Great question, here's the rundown:
-12 years old-gym membership, only allowed to do machines and cardio, but I tore into those machines.
-14 years old-they let me into the free weights room and my dad showed me how to do the basics and some of the thee gym patrons showed me the ropes
-Also 14 years old started training for football at the high school 4x a week. We ran a program called bigger faster Stronger that focused on deep squats, bench, and power cleans.
-I was a big kid, 200lbs as a freshman, put on 20 a year chugging milk and eating home cooked food.
-Soph year bench and power clean went from 225 to 315 in 9 months
-Left high school benching 395 touch n go and squatting 550
-College-Mostly maintenance, played football so same focus as high school, left there with 615 squat 455 bench
-Since college training has been on/off and here/there. Started DL a couple years ago. Maintained just enough to never "lose" what I gained before.
-November someone gave me the idea to compete, I just stopped coaching wrestling so gave it a shot. My numbers shot WAY UP, as they usually do when you're new. I know this is long but I hope it helps answer your question. Happy 4th!