The story of American powerlifter Bill "Peanuts" West is a true-life lesson about drive, passion, motivation and determination. Named William Weiss, at birth in 1937 Pennsylvania, Peanuts was a weak and skinny child. Weighing less than 100 pounds as a teen, he picked up his first weights at age 15. In 1952, he was encouraged by Gene Wells to try weight training and started initially with very light dumbbells. In a couple of years, his bodyweight increased dramatically thanks to a training regime incorporating progressive resistance and sourcing his protein from peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil for the purpose of muscle gain.