Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Making Shredded Look Smooth!

The multi-talented Tawanda doesn't want to be glorified for his physique, but he would like to get the recognition he deserves!

Name: Tawanda Chieza
E-Mail: tawanda.chieza@gmail.com
BodySpace: taz89
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands/Scotland, UK
Age: 23  Height: 5'5"  Weight: 152 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 1

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How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I started working out seriously around Easter of 2012 with my training partner. Before that, I was always small (139 pounds) with little muscle mass and body fat in the double digits. As the months went by, I started to see my body transform and I responded well to training.

I'm a driven and motivated person with a hunger to achieve goals. When I started to get bored training day to day, I decided to enter my first bodybuilding contest, which was held in May.

The training was tough and the diet even tougher. As the months went by, it seemed to get progressively more challenging the closer I got to the competition. Competing was an incredible experience. Even though I didn't place, I felt a massive sense of achievement after seeing it through.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

I tried a variety of workouts this offseason, but in the last two months leading up to the competition I used this program. In the final few weeks leading up to the competition, I increased my cardio to daily 30-minute sessions.

Day 1: Chest/Back/Forearms


Day 2: Quads/Hamstrings/Calves


Day 3: Delts/Triceps/Biceps/Abs


Day 4: Repeat Day 2

Day 5: Repeat Day 3

Day 6: Cardio
Day 7: Repeat Day 2

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Bodybuilding.com honors amateurs across all categories for their hard work, dedication, and great physiques. Learn how our featured amateurs built their bodies and hit their goals!
What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4: Pre-Workout
Meal 5: Post-Workout
Meal 6
  • Steak

    Steak

    300 grams

  • Mixed Vegetables

    Mixed Vegetables

    150 grams

Meal 7: Before Bed

What Supplements Gave You the Greatest Gains?
With Meal 1
Pre-Workout
Post-Workout
Before Bed

How Did Your Passion for Bodybuilding Emerge?

My passion for bodybuilding spawned from going to the gym regularly and trying to stay busy. It was more of a hobby; something to do in my spare time. But the bug bit and it became a big part of my life. When I decided to compete for the first time, it gave me new energy and focus. The human body is amazing. You don't know the limits of its abilities unless you explore them.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Bodybuilder?

I'm motivated to lift because it's more than just going to the gym and lifting weights; it's about discipline, sacrifice, and determination inside and outside the gym. It benefits my health and creates a healthy mind. Compliments and admiration from your peers is great motivation. On a social level, it keeps me busy outside my career as an airline pilot. I met friends through bodybuilding that I will have for life.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

The gym! My trainer was the Spanish champ three straight years. The staff and other clients in the gym constantly encouraged me to keep going. The wealth of videos online and websites that post motivational pictures helped me get going on days I didn't feel up to the challenge.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm going to enter the Canarias Championship again next year now that I know what to expect. That gives me a year to pack on as much mass as possible and attempt to carve out a good physique. I have a few photo shoots coming up that will encourage me to stay in peak shape.

People come to me for pointers and tips, so maybe I'll look into personal training on the side. The possibilities are endless. I'm in the process of talking to a few companies to negotiate an endorsement deal.

What Is the Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

Lift heavy, eat clean and often, and most importantly, enjoy the journey.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

Layne Norton has done incredible things as a natural bodybuilder and shared a wealth of knowledge, which I studied and applied. It held me in good stead.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I learned about Layne through Bodybuilding.com. Aside from that, there's a wealth of information on the site. Tools like BodySpace are great to keep track of progress. Being in the public eye adds a level of accountability if I set a goal. I have to be honest when I update my page to show if I achieved it or not.

Tawanda's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "Cracks" by Freestylers (Feat. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavilion Remix)
  2. "Still With Me" by Tritonal (Feat. Cristina Soto) (Seven Lions Remix)
  3. "Vultures" by Labrinth
  4. "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback
  5. "Numb/Encore" by Jay Z & Linkin Park

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elexorcisto

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elexorcisto

Really? Using a maxi pad in a smith machine?

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uvirra

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uvirra

He might have some injury on his back.

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JonMorse

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JonMorse

Whats wrong with that

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atokad

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atokad

says the guy with no muscle tone what so ever, do you even lift?

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andradewc14

He's shreded brah!

Jul 9, 2013 8:57am | report
KettleBellFreak

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KettleBellFreak

looks like you've never got under the bar on a smith machine or a rack. Leave him alone you ball busting *******.

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BIHAjdin

Motivate others dont bash!!!! them elexorcisto

Jul 9, 2013 9:37am | report
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andrewk1991

always those in the lowest places that want to drag the success of others down with them.

Jul 9, 2013 1:42pm | report
Stummi386

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Stummi386

LMAO says the guy who's fat. This dude is shredded!

Jul 9, 2013 5:35pm | report
SgtWilson

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SgtWilson

hahaha i'm sure this guy really gives a **** about your opinion.

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figgy1331

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figgy1331

a pad with a smith machine really is the biggest p***y move ive ever seen......1. the smith machine is bad for squats because it doesnt allow for proper movement i.e. why he looks so dumb with his feet all the way forward. 2. you just cant even call yourself a man if you use a pad to squat, let alone a "bodybuilder". 3. no one critiqued how the guy looked. Dont pick on the fat guy for saying what any real lifter was thinking. The smith machine is for people who are too afraid to use freeweights

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pirats

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pirats

figgy1331, p***y move? Are you 10? If you go to gym to become a REAL man, then you already failed. Big body doesn't define that. And even if you use freeweights instead of smith machine, especially without pad :), it doesn't prove anything. It doesn't make you better. It doesn't make you a man.

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figgy1331

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figgy1331

i never said you go to the gym to become a real man, you should reread. I said you cant call yourself a man if you use a pad, women use pads.Obviously you are one of those p words mentioned aboved

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mcorem

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mcorem

figgy1331 what a joke

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figgy1331

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figgy1331

says the dude who benches as much as he squats hahah

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mcorem

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mcorem

says the dude who has nothing posted so i out bench out squat you

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elglodmo

Those are some long workouts

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AlexHallYEAH

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AlexHallYEAH

too **** long those workouts. unless you do giant sets you'll be in the gym for about two **** hours

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andradewc14

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andradewc14

All good for them gainzz!

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Stummi386

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Stummi386

Stop being a ***** and train.

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KthxHibye

Whats wrong with 2 hours gym time? Personally my workouts are never under an hour and almost always at least an hour and 20 min. Its not uncommon for them to stretch near or slightly past 2 hours either.

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figgy1331

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figgy1331

If you "train" you wouldnt make it 2 hours in the gym. If it takes you that long to burn yourself out you are not training you are hanging out and checking yourself out in the mirror.

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KthxHibye

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KthxHibye

^ Thanks for the advice brah!

"figgy1331 has not uploaded any Gallery Photos yet."

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figgy1331

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figgy1331

Photos? I dont need to showcase myself online to feel good about how i look.

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BIHAjdin

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BIHAjdin

Good job

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