds. The same lessons I learned early on are still here with me today. This doesn’t come easy for me, but with hard work and application of the correct knowledge anyone can have great results.
At this point it is a lifestyle I love, as does my wife and 2 children. In the beginning it wasn’t enjoyable, it was all about results. I ate foods I hated, I worked hard but not necessarily efficient. So what makes today different? It’s the knowledge I’ve gained along the way. I’ve learned how to prepare healthy diet meals that are amazing, make desserts out of protein powder, and optimize my training so I don’t miss any time with my family. I have found ways to remove any excuse you might have for reaching your goals. I invite you to follow along as I pass along the knowledge I have gained over the last 20 years to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
About the Author:
Marc Snyder is an active NPC Bodybuilder and current 2013 Mr Ohio. Marc has created a balance in his life with the sport he loves and the family of 2 kids and a wife that he lives for. Marc has been involved in many avenues of the fitness industry. He is a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. He also has experience in clinical exercise physiology working in the field for nearly 2 years.
It is now Marc’s goal to educate and guide individuals through their health and fitness journey by utilizing the knowledge he has gained over the years. He operates SnyderAthletics.com an online nutrition and training website to help people. achieve their goals.
Please follow Marc on his journey of continued progress by following him on his social media feeds all accessible through SnyderAthletics.com. He post his daily lifestyle tips on these feeds for you to access and utilize in your health and fitness journey.