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Body Transformation: Channeling His Inner Zyzz!

Doubt and denial became fuel when Alex stepped into the gym, lost 57 pounds, and formed a new life. His goal was simple: to look like Zyzz and emulate his outlook on life!
Name: Alex Quesada
Email: mrquesadilla@gmail.com
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Alex Quesada Alex Quesada
AGE 19
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
219 lbs
BODY FAT
21%
AGE 19
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
162 lbs
BODY FAT
4.1%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was a very active person in average shape until I got two jobs and started to gain weight and lacked energy. It got to the point that I was tired of being tired and wanted to change. I started looking up workout and inspiration videos on YouTube, came across "Zyzz - The Legacy," and became more inspired than ever. I went to my local Gold's Gym, got a trainer, and was willing to do anything to achieve an aesthetic physique like Aziz Shaversian (aka Zyzz).

I set a goal to completely change my life and get as close to his physique as possible in 12 weeks. I told my parents' trainer and friends and they all laughed and said "Yeah right! That's impossible in 12 weeks. It sounds awesome, but you should be a little more realistic. It's pretty hard to lose that much weight in such little time."

How I Accomplished My Goals

After telling everyone about my goal and hearing the feedback, I became angry that nobody had faith in me. I gave up my horrible eating habits and quit partying every night after work and being a couch potato on my days off. I invested in biking gear and fixed my bike to use as cardio because I enjoyed long rides.

I used my built up anger and started lifting as hard as I could and felt great after my workouts. I biked for an hour after training and was content and happy for the remainder of the day. Since I wanted to lose weight and gain muscle without preparing complicated meals, I figured to keep it simple and drink protein shakes every day until my protein intake was met. I also started taking a multivitamin and drank a gallon of water per day.

Within three weeks, I lost 21 pounds and started to see awesome results with a developing six pack. Everyone who doubted me noticed my results slowly gained faith in me. Around week five, I got sick of my diet and thought about quitting because I had good results. Then I reminded myself that this mission was to get as close to Zyzz's physique as possible and I wasn't close to it. I also didn't want to be a quitter because quitters don't get anywhere in life. So, every day I lacked motivation, I played "Zyzz - The Legacy" and was motivated again.

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With Meal 1
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

My goal was to drastically cut weight and build muscle, so I kept my diet around 1,500 calories per day with 200-plus grams of protein, mostly from protein shakes. When I absolutely needed a cheat meal, I ate one serving of homemade popcorn using coconut oil to pop the seeds. The popcorn added up to 100 calories and satisfied my craving. This is what my diet consisted of for 12 weeks!

Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3: Before Bed
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track
Daily Ab Workout
Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Shoulders/Legs/Traps
Day 3: Back/Biceps
Day 4: Repeat

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging aspect was my diet. Protein shakes don't taste great after drinking them for 12 weeks straight, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy so I dealt with it and got used to it.

My Future Fitness Plans

Now that the fat is off my body, I plan to do a clean bulk and get up to 220 pounds with 8 percent body fat. I also plan to become a certified personal trainer and compete.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Haters are going to hate, so let them motivate! Don't underestimate yourself. If you want something, go and get it. Dedication and discipline are key. Get uncomfortable; no pain no gain! Embrace the burn, pain, and soreness because it makes you stronger. If you see results, keep doing what you're doing and remember that slow progress is progress.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com provided workouts that I wanted and needed. My workout was based on what I saw on the site. I would've had no idea where to start if it wasn't for the awesome information on Bodybuilding.com.

Alex's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
  2. "Hard In The Paint" by Waka Flocka Flame
  3. "Find Yourself (Zyzz version)" by John O'Callaghan (Feat. Sarah Howells)
  4. "Walk" by Pantera
  5. "Fuel" by Metallica

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messervya

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messervya

Mad respect brah for the transformation and the zyzz pose. **** the naysayer's.

Jul 22, 2013 7:49pm | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

thanks brah!

Jul 23, 2013 1:19pm | report
BrettFister

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BrettFister

so basically this kid lived off cheap protein powder, skim milk, and multi vitamins for 12 weeks? DAFUQ

Jul 22, 2013 8:30pm | report
AJK47

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AJK47

ridiculous x)

Jul 22, 2013 9:36pm | report
XxmetallicaxX

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XxmetallicaxX

Each scoop packs 30 grams of protein, find me some others that do, and its cheap because you aren't paying for the brand name, unlike everybody else who are just money hungry

Jul 23, 2013 3:15am | report
torpstar711

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torpstar711

@metallica. No, each scoop doesn't pack 30g of protein, because the cheaper ones are filled with fillers like glycine which are technically counted as protein because of their structure but aren't synthesized as protein, so each scoop really only has 18-20g protein. Please educate yourself

Jul 23, 2013 12:32pm | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

pretty much haha

Jul 23, 2013 1:19pm | report
Jrob95

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Jrob95

You look great man, but how did you possibly survive on that diet? Skim milk and protein powder was seriously all you had? You may look healthy on the outside, but that's really bad for your overall health. I hope now that you are down to your goal you eat a more balanced diet.

Jul 22, 2013 8:33pm | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

**** sucked but yeah now im just eating to fit my daily macros, actual food btw hahah

Jul 23, 2013 1:20pm | report
tsw007

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tsw007

There's no way that diet is healthy to live off of

Jul 22, 2013 9:20pm | report
XxmetallicaxX

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XxmetallicaxX

whey protein is liquid food, its like taking a chicken breast and turning it into powder.....its not impossible

Jul 23, 2013 3:18am | report
AlexHallYEAH

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AlexHallYEAH

it's not impossible no, but nor is living off coke for the rest of your life its just not healthy... this guy said he wanted to be a PT. Who on earth would want to take a diet plan off this guy?!?

Jul 23, 2013 9:45am | report
jstanek

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jstanek

@XxmetallicaxX What about vitamins from fruits/veggies? Protein powder doesn't deliver.

Jul 23, 2013 10:56am | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

yeah don't go living off this but it worked for me to meet my goal

Jul 23, 2013 1:21pm | report
soheil25

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soheil25

hes probably trolling with his diet in honour of the great troll himself zyzz ;)

Jul 22, 2013 10:10pm | report
s14colt

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s14colt

lmao.. ya no way could i live off of this, my body would shut down.

Jul 23, 2013 9:34am | report
dobrinia

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dobrinia

not bad

Jul 22, 2013 11:30pm | report
mkman

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mkman

wowzah! Imagine if you gave yourself like 24 weeks to do all of this and didn't limit your caloric intake......you'd look even bigger most likely! Congrats and keep lifting!

Jul 23, 2013 2:31am | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

that's what im doing now! all my shakes but now i have actual foods mainly meats and ive been seeing really good results!

Jul 23, 2013 1:22pm | report
mrquesadilla

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mrquesadilla

Haha thanks bros for all your input!! It was hard at first when i did it but then i just got used to it

Jul 23, 2013 4:30am | report
humzamiro

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humzamiro

didnt think sticking with whey protein and milk would get you that far but ****, well done im impressed lol

Jul 23, 2013 5:05am | report
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cdinico1

For those of you criticizing his diet, whey is MORE anabolic than any meat. The degree to which a protein can stimulate protein synthesis is highly correclated with it's leucine content, whey has the highest leucine content of all digestable sources. This is Layne Norton's PHD thesis...

Jul 23, 2013 5:39am | report
torpstar711

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torpstar711

whey should not substitute whole food. It should be used as a tool, not the basis of your whole day's meal plan. His diet is just plain awful

Jul 23, 2013 12:37pm | report
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transformerchad

Is that diet for real?

Jul 23, 2013 6:21am | report
jacksw02

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jacksw02

You had an amazing transformation. Congratulations.

What's the plan for the clean bulk? More protein shakes or are you going to include some meats and vegtables? How about carbs, Oats and brown rice in your future?

Jul 23, 2013 6:48am | report
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