Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Skinny Teen’s 3-Year Transformation Will Give You New Body Goals.

Every year, the number one new year's resolution is — yes, you guessed it, — to lose weight. But more and more people are looking to build up.

David Laid, an 18-year-old bodybuilder and Gymshark athlete from Atlantic City, is involved in what has been dubbed "bigspiration." Instead of slimming down, he is part of a wave of people who want to gain muscle.

It all started when Laid was 14 years old, 5 feet 7 inches and 98 pounds. "I was a twig, an absolute twig," he told ABC. Determined to make a change, he looked to YouTube for advice.

The teenager has been working on his body for over three years now. He shares his progress on social media, inspiring viewers everywhere.

Last year, he posted a video on his own YouTube account of his three-year transformation and it has since garnered over 17 million views. Continue reading for photos and details of his journey.

Here's David Laid at 14 years old.

Most would agree that there's nothing wrong with this picture, but other kids teased Laid for being thin. He played hockey and was noticeably the lightest player.

Here's David Laid at 14 years old.

David Laid / YouTube

The young teen decided he wanted to build muscle for good.

"Every aspect of my life was heavily impaired by how insecure I was and how I looked," he told ABC. "I was an absolute twig."

The young teen decided he wanted to build muscle for good.

David Laid / YouTube

He found inspiration in YouTube videos.

"I kind of came home with it, and I went on YouTube and I typed in, 'chest workout.'" Starting a workout routine is one thing but keeping it up is another.

He found inspiration in YouTube videos.

David Laid / YouTube

Laid proved to himself and his viewers that he could keep it up.

In his YouTube video titled "David Laid 3 Year Natural Transformation 14-17," we see changes in both his body and confidence levels. Take a look at his abs in this shot.

Laid proved to himself and his viewers that he could keep it up.

David Laid / YouTube

The work he puts in is written all over his body, including his back.

Many of us neglect our back muscles. This photo is inspiring enough, but Laid isn't done yet.

The work he puts in is written all over his body, including his back.

David Laid / YouTube

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