My father bought weights for my oldest brother back when I was 12 years old. It was those old plastic and concrete plates with plastic collars by York. My father who has began his day with a routine of calisthenics all my life, was my inspiration.
Why I Love it
It keeps me sane... to train insane. LOL!
Quite a bit of truth to that actually. When I was younger I would have said I trained with the mentality of a bodybuilder... training for aesthetics. Now, close to my third decade since I first started, I would say aesthetics is second or third in terms of my motivation and priorities. I train mainly because I love it. Its become an end in itself. The pumps, the soreness, the setbacks and successes, I embrace it all. Though admittedly, I could still do with abit less of the injuries.