Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Peter Fitschen

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How Did You Get Started?

At 16 years old in the spring of 2002, I was 5'9" 125lbs. I was in baseball, but I was too small to really be good so I started heading to a local gym once the season ended. I worked hard and by December of 2003 I was up to 170lbs. Some local bodybuilders at my gym were doing the NANBF 10,000 lakes in the spring of 2004 and convinced me to compete as well. I ended up competing at 145lbs and taking 2nd out of 2 in the teen class and 4th out of 5 in the novice class.

After that, I was only more motivated to keep lifting. I tried to put on as much mass as possible and ended up at a fat 210lbs by the spring of 2006. I dieted down for 2 shows in the fall, NANBF Eagle's Wings and NANBF Best of the Midwest, with the help of Layne Norton. I ended up competing at 158lbs. I won my novice class, took 2nd in my open class, and won best poser at the Eagle's Wings contest and then went on to take 2nd out of 8 in the Best of the Midwest.

I kept myself leaner over the next off-season only getting up to 190lbs by November 2007. I enlisted the help of Layne Norton again for my contest prep and ended up competing at 162-163lbs and leaner than I'd ever been in April of 2008. I took 2nd out of 9 in my open class at the OCB 45th parallel, 2nd out of 7 in the collegiate class at the NANBF Mr. Natural Minnesota, and won my open class at the Mr. Natural Minnesota which was a pro qualifier. I did not win the overall so I'm still an amateur.

Peter Fitschen.
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Peter Fitschen.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I've tried a number of workouts including max-ot, doggcrapp, DFHT, non-linear periodization, etc. I've seen the best progress with high volume, high frequency splits. Two of my favorite splits are:


Split 1:



Split 2:


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Peter Fitschen.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Let me start off by saying I have a very fast metabolism and therefore eat a lot more than most guys my size. In the off-season I alternate periods of bulking and cutting to keep myself growing, yet lean. When bulking, I usually get 1.2-1.3g/lb protein, 500-600g carbs, and 80-100g fat per day.

During my mini-cuts my diet is similar to contest prep. During contest prep, I work with Layne, so I pretty much go by what he advises. Contest prep is slightly higher in protein and lower in carbs and fat. I typically have 2 re-feed days per week.

Peter Fitschen.
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Peter Fitschen.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Optimum 100% Whey, Scivation Xtend, Scivation Sesamin, Scivation Dialene 4, Optimum 100% Casein, NOW Dextrose, and Higher Power Creatine Monohydrate.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it gives me a chance to relax and relieve my stress. I just received my B.S. in biochemistry last spring and am currently going for my Master's in Biology with a Physiology concentration and ultimately continuing on to get my Ph D. With all that being said, I spend a lot of time at school, in labs, and studying which all adds up to quite a bit of stress. Getting in the gym gives me a chance to get away from all of that and forget about everything for that hour or so a day.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm currently in the off-season. I plan on gaining as much mass as possible while staying relatively lean. As of right now I don't have a contest picked out, but I plan on competing again in 2010 or 2011 at an IFPA pro qualifier.

Peter Fitschen.
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Peter Fitschen.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

If you want this bad enough, you can make it happen. In 6 years I went from 125lbs, without lifting or watching my diet, up to 162-163lbs stage weight at the same height. It is a slow process that has its ups and downs, but if you keep with it, good things will happen.

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