“How did you get started?
At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Treatment for this type of Cancer meant that I would have to undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy. During these treatments, I missed the majority of my sophomore year in high school, lost time with friends, missed out on sports, and even spent my 16th birthday in a hospital bed. No matter how sick I got, or how depressed I became, I told myself that I would push through, that I would one day look back at my past experiences, as a stronger and more mindful individual. I did just that. After treatments were over, I weighed close to 106 lbs.
I went from having an athletic build before chemo, to becoming deathly skinny, and very fatigued mentally from all that I had went through. I needed a way to gain my strength back, and needed something to take out my frustration. This is where I discovered the weights.
I started out simple, just small bodyweight workouts in my basement, with some thrown in weight training, but eventually that lead to me getting my first gym membership. Once I had the proper equipment available, it motivated me to learn as much as I could about proper form, exercise, nutrition, and fitness in general.
I learned very quickly that results came as a result of sacrifice, and that the more I put into the lifestyle, the more I got out of it. Putting the endless hours in the gym most definitely lead to noticeable gains, and to the physique that you see me with today.” – Zach Zeiler interviewed by Simply Shredded