This new blog format will consist of content created entirely by our members! This could include details about what life was like before the gym, experiences with our community, or just pro tips our team stole from our community! If you want to develop a piece like this, send us an email at Info@PittsburghFIT.com--My fitness journey started when I was 13 years old.My friend’s dad had an old weight bench in his garage, so my friends and I decided to see who was the strongest out of our group. I was quickly flattened with 80lbs while I watched everyone else bench over 100lbs for multiple reps. I was ridiculed for the rest of the day due to my weakness in comparison to my buddies. I was upset and frustrated but I still felt there was something I could do to help my cause. Shortly after, I decided to ask my parents for a set of weights so I could start training. My goal was to become as big and strong as possible and earn a starting spot on the football team.My parents got me the weight set and I started training 4 days a week using methods from a Joe Weider book my dad gave me. The methods were simple: train, eat, rest and repeat. Following these methods, I was putting on muscle and my strength increased every week. Post workout I was eating oranges and choking down packs of tuna my mom got for free from a friend that worked at Heinz. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I knew I needed protein, and I had a strong feeling no one else was eating this way.After a few months of training, my friends were quite shocked to see the same kid who struggled with 80lbs a few months ago was now able to bench press 150lbs. I went from being the weakest, to watching my friends push harder to try and catch up to me. These strength and size gains were also translating well to the football field and thus my passion for training was born. I felt as long as I kept training, I’d keep getting bigger, better, and stronger. What I felt was true and by the time I was a senior I was a starting 240lb offensive lineman for the football team and one of the strongest guys at the school.While my football career came to an end, my training continued with some powerlifting in college and now a whole new world of fitness since becoming a member at Pittsburgh Fit. Overall, the purpose of this article is to not only share some of my background but to remind us that strength, endurance, muscle building, weight loss, better health etc. is all a journey that starts with believing that you will improve if you’re willing to put in the effort.We do a lot of amazing work at Pittsburgh Fit and when we watch others perform certain movements with ease or deadlift what seems to be the weight of a small car, we might not always think about the time, action and dedication that went into producing those results.When it comes to some movements like handstand push-ups and double unders, there are days when I still feel like that 13-year-old version of myself in my friend’s garage.However, no matter our starting point, we all have the power within us to make the decision to improve.- Jason KearnsPS If you want to join Jason and have a transformative health experience, CLICK HERE to book a totally free intro with one of our amazing coaches!