The BIG Difference

Andre St. Clair

Andre' "Rock" St. Clair is 26 years old, and has been training for a little over 5 years now. He currently trains at Fitness Edge in Stratford, Connecticut. Andre' was born in St. Lucia the British Virgin Islands on June 26, 1976 and came to the United States when he was around 10 years old. The native language of his birthplace is called Creole or Patwauy (pronounced Pat-twah) which is a slang version of French. He was a skinny kid and after his first year of college he started lifting weights and loved the feeling of getting stronger and getting bigger. During this time he started watching some bodybuilding shows on television along with professional wrestling and Arnold movies.

He didn't know much about bodybuilding but knew that one day he wanted to look like these people he saw on television. So, he took advice most beginners take when they start out and that was to EAT. And that was what he did, he ate anything and everything trying to get bigger and fell victim to the myth that any cardio training would make him get smaller and weak (how wrong he was), but more on that later. Andre' went from 165 lbs. to 241 lbs. in three years. Three years of eating Burger King, Pizza, Taco Bell, you name it he ate it. He thought thats what you needed to do to get big.

Well, he finally got big, big and fat. However, he kept saying to himself it's all muscle that he was gaining even though he knew the truth. It was his version of gym science that he thought to be big you have to lift heavy with low reps and tons of calories. Through out his years of being big it had it's ups and downs - the upside was being able to wear XXL shirts and fill them out, plus a very heavy bench press of 450 lbs. for 5 reps. The downside is how girls perceived this huge guy as too big which they found very unattractive. He learned there is a big difference between being big and being big and lean. Which is what most women are attracted to, the muscular, ripped look not the bloated belly, thick blocky person he had made himself into.

He finally got into bodybuilding through the encouragement of friends and his family. Being from the Island his family didn't understand it at first, but when they saw the passion Andre' had for bodybuilding his family supported his decision all the way. Now let it be known eating 42 times a week is no easy task - (6 meals a day, 7 days a week). At first it was a challenge, but with time it came as natural as walking. Finding the time to eat, as well as cooking the food was one of the hardest things he had ever done in his life. His whole training routine changed from lifting weights for two hours to less than 45 minutes. Then cardio was also a shocker, because he was getting smaller but the appearance of his physique looked bigger and much better than he previously had.

Andre' enjoyed bodybuilding as well as achieving the goals he had finally accomplished which as to be happy with himself and the way he looked. With all the meals, drinking tons of water and the training he was on his way to finally competing and did just that as he brought his weight down from 241 lbs. to contest weight of 194 lbs. And he looked and felt great. Bodybuilding is something he will always continue to do. He learned some interesting things about his body and himself and looks forward to helping others in their quest for their best body.



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