Name: Pete Marshall
Hometown: Hillsdale, MI
Weight: 325 lbs
Primary Exercise Routine: Body Composition
Current 1RM Bench: 225 Current 1RM Squat: 265 Current 1RM Deadlift: 255
Plans for the Future: Professional: Attend college for Psychology and Education. Become a High School teacher and football coach. Fitness: Change my body composition while getting stronger. I eventually want to attempt powerlifting.
Fitness Journey: My fitness journey began with High School football, playing on the offensive and defensive lines, lifting weights and running to improve my strength and speed. I even joined track in order to focus more on my running during the offseason, where I ran the 100m relay, the 100m dash and threw shot put.
It wasn’t long before I developed a love of lifting for the sake of lifting.
As it turned out my dream of playing college football was just that, a dream. After being told I was too slow to play linebacker, and too small to play defensive line at the Division 1 level, I reached out to several Division 2 and 3 schools, but quickly realized that there was no way I could afford to attend without a scholarship.
This prompted my decision to join the army, and with the knowledge that running distance as opposed to sprints would soon be in my life I trained with the cross country team over the summer after my senior year, dropping from my 230 football weight to 210 pounds by the time I went to basic.
I continued lifting after joining the army, just for the joy of lifting.
In 2011, after three years of lifting as much as possible while also deploying twice, I was in the best shape of my life, weighing 220lbs with 1RM of 325, 545, and 615 for bench, squat, and deadlift respectively.
This was when I allowed myself to be derailed. Dealing with the loss of friends, as well as issues from my last deployment, I began to skip gym days. Over the next two years, from 2012 until 2014, I would experience several injuries, including tearing my hamstring, a tendon in my knee, and finally partially tearing a meniscus.
In 2014 I spiralled, dealing with first severe depression and then alcoholism. I stopped working out altogether, doing only the bare minimum during physical training.
When I was discharged in 2015, even that stopped. From May 2015 until July 2016 I didn’t go to the gym, lift a weight, do a pushup, or run as much as 10 feet.
That changed two weeks ago, on July 12th. I looked in the mirror and really saw myself. Gone was the 225lb guy. Staring at me was a 330lb person I didn’t recognize.
I realized at that point I had two choices. I could continue as I was doing, and let the depression control me, or I could take control of my life back.
So I went to the local gym and signed up.
Two weeks later, I am once again excited to go to the gym. I have lost 5lbs, have increased energy, and have even begun sleeping better. After just two weeks I can begin to see small changes in my physique, and with those, an increase in confidence.
This is where I am. I am not a finished product, but I am a work in progress.