3 Year Transformation - FTM Bodybuilding


I recently hit a milestone of 3 years of training. Looking back helps me review my progress and all the changes that have taken place over the past 3 years.

I started training in 2016 because I wanted to feel a better connection to my body. Quickly… I realized something else was going on with my body and mind connection. I put the pieces together and figured out that I had been experiencing gender dysphoria. It came to me like a lightbulb moment and suddenly I was able to make sense of so many things going back all the way to childhood.

For the rest of 2016, I decided to explore my gender identity and continued to lift throughout. The more I expressed my masculinity, the better I felt. Lifting was a big part of that, it gave me confidence in my body. By the end of that year, I knew I wanted to fully transition from female to male.

In 2017, I started hormones and began my transition. My body kept improving in ways that helped my with my gender dysphoria. By April of that year, I was going as River full time and out as transgender. By the end of the year, I had top surgery and was finally free from my chest dysphoria.

I started off 2018 by healing from top surgery but then was quickly back in the gym. 2018 was a big year for me in terms of body changes, I worked hard and put on a lot of muscle/size. By the end of that year, I really felt like I was starting to see the physique that I set out to build.

2019 is a year for me that is all about size, I want to get BIG. My goal is to hit 205 lbs by the end of the year. I’m stronger than ever and I expect big changes to my physique by the end of this year.

When I first started lifting, I committed myself to 5 years of training before I would even think of quitting. I’m 3 years, with 2 to go and I have no intentions of stopping. Bodybuilding has changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t be here without it.


My bulking progress:

2017 Start - 134 lbs
End of 2017 - 156 lbs
End of 2018 - 182 lbs
End of 2020 Goal - 225 lbs


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