Derek Charlebois

Background

I started lifting after I watched Rocky 4. That movie really motivated me. I saw Rocky working out and striving to overcome obstacles, and I said, "That's what I want to be like!"

When I first started lifting, I didn't know that much about lifting when I started. A friend of mine showed me a few exercises, then I was hooked. I've been lifting for about a year and a half. I started lifting seriously about 6 months ago, taking nutrition and other aspects into view. Lifting has given me a lot of self confidence. It has also lead to me making friends. I am now a certified personal trainer! I recently passed the ACE certification exam.

Vital Stats

Date: 5/1/2005 (End of Bulking)
Quads: 27
Calves: 18
Forearms: 14
Arms (unflexed): 16
Arms (flexed): 17 1/4
Shoulders: 52
Chest: 47
Waist: 34
Weight: 212
Favorite Bodyparts: Calves
Favorite Exercise: Squats
Favorite Supplements: Protein, BCAA, Creatine, Green Tea, Fish Oil

Favorite Bodybuilders: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Dugdale

BodySpace: bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/Beast

Note: Derek is no longer a teen, so we created a new section for his new articles on the main Bodybuilding.com site.

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Articles

  • Bulking - Week #9!

    I decided to put legs back to Monday because they are the most demanding body part. Since I take the weekend off, I am refreshed and ready to kill on Monday.

  • Bulking - Week #6!

    Another week. My wrist is feeling better, so I'll see what I can do.

  • Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Part I.

    There are mixed beliefs about aspartame's safety. Some think it is perfectly safe. Others think it is deadly.

  • The Big Three - Squat, Deadlift, Bench.

    The are three main lifts in weightlifting, bench press, deadlift, and the Squat. These are most commonly referred to when trying to find out how strong someone is. Find out what each of them are and how to do them correctly!

  • Bulking - Week #12!

    For those who email me and instant message me: Do not take it personally if I do not email you back. I try to answer every email I get, but sometimes I overlook an email.

  • The Prostate: What Every Man Should Know!

    It is never too early to learn about something that could have detrimental effects on your health. Learn the facts, symptoms, diseases, and treatments associated with the prostate.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)!

    Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) has been getting a lot of attention lately. Making more and more people try it. From what I read and what other people have told me, ALA sounds like a great supplement.

  • My Cruel And Unusual Intense Summer Conquest For Mass!

    This summer is dedicated to lifting and proper nutrition! Since I have plenty of time on my hands, I plan to do things right. I will be lifting 5 days per week (Monday through Friday).

  • It's Been One Year! (The Story Of Me)!

    It takes time to develop the physique you want. If it was easy, everyone would be huge and ripped and in shape. Here's what I have learned in the last year!

  • Supplement And Video Reviews!

    Experienced writer Derek Charlebois reviews some of his favorite supplements and videos...

  • 5 Weeks Out From His First Competition!

    5 weeks out... seems like just yesterday I was 10 weeks out. My contest preparation has been going great. It is amazing seeing my body change week by week.

  • Bulking - Week #13!

    This was a very solid week. Everything was running smoothly. I’ve been super busy... and kind of lazy, so I didn’t take measurements.

  • Bodybuilding For Beginners!

    Without a proper diet, you simply will not make good gains. Nutrition is the first thing many new bodybuilders overlook.

  • Bulking - Week #15!

    I am doing some rotator cuff exercises on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #29!

    We had a bad snowstorm last night. It took me 1.5 hours to get to school (usually a 15 minute drive). The only reason why I went is because I had a paper due and to lift. I ended up missing my first class. I had a VERY rough day.

  • Bulking - Week #4!

    Well, my whole family was sick over the weekend. So guess what, I got sick. Did that stop me from lifting... lol, what kind of question is that? Nothing can stop me. I don't need to make excuses.

  • The Day Of His First Contest!

    Almost all young bodybuilders dream of one day competing. For me, that time has come.

  • Ten Tips For Keeping Your Diet Clean!

    Your trying to lose weight, but you just can not stop cheating. You snag a cookie here, can of pop there, and a couple pounds of fat where you don't want it. I'm going to give you a few tips to help improve your diet as well as keep it clean.

  • Ten Tips For Keeping Your Diet Clean!

    Your trying to lose weight, but you just can not stop cheating. You snag a cookie here, can of pop there, and a couple pounds of fat where you don't want it. I'm going to give you a few tips to help improve your diet as well as keep it clean.

  • Flex Your Flax!

    Where can we get some quality fat? The answer, FLAX SEED!

  • Warming Up Is Warming Up, Right?

    Warming up is something that most people do not do. They just go straight into heavy lifting. This can be very dangerous. Jumping straight into heavy lifting without warming up could lead to serious injury.

  • Derek Bulking Then Cutting Week 34!

    I have made some changes to my workout, supplements and diet. Check out my latest measurements and pics to see how I am doing! This is a program that you can follow!

  • Derek Charlebois’ 2006 Competition Journal - Weeks 1 & 2!

    I am currently aiming to enter the NPC Michigan Bodybuilding Championships on May 20th. This will be an ongoing journal which will show my training plan and how well I progress. Check it out!

  • Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables!

    Fruits and vegetables are beneficial to your health and should be included in every person's diet. In this article, I'll explain why.

  • Fight Against Osteoporosis!

    More than 20 million people in America alone are affected by osteoporosis. Find out what it is and what you can do to prevent it!

  • Tuna, Yuck! How To Make Tuna Taste Better

    Tuna fish. One gram of fat, no carbs, and about 20 grams of protein per serving is what makes tuna a wise choice for bodybuilders.

  • Eye Of The Tiger!

    Bodybuilding gives you that extra energy which allows you to endure strenuous work while most other people are still in bed.

  • Nutrition: The Day Before And The Day Of My Contest!

    Today I had about 100 grams of carbs, 300 grams of protein, and 55 grams of fat. I added no salt to my food and ate low sodium foods. My water intake was two gallons. I basically laid around all today. Just taking it easy. I posed a little.

  • Contest Is Over: What To Do Next?

    Now that my contest is over, I have to make a new plan of attack. Here are some things that all bodybuilders should think about when deciding what to do with their future. These tips will help you make never-ending gains.

  • The Milk Jug Workout & The Push-Up With Pictures!

    If you can not get the gym and don't have any weights, try the milk jug workout!

  • Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables!

    Fruits and vegetables are beneficial to your health and should be included in every person's diet. In this article, I'll explain why.

  • Derek's Supplement Review.

    Derek's Supplement Review on all best supplements and more.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #37!

    The end has finally arrived. I weighed in last week at around 188-190 pounds, which was my goal. Now it is time to try something new, but before I tell you what, we'll get into what I did this week.

  • Derek Bulking - Week 19!

    Check out the latest week in Derek's bulking series and learn how to get better results from your bulking phase.

  • Anabolic Ammunition Arsenal: Anabolic Aminos.

    In this article, we will examine a scientifically backed nutrition and supplement plan designed to promote an anabolic environment that will ensure growth and advancement.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #28!

    This was a very productive week. I felt great throughout. I pushed myself on my cardio sessions, which means I have to work even harder next week.

  • Bulking - Week #14!

    I started doing some rotator cuff exercises before each workout. This has really helped me recover from my shoulder injury.

  • Derek Bulking/Cutting Week 25!

    Check out the latest week along with Derek's latest diet, workout and measurements!

  • Bulking - Week #2!

    I learned a lot during my first week at the gym. What exercises I like. What weights I can use for what reps. And just getting used to the new surrounding. With that being said, here is my routine. I am going heavy

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #23!

    Well, this is my last week before I start hardcore dieting. I will take next week off, as this is my eighth week of lifting.

  • Competition Tips And Tricks!

    There are many techniques and tips that will make arrive at your contest in top shape. I have read many and tried some during my preparation for my last contest. Let's take a look at these tricks.

  • Bulging Biceps!

    Biceps are the muscles that are most often asked to be flexed. When chicks say, 'Hey, flex for me!', they are most likely talking about your biceps.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #30!

    As I mentioned, I am changing my routine this week. I am going to incorporate some exercises I haven?t done in a while and switch up the order of the exercises I like. Everything else is staying the same.

  • Bulking - Week #4!

    Well, my whole family was sick over the weekend. So guess what, I got sick. Did that stop me from lifting... lol, what kind of question is that? Nothing can stop me. I don't need to make excuses.

  • Bulking - Week #6!

    Another week. My wrist is feeling better, so I'll see what I can do.

  • Bulking - Week #8!

    I've already been bulking for seven weeks. Time sure does fly when you're gaining muscle. Last night, I cooked a whole bunch of food so I would not be tempted to eat junk.

  • Negative Reinforcement: Learning From Mistakes!

    Why do we learn best from making mistakes? Who knows, but let's look at some of the mistakes we often make when it comes to bulking, cutting, diet and injuries.

  • Competition Tips And Tricks!

    There are many techniques and tips that will make arrive at your contest in top shape. I have read many and tried some during my preparation for my last contest. Let's take a look at these tricks.

  • Do Not Be Afraid To Eat Fat!

    I started lifting seriously about 6 months ago, taking nutrition and other asspects into view. Lifting has given me a lot of self confidence. It has also lead to me making friends.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #26!

    I weighed in this morning at 201 lbs. I have consistently been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week which is what I am shooting for. I am very pleased with the way everything has been progressing.

  • Essential Fatty Acids: Do You Need Them?

    What are the essential fatty acids? What do essential fatty acids do? What happens if you do not get enough essential fatty acids?

  • Strength Training For Adolescents: A Guide For Parents!

    Will weight training stunt an adolescent's growth? How old is old enough to begin weight training? What type of program should adolescents follow? These are all questions commonly asked when dealing with weight training and adolescents.

  • Supplement And Video Reviews!

    Experienced writer Derek Charlebois reviews some of his favorite supplements and videos...

  • 9 Weeks Out From His First Competition!

    One week down, nine to go! This article contains my adventures with hair removal, tanning beds and my struggle to keep my diet in line. My complete program is detailed here along with any changes that I have made.

  • Bulking - Week #8!

    I've already been bulking for seven weeks. Time sure does fly when you're gaining muscle. Last night, I cooked a whole bunch of food so I would not be tempted to eat junk.

  • Fight Against Osteoporosis!

    More than 20 million people in America alone are affected by osteoporosis. Find out what it is and what you can do to prevent it!

  • The Blood Sugar Hormones!

    Hormones are very important in building muscle. Understanding them can give you a boost in your endeavor to better your body. In this article, I will outline two major hormones that play a role in bodybuilding.

  • Bulking - Week #10!

    Well I woke up this morning and had no pain in my shoulder. Moved it around, testing it a little, and it felt good.

  • 1 Week Out From His First Competition!

    Here are the last seven days before my contest. My new diet and pics are included here. My mind is a little preoccupied this week, so I don't know if this article will have as much detail as it could.

  • 2 Weeks Out From His First Competition!

    From here on out, it's peddle to the metal, full throttle, and I've got a full tank of gas! Let's do this!

  • Derek Bulking Then Cutting Week 35!

    I'm about to finish up my third month of cutting. I have consistently lost 1 pound a week. Because I am losing fat at this rate, I am able to keep my hard earned muscle.

  • Post Workout Nutrition: Insulin!

    To create an insulin spike after training, a simple carbohydrate (sugars) should be consumed. Some examples of good sugary carbs to consume after a workout are, honey and fruit juices.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #30!

    As I mentioned, I am changing my routine this week. I am going to incorporate some exercises I haven?t done in a while and switch up the order of the exercises I like. Everything else is staying the same.

  • Pregnancy And Exercise: Is It Safe?

    Does remaining physically inactive actually protect the woman and the fetus? Is exercising safe?

  • Derek Bulking Week 17!

    Check out his latest progress and his new pics! Learn the correct way to bulk up as fast as possible.

  • Derek's Supplement Review!

    During my latest bulking/cutting cycle, I tried the following products. For those of you that know me, you know that before I try anything, I RESEARCH IT. Here is my unbiased opinion on the following products...

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Part 2!

    Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) has been getting a lot of attention lately. Making more and more people try it. From what I read and what other people have told me, ALA sounds like a great supplement.

  • I'm Just Not Motivated...

    So how can you boost your motivation? In this article I'm going to give you some ideas and some things I do. Derek explains alot about motivation and where to get it from if you don't know where.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Part 2!

    Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) has been getting a lot of attention lately. Making more and more people try it. From what I read and what other people have told me, ALA sounds like a great supplement.

  • You're No Longer A Beginner: Intermediate Training!

    If you have been following a 3-day training split made up of the basic, fundamental exercises ... It is now time for a routine that is a bit more challenging!

  • A Bodybuilding Revelation!

    My will power and motivation have been weak. But that all changed that night.

  • Bodybuilding For Beginners!

    Without a proper diet, you simply will not make good gains. Nutrition is the first thing many new bodybuilders overlook.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #32!

    Well, my first year of college is over! Therefore, I will now be training at 8 A.M. My new diet is switched up some as well as my supplement schedule. Check them out below.

  • Shaping Your Chest!

    If you're like me, your chest is stubborn. When I say stubborn, I mean it does not seem to want to grow. You pound away at it. You try different routines. You try just about every exercise in the books, and nothing seems to work.

  • Derek Bulking Week 20!

    Last week of bulking! I went from 194 to 208 pounds. I added 14 pounds, most of which was muscle. I have much less fat to lose this year than last year.

  • Cooking With Derek: Power Muffins & Killer Omelettes!

    Cooking with Derek? Now that is something I never thought I'd read. But as a bodybuilder, cooking plays an integral part of my life. Learn how to cook healthy muffins and omelets!

  • Do Not Be Afraid To Eat Fat!

    I started lifting seriously about 6 months ago, taking nutrition and other asspects into view. Lifting has given me a lot of self confidence. It has also lead to me making friends.

  • Bulking - Week #18!

    My strength is climbing on just about every exercise. My diet has been pretty on the money. Cardio is going well. Just like finding the right exercises for weight lifting, I am finding the right cardio exercises.

  • Warming Up Is Warming Up, Right?

    Warming up is something that most people do not do. They just go straight into heavy lifting. This can be very dangerous. Jumping straight into heavy lifting without warming up could lead to serious injury.

  • 9 Weeks Out From His First Competition!

    One week down, nine to go! This article contains my adventures with hair removal, tanning beds and my struggle to keep my diet in line. My complete program is detailed here along with any changes that I have made.

  • The Milk Jug Workout & The Push-Up With Pictures!

    If you can not get the gym and don't have any weights, try the milk jug workout!

  • Derek Bulking Then Cutting Week 34!

    I have made some changes to my workout, supplements and diet. Check out my latest measurements and pics to see how I am doing! This is a program that you can follow!

  • Bulking - Week #10!

    Well I woke up this morning and had no pain in my shoulder. Moved it around, testing it a little, and it felt good.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #36!

    I will be lifting at the new gym from now on.

  • My Goals For 2003!

    It is a new year and a new set of goals. Learn what I plan on accomplishing this year and how I am going to do it!

  • My Goals For 2003!

    It is a new year and a new set of goals. Learn what I plan on accomplishing this year and how I am going to do it!

  • Get Your Fats Straight!

    This article will expand your knowledge of fats. In this article, you will learn, which ones should you eat, which ones you should avoid, and what certain fats do.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #26!

    I weighed in this morning at 201 lbs. I have consistently been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week which is what I am shooting for. I am very pleased with the way everything has been progressing.

  • Derek Charlebois' Competition Countdown!

    Hello and welcome to my 10 week contest preparation series. This series will cover EVERYTHING I do in order to prepare for my first contest. If you read this series, you can watch me pursue my dream.

  • 4 Weeks Out From His First Competition!

    4 weeks to go. I am really excited. The thought of getting on stage competing gives me chills. I can't wait to see how I look on contest day. Right now, I weigh around 181-182 and I am leaner than when I started my last bulking cycle.

  • Summer Of Mass Part II.

    Here is my training journal and workout program as I try to gain more mass over the summer!

  • Muscle Dysmorphia: Does It Affect You?

    Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought you were small, when in fact you are quite large compared to the ordinary Joe? Are you obsessed with increasing your muscle size, despite already being huge? If you have, you might have muscle dysmorphia.

  • Cutting Cycle - Week #24!

    I took last week off from the gym and it was very hard on me. Why? Because I could not wait to get into the gym! That's all I could think about. I am also excited to start cutting.

  • Derek Bulking Week 21!

    The time to start cutting has come! Check out the my latest diet and supplement schedule.

  • Arnold Bodybuilding Encylopedia Review!

    When you are trying to increase your knowledge in any area, the best way to do it is to research and read about the subject. Is this worth reading? What is in this book?

  • Taking Steroids: What Could It Hurt?

    The public is under the belief that taking steroids will automatically make the user become built and muscular, which is not so. While using steroids, the user must still exercise. Let's talk about what steroids are and debunk the myths once and for all!

  • Derek Bulking Then Cutting Week 35!

    I'm about to finish up my third month of cutting. I have consistently lost 1 pound a week. Because I am losing fat at this rate, I am able to keep my hard earned muscle.

  • My Cruel And Unusual Intense Summer Conquest For Mass!

    This summer is dedicated to lifting and proper nutrition! Since I have plenty of time on my hands, I plan to do things right. I will be lifting 5 days per week (Monday through Friday).

  • The Day Of His First Contest!

    Almost all young bodybuilders dream of one day competing. For me, that time has come.

  • Essential Fatty Acids: Do You Need Them?

    What are the essential fatty acids? What do essential fatty acids do? What happens if you do not get enough essential fatty acids?