Taylor B : where B = Beast!
One stellar transformation and member, one of few, who is featured on b2B homepage. +26 pounds in 5 months? No words needed!
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1.] “Why did you start working out in the first place? Was it general feeling you are skinny and want to put on some muscle or was there some other deeper meaning to it for you?”
Taylor B: … Like many of my fellow b2B members I was really insecure about my weight (or lack thereof). It didn’t help that I started losing my hair at 18 and fully lost it when I was 20. I used to have an inferiority complex and would compare myself to every guy I saw everywhere I went. I believed I was never good enough and that led to some very serious confidence issues. In my mind I was always less of a man because I wasn’t able to protect myself and especially not others. For most of my teen years I was a bit skinny fat and eventually started running and training with calisthenics to change that. I lost weight and got down to around 140 lbs. I was a stick and wanted to gain weight. My desire to start lifting came about because I wasn’t seeing progress in calisthenics and I was tired of being the bony bald guy. Since I was already doing bodyweight exercises three times a week I thought I might as well see progress while doing it. Thus my lifting life began. Oh, and I guess you could say that attracting women had something to do with it as well.
Daniel: I like calisthenics as well. What exercises did you do in the past?
Taylor B: I would mostly do supersets of the calisthenic staples. A lot of pullups, pushups, dips, planks, etc. I didn’t really get into the really complex and advanced movements. Now that I’ve built my body up I’d like to try some of the advanced movements someday.
2.] “Most of us are busy may it be school or work and time is of the essence. Did you have any specific goal in mind or date set when you started your transformation that you wanted to reach? Like do it in 1 year and gain 10 kg / 20 lbs of muscle?”
Taylor B: I started my journey in mid April and I believe my initial goal was to get up to 160 lbs (+20 lbs) before my birthday on July 21. I really wanted to be confident in taking my shirt off that summer. I did end up completing that goal and it just motivated me to keep on keepin’ on. I know for me that if I don’t have a specific detailed goal to strive for I have no motivation or desire to progress. I’ve realized that I’m the laziest person in the world without a goal but when I’ve got something specific to pursue I won’t give up. The brain is an enigma wrapped in a mystery.
Daniel: Summer. I know what you mean 🙂 When you set a goal, how do you track it, do you write it down or ?
Taylor B: I usually write them down either in a notebook or in my phone notes. If it’s not written down it doesn’t exist.
I started my journey in mid April and I believe my initial goal was to get up to 160 lbs (+20 lbs) before my birthday on July 21. I really wanted to be confident in taking my shirt off that summer. I did end up completing that goal and it just motivated me to keep on keepin’ on.
3.] “What were your specific troubles and challenges that you encountered on your journey and had to overcome?”
Taylor B: No surprise, as with most of us here, eating enough was the most challenging part of my journey. It was especially difficult when I was eating around 3,200 calories a day. Before starting b2B I would eat mostly vegetables and healthy fats so getting enough calories, not to mention protein, was maddening. There’s absolutely nothing worse than getting ready to crawl into bed just to find out that you’re under your calorie goal by a long shot.
Believe it or not I also never bought a weight bench so I had to use a lot of ingenuity to perform some of the exercises. I’m proof that you can complete the program with just dumbbells. Although, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Daniel: I feel “your pain” as eating can be tough. I need around 4000 to 5000 calories 🙂 How did hit your goal before sleep if missing any calories, smoothie?
Taylor B: I couldn’t imagine eating 5,000 calories. Insane. I really wish I made more smoothies but for some reason I didn’t. I always forgot about them. My go to was a PB&J sandwich and a big glass of milk. Though, if I already hit my fat macros for the day I was in big trouble ha ha.
4.] “Who was your childhood movie hero, perhaps buffed dude and your idol?”
Taylor B: As a kid I was more into dinosaurs, LOTR, and Harry Potter, but as with any boy, superheroes occupied a fairly large portion of my brain as well. Because of the X-Men and Spiderman movies that came out around the same time, I was a big fan of Spiderman and Wolverine, whom I called “X-Man.” Now as an adult I’m a DC fanboy and Superman is without a doubt my favorite fictional buff dude and who’s physique I aspire to have. I will forever be a big blue boy scout at heart.
Daniel: As a kid I loved the TV show Cadillacs and Dinosaurs! And agreed, Kal-El from Krypton is inspiration for lots of us. I had his poster for years.
I’m a DC fanboy and Superman is without a doubt my favorite fictional buff dude and who’s physique I aspire to have. I will forever be a big blue boy scout at heart.
5.] “Success seems difficult to define and motivation is a key element that lots of people are missing. How would you define these two things? What was a success for you related to your transformation and what keeps you motivated during bad times?”
Taylor B: Success and motivation are very subjective and every person would have to decide for themselves what they are. Success for me was finally being confident in my own body and finally, finally, ridding myself of the constant inner comparisons to other people. I was finally good enough. It sounds superficial for me to be confident only when I achieved my gainz but I knew I could be better than I was. Every day I try my best to improve every aspect of my being–spirit, soul, and body. I won’t settle for being less than my best. Discipline keeps me going now but when the going gets tough I’m motivated by my progress and by refusing to go back to the insecure bony kid I was.
Daniel: What about tough times when you did now have your discipline yet? How did you keep your focus on lifting?
Taylor B: I guess my motivation early on was the rapid progress I saw in my body. Because of my goal of gaining 20 lbs in a fairly short amount of time I naturally kept myself accountable and knew how guilty I would feel if I skipped even one workout intentionally. I invested a decent amount of money into it and I wanted to make the best of it.
6.] “Imagine you are living in a post-apocalyptic world. You are the leader of Brotherhood of “Bony To Beastly” searching for new members among the skinny tribes of the wasteland. There is Initiation: a rite of passage marking acceptance into the Brotherhood. What exercise would you choose?”
Taylor B: In this alternate universe all powerful androids have wiped out most of the human race and all hope is lost. Among the remnants of humanity I search for a worthy successor to train and one day fight the androids that have left the earth a shadow of its former self. After what seems a lifetime of searching I have found him. Only one qualification did I seek: the blood of a warrior.
The boy is progressing faster than I could have imagined but not nearly fast enough. Daily the androids are ever closer. It is imperative his training continue until he has surpassed even my ability. Hindered as I am by the loss of my arm I am still easily able to overcome him. Not good enough. He must overcome the barrier that has prevented him from becoming the savior he was destined to be. He must awaken the blood of the warrior. He must become the Super Saiyan.
I hope you don’t mind, Dallas’ interview inspired me to write a short story as well. If you understand the reference then I give you mad respect. But in all honestly, he would have to prove to me he would be willing to leave his old lifestyle and mindset behind in order to transcend into the Beast he desired to be.
Daniel: Great answer. I had some idea but had to google a bit. That TV show kinda missed me. Youtube helped me: “Goku goes super saiyan for the first time” 🙂
Taylor B: It’s a great show and Goku always motivates me to train harder. You should definitely check it out.
7.] “What would be the message from you to all those skinny guys out there struggling to figure out what to do, how to gain weight? Any recommendations, motivation perhaps?”
Taylor B: First off, do yourself a favor and join Bony to Beastly. This community makes it a lot less stressful to start your fitness journey. If you don’t choose to join then educate yourself and do your best to avoid conjecture, bro talk, and mainstream fitness and diet advice. Look for information for Ectos that is backed by credible sources. Keep yourself accountable and remember that what gets measured gets managed. However, the most important advice you must remember is to just start. You won’t know everything at first but you’ll learn through experience. If you want to save yourself from frustration Just join b2B, already… Seriously.
Daniel: Great advice. I love the community and the forum made it super easier for me when I started and was the reason why I stayed with b2B even when I finished the program first time.
Taylor B: Absolutely. The ebook and workouts are great but the community is something special.
Keep yourself accountable and remember that what gets measured gets managed. However, the most important advice you must remember is to just start. You won’t know everything at first but you’ll learn through experience.
Daniel: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and doing this interview. I enjoy every story, as each experience is different, yet inspiring at the same time. I am glad you shared your story with me and others.