To be completely honest Im not very good at talking about myself so I will do my best for you with this little bio. My name is Paul Steiger. I migrated to the United States at an early age. I was born in Sopron, Hungary. Born into poverty, at one point we had over 8 family member’s living in a two-bedroom apartment. At 11 years old my mom and my stepdad decided to move my brother and I along with them to the US for opportunities beyond what Hungary had to offer at the time.
When I first moved to the US I hated it. I had no friends, I didn't speak the language, the foods were new and disgusting to me, and I missed all my family from Hungary. I remember escaping from all of these feelings to watching tv all the time.
Around the age of 12 I began watching MTV. Seeing the beach bodies in the Cancun Mexico show (I forgot what that show is called now) and the fun pool parties people were enjoying, it made me think that one day I can be muscular with abs and party there too. I really wanted that!
Since I was only a teenager I didn’t do much to pursue that dream yet. Plus my desire for a car exceeded the beach body focus and I started my first job at 14 years old at Wendy’s. I don’t even know if that was legal but who cares I had a job. I was on payroll, and I paid taxes. I was getting checks and making money.
It truly hit me around 16 years old though that I was tired of being the skinny little kid that no-one noticed and I wanted to get stronger and work my tiny little muscles a bit.
Now that I had money from my fast food job I was able to get some weights that I thought I needed for my improvement. I went out to Big5 Sporting goods and bought myself a little bench and a couple dumbbells. I set up a little gym in the garage and I had no clue what I was doing, no coach or guidance so just began dicking around with what i had available to me.
At 18yrs old I got a gym membership at 24 hour fitness. I began lifting more and I saw a couple big shredded dudes, and I remembered how thats exactly what I wanted when I was 12 from seeing those MTV shows and now I see these people in person. I wanted to be like them. Big, strong, hard muscles abs showing.
I became passionate about the gym lifestyle at an early age and was at the gym almost everyday. Also GNC was conveniently located next door to the gym so I spent what little money I had at the time. I bought random products which, they promised me would work to get big and muscular.
I even tried doing performance enhancement drugs at the age of 22 and all they did was blow me up. I wasn’t shredded like I wanted to be. Yes I was big and had more muscles but I did not look good. I was fat. I didn't have any sort of diet. Ha Ha diet... thats funny... I remember I would eat breakfast which consisted of caramel apple crisp muffins with NOS energy drinks. Lunch would be either Chipotle or whatever other fast food restaurant I found near work. My dinner would be, you guessed it just another fast food restaurant and maybe some protein bars or protein shakes. For most days I would only eat 3 times a day.
One time I attempted the 6 meals a day regiment but it was random foods. I knew that I needed protein so every one of those meals had that but I had no clue how much fats or carbs I was consuming.
I did this till I was about 30. In and out of random self made diets, trying different exercise plans, random supplements, and I still had no real noticeable progress. I wasn't big, muscular, and shredded.
Then one day while browsing my instagram pictures I saw a guy post a picture of himself with his shirt off. He was very lean, shredded muscles and had hard muscles like I always wanted. He had the perfect beach body image I always dreamed of having. The picture of him was a post which he was using to shout out his coach and thanking him for the progress he was making for his bodybuilding show that was coming up.
Even though I was very hesitant to reach out, I actually got my shit together and messaged that same coach and asked him what he could do for me. At first, I didn’t want to spend money on a coach, I was skeptical and thought, “well, what will they do different for me?” In the first month I was so worried because I already paid him and didn’t yet see those shredded results that I had imagined.
My coach kept telling me to trust the process, be patient, and just keep working hard. So I listened and did as he said. Best decision of my life was to not give up on him and “trust the process”. By the 2nd month into the plan muscles on my body started showing that I didn’t even know I had. For the first time in my life I was able to see my obliques and my 3 pack abs now turned into a full 6 pack.
Seeing this triggered something in me and I got addicted! I haven’t stopped improving my body since. If I could change one thing, it would be to get a coach back when I was 18yrs old. I wasted 10 years of gym time only because I did not have the guidance I needed.
In june 2016 I competed in my first Bodybuilding show. I entered the Men’s Physique novice and open division and placed first in my class in both. This motivated the hell out of me to keep going.
Now I have competed in 3 different competitions and working on getting my pro card. It all takes time, hard work, and most importantly very good coaching. I can't stress enough how important it to have a coach in your life. And not just fitness, but business, life and finance as well. I am a true believer in the fact that having a coach will increase your success rate tremendously no matter what you are going after.
After my first competition prep, when I went back to the same gyms I worked out at, I noticed something that I never noticed before. I saw that everyone was working so hard yet they looked the same as they did 5 or 10 years ago. I never noticed this before because I was in the same boat as them prior to getting a coach and getting the guidance I needed to change.
I wish I could walk up to every single one of them and show them what to do or to teach them about nutrition for their goals. I realized how difficult it was to find my coach, not many coaches have a website so I decided I want to create a website, so people could easily find one.
I earned my NASM certification, created SteigerFitness.com and started growing my brand on how I can help others too on social media. The discipline I learned from my dieting and work I put into my competitions has elevated me to a whole new level. This changed my life, my success, and why I am able to continue to grow my brand and provide the best service to people who need help too.