Man of Muscles

Impressive growth takes time, and senior Michael Lopez knows this better than most people (Photo courtesy of Michael Lopez).

Impressive growth takes time, and senior Michael Lopez knows this better than most people (Photo courtesy of Michael Lopez).

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A healthy lifestyle includes many things: healthy eating, regular sleep, and exercise. Exercise is imperative to living and growing. However, the process can be difficult and gruelling, and a common reason for many to stop is a lack of motivation, but what if the motivation was tied to your success at school? That is essentially the project of one senior who has made the choice to make working out work out for him.

“My entire project is me building my muscles. I have tried to work out in the past, and I had no motivation, but because I’m doing this for senior project, it gives me [the] motivation to work,” said senior Michael Lopez.

A lot of work goes into exercising, and like mentioned before, a healthy diet is very important when exercising regularly.

“[My mentor] has helped me with working out, and he gives some recommendations on what I can eat. I mostly consume my protein shakes, which is three times a day, and then I mostly eat meat, rice, potatoes, fish, and similar foods,” said Lopez.

Lopez has seen monumental success by tying his grade to his exercise regiment. After nearly ten months of work, his impressive growth is evident.

“I started off at 101 pounds, and now I weigh about 130 pounds. My arms have grown three inches [in size], my legs have grown three inches, and my chest has grown four inches,” said Lopez.

Had Lopez been forced to do this on his own, the motivation may not have been there to guide him past the initial phase.

“It has been really hard, but so far it has paid off a lot, and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to do this for my senior project. I’ve noticed that I have gotten a lot stronger and that I feel a lot more hungry now. Also, when I go up or down the stairs I don’t have to catch my breath,” said Lopez.

Despite the benefits, there was a process before there was progress.

“My advice to [anyone doing similar projects] is to keep pushing yourself because if you’re making good progress, then you’ve shown that you came a long way. Also, enjoy the pain,” said Lopez.

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