Martin Arrendondo


I began lifting weights to supplement my training for Triathlons (swim/bike/run) and biathlons (run/bike/run). I slowly transitioned to weights and decided to enter a bodybuilding contest which was body for life. After finishing, I decided to enter a local show. I did not do well at all. In fact I think I got last place in my class. This would have discouraged many people, but the competitive nature in me saw a challenge. So I guess that started my bodybuilding career.

I competed in the NPC for most of the 4 years that I have been actively competing. My best placing was 4th at the 2000 Texas State Bodybuilding Championships. I recently started competing in the INBF and love it! I know that when I step on stage in an INBF show that everyone there is on a level playing field. The INBF is a natural federation that polygraphs tests all it's competitors and even does urine tests at pro qualifiers.

I always new that I had what it took to be a winner I just couldn't crack the top 3 in the NPC. They mainly look for mass in Texas, and I had symmetry and cut on my side. So my neighbor and WNBF pro bodybuilder Kent Julius asked me to try the INBF. I told him that the INBF did not allow pro hormones and that I had used them before. He asked when and I told him. I had used them to prep for the 2000 Texas championships(May through August) but hadn't used them since then. He told me that the INBF had a amnesty program going where if you hadn't used pro hormones in a year you could compete in their shows. October was the date of the show and that put me at over a year off of pro hormones. I wasn't planning on competing any more, but he talked me into it. The result, I ended up winning my class and winning the overall! I was the Novice Overall Winner of the 2001 INBF Heroes of Texas Bodybuilding Classic.

This year I plan on having a great year. I will be competing in the North American Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas, and hopefully the INBF World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships if I can scrape up the sponsorship money to do so (Its in New York and I live in Texas).

You can also checkout my website at Favorite Body Parts: All of Them!
Favorite Exercise: Barbell Row
Favorite Supplements: Creatine, Glutamine, Protein power,BCAAS
Hobbies: Weightlifting (of course!), Computers, Football, Basketball, Running, Cycling
Years Bodybuilding: 4
Favorite Bodybuilders: Kent Julius
Height: 5' 7
Weight: 165-170 (off-season) 148 (contest)


  • Off Season Dieting Is A Must!

    You want to build on what you have accomplished and do even better next year. But for now, its time to chow down and eat the foods you have deprived yourself of for the last 4 months.