Body Transformation: From Fluff To Buff

Quitting smoking forced Crystal into the gym. She didn’t want to get fat during withdrawals and put the habit behind her. Now she’s too busy pumping iron to worry about it!
Name: Crystal Tidwell
Email: Crystaltidwell@comcast.net
BodySpace: cbrandel

Crystal Tidwell Crystal Tidwell
AGE 37
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
127 lbs
BODY FAT
21%
AGE 37
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
102 lbs
BODY FAT
9%

Why I Decided To Transform

In September of 2011, I quit smoking cold turkey and joined the gym because everyone says you gain weight when you quit and I didn't want to get fluffier than I already was.

I started working with my trainer who said I wasn't that out of shape and could do a show. I dismissed the idea for a month, but the seed had already taken and I agreed to do it.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I know how I am. Taking a day off from the gym could be a big setback for me, so Monday was the only day I took off because I work 12 hours that day. Knowing that recovery is part of any good program, my trainer set me up with a workout that gave me what I needed.

Over the course of my training, I stayed excited and didn't lose focus because I had a goal to do my first show and had fun the whole time.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
Morning
Pre-workout
Post-workout
Afternoon
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I drink one gallon of water daily.

Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
  • Salmon

    Salmon

    4oz

  • veggies

    Vegetables

    1/2 cup

On higher carb days, I add a serving of brown rice to dinner or fresh fruit as a snack. I always look for new recipes to change it up so I never got bored with my food.

Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

I train on a two-week cycle also known as non-linear periodization.

Day 1: Heavy Legs/Calves
Day 2: Heavy Chest/Triceps
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Heavy Back/Biceps/Calves
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Heavy Shoulders/Traps/Abs
Day 7: Light Hamstrings/Calves
Day 8: Chest/Abs
Day 9: Back/Calves
Day 10: Rest
Day 11: Shoulders
Day 12: Rest
Day 13: Quads/Calves
Day 14: Arms/Abs

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

As a wife, mother of two, and a hard worker, it was hard to find time for the gym and food prep. Learning what's necessary to achieve the goal I set for myself was very time consuming, but the curve got easier and I became more confident.

My Future Fitness Plans

From the moment I entered the gym, my life changed. Lifting weights, eating clean, and enjoying life as a better me is my new lifestyle. I have done two shows now. The first was with the DFAC where I won my class in open figure short and the second was a week later with the OCB where I also won my class in open figure.

I'm now enjoying a short off-season to reverse my diet and build my legs. I plan to compete In April with the DFAC and hope to win my pro card. From there, I want to go to the DFAC finals for my pro debut.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
  • Never listen to negative people. Be strong in your decision to better yourself.
  • Stick to your numbers; you will only cheat yourself. It's not what you want now; it's what you want most.
  • Learn to listen to your body and understand its limitations. Slow and steady yields the best results.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com is a wonderful resource. No matter what you're looking for, the information is there. It was nice to talk with others and get their feedback. Talking to other women and learning more about contest prep is priceless.

Thank you, Bodybuilding.com, for bringing a community of people together.

Thanks

I would like to thank my family for understanding the changes I made and embracing it. I would also like to thank WNBF pro Craig Yarnall for planting the seed that changed my life, always being there, and pushing me out of my comfort zone to show me I can do more.

Finally, I would like to thank the DFAC for introducing me to the sport.

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Holliday2000

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Great Job!!!Way to trade a bad habit for a positive!

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cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you for your feedback. I'm much happier now than when smoking.

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johnmcmurdo

amazing job

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cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you

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leonfrose

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leonfrose

I'm going to do this now- Maybe quitting smoking will make me want to work with some more kettlebells! Awesome job!

Dec 22, 2012 9:27am | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

Once you commit to it, it becomes addicting. I'm an offical gym rat now, and I love it.

Dec 22, 2012 12:36pm | report
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KettleBellFreak

Broski! If you need a kettlebell workout I've got one to bust your ***! If not just get it done on your own, kettlebells will make you TOUGH.

Dec 24, 2012 4:37pm | report
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Pirolai

Great job cbrandel!! I bet it was tough to quit smoking but you did it and great work on your transformation.. keep it up

Dec 22, 2012 1:49pm | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you

Dec 23, 2012 11:01am | report
Newskin

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Newskin

Wow amazing transformation! Do you do any cardio?

Dec 22, 2012 6:19pm | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

The only cardio i dis was sprints right before my show. That was it.

Dec 23, 2012 11:02am | report
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gorana

wow!

Dec 23, 2012 2:51am | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you:)

Dec 23, 2012 11:03am | report
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afterdusk

What a transformation espec the Abs which are awesome ,keep up the good work for 2013 & Happy New year

Dec 23, 2012 7:29pm | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you for the encouragement, I will definitely keep it up.

Dec 23, 2012 8:14pm | report
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piccdk

Good job.
One question, why do you take creatine as pre-workout?

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cldillmann1

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also it isnt even Creapure Monohydrate Which is the only one with scientific backing.

Dec 26, 2012 3:10pm | report
cbrandel

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cbrandel

I take BCAA'S, creatine and a pre workout about 30 mins before, all in an effort to help me with building muscle an recovery

Dec 26, 2012 8:29pm | report
cldillmann1

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cldillmann1

good job, though the diet looks intensly boring... no deads? other than romanian?

Dec 26, 2012 10:21am | report
 
cbrandel

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cbrandel

Thank you, actually my diet is great but for the sake of print you can only get so mush in. I have many variations depending what my main meal is, and because I switch it up I don't miss out on any of my nutrients.

Dec 26, 2012 8:24pm | report
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Congrats on the Transformation and the story.
Wish you much success in the New Year.

Dec 26, 2012 4:35pm | report
 
cbrandel

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Thank you for your words, and to you as well in all that you do.

Dec 26, 2012 8:21pm | report
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cbrandel

Thank you, and you also

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oliviaficken

Great job Crystal! What time of day do you work out? You said you work 12 hour days, so I was curious as to when you scheduled your workouts. Also, about how long do your workouts take you each day? Thanks! :)

Dec 26, 2012 5:10pm | report
 
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I only work 12 hours on Mondays so that becomes one of my off days. I generally workout after work at about 6pm, one day a week at 5am. The workout usually takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours with 2 of us training. Thank you by the way.

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