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Decide To Be Big

 Article written by Marshall White for LiftBigEatBig.com
Here’s a big surprise for you guys:  I grew up a very fat kid (sarcasm).  Not like “oh look at those chubby little cheeks isn’t he so cute” fat, more along the lines of “holy shit that kid is going to have some health issues” fat.  Growing up a fat kid has some mental issues that come along with it as well.  Low self-esteem, no confidence, etc, etc.  In addition to these issues the same people purchasing the food I was eating punished me on the regular for being fat.   
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As I got older and more mature I came to a crossroads in my life.  I knew that I would never fit into “normal ideals” that society held for a man so I had to decide:  did I want to be on the fringe of society as an obese person or did I want to gain as much muscle as possible and live on the fringe of society as a strength freak show?  It was simple to me; I wanted to be a turbo strong “freak”!
 At 17 years old I made the decision to dedicate my life to getting as big and strong as possible.  To surpass what I thought was humanly possible.  I knew this was a decision no one, not even my own family would understand.  I also knew that general society would never fully accept someone that intentionally put on massive amounts of weight all in the pursuit of getting bigger and stronger.  I quickly decided I didn’t give a shit!  When I look for sponsors, support, or resources to help me in my pursuit of my goals I don’t seek out companies like Hot Topic.  I seek out companies like Lift Big Eat Big, a company that is dedicated to getting huge and strong and doesn’t give a fuck if that puts them on the fringe.  In fact, much like me they embrace this and wear the term “freak” like a badge of honor.
I see all the time on LBEB’s Facebook page all these comments about “I saw a guy curling in the squat rack, what would ya’ll do?” While these observations are funny if you are truly dedicated to getting huge what others in the gym should be of absolutely no consequence.  I’ve been kicked out of 9 gyms in my life all because when I want to use a rack I go use it, end of story.  Ever notice how Brandon and Chow have to train at Brandon’s facility?  How Talia and Streaky both train at private gyms?  Or how L-Train throws down in the backyard?  You think anyone would let these freaks in a 24 hour fitness?  Not likely! Making the life decision to get huge and strong will not win you any friends, nor will it make you popular among general society.  It’s a decision that you have to make for you to better yourself and your life.  I know tons of people that have made this decision and not once have I ever heard “damn, I sure do wish I wasn’t so strong and awesome”.  Screw what TV, media, the latest fitness craze says and live your life like a beast.
Next time you head to the gym to train you should decide if you’re going to become a monster or are you going so that you can make a comment on Facebook and feel superior?  If you’re not going to get huge and you give a shit what society thinks of you, maybe leave the squat racks to us and GTFO! 

17 thoughts on “Decide To Be Big

  1. THIS!

  2. F’ing awesome Marshall.

  3. “Dont”

    That was hilarious, thanks for the article

  4. Werd son!!! I myself was pretty much morbidly obese up until 5 years ago, standing 5’6 at 400lbs so.I know XACTLT what u mean

  5. I love it! I am 6’2″ 270ish. Coast Guard wants me at 214lbs lol yea that will never happen. I love how people tell me to run and run and run and to avoid protein because that is why i am bigger. I am in the Law Enforcemnet sign, when we get on a boat odds are we are always out numbered, now you have me and you have the guy that looks like a Abercrombie tigh pants wearing fool with a LE Belt on saying he is going to board your vessel. now I get on your boat, dressed up in my gear i look even bigger, thus the nickname hulk and tiny. now who gains more compliance???? its funny because somewhere along the lines no judgement mentality came out yet no onhe follows it, good forbid you workout in a gym because the crossfitters bash you to death with bacon /paleo/globo gym mentality. runners swear all you need to do is run, well at my size i stand my ground and fight, i guess if you look like i stick you have to be a great runner so you dont get your scrawny candy a$$ handed to you. I still laugh when people watch because my gym has mostly bodybuilder type / guido look alikes, so when my shoes come off when i do anything standing they just dont get it, but then again i dont get wearing a $50 ed hardy shirt to the gym either. anyways I love this site and thanks to you, Urbank, and Mandler(swolesystem) I have once again found my passion!!!Thanks Guys!!!

  6. the third option was getting lean. you could have considered that too 😉

  7. Excellent article. I was always fat throughout highschool and a bit afterward. At 22, I started doing really intense circut training and lost all that weight. I was weak though. And I’m not genetically suited to being small, I got a big upper back, huge calves, and a larger than life head. So I started getting strong. There are always tons of articles on people being too skinny or being “hardgainers”, rarely is there anything on a fat dude getting big the right way. It is a big decision to up the calories and get huge as a former fat dude – totally worth it though! -Tyler

  8. So you decide to not be a fat kid, get big and strong and decide to be an ass (when i want to squat….) ???!!! Wow, congrats. Maybe you should try being big and strong without the roids

  9. I think he’s referring more to bros doing menial bullshit in a squat rack (curling, shrugging with 2 plates, etc). Which, I agree, fuck em. They’re wasting their time and mine. -Tyler

  10. Marshall, you are my hero. Period.

  11. Exactly. I’m sure if someone was squatting he’d be more than happy to share.

  12. “live your life like a beast” should be one of your t-shirts . . .

  13. Thanks Marshall, the women and men on this site are truly inspirational to me and I value the wealth of information and photos. Reading this website is much more satisfying than any fitness magazine and thin models. 😉

  14. As a soon to be former skinny dude, YES to this article. Especially the “Live your life like a beast” part.

  15. What’s with the hater comments? There is no confusion on what this site is. They pull no punches and make no excuses for what they say.

    And at 5’9″ and 200 pounds I don’t mind being the guy in the gym who gets stared at for looking more like a fire hydrant than a body builder. My mazes are higher than theirs anyway.

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  17. Totaly understand this.. My story almost to the letter.. I am now 6’6 365lb goal is 325lbs even if the charts say 240… (if i had aids) you wanna be big and strong or set on the sidelines and watch the big boys.. Its one or the other. wanna bench 600, squat 800 and dealift 800.. and its with in reach… not at 240 though..lol

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