| AGE 15
WEIGHT 132 lbs
BODY FAT 8%
| AGE 17
WEIGHT 195 lbs
BODY FAT 7%
I wasn't blessed with natural athleticism as a kid. I was very shy and lacked confidence. As a result, I was picked on throughout my younger years. In high school, I was awkwardly tall and somewhat chubby. After failing to make the baseball team, I decided to give wrestling a shot. I always desired to be "big" and noticed wrestlers in good shape, so I figured I would lift a lot. I was completely wrong. After my first season of wrestling, I was down to 130 pounds and nearly six feet tall.
Around the same time, my dad decided to get back in shape and purchased a gym membership. My parents agreed to get me a membership also and I began working out with my dad. This was during a time when pro-hormones were widely used at my school. I promised myself I would do everything the natural way. I lifted with my dad and my older teammates for the first year and saw minor muscle gains, but nothing major.
I kept lifting and as my workouts got more intense I started researching all aspects of bodybuilding. My greatest results came in the past year when I realized the importance of a well-balanced diet. I cut out all fast food, soda, junk food, and candy from my diet and discovered how helpful it is to have dedicated bulking and cutting cycles. Many of my friends and family members became involved in fitness, too, which furthered my desire.
I realized that my body is one of the few things I can control by making a few simple changes to my lifestyle. The transformation is not complete. It has just begun.
The only way to achieve your goals is through hard work and dedication. It's a journey I couldn't travel alone. Many people are vital to my success. I don't have a specific workout partner, but I do have supportive people around me who help and encourage me tremendously. I gathered an enormous amount of information from a variety of different sources and incorporated it into my workouts, diets, and supplements.
I received inspiration from notable figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mariusz Pudzianowski. Lately, I've been inspired by the late Aziz "Zyzz" Shavershian. He opened my interest to aesthetics and his views of life.
There is no greater feeling than achieving a goal set months or years in advance. Goals are essential to motivate yourself to keep working hard. If you don't set goals then you have nothing to work for.
Dieting is absolutely essential to achieve your desired physique. I have a pretty high metabolism, so bulking is generally more difficult than cutting. I have to eat lots of food to pack on weight.
I maintain a clean bulk by keeping my diet very similar to my cutting diet, with just an increase in food quantity.
If you want to get big you have to lift big. I focus primarily on exercises involving free weights. I don't use set formulas, percentages, rep ranges, or one-rep maxes. If it burns it's probably working.
I use a five-day workout split and then restart from the beginning without dedicated cardio or abs days (I try to hit those every day). These workouts generally take 2-3 hours.
The most challenging part has always been dieting. In my early days, I thought I could gain weight by stuffing my mouth with as much food as possible.
This led me to eat lots of junk food and calories which increased my fat gains. Since then, I spent a great deal of time researching and revising my diet to achieve clean gains.
Time has also been challenging. It's never a problem finding time to work out, but it's difficult to find the amount of time between school and sports. I have had to design much of my daily schedule around my workout.
I don't have aspirations to become a bodybuilder, fitness model, etc. I think lifting will always be a big part of my life. From here, I would like to inspire people to make a change in their lives. This is something anyone can do through pure hard work and dedication.
I'm considering working to become a personal trainer so I can share my knowledge with others. Lastly, I plan to attend college as a kinesiology major so I can become involved in physical therapy or sports medicine.
- Don't care what anyone else thinks. Everyone wants to go in the gym, put a ridiculous amount of weight on a bar, and crank out a set of 15. I would rather use a manageable amount of weight and do 10 slow and controlled reps.
- Do your research. You don't want to be the guy at the gym looking like a lost puppy. There's always someone willing to help you out. Figure out what works best for you.
- Do it for yourself. You shouldn't work out to impress anyone. Work out because it makes you feel good.
Bodybuilding.com has been tremendously helpful in all aspects of my training. I buy all my supplements from them and always look for new exercises, workouts, and workout tips on here.
The transformation and We Mirin' articles always motivate me to push harder.
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