There’s a reason, that I am where I am, being as strong as I am and enjoying to move and improve my training. My story, my sport career made me what I am today…expanderkrank.
I was about 7 years old when bodyweight exercises (BWE) appeared the first time in my life. Our au pair was thinking about buying some weights and asked my father how much weight he would need. My father did Judo competitive at the military and he kept his athletic appearance by working in the garden a lot.
My father looked incredulous at our au pair and said “I never used weights” and showed him different variations of Push Ups and Grip-Strength-Work and said, you don’t need to think about weight if you can’t do this.
That situation impressed me that much, I started trying to do Push Ups every morning. It took me a week to do my first Push Up, since then I did them every morning to reach 10 reps. These 10 reps of Push Ups were my morning workout, I did them immediately after waking up – every morning.
Some time later my mother did buy a pair of 1,25kg dumbbells I took over and added them to my morning routine. I did everything I could think of, Curl, Press, Lateral Raise, and many more. I just did as many reps as possible, sometime over 500, but sometime hardly 100 reps, depending on the exercise.
That was around the time my father was asked to teach Judo and I started practicing Judo. Of course I wanted to be like my dad and that’s how everything started.