Lansing Area, MI

My Name is Kai Kipp. I just turned 19 in January.
I started my fitness Journey when I was 14. I was in 8th grade, my last year of middle school.

I weighed 203 lbs at 5’7 with little muscle at all. I could barley bench press 100 lbs or Deadlift 185 lbs.

I wanted to lose weight before I started my freshman year of highschool. The summer between 8th grade and 9th grade I ran miles every single day in my back yard and I started eating more restricted. I didn’t really know what I was doing but it was working. Going into my freshman year I now weighed in at 157 lbs and I grew 2 inches to 5’9. I had lost anywhere between 50-70 lbs!

As my freshman year progressed, I realized I can’t keep losing weight forever but I wanted to keep seeing results. That’s when everything changed. I picked up a dumbbell in my high school gym and just did some curls. That was the first time I had ever gotten a pump and it felt so good. I was new to lifting weights and I was still very small. I didn’t know exactly how to program a proper workout split into a week so all I ever trained was arms and shoulders.

I was smaller than everyone in the weight room but I didn’t let that discourage me. I kept working and my sophomore year of high school I started working out with my buddy Josh who taught me a lot. I started training all my body parts evenly throughout the week and that’s when I started seeing the biggest changes.

When March of my sophomore year rolled around, Covid was just in its beginning. Quarantine just started and I was bored. I had some workout equipment in my basement and nothing but time on my hands. My parents kept me inside for 12 weeks and my mental health was dwindling. This is honestly a turning point for me and I wouldn’t be where I am now had I not went through that.

I started training everyday and eating lots of food. At this point I had also discovered progressive overload and started tracking all of my lifts in a journal. I did this all of quarantine and I came out with significantly more muscle. A bit chunky from improper eating but definite gains.

My junior year rolled around and in the winter of my junior year, my buddies in the grade above me offered to take me to there gym. I still go there to this day. Once I joined a public gym, I realized how much smaller than everyone I was.

Still didn’t let this discourage me. It actually fueled me to push myself and become bigger and stronger than the people around me. I just put my head down and trained hard and ate good everyday all the way through my senior year.

Spring of my senior year rolled around and I had developed a lot of body fat once again from eating in a surplus for a couple years straight basically. It crushed me. I thought I had completely ruined my physique and I became unmotivated and depressed. I wasn’t sure what to do. Then I hired a bodybuilding coach who helped get me back on track with my eating and made more gains then ever before. I hired him from the spring of my senior year until February of the next year. We totally flipped the switch and I blew up. I literally gained 10+ lbs of muscle that year. (2022)

So here I am now. 19 years old, a year after graduating highschool. 24 weeks out from my first bodybuilding competition with a dream. I look the best I ever have and I’m going to continue looking better and getting stronger each and every day. I’m so grateful for everything that I’ve been through and the struggles I’ve endured over the last 5 years. I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Bodybuilding is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. I get to wake up everyday with a goal in mind and dream to chase :)

Chase your dreams and never settle.