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Scrawny wasn't cutting it for Nick. His confidence was shot, he had no game, and his older brother's legacy seemed impossible to live up to. See how Nick flipped the script!
Name: Nick Fleming
Email: nick.fleming.9@gmail.com
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Nick Fleming Nick Fleming
AGE 15
HEIGHT
5'7"
WEIGHT
114 lbs
BODY FAT
15%
AGE 18
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
167 lbs
BODY FAT
10%

Why I Decided to Transform

I never had confidence growing up because my scrawny frame made me afraid to do anything. I didn't want to play sports or speak in front of the class and felt like nobody took me seriously. I went through high school as a shadow; an average guy who didn't stand out. I didn't want to be an average guy. I wanted people to know who I was.

Becoming more muscular than everyone definitely helped, especially when it came to girls. Living in my brother's shadow was also hard because he was the big meathead star football player. I needed to live up to the legacy he left at our high school, so I started training with him when he returned home from the Marines.

After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he came home with lots of knowledge about bodybuilding and got me into the scene. He was always my role model and I wanted to be like him. He helped me out big time and I continued lifting throughout high school using the basics he taught me. He also introduced me to Bodybuilding.com, which became my primary source for motivation and information.

How I Accomplished my Goals

Educating myself on bodybuilding and nutrition helped me bulk up. One of the best ways to improve your body is to improve your mind. I set realistic goals for myself, which helped me accomplish my greater goal. Goals are the ultimate motivation, but you have to compete against yourself to meet them.

Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey

I always use protein to hit my macros and creatine to add strength and mass. I added carbs and free-form amino acids to my post-workout meal, which really help with soreness and recovery.

Intra-workout
With Meal 5
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

I try to implement a low-carb, intermediate-fasting diet. I start eating about 90 minutes before my workout and stop eating around 8 p.m. This helps my body tap into its fat stores for energy so it relies less on carbs. Drinking lots of water really helps me feel on-point.

Meal 1: Pre-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Training Regimen that Kept Me on Track

My workout regimen is a five-day split with active cardio on off days like flag football and hiking. I give the big muscle groups their own day (chest, back, legs) and hit biceps and triceps on the same day followed by shoulders. I don't like to take away from the secondary muscles and avoid overtraining by using less volume.

Day 1: Chest/abs
Day 2: Back/obliques
Day 3: Legs/cardio
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Arms/abs
Day 6: Shoulders

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

Nutrition is the hardest part. I still haven't been able to get my cravings under control. Finding the right macros to fit your goals goes a long way to improving muscle gains. The best way I found to avoid cheating on my diet is to cheat on my diet.

Allow yourself a small cheat meal every once in a while. It really improves your emotional and mental health, which helps in the gym.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan on competing in a teen physique division this summer. If it doesn't happen, I plan to keep improving and compete this time next year.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Find what motivates you, even if it's on a day-to-day basis. I find watching YouTube videos right before my workout helps. Find music that pumps you up and hit the gym hard. Always have your goals in the back of your mind, whether it's your ideal physique or to improve your health.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

If it wasn't for Bodybuilding.com, I don't know where I would be. It opened up another world to me; the fitness industry. I got so much information from Bodybuilding.com; how to tweak my form, new workouts, and new routines.

The supplement information helped me taper a plan specifically for my needs. The motivation on the site is sick, from the forums to the workout videos. I have to thank Steve Cook for all the motivation. He's a major reason I strive for a better physique. I hope to reach his level one day.

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super_dork

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Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I can understand how it feels to live to other siblings' standards. I am the oldest of six kids and was the only one who never got into competitive sports (I was an art major!)

Mar 11, 2013 8:16pm | report
 
willguy9

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willguy9

great program, did you find dumbbells to be more effective in building mass vs. the barbell?

Mar 11, 2013 8:17pm | report
 
nflbb

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nflbb

I definitely feel more of a contraction with dumbells, and love the greater range of motion they give you, but barbells are just as important

Mar 12, 2013 3:15pm | report
Ripper22

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Ripper22

Nice work man! seeing guys going form skinny to bulk is always good motivation for me since im in the same boat.

Mar 11, 2013 11:36pm | report
 
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cmAcbrah

fuuuuuuuuark mirin man, you look bigger than your stats

Mar 12, 2013 7:40am | report
 
nflbb

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nflbb

My legs are pretty ripped but lack a lot of mass! I think that's what brings my weight down mostly

Mar 12, 2013 3:17pm | report
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Dazzling

Congratz! Very inspiring article.

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jwethall

Way to go man, you look great! But for god's sake, STOP CURLING IN THE SQUAT RACK!

Mar 12, 2013 12:00pm | report
 
Joedzilla

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Joedzilla

haha.. i was thinking the same thing... And yeah very good work.

Mar 12, 2013 2:17pm | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 176.37 lbs
  • bf: 17.0%
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iownaniroc

Words = Taken from mouth. YOU LOOK SHREDDED OP. CONGRATS MAN!

Mar 12, 2013 2:51pm | report
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intense21

Kids 18 and juiceing... give it 2 more years when he sounds like a women and cant get it up

Mar 12, 2013 4:06pm | report
 
nflbb

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nflbb

I've never been on this side of the spectrum before. No, I've never taken roids I had a pump with some flattering angles, I'm big but not that big

Mar 12, 2013 8:49pm | report
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This is to intense21. I have only seen a few posts by you and they are all negative. You NEVER have anything positive to say about someone or uplifting.

To Nick, great job and keep it up. You will get bigger and stronger in time.

Apr 14, 2013 2:47pm | report
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JPham96

Man you're shredded! Hopefully I'll get as big as you one day

Mar 15, 2013 10:34am | report
 
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Nice work my man, keep it up, lookin good

Mar 15, 2013 1:41pm | report
 
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Vitaliy25

nice job, man...

Apr 1, 2013 4:12am | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 165.35 lbs
  • bf: 15.0%
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Bombaclad

Nice workout man! But how long do you take rest between your sets and between your excersises?

Apr 5, 2013 2:01am | report
 
JS0505

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JS0505

Your program is really exciting and awesome!

How long did it take for you to transform??

Apr 30, 2013 7:37pm | report
 
Dannyray08

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Dannyray08

Awesome pics. Great size. Looking thick. Solid. Tight. Keep us all posted on your continued progress with any new progress pics or vid clips. Show us what you got man. Wanna see how freakin' huge, solid, thick and tight you can get. Thanks for the motivation.

May 22, 2013 4:15pm | report
 
nflbb

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nflbb

U cheekykunt

May 23, 2013 9:31pm | report
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AhmedDam

Now this is what i called the real thing! Keep it up brah!

Jun 15, 2013 1:19pm | report
 
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TheTurdBurgler

You remind me of me about a year ago. I use to also be a "game nerd". I'm still kind of scrawny and not alot of people take me seriously, oh and girls. It's hard for me to attract girls attention. I hope I can be like you someday man and you a great inspiration, not just to me but to everybody. Thank you for the tips and keep going!

Jul 15, 2013 6:20pm | report
 
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wow great arms

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