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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Peak Austrian Physique!

Mario was part of the Austrian Karate National Team and idolized Jean-Claude van Damme. See how his martial arts discipline transitioned to bodybuilding!

Name: Mario Schafzahl
E-Mail: marioschafzahl@gmail.com
BodySpace: shrednumber
Facebook: MarioSchafzahlFitness
Location: Vienna, Austria
Age: 23  Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Years Bodybuilding: 9

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How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

When I was 12 years old, Jean-Claude van Damme was my idol. I admired his ripped body and his martial arts techniques. I started lifting at my home gym and training at a karate club and 2-3-hour training sessions became part of my daily routine.

At age 18, I became a member of the Austrian Karate National Team. I had a great time, trained religiously, and never quit lifitng. As a result, my body became ripped with little mass. At age 21, I stopped competing in karate and decided to put my full effort into fitness. That was the turning point. Fitness combined with a healthy lifestyle was my new passion.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

I tried on many programs throughout the years. For me, there's no offseason. My favorite routine is training one muscle group per day, five days per week. Every eight weeks, I change the reps, weight, or exercises and added supersets and dropsets to create intense workouts. I train my abs five days per week after each workout (three exercises each with 3 sets of 15-20 reps).

Day 1: Back/Calves


Day 2: Shoulders/Abs/Cardio


Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Abs


Day 4: Legs/Abs


Day 5: Cardio/Abs
Day 6: Chest/Abs


Day 7: Cardio

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What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I eat every 2-3 hours and the majority of my food is protein-based. I keep my carbohydrate and fat intake low. I only eat carbs for breakfast and before and after training. When I'm unable to train I lower my carb intake. I've never counted calories. I make sure I eat a good amount of protein in every meal and eat 6-8 meals per day.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4: Pre-Workout
Meal 5: Post-Workout
Meal 6
Meal 7

Mario "Shrednumber" Schafzahl - Fitness Is My Passion

Watch The Video - 04:30




What Supplements Have Given You the Greatest Gains?
With Meal 1, 4, 5, & 7
Pre-Workout

Why Do You Love Bodybuilding?

The feeling when I finish my workout is the best. I love the pump and vascularity in my body when I lift weights. It's nice to see my body grow throughout the years and receive positive feedback. I love challenging myself every day in the gym and setting new goals. Fitness and sports turned me into the man I am today.

What Motivates You to Follow a Healthy Lifestyle?

I love to eat clean and healthy. Without a good diet, it's impossible to improve your body. It's important for everyone who wants to get perfect proportions.

What Made You Want to Achieve Your Goals?

When I was younger, my goal was to become a member of the Austrian Karate National Team and look like my idol, Jean-Claude van Damme. Many people said I would never reach my goal, but I never stopped believing in myself and reached it. My attitude hasn't changed. It's motivating to inspire and motivate others.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My dream is to be a fitness cover model and enter physique competitions.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

When you wake up in the morning, think about your goals first. Train hard and stay natural.

Who Are Your Favourite Bodybuilders?

My fellow Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I love using my BodySpace to interact with other users and to track my progress. I read many articles on the site and use their advice to enhance my training and diet. The motivation on this site is amazing.

Mario's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "Keep Control" by Sono
  2. "There You Go" by DJ Hardwell
  3. "Tomorrowland" by DJ Hardwell
  4. "Numb" by Linkin Park
  5. "Papercut" by Linkin Park

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HeavenBeyond

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HeavenBeyond

Wow! Simply amazing, nothing else.

Aug 20, 2013 9:56pm | report
 
dchampisere

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dchampisere

That's a very similar body structure and stats as mine. Would love to look like that in a couple of years.
Great work, indeed!!!

Aug 21, 2013 12:13am | report
 
achilles123

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achilles123

same here dude , you're quite a bit smaller tho

Aug 21, 2013 7:23am | report
Dylan12690

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Dylan12690

Great

Aug 21, 2013 1:46am | report
 
BumTHPS

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BumTHPS

Nice Work!

Aug 21, 2013 10:02am | report
 
jwethall

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jwethall

JCVD all the way baby!!! Great Job!

Aug 21, 2013 12:28pm | report
 
NNobeen

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NNobeen

INSANE man. Keep going! Physique to die for! Haha

Aug 21, 2013 12:53pm | report
 
AlexisBT

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AlexisBT

Great physique (absolutely insane!), no doubt about it. I still can't undersand how people can look like this with lifts like yours though, sorry (I don't want to be rude or harsh with you).

Aug 21, 2013 9:19pm | report
 
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atokad

diet is the most important part, and what do you mean lifts like his? he has a solid workout program. He even says " Every eight weeks, I change the reps, weight, or exersices and added supersets and dropsets to create intense workouts."

Aug 22, 2013 4:18am | report
Shrednumber

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Shrednumber

AlexisBT what do you mean exactly with "lifts like this" ?

Aug 23, 2013 1:13am | report
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chiefgreybeard

Better body than van Damme. Just shows to go ya, the bar gets higher every year!

Aug 22, 2013 4:28pm | report
 
Shrednumber

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Shrednumber

Thanks a lot for the great feedbacks. I�ll keep it going to improve myself more and more.

Aug 23, 2013 1:12am | report
 
GoingForward

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GoingForward

Well I, for once, wouldn't like to look like him. I hope to look like a massive bear that could eat you alive. You know, the one with the big traps and shoulders that could crush you with his bare hands, the one you find in the mountain?

Common knowledge: Van Damme is Flemish, AK Belgian, AK Nordic Warrior, AK massive bear, AK far from what he is.

Aug 23, 2013 9:37am | report
 
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Amazing physique! Pretty much my goal body.

Aug 24, 2013 10:47pm | report
 
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