If you would like to nominate a Fitocracy member for the Weekly Member Spotlight, send an email to email@example.com or contact users lexyloowho or xJenYx. This week we’re featuring enzo, all around awesome dude and DEX questmaster over at the User Created Quest Consortium.
Current, and any ‘before’ photos:
Yes, I need more pics where I’m not consuming alcohol.
What sports or fitness activities are you involved in? Do you compete at any level?
I picked up bboying (breakdancing) about 2 years ago, and it’s been my main ‘workout’ ever since. Been in a few friendly jams, but I’ve yet to compete for a cash prize. Currently training for a big battle early next year.
What’s your story? When, how and why did you get into your chosen sport or fitness plan?
“Food and video games, such is life”. Once a really hungry little boy, who ate everything I could get my chubby hands on, then spending hours on my “precious.” It was a blessing and a curse to be around food all the time, with people who just love to feed. Never really cared about my health, since I was a fairly active kid when it came to sports, and that was good enough for me. By high school however, video games took over all physical activity time, so the weight gain just snowballed from there. Still, I just told myself, “If I really wanted to lose the weight, then I would lose the weight.”
Almost 4 years ago, I was at my heaviest, breaking 210+ lbs at 5’6”. I was so out of shape living a sedentary lifestyle for years, while having all the food I wanted at my disposal. Because of my ignorance, I got a kidney stone, which is probably the most annoying thing I’ve ever had to experience. Upon further check-up, doctor said I had the body of a 60 year old man. That really hit me hard, and just like a switch going off in my head, I decided to make the change. Oh, did I mention the pain you go through from when the stone is stuck in your kidney to peeing it out? HOLY SHIT I NEVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN.
Had a lot of years of exercise to make up for. Started reading up on fitness websites and anything health related, got a diet going, started finding old friends and family that took fitness seriously, the works. Got back into sports, joining anything I knew people were involved in (even played regularly with my dad’s badminton group). This eventually led to learning the ways of the iron.
As fun as those are, I finally gained the confidence to do something I always wanted to do as a (fat) kid, and that’s breakdance. I was always amazed by the flips, tricks, footwork, and musicality that the dance had to offer, but never bothered giving it a go simply because I was overweight. What attracted me most to this art is that it encourages you to push yourself and go all out. It’s all about passion and originality, baby! Oh, and it just happens to be a full body exercise. Win/win!
What are your current athletic or fitness-related goals?
- Land a double front flip
- Spin and balance on almost any part of my body
- Turn my hands/arms into a 2nd pair of feet/legs
- Manipulate gravity, mostly.
What is your workout or training regimen?
A mix of cardio (running/swimming), bodyweight (pushups, pull/chinups, squats, dips, bboying), weights (the big 3) and yoga. No real schedule, I usually decide which routine to do depending on how I feel in the morning.
What does your diet look like? Do you take any supplements?
If I’m not cutting, then anything goes. I will go for that tub of ice cream without thinking twice. If I want to get into beach mode, carbs are cut out almost entirely. Besides that, nothing really changes. The inner fat boy in me still loves every morsel I feed it.
Supplement wise, I take fish oil and a multivitamin. Only pre work out supplement I’ve ever tried is Superpump 250, which I guess sorta worked since its caffeine based.
What have you achieved so far?
Windmills, headspins, handhops, flares, chairs, pikes, hollowbacks…
What is your competition and/or training philosophy?
- “Do what you love, and love what you do”
- “Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
What challenges do you face?
Bboying does not put money on the table, nor bring home the bacon.
How do you motivate yourself?
Women, comparing life now to how I used to live before, and women.
What advice do you take, and what do you ignore?
I’ll take advice from anywhere, all the more if it sounds bizarre, and I can test it for myself. I’ll only ignore advice if I know for a fact that its either broscience, or inferior to what I already know.
What are some training or diet-related things you know are true but cannot prove?
- I honestly believe in the power of music. Find your right songs, get your energy levels high, and you will always have an efficient workout.
- Take a lesson from Peter Pan. Think happy thoughts, and you can indeed fly.
- Stress makes you fat.
What injuries have you dealt with? What are the injury risks that come with your athletic endeavors?
Wrist and ankle sprains are quite common. When I was starting out, I got bruises covering my back, arms, shoulders, knees and even my face. Luckily I haven’t experienced anything that couldn’t be fixed by ice, ibuprofen or a good night’s rest.
Any advice on how to deal with these injuries and risks?
Stretch before, during, and after a workout.
If it needs to be iced, ice it immediately.
Get a massage every once in awhile. Feels good man.
What are your favorite sports/fitness books/DVDs/websites?
I’m currently in a relationship with www.fitocracy.com, who was actually introduced by my ex, /fit/. She got all psycho one day and permabanned me for no reason.
Anything else you want to add?
Live, laugh, and get fit.