If you’re here, you’re probably wondering who I am. My name is Thaddeus Lin, creator of MyoMind.
The most important thing you need to know about me is that my aim is to help as many people as possible achieve their fitness goals with extraordinary content coupled with pragmatic techniques.
But why? How? What’s my deal? If you’re curious, read on.
I grew up as a skinny kid. No two ways about it. I was naturally small, with a slim bone structure and musculature to match. I had never really thought about my physique or physical abilities as something that could be improved upon until high school, where weight training was offered as an elective.
Fresh Out of 8th Grade
I took it, but looking back, I'm not sure what my reasons were – I suppose I thought it was something new and cool, so I signed up for it. I also was becoming increasingly self-aware of my body (as high schoolers do), comparing myself to not only muscular celebrities, but even other high school kids. I started to realize that I was a skinny kid, and I no longer wanted that for myself.
My approach wasn't the best. Then again, hindsight is 20/20. My interest in fitness and lifting weights was borne of insecurity and self-consciousness, which - while it isn't what I would have wanted - ultimately got me to where I am today. I'm grateful in a way. Now I'm able to learn from my mistakes while helping others avoid them altogether.
My freshman year in high school I took an "Introduction to Weights" class. It was so interesting to me. Here was a world that I knew nothing about, and I was determined to thoroughly explore it. Surely, I thought, if I could master lifting weights then life would be so much better. The plot thickened further when my brother and I bought a copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger's “New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding”. I became engrossed in the bodybuilding lifestyle and philosophies. I was obsessed with gaining weight, with my ultimate goal being 185 pounds - a lofty one, for a 120(ish) pound kid just starting high school.
What's more, I reveled in my obsession, often citing the adage: "Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated." I took pride in my noble struggle, blindly following workout routines and advice without knowing any of the science or reasoning behind it: I renounced sugar, ate five or six meals a day, had two protein shakes every day, spent two hours (minimum) at the gym five days a week... the list goes on.
Eventually, by the beginning of my senior year, it happened. I finally reached my goal of 185 pounds. Unsurprisingly, my life didn't suddenly become amazing. Nothing changed much. In fact, the only good thing that came out of me reaching my goal weight was the realization that I didn't even look good. I saw a picture of myself and realized that, instead of looking fit and athletic, I just looked blobby. To add insult to injury, lack of detailed education about proper lifting mechanics left me with chronic back pain, which would hinder my progress for years to come. My quest to gain weight had come with dire consequences, and ultimately overshadowed my chances of obtaining an aesthetic, functional physique.
The Result of My 'Noble Struggle'
Once I took a long, hard look at myself, I began to realize how much I didn't know. I began to see that for all my obsession, I had no knowledge; that for all my commitment I claimed to have, I was just mindlessly going through the motions. It turns out that “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding” and FLEX Magazine didn’t hold all the answers. Who would have thought?
I decided I would learn, that I would attain real knowledge as well as the wherewithal to apply it. I started reading more, exposing myself to differing resources and philosophies, and quickly became aware of how little I actually knew. After making some changes, I lost twenty pounds by the end of my senior year. Then, throughout college, I further changed my workouts, my eating habits, and my attitude.
Starting to Make Some Progress
Along with college came the choice of physical therapy as a career path, which opened my eyes even further to the importance of proper movement and technique. Hundreds of hours volunteering/observing at physical therapy clinics and athletic training rooms – as well as serving as a Strength and Conditioning intern for the University of Arizona Athletics – have helped me further accumulate an ever-growing body of knowledge. To that end, I no longer doggedly align myself with methods that don't work for me; instead, I focus on what does work, blending both scientific evidence with personal experimentation. I no longer think of fitness as a noble struggle; instead, it's now a discipline that I enjoy keeping.
Although I've been working out for 8 years now, I've unfortunately spent much of that time merely spinning my wheels due to close mindedness and self-righteousness. I wouldn't want anyone to go down that road. One of the things I wish I'd realized when I started working out is that there are many paths to your personal success in fitness. If you keep this in mind, you can avoid making many of the mistakes that I did while simultaneously learning and refining.
Thaddeus, late 2016
That's why I created MyoMind: a platform with which I can serve as a resource, dispensing valuable, actionable information that resonates with you. With MyoMind, I will provide you with what you’ll need to conquer obstacles along your fitness path, as I continue on my own.
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