I met Mike Manzo when I was 16 years old. While I was working out, I was watching him train people in the gym. I remember saying to myself, "I need to train with this guy if I want to reach my full potential." After seeing him a few times in the gym, I finally had gotten the courage to start a conversation with him about how I can reach my goal. Mike already had a reputation of being one of the best trainers in New York. Being nervous was an understatement. We hit it off immediately and we started to train together as partners. Mike told me "we have to build a foundation", so we did. We started powerlifting movements, basic compound movements, heavy bench, deadlifts and of course, the almighty squat. I remember Mike always telling me, its nutrition. First you have to feed the machine to get the results you want to achieve, then of course, hard training and supplementation. When I was 19, Mike had me enter my first body building competition show. The Eastern Metropolis. I took third place in my weight class. I was hooked! What a feeling! Through Mike's passion and knowledge, it definitely penetrated over to me. I have been training for 33 years, being 47 years old, I still love the grind. Thanks to Mike. But I do have to say the only thing I don't miss is pushing his car in the gym parking lot after leg day. My friend, my training partner, and my mentor. Thank you.