Meet Ezrah: born athlete.
Ezrah began his athletic career at the young age of six, with football, but quickly picked up two more sports: basketball and track.
He held onto those for a while, before eventually dropping basketball in order to take up wrestling. It turns out that this was for the best, as wrestling became his favorite sport.
This whole time, Ezrah had been chasing something… someone. Ezrah grew up with a big brother who was a national-level athlete and so the standard had always been high in the Reed house. Ezrah didn’t resent this, but rather reached for it fervently.
With a lot of effort, he made a name for himself in highschool, but after that, his athleticism died for a while. Ezrah was a go-getter and pursued anything he did with tenacity, but athleticism itself was more of a chore than a personal passion.
For over a year, Ezrah watched as all of his lean mass became fatty. He had become the “skinnyfat” stereotype. At the behest of a friend, he began to pursue fitness and a better diet yet again. He even began to play collegiate sports.
Over the next three years, he grew back into his more athletic self. At the age of 23, he decided that before he devoted himself to football, he’d try out bodybuilding… for fun.
“From the experience of undergoing my first stage prep, I’d learned more about dieting and lifting than all my previous years combined. It was harder than I expected it to be, much harder, and considering I had no experienced builders to draw from, everything was very much trial and error. Nonetheless, I won my weight class and second overall in an amateur show, and developed a love for the sport. The years following would be a demonstration of the vast difference between an exercise enthusiast and a lifter that gathers and employs knowledge of his doings.”
As he got stronger, Ezrah also began to experiment with power lifting.
“My training cycle was much the same as what I’d employed for bodybuilding prep, as I’d broken several PRs during training so I figured this was most effective for me.”
To this day, Ezrah still considers bodybuilding and powerlifting his primary disciplines and will pursue them for the forseeable future.
Ezrah is one of the many archetypes that are drawn to fitness: the lifelong athlete. The sport or the discipline may change, but the drive does not. Always be on the lookout for the next path in your life and don’t be afraid to take it.