What made you start lifting?

Heartbroken? Were you a fat retard? A skelly? Health was bad? Share your stories, SwoleShack

  1. 8 months ago

    gangsta rap made me do it

  2. 8 months ago

    being 6'5 150
    the only reason I waited so long is because I never put 2 and 2 together. I didn't think I could gain weight or get bigger
    And to make it worse the first site I found was one obsessed with somatotypes which basically made it sound like they were the biggest deal in the world and ectomorphs had to train super special and would still always look like shit and blah blah
    You kids today don't know how good you have with all this information available

  3. 8 months ago

    fat most my life, small pp, hypogonad, weak, bullied most my life and really insecure around girls. blast and cruising for the past 10 years still, weak, still fat, still insecure around girls. depressed, poor, only now i'm balding.

  4. 8 months ago

    I was just super out of shape and skinnyfat when I was 18, got HEEMed by a homie in a friendly boxing match, and it gave me a wake up call to get my shit together. Thanks Nick lmao

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  6. 8 months ago

    I always worked out here and there but I started taking it seriously when I was feeling so shitty than working out to exhaustion was one of the coping methods I used. I also did drugs, cut myself, all that stuff, but when I realized showing off the abs I developed in the process got me laid, depression ended and life started.

  7. 8 months ago

    I’m 42 and my 16 year old nephew started lifting pretty seriously. I can’t let him be the strongest person in the family.

    • 8 months ago

      Also I got covid in 2021 and thought I was going to die. Horse paste saved my life unironically. As I lay there in bed dying I thought about all the things I said I was going to do but never did and working out was one of them. It took me 3 months to get back to normal and as soon as I did I started working out again.

      • 8 months ago

        Yikes, get sum sun kiddo

  8. 8 months ago

    Scoliosis and unironically a tiktok

  9. 8 months ago

    I was a fat virgin that got cut from JV baseball. Made me realize how lame I was. Found SwoleShack through r/SwoleShack when I was 16. By the end of high school I had gone from 225 to 180 and could deadlift 4 plate. That was about 10 years ago.

  10. 8 months ago

    I've been lifting since I was a teenager

  11. 8 months ago

    2012, I was 20 and had no facial hair. I thought lifting would give me facial hair. I still can't grow a beard

  12. 8 months ago

    went from being fat to skinny fat and being made fun of for being too skinny so I started lifting, and it's been about a year and a quarter since I started and I'm thinking I look pretty decent.

  13. 8 months ago

    Wanted to be better at wrestling

  14. 8 months ago

    Left my ex of 4 years and realized I want to fuck as many women as possible now so being fit will make that easier

  15. 8 months ago

    webm related

  16. 8 months ago

    Was anorexic skelly, decided I need to eat more and gain weight. Only two kinds of weight gain, fat or muscle, I decided I wanted mine to be muscle. I worked out a lot in high school so I had an okay base to start with and it came back pretty quick from muscle memory or something.

  17. 8 months ago

    Was built like a girl, Saw the film Nocturnal Animals and the kidnap scene and how the character couldn't defend himself got me to start training Kickboxing and BJJ, Weights came shortly after that.

  18. 8 months ago

    started going bald so thought might as well maxx everything else

  19. 8 months ago

    >lockdown hit me hard and I became a shut in, went off to uni and dropped out because i hated it, was a neet for a year after that
    >come the beginning of last year, I realise that I’m losing hair, sweating constantly, miserable and could barely keep up with my friends walking when we’d hang out.
    >one year later
    >50 pounds down and it just keeps going down
    >only sweat when I workout, can easily keep up with and outdo my friends, never felt so full of energy
    >happier than ever, leaving all that burdens me in my workouts and getting it out there rather than bottling it up
    >getting one of my short stories published in september
    the next step is to drop another 15-20 pounds, acquire gf, write more short stories, win an amateur boxing bout.

  20. 8 months ago

    My abusive step dad beat the shit out of me and made me do heavy labor working long days ldoing fucking moving work for him at 13 to 17 till he was kicked out. Used to be a fat kid in middleschool till that started didnt realise the age till I looked up how old middleschoolers are depression dementia is a bitch drugs are worse. Everything after that came naturally aggression is a curse not to be instilled in a child. Gains are cool though

  21. 8 months ago

    I started because I was weak and was gradually moving from skinnyfat to fat. Went from 28% body fat to 12%, 30 kg bench to 90 kg, and a 40 kg deadlift to 160 kg. Felt pretty good about that.

    I then got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and decided that I needed to continue lifting to increase my muscle mass and prevent muscle wastage to prolong my time before I physically lose the ability to take care of myself.

    So that's where I'm at right now. I live with chronic pain, have to take long rests between sets, and occasionally drop to the floor when I overexert, but I stick to it.

  22. 8 months ago

    I’m a loser and I wanted to stop being a loser. Now I’m just a weirdo that lifts weights now and again. Is there anyways to actually stop being a loser? I just can’t seem to get on with other people or make any connections. Also never dated/virgin. I’m 5’7, average face but a bit fat at 170lbs

  23. 8 months ago

    heartbroken and desire for sex with many women

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