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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: German Giant

Marco came to America to play college football and got more than he bargained for. He became infatuated with bodybuilding and is proud to be assembled in the U.S.!

Name: Marco Kristen
E-Mail: marco@sixeightfitness.com
BodySpace: Ger57man
Location: Wilmington, DE (Born in Germany)
Age: 29  Height: 6'8"  Weight: 260 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

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How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I've been involved in sports and working out for more than a decade and developed a passion for lifting weights during this time. Born and raised in Germany, I started playing American football for a local German team when I was 15 and began lifting weights around the same time to improve my performance on the field. Five years later, I earned a full football scholarship to the University of Delaware and moved to America.

Lifting weights was essential to develop the strength and speed needed to play division 1 football. When my football career ended, staying in shape took over and the gym became more and more important.

Unfortunately, at that time I had no clue about the importance of proper nutrition and continued with my old football workout plans without a proper meal plan. The result was a drop in weight of almost 50 pounds at the expense of muscle mass and strength.

In February of 2011, I decided to get serious about health and started researching diets, supplements, workouts, and techniques. I started reading articles that were weight training and diet related and documented the progress with pictures, instead of relying on the scale. A solid workout plan combined with the right diet brought results.

Within six months, I regained 20 pounds, dropped my waist size by three inches and reduced my overall body fat. Bodybuilding took over my life and I started looking into competitions.

My exceptional height of 6-foot-8 and long wingspan were a great advantage when it came to playing offensive tackle, but it's pretty much the opposite for bodybuilding. Filling out a large frame with lean mass requires serious work and time. However, after some major gains this past winter and with a good portion of rediscovered self-esteem, I decided it was time to show the results of my hard labor and entered the NPC Philadelphia Championships this year.

Since I'd never done a show before, everything from strict dieting to posing was a complete new experience for me. I only placed so-so at that event, but I'm completely hooked and can't wait to get on stage again.

What Workout Regimen Delivered The Best Results?

I've used several different workout plans over the past decade, but the one that worked best for me was last year's off-season plan. The plan is pretty basic, but was very effective for me combined with the right diet. This diet was specifically developed based on my body weight and body fat content.

Day 1: Chest


Day 2: Back


Day 3: Abs/Cardio
Day 4: Shoulders/Traps


Day 5: Arms


Day 6: Legs


Day 7: Rest

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I am preparing for my next competition, so I follow a low-carb, high-protein diet. The nutrition plan that worked best for me was the diet I followed last winter. It's split into workout and non-workout days and resulted in a 20-pound gain of lean muscle mass.

Workout Day ///
Meal 1
Intra-Workout
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Meal 7

Non-Workout Day ///
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Meal 7

What Supplements Gave You The Greatest Gains?

Besides the usual suspects like BCAAs, glutamine, creatine, and whey protein, I had great experiences during the off-season with Gaspari products, especially SuperPump, SizeOn, and Vasotropin.

Pre-Workout
Intra-Workout
Post-Workout
Evening

Biceps above the competition.

How Did Your Passion For Bodybuilding Emerge?

I like that bodybuilding is more than just a sport, it's a lifestyle. If you're serious about bodybuilding, your entire life will evolve around it. It affects your social life, family, and job.

Bodybuilding is one of the very few sports that truly appreciates the hard work, dedication, and contribution of an individual. You're solely responsible for your success; you're the only one to blame for failure. You and only you can be held accountable for your actions and have to present the result on stage.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My internal drive. Looking at myself in the mirror motivates me every morning to push my body and get the most out of it. A healthy lifestyle is a tool to accomplish this goal.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I'm a very driven and competitive person and faced tons of adversity throughout my life. I've been told numerous times that something wasn't possible or couldn't be done. I challenge myself to accomplish it and prove the naysayers wrong.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am planning on competing in two more events this year, the 2012 NPC Delaware Championships and the OCB Mid-Atlantic's Battle for the Belt, before starting my "off-season" and working on adding more mass to fill up my large frame.

My goal is to compete 15 pounds heavier next year and become a more serious competitor.

What Is The Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

"Never trust a skinny chef." Be careful where you get workout and diet tips from, who you ask for advice, who's giving you advice, and from whom you finally take it from. Your source, no matter if it's an actual person, a website, or a book, should be reliable.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Markus Rühl, and Ralf Moeller.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I'm a big fan of Bodybuilding.com's articles on workouts and nutrition. The entire site has played a major role to get me where I am today.

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Perseus3

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This is exactly how I started. I wanted to become a better running back and when football was done I was left hooked to lifting. I also had to learn a lot about nutrition, and how beneficial it is! This guy is a beast though! Great work!

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GlassMoon

****, must be hard as hell to fill out at 6'8"". good work man

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dreambig1993

being that tall and that good of mass.. good work man!

Oct 10, 2012 10:49pm | report
 
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transformerchad

now thats what a 6'8 bodybuilder eats . lol i eat what u eat in a week

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Critter5592

He looks like a giant in that line up wow.. lol

Oct 11, 2012 5:20am | report
 
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bigruss504

Great job man!!! You give inspiration to us tall bro's out here. Some people have no idea how hard it is to try to fill a large frame (naturally). Keep up the good work!

Oct 11, 2012 11:30am | report
 
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jcl17

Holy crap!! That is a low-carb day!!! Daaammnn, I would hate to see his high-carb day LOL, but that is impressive work!!

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MaxJamD

Great work man. I have seen many individuals walking around at the gym half my height but still looking way bigger then me. Now I have a more realistic physique to fashion myself after. I'm not so sure about the 3 scoops of casein though. Seems excessive if they are about 24g of protein a scoop?

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krete77

Not a fan of the diet but if it works for ya that's great! Definitely impressive with a 6'8 frame. Must have taken a lot of dedication to get to where you are now. You'll look twice as good come next year. Keep up the good work.

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