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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Living In A Lifters Paradise!

Ben lives the amateur dream. He has ties to Cellucor, an up-and-coming fitness business, and enough inspiration and motivation to power it all!

Name: Ben Williamson
E-Mail: ben_williamson@rocketmail.com
BodySpace: imbossay1028
Location: Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Age: 22  Height: 5'7"  Weight: 165 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 1.5

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How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I hadn't picked up a weight in two years and was attending community college with no plan. I spent my first two years of college trying to please everybody but myself. I didn't have many friends and my life was the definition of "going through the motions." At second semester, my friend Donovan from high school was in one of my classes. He was in the same boat; at home trying to save money and attending one of the most depressing colleges in the universe.

Donovan and I decided to start working out again. He had this "crazy" pre-workout called Cellucor C4 and told me to give it a try before we started our new lifting program. I took a couple scoops and had a killer workout. The feeling of being back in the weight room gave me sanity and I quickly fell back in love.

Around Christmas, Cellucor ran a holiday giveaway. I loved C4 and decided to win every contest Cellucor posted. For one of the contests, Cellucor wanted a remix of a holiday jingle with lyrics. I decided to remix Jingle Bells and make a music video. I put a box on my head, taped Cellucor lids on it, and made a fool of myself dancing in my bedroom.

Putting a box on my head and dancing to Jingle Bells might have been the most important part of my transformation. I was dubbed "Cellucor Man" and started talking to Dan Lourenco who ran social media for Cellucor. Dan and I became closer as time went on. He helped me with supplements, nutrition, training, and even relationships. He helped me through some pretty hard times in my life and quickly became my mentor.

After community college, I decided to tackle commercial real estate. The money seemed great and I had the opportunity to work with my dad. After a semester of that, I again found myself working to please everybody but myself. In late December 2012, Dan hooked me up with Hank Walshak. Hank runs the affiliate program at Cellucor. They signed me up and I started selling and representing Cellucor. This was surreal because roughly one year prior, I was dancing in my bedroom with a box on my head trying get some free stuff. Hank was a little harder to crack. He seemed nice, but I was a little intimidated by him. Whereas Dan was a friend, Hank was my boss. I figured if I worked hard, I would earn some respect.

In late December 2012, my gym friend, Ashley Hoffmann, approached me with the idea to compete. I asked her why I should compete, and she said, "Why not?" She was right. I got in contact with Tim Thompson and got the ball rolling on January 1, 2013.

Some friends and I started a private group on Facebook dubbed CutUpClub. This group was a place for us to post progress pictures, videos, and ask questions related to nutrition and training. The group grew rapidly and we decided to make an Instagram account to post fitness inspiration. Our following grew to just less than 2,000 quickly. People cared about and valued what we had to say. Our approach wasn't to intimidate people new to the industry. We wanted to be the first fitness group that supported everyone. As our following grew, I decided to turn CutUpClub into a business. I bought some screen printing equipment, started making shirts, and ran the business out of my bedroom.

I leaned out quickly and felt good about my physique. My friend Tyler and I decided to head to the Arnold Classic in Ohio on March 1. An 8-hour drive on a contest prep diet wasn't the best idea, but we did it anyway. We stayed with fellow CutUpClub members A.J. Smith and Dan Shaffer. I was nervous and super excited to finally meet Dan after more than a year of communicating.

We got to the expo and met Hank and Jen Jewell the first day. Jen is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth girls I've ever met. Hank showed my friends a good time and did an absolutely astonishing job running the Cellucor booth. On day two, I finally got to meet Dan. It was such a great feeling to meet the person who helped me through so much.

Things picked up with CutUpClub and I decided to quit my job at a local printing company to run CutUpClub full time. With the help from Hank and Cellucor, we ran promotions that grew the company. I was shopping for shoes when I got a text from Dan who wanted me to come to Vegas for a photo shoot with Cellucor the next morning. It was 3 p.m. and I had 20 tanks to make. So I started cutting water, trained legs, and started molesting rice cakes. I finished printing my last tank at 4:30 a.m., threw some clothes in a bag, got in the car, and headed to the airport.

When I got to Vegas, I was greeted by Dan, Craig, and the three amigos from LHGFX, Lee, Allen, and Harry. We gathered our things and headed to the gym. The amount of work that goes into a photo shoot blew me away. A 35-pound kettlebell doesn't seem heavy until you lift it 200 times and pause in the middle of each rep. After a day of shooting, Craig put us through a quick but intense fire and ice training session.

When I left Vegas and arrived home from the Cellucor photo shoot, I sat on my couch wondering what just happened. I will never forget what I learned on that trip. Everybody on that team earned everything. Most importantly, I learned that no matter how good you look on the outside, you have to be a good person on the inside.

We had to put my dog down the day after I got home from Vegas. I was sad, drained, and at the lowest carb state of my diet. I'll say it, I felt sorry for myself. It all hit me when I was on the treadmill for the second time that day doing cardio. I was so tired and simply didn't want to do it. At that moment, I developed my new life motto: "Somebody has it worse." My brother fought leukemia and almost died when he was five years old. My best friend, Elise, lost her mom a couple years ago. Soldiers come back from war with missing limbs and some don't come back at all. And here I was feeling sorry for myself. I will never forget that day, because it changed my life forever.

With only a couple weeks left until show time, I was excited. It was time to put the finishing touches on my diet and finish strong. With my new motivation, I felt better than ever. With friends like Tyler, Morgan, Brittany, Jake, Kendra, Johnna, Andrea, Connor, Regi, Daniel, Dave, Tom, Weber, Griebl, Lauren, Derek, Andy, John, Berger, Bud, Amanda, Katie, all the members of CutUpClub, and countless others checking in, I was determined to look my best.

I placed second in my weight class. If you know me, you know I hate losing. I'm the most competitive person I know and losing didn't sit well with me. I was initially frustrated when they called my number for second place. Then I heard my obnoxious friends and family cheering their hearts out. I had friends and family travel a long way to support me. Standing there on stage, my whole journey flashed through my head. Standing on stage in a little green man-thong in front of a thousand people, I couldn't help but smile.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

My coach put me on a basic three-week split. Week one was heavy (8-10 reps) with full recovery between each set. Week two was lighter, higher volume, with short rest between sets. Week three was a superset week.

Day 1: Chest


Day 2: Arms


Day 3: Back


Day 4: Shoulders


Day 5: Legs


Day 6 & 7: Cardio/Abs

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What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I was on a basic carb cycle for most of my prep. As I got closer to show time, I switched to extremely low carb with reefed days every fourth day.

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What Supplements Gave You the Greatest Gains?

How Did Your Passion for Bodybuilding Emerge?

I was pushed into it by my friend, Ashley Hoffmann, and quickly fell in love with the sport. I was always too short to do something. My first passion was basketball. I finally found something where being short wasn't only accepted, but better. I have strong willpower, dedication, and drive, so bodybuilding was a perfect fit.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Bodybuilder?

When I started training to compete, I thought I wanted to do physique. It seemed easier and board shorts seemed better than trunks. My coach Tim Thompson and Ashley pushed me to bodybuilding. I had a good height and legs for bodybuilding. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to be a bodybuilder.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

For inspiration, I went solely to my life motto: "Somebody has it worse." No matter how bad you think you have it, somebody, somewhere has it worse than you. For inspiration, I turn to those close to me who have had or currently have it worse than me.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

After placing second at my first show I qualified for nationals, but I'm not ready for a national stage yet. I want to spend this season growing. I'm going to work hard and try to move up a weight class and still do well. I also want to look into competing in the fitness category. I want to pursue fitness modeling as well.

What Is the Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

Keep your head in the game. Bodybuilding takes a mental toll on just about everybody. Find things you enjoy outside of bodybuilding and do them. Don't leave your friends and family behind. Life is good; don't forget to enjoy it.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

My favorite is Phil Heath. I love his training style and attitude. He's confident, but not over the top. On top of being a genetic freak, he works his ass off and I respect that.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I created a forum thread for my show prep about halfway through my prep. The support and advice I got through that thread was valuable. I didn't expect BodySpace members to be so positive. It helped me stay tight for the last couple weeks of my prep.

Ben's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "Session One" by Eminem
  2. "One" by Swedish House Mafia
  3. "Been To Hell" by Hollywood Undead
  4. "Beast Mode" by B.o.B
  5. "Duality" by Slipknot

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Turnick

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Turnick

Nice workout and meal plans. Keep going, you're doing great!

Jun 25, 2013 7:07pm | report
 
imbossay1028

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thank you very much!

Jun 26, 2013 9:11am | report
ADemetri

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ADemetri

Nice! Good luck in future endeavors

Jun 25, 2013 7:41pm | report
 
imbossay1028

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imbossay1028

Thanks man, I really appreciate that. I think your arms are bigger than my torso! Keep killin it!

Jun 26, 2013 9:11am | report
dan8384

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dan8384

when you say day 6 and 7 cardio/abs, is that back to back? do you ever take a day off?

Jun 25, 2013 9:53pm | report
 
imbossay1028

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imbossay1028

I don't really ever take a day "off" from the gym. Just know your body. If you are beat, mix in some cardio and take a day off from weights!

Jun 27, 2013 11:06am | report
dan8384

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dan8384

I hear you when you say there arent really days off, days off can always be cardio.abs or other stuff. in this program though he is using his arms 4 days in a row. is this over training? just based off things ive read and researched. for example, 1 article i read said rest arms 2 days after a back/bi day or a chest/tri day. i think i want to try this routine but do not want to overtrain and X out results.

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Samiam2007

A Swedish House Mafia fan? Awesome!
This line made my laugh - "Standing on stage in a little green man-thong in front of a thousand people, I couldn't help but smile." It's great that you can be focused on your goals and have a sense of humor.

Jun 26, 2013 8:10am | report
 
imbossay1028

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Haha thank you very much! Yes, big swedish house fan! You can't take life too seriously now can you?!

Jun 27, 2013 11:05am | report
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MistaFunnyMan

Fantastic stuff mate! Always an inspiration to see someone do so much and yet remain humble and level headed.

Keep up the good work :)

Jun 26, 2013 8:44am | report
 
imbossay1028

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imbossay1028

Thank you very much! I'm very blessed for this opportunity

Jun 27, 2013 11:06am | report
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mdterps24

congrats on being amateur bodybuilder of the week dude

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Thanks very much man!

Jun 27, 2013 11:07am | report
Stromi04

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Stromi04

On Wisconsin! Great to see someone on here from an area I've actually heard of and been to! :)

Jun 26, 2013 11:21am | report
 
Jim Davis

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Jim Davis

That's a wonderful story, and some great examples of how to get it done. You've had some great support!

Jun 26, 2013 11:50am | report
 
imbossay1028

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imbossay1028

Thanks Jim. My support was fantastic and without everyone behind me, this road would have been much much more difficult. I can't thank them enough.

Jun 27, 2013 11:08am | report
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kbaymiller

Disappointed that you didn't name me as your favorite bodybuilder, but I still love you. Proud of you killer... you deserve some cake :)

Jun 26, 2013 12:03pm | report
 
imbossay1028

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imbossay1028

hahaha CRAP. Does this mean we're fighting? But really, thank you! :) Love you more.

Jun 27, 2013 11:09am | report
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RCdelta62

We went to the same high school I believe you were a grade ahead of me.

Great Work!!

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imbossay1028

Really?!? Awesome man. AHS pride!

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alexkronemeyer

Awesome story and congrats on being the Amateur of the week!

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Thanks man!

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EAlbz78

It's crazy but the mission in life before finding the actual Mission IN Life is tough! I'm inspired to read this and congrats on your success and finding your passion at 22!

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imbossay1028

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I couldn't agree more. You hit it head on. I consider myself VERY lucky to have found my passion so young. Thank you very much!

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Hey did you go to the community college in Pewaukee? If you did, I went to the same one!

Small world. Awesome work. Keep it up :)

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