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Thai Le

This air traffic controller and serious gym rat is closing in on his goals with great programs and proper supplementation.

Thai Le

Written by Thai Le

I’m an air traffic controller in Portland, Oregon, so I sit most of the day. That's not the reason I'm into fitness, but it's definitely one of them. I got into fitness my freshman year in high school because I was always scrawny; I was 5'7" and 118 pounds, but I could bench twice my weight. I had 6-8 percent body fat, but wasn't able to gain any weight. It was basically the same throughout my service in the military, except I managed to hit 135 pounds.

For years I couldn't figure it out. I had no clue about calorie intake/calorie burn and I tried everything I heard from people at the gym and on the Internet. It seemed like I was never going to gain any muscle and it was VERY frustrating.

Years later I was told that I had to eat a lot — so I did. But I didn't really get that much stronger, and I gained much more fat. Then I couldn't figure out how to drop the excess fat! I busted my butt to no avail. I took fat burners that were supposed to be the best stuff on the market, but they really just felt like they were burning my stomach more than fat. Supplements from "top" companies felt like placebos; I didn't see a difference or any improvement. A lot of the advice and information out there sounded bizarre and didn't make sense to me.

Then I started reading Jim Stoppani's fitness articles and he explained all the "bro/pro science" that didn't make sense to me before. I was hooked!

When Jim released the original JYM brand, I watched...

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