First and foremost, I wish to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has graced me with patience, discipline, wisdom, my Catholic faith, good health and most importantly, life. In addition, my loving parents (Greg and Lisa), sister (Marianne), brother (Gregory Jr.), and late grandmother Carmen, along with caring and supporting friends who provided the earthly foundation and positive environment that have helped me to become who I am today.
I never wavered from my initial goal (drug free, lean muscle gains) regardless of the numerous obstacles and temptations, and I again thank God for gracing me with the persistence to overcome the negative temptations placed in my path. It is a commonly held belief that prayers, regardless of how frivolous or complex, are answered using God's heavenly timetable (of which we on earth cannot comprehend) -- maybe He simply tests our patience, or is aware of obstacles that necessitate a delay, but whatever His reasoning, I firmly believe that a combination of my faith in Jesus, prayer, disciplined effort, and patient demeanor have served as the cornerstone in helping me achieve all of my goals in life. But what is most rewarding about the time I spent experimenting with various bodybuilding methods is that it helped me to stay away from pitfalls that young people frequently fall into due to lack of a faith foundation and/or absence of worthwhile goals, as well as providing me with the knowledge to help others avoid the dangers of supplements and steroids, while providing them with a proven path towards achieving their physical fitness goals naturally.
Although some categorize bodybuilding as a superficial, hedonistic pursuit, the process of building muscle or reducing body fat levels introduces patience, discipline, organization, and self control, traits that are frequently absent in our culture, and which contribute to the accomplishment of other, more critical, life changing aspirations (fighting addictions, controlling impulses, etc). Is consistent exercise and diet vital to overall success in life? No, and physical appearance is the least important factor in examining what one can offer the world. Yet, achieving significant physical improvements through proper diet and exercise can enhance character, improve confidence, and develop new, positive attitudes in other worthwhile areas, and I have found that my road to muscle growth has allowed me to excel in newly established goals. Bodybuilding conditions the character traits that help a person succeed in any other area of their life, and that is its most important benefit, by far, of following MuscleNOW. When I receive a testimonial from a MuscleNOW client who says that he or she has developed the confidence, patience and determination to pursue a new career path, quit smoking or alcohol abuse, or some other critical, life-altering transformation, it is by far the best part of having produced this program.
Here is one such testimonial from a proud member of the United States Air Force
On a personal note I wanted to extend my gratitude. Annually, about 1% of Air Force combat pilots are selected to attend the highly prestigious Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA. Your MuscleNOW natural bodybuilding program helped give me the confidence to apply, compete, and eventually be selected for this honor. I had spent almost 2 years following MuscleNOW prior to this application process and found myself more focused, disciplined, fit, and ready to throw my name in the hat for such a challenge. Of course God had blessed me with a decent amount of natural talent as well. But again, I thank you.
God has truly blessed me. My greatest testimony is a 45 min speech that I give about the numerous miracles that the Lord worked in order to save my wife and daughter during an emergency c-section. It was truly the most unbelievable experience of my life and in this particular case His work was so blatantly obvious at every critical juncture that even the doctors and nurses were amazed and even unbelievers had to pause and take note of His power.
Anyway, gotta run. God Bless.
Has my dedication towards exercise and diet helped to circumvent negative, destructive thoughts and feelings in my own life? Yes, and this may in fact prove to be the most important, life enhancing impact of a strict, disciplined fitness program. Living by the teachings of the Catholic faith can be challenging, yet in my experience, the key to maintaining such ideals is to have clear, firm goals and aspirations, coupled with the discipline and work ethic to pursue those dreams every single day. Most of my high school and college years were spent testing various diet and exercise theories, which left little time to stray into so much of what people in that age range fall prey to. Although I prescribe to strong religious beliefs, even those who have no such framework benefit from focused, structured effort in keeping them away from extracurricular trouble. How many solid foundations -- physical, spiritual, financial, or otherwise -- are built on hedonistic tendencies (quick indulgence designed to hide a lack of focus and purpose). Is it a wonder that those referred to as "nerds" accomplish phenomenal success through simply avoiding commonly practiced mentally and physically destructive behaviors? The correlation is in time spent -- concentrate your efforts on a specific worthwhile task, with an effective plan, and you'll produce the desired result.
I provide merely the roadmap; it's your obligation to initiate, continue, and complete the journey. Knowledge is power, and destiny is yours for the taking; seize the moment, and God Bless!