Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Brian Testa

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  • Name: Brian Testa
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  • Age: 22
  • Where: Wooster, Ohio
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 212 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :4
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Military D-Bells
  • Favorite Supplements: CytoSport Muscle Milk, Pro-performance amino acids and pro-protein, Megamen Multi vitamin, B-12, and L-arginine

How Did You Get Started?

I went to my first show in Pittsburgh in 2001 and since then I have been hooked. In high school I was always a bigger and stronger kid and excelled at sports like football. While entering College I looked around and realized that my football career at a D-3 school wasn’t likely to get my anywhere.

A friend from back home and a trainer/ former fitness model got me into the sport and made me realize I can go somewhere. Ever since I went to that Pittsburgh show in May of 2001 and watched Ronnie Coleman walk out to throw them bows, I got the chills and I knew I found my calling.

Being a Biology major I have found that what I learn in class I can apply to my body through nutrition and training in the gym. Knowledge is key when trying to grow you have to know what a muscle needs and when to ensure that you get the best out of every workout.

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2849 1189 Beall Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691
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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I’d have to say hands down the HIT programs. For myself I have varied the sets and workloads when preparing for shows to give me the best condition.

For example when preparing for shows I'll do 3 exercises for lets say chest at HIT and I will do another two exercises of high weights. The HIT to get a nice pump and 1-2 sets of high weight to tear down the muscle to a small degree.

It all really depends on what I am trying to do. In the off-season I tend to do a 2 on 1 off split mainly concentrating on heavy weights. As it gets a little warmer out and I begin to get ready I will switch to a 3 on 1 off cycle and rotate heavy weights one week, while the second week performing HIT sets and really squeezing the muscle to etch out detail and get that hard look.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I’ve used them all and like training I had to find what worked for me. As far as nutrition goes I have found the cycling my carbs throughout my dieting has allowed me to stay fuller and keep more muscle mass while dieting. An example would be to run your carbs, 200 day, 150, day, 100, day, 50 day, and 0.

I’ve run this for two weeks at a time and after two weeks I switched back to 120 per day for two weeks, alternating the two cycles. This keeps your body guessing, and allows your metabolism to be kept at a higher rate, because the body does not think it is starving itself.

As far as protein I kept to the rule of 2 grams per pound up at 6 weeks out from a show, at that point its all about calories and if your on/off schedule. I get my fats from fish such as salmon, cod, tuna (light in sodium), and of course the flax seed oils.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I honestly don’t take down a lot of supplement, other than Proteins such as cytopro, Natures best Iso-pure, glutamine, along with my multivitamins, arginine before bedtime, B-12, and some caffeine and aspirin to burn fat. I stick to a very strict diet when preparing for shows, and I eat clean in the off-season to help me put on quality mass.

It’s all about nutrition and you get out of your body what you put into it.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It’s the journey, of watching yourself, of molding yourself into something that you have envisioned in your brain and made real. I think Arnold said it best when he referred to bodybuilding as an art form, to me that’s what it is.

There is no better thrill, no words to describe putting your blood, sweat, and tears into months of training for one chance to succeed. No sport can compare to this type of lifestyle, and for me it is and will be the only thing I could be great at. We all have our own niche; you just have to find it. I never thought I would be where I am today.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to win Collegiate Nationals this year, qualify for USA's and Nationals by placing in the top two at the Rochester Championships and get my name out there by a good placing at the IFBB North American championships in September. My dream is to go professional one day, it is and always will be what I am striving for. You will be hearing from me again someday.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never give up or doubt yourself. I was always the fat kid when I was little and for me to be where I am now I am more than humbled. It has taken me years of hard work to get where I am, and it will take even more years of hard work to get where I want to be, but if you put your head down, hold onto your heart, and listen to yourself, anything is possible.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Cutler, Richard Jones, and Shawn Ray