Celebrity status may be passing for some, but intelligence, drive, fire, and strength make a life-long impression. David Otunga has all these qualities, plus the added spice of a busy celebrity lifestyle. What makes David someone to respect is not necessarily his stint in reality television, his acting ability, or his WWE superstardom, but his unbeatable determination to be the best man he can be.

In the gym, and in life, David goes all out. He lives every minute with intensity and maximum energy. It is this energy that has fueled an extraordinary life. Yes, he’s insanely busy; yes, he spends a lot of time on the road; but his life is rewarding, fun, and allows him to spread his love of health and fitness all over the world.

David wasn’t always famous; he hasn’t always lived inside a ripped, muscular frame. He createdhis body and his identity through an intense desire to live the best life he could. And that is something everyone can admire and emulate.

David hasn’t always looked this way. When he was a kid, he was short, chubby, and wore thick glasses. As if that wasn’t enough, he did well in school and was labeled a “nerd.” He was also bullied by the bigger, athletic, more popular kids.

By the time he was in his teens, David wondered if some muscle could help him. “It seemed like everyone was athletic and buff; I wasn’t. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong and what they were doing right. So, I asked myself, ‘What if I start working out?'”

During his freshman year of high school, David decided to start taking weight training more seriously. So, he got some old-school, plastic-coated cement weights and an EZ-bar from his friend’s brother and began training. He alternated doing 10-by-10 curls and push-ups every single night.

As he got better at his regimen, he would increase the weight or increase the reps. Three or four weeks later, David says he remembers feeling better, but didn’t really see any difference in his physique. That is, until one day he saw a girl he knew from class at the mall. She grabbed his arm and exclaimed, “David, you’re getting muscles in your arms!”

“That was it,” says David. “All I could think was: Oh my gosh, it’s working.” From that moment, David was motivated to transform. He came home from school, worked out for an hour or two, and then hit the books. Every day. “I couldn’t even hang out at the mall. I just wanted to go straight home and do more push-ups and curls because I knew it was working.”

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