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About Phil

Hey what’s up?

It’s Phil and I want to welcome you to Phils-Fitness.

On this page I want to give you some information about my life. who I am and how I got into bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition. With this website I want to provide you with lots of great tips and information about bodybuilding, nutrition, dieting, supplements etc. that will help you to achieve your personal fitness goals.

Who I Am

My name is Phil (Philipp) and I’m 22 years old living in Germany. Currently I’m studying for a general qualification for university entrance so I’m neither a Certified Personal Trainer nor a Certified Nutrition Specialist or some “Guru”. But in the last years I’ve read through thousands of articles, research studies and all other kinds of information about training, nutrition, supplements, fat loss, muscle building, hormonal and health, so I attained quite a good knowledge abouth these issues.

How I Got Into Bodybuilding

I did lots of sports my whole life, including soccer, hockey, athletics and martial arts but none of these sports kept me for a very long time. I think athletics kept me for about 4 years which was the longest until I discovered my love for bodybuilding. I was about 14-15 years old when I lifted a weight the first time in my life but it was nothing serious as I didn’t want to gain weight because this would have been unfavorable due to my goals in athletics.

I remember looking in the mirror at age 17 and I was so skinny I couldn’t believe it myself. I weighted about 110 lbs. at 5’5” so I knew I had to gain weight. Some guys even said I look like I was dangerously ill because I was so skinny. Sure, I was quite good at athletics but I didn’t want to do it anymore. Then a friend convinced me to lift some weights again and I was like “Yeah, why not pack on some muscles” (as it is that easy).

That’s me in Sydney someday in March 2006…Not big at all and yes I was a late bloomer so if you are 17 and look like 14, don’t worry :D

Knowledge Is Power…Even in Bodybuilding

One year later at the age of 18 I gained about 20 lbs. but I looked barely different than a year ago as I gained 4” in height so I was 130 lbs. at 5’9”. Really skinny I’d say….At this point I knew I had to change something but I didn’t know what to change. I had no clue about nutrition, supplements or nothing else until I came across a book called “Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding: The Complete A-Z Book on Muscle Building”. After reading the first pages I felt like a fool. I knew NOTHING about proper training, correct nutrition, supplements, recovery and so on. I’ve to admit that I’ve never cared about other things than lifting weights. I used to eat a “regular” diet (which was complete bullshit in order to gain muscle mass), I didn’t use supplements and I had no workout schedule.

While reading through the different chapters of the book, I began applying more and more and then finally I saw improvement.

After optimizing my diet I recognized muscle gains and this was such a great feeling because I finally got results from all the exhausting workouts. And mostly all I had to do was to change my nutrition…Wish I would have known that a year earlier. Anyway, after doing a regular 3 day beginner workout and following a mass gaining diet, I gained more weight i.e. mostly muscles within 5 months than I did the whole year before. This was pretty amazing as many people who haven’t seen me for a long time were quite shocked of how my appearance changed.

I was 170 lbs. at this point and I was kinda addicted to bodybuilding so I kept bulking up where I noticed that I had gained a few pounds of fat over time but I didn’t worry much about it.

My Second Birthday

Well, then fate hit me very hard in September 2008. I was 20 and motorbiking on one of the last beautiful sunny days when suddenly my front tire sild away…That’s everything I can remember. I woke up 2 days later in a hospital where doctors told me that I narrowly escaped death and I was supposed to be in hospital for at least 4 weeks. And do you know what was the most horrible part for me of all that? No training for 3 months including the 4 weeks in hospital. I felt like a junkie who had to go cold turkey. Lets cut it here as you cam imagine that this was without doubt the worst time in my life.

After chrashing my little Aprilia RS 125 it was absolutely necessary for me to get that stunning Kawasaki ZX-6R :D It was obvious for me to be a lot more careful with that kind of sport motorbike.

Back to Bodybuilding

In 2009 I started working out again and due to the memory effect I put on the lost muscle mass way faster than the first time. Throughout 2009 I tried to put on mainly lean muscle mass but you can’t avoid gaining a few pounds of fat so I did a fat loss diet in summer to show off  my body at the beach :-After summer I returned to gaining weight and as you all know Christmas time always comes around with a great dinner which just tastes delicious so I really enjoyed it which means I added some mass to my belly but it wasn’t that much at all.

Now it’s April 2010 and I’m 185 lbs. at 5’9” and my body fat is about 12% so my shape is not bad. Future goals are cutting down to 8% bodyfat and gaining lean muscle mass while trying to stay at 8%.

That’s a picture I took this morning (27th June 2010) after showering, quite bad quality but I think you can see a slight difference

Well, yesterday (1st September 2010) I hit the tanning bed and I just had to take a picture cause right now my shape is better than ever before. Cut my bodyfat down to 7% and I’ll try to keep it there while packing on some lean muscle mass. Got 175 lbs. but I gotta get back to at least 185 lbs….until ths end of this year.

That’s it so far, I’ll keep this page updated on a regular basis to keep track of my progress.

Phil

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