Canadian born, and Texas based, I grew up in a small town in Ontario Canada and learned early on what hard work, and competitive spirit was all about!
From an early age I could never sit still and always would get into trouble for keeping the activity level elevated. I guess today some would say I had “Adult A.D.D”
I grew up playing many sports but into my teenage years I gravitated towards hockey. This became my passion, and my intense, aggressive, competitive spirit was able to shine.
At this point in my life I knew that I had to pack on some size, and little did I know back then anything about diet, proper nutrition, doing cardio or maintaining a proper training regimen. I thought anything I put in my mouth would build “lean, hard muscle” and thought I was getting more exercise than I needed each time I was on the ice.
They used to call me “Lumpy”. This nickname given to me by my friends and family stuck with me and fit my persona to a tee until my early years away at University. I had planned to go away to University and play junior Hockey in Northern Canada but those plans changed back in the summer of 1993 when I got a severe case on Mono and ended up in intensive care for 3 weeks. When I was able to leave the hospital I had lost thirty pounds with major muscle loss and mobility issues. Thus, my hockey career would be short lived.
However, when one door closes another one opens and opportunities exist all around us if we just open our eyes and take action. This is exactly what I did. I started working out and reading everything and anything I could get my hands on that covered the subject of fitness and bodybuilding. I subscribed to Muscle & Fitness, Muscle Mag, Iron Man, Muscular Development, and Men’s Fitness. I read books on Arnold, Franco, Frank Zane among many others and started to learn a little for the first time on proper nutrition, dieting and supplementation.
At a local gym in Sudbury Ontario Canada, I met an individual who ignited my passion and my desire for bodybuilding, fitness and the overall fit lifestyle and I am forever grateful. He was a competitive Amateur light heavy weight bodybuilder and for four years we threw around some heavy weight and I learned and earned the work ethic I have today from these intense, hard core old school sessions in “The Gym” as it was called.
Fast forward quite a few years and that competitive, intense spirit still exists and the love for this “Lifestyle” and the passion I have to help others create their “Lifestyle” grows each day. To me this is a Lifestyle… You either live it 365 days a year or you don’t.
Currently, I live in Frisco, TX with my wife and two children and our whole family embraces the “Fit Lifestyle”. We are a very active family and all four of us love to share our passion for this active life with others.
I competed last year in four NPC Men’s Physique shows and was privileged to win my IFBB Pro card at the North Americans in Pittsburgh last September 2012.
This year I had my Pro debut in April at the LA Grand Prix and will continue competing throughout this year with my goal of earning an Olympia qualification.
Look for me on future magazine covers and fitness campaigns as I continue my exciting journey as an IFBB Men’s Physique Pro and fitness model. Always remember, it's not how you start, it's how you finish! The best is yet to come....
"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make....do life!!"
Todd Abrams IFBB Men's Physique Pro & Entrepreneur