Body Transformation: Drew Marcum Hit Big Marks!

Drew became an apprentice to a fellow teen bodybuilder and harvested inspiration to get huge. See how his well-executed plan effectively replaced fat with muscle!

Why I decided to transform

When I was younger, I wasn't a great athlete because I was weak and out of shape.

My friends realized it and decided to "get me huge" by introducing me to the gym.

One of my friends is a competing bodybuilder and just won the teen division at the Lakewood, Ohio, competition.

Seeing his physique was a big motivation for me.

Before /// 178 lbs
After /// 170 lbs
AGE 17 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 22%
AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 13%
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How I accomplished my goals

I accomplished my goals through trial and error. At first, I was under the impression that working out meant I needed to eat a lot, so I gained fat on top of the muscle I built.

At that point, I tried a no carb diet that made me feel miserable. I discovered that training properly and limiting carbs and unhealthy fats would help me reach my goals without losing energy.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Cutting is difficult for me, so I avoid cutting diets. I try to burn fat while building muscle by eating 6-8 meals per day to keep my body in an anabolic state.

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Meal 5: Post-workout
Meal 6

Training regimen that kept me on track

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Back/Biceps/Cardio
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Legs/Cardio
Day 5: Arms
Day 6 and Day 7: Rest

What aspect challenged me the most

The most challenging part of my transformation was the nutrition. I like to eat and cutting out all the simple carbs and sugars was hard. Throughout my journey, I developed a taste for healthy food. It got to the point where I feel sick if I don't eat clean.

"Throughout my journey, I developed a taste for healthy food. It got to the point where I feel sick if I don't eat clean."

My future fitness plans

I've already signed paperwork for the U.S. Army. After that I plan to focus my career on fitness.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Look at how far you've come.
  • Focus on your goals.
  • Keep the end in mind.
  • Stay with your nutrition plan.
  • Listen to advice.
  • Work hard.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals by providing ample amounts of information for beginners on supplements. BodySpace helps me organize my goals so I can continue to aim high. The Transformations are motivational because it's helpful to see what others are doing.

Drew's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Electric Forest" by I See Stars
  2. "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" by We Came As Romans
  3. "Paper Thin" by Dangerkids
  4. "Day Dreamer" by Flux Pavillion
  5. "One Minute" by Krewella