From first grade to 10th grade I was always in the lower 25% of normal male physicality. I was short and underweight, so I got beat up by bullies.
Two things happened in 11th grade: I grew to 5-feet-9-inches tall and I started lifting weights. But I still got bullied by guys who were reaching adult size in that time frame.
Then when I was in the Army, I fell in with other weapons squad soldiers and the weight training was accelerated—an M-60 machine gun is a heavy weapon to carry during field ex...
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