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Body Transformation: Growing Gaunt-let

Tired of heckling peers and little attention from ladies, Andrew committed to a lifestyle change. He found a workout partner and used the incoming negativity to add serious mass!
Name: Andrew Gaunt
Email: andrewcampbellgaunt@gmail.com
BodySpace: DiizzyV2

Andrew Gaunt Andrew Gaunt
AGE 14
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
125 lbs
BODY FAT
9%
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
160 lbs
BODY FAT
7%

Why I Decided To Transform

Insults were thrown at me day after day for the better part of my early teenage years. I was fed up with girls not being attracted to me, but even worse, being stronger than me. I had the confidence of a doughnut (probably because that's all I ate). It wasn't until I met my workout partner and my best friend that I finally got serious about working out.

As soon as I got the smallest taste of results, I was completely addicted. I poured my soul into the research of nutrition, training, and supplementation. Girls began to stare and guys began to wish they had what I have. The same guys who made fun of me shut their mouths.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I credit my success to my best friend, Jordan, who competes with me to push our limits. If he goes for one more rep, I go for two. If he wants to run another mile, I push myself to run two more.

The constant competition made us better friends and gave us a training edge over most people our age.

There are days when I'm sick of going to the gym, but I refuse to let my workout partner down. With his help, I'm able to break through mental barriers and better myself each and every day.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey

As a typical hard gainer, I struggled to gain weight for months, if not years. When I discovered supplementation (whey protein and mass gainers) I finally began gaining size. I'm a strong believer in multivitamins and fish oil to cover any nutrient deficiencies throughout the day.

With Meal 1 and Post-Workout
With Meal 4
With Meal 6
Pre and Post-Workout
Pre-Workout

Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I rotate between two separate meal plans. Because many teens are looking for size, I posted my bulking phase. I aim for 3,000-4,000 calories a day and eat very clean. I balance all three macronutrients and don't believe in high protein or high carbs.

Fat is my best friend. For a long time, I tried to keep fat out of my diet and didn't gain a single pound for almost three months. I keep my fats to peanut butter, hard cheeses, eggs, and olive oil.

My carbs during breakfast and post-workout are fast-digesting simple carbs. For all other meals they're comprised of sweet potatoes or brown rice. For protein, I stick to turkey, chicken, fish, and the occasional steak.

I also try to make my first three meals higher in carbs and my last three higher in fats and protein. For Meal 6, I eat whatever I've been craving that day. I reward myself for a great workout and a great day with ice cream and a brownie.

Meal 1: Pre-Workout
Meal 2: Post-Workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6

Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

I take my time in the gym. I don't rush or worry. I try my best not to sweat. When I'm training, I lift hard for every set, rep, and movement. I live by the mentality that form and "smart-lifting" always conquer amount and intensity. Every workout, set, and rep has to be precise to your ultimate goal.

I take 2-3 minutes between sets. That's proven to give me the most size and strength for each set. My entire workout revolves around a basic, compound movement. I rotate my training like my diet with one bulking phase and one maintenance phase.

During my bulking phase, I modified the "Ready, Set, Grow!" workout that I found on Bodybuilding.com. I lowered the reps to avoid injury, but increased the weight. I also changed the compound moves that were used.

This is a barbell only workout plan and should not be followed for more than 3-4 weeks.

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Legs
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

    Barbell Squat

    3 warm-up sets of 10 reps
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

    Barbell Squat

    2 sets of 8, 2 sets of 6, 2 sets of 4, 2 sets of 6, 2 sets of 8 reps, followed by 1 set of 3 negatives
Day 3: Middle Back/Lats
Day 4: Shoulders/Upper Chest/Legs
Day 5: Hamstrings/Lower Back
Day 6: Cardio/Abs
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

I struggled with my diet for the longest time. Most people think eating healthy is the hard part. For me, it was the complete opposite. I thought I could gain weight by cutting out fat, bad food, and sticking to chicken and rice.

I thought I could gain weight by eating around 2,000 calories and running nearly five miles a day. It wasn't until I talked to a weightlifting coach at my school that I realized I needed to embrace macronutrients and cut out processed, sugary foods.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm planning to join the Army and become a combat medic. From there, I'd like to get a degree in exercise physiology or athletic training.

Fitness has become a huge part of my life. I desperately want to help and direct other highly motivated weightlifters.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

Here's my advice to young skinny guys looking to pack on some size and muscle:

  • You don't grow in the gym, you grow in kitchen. So get cooking!
  • Don't kill yourself in the gym. Slow your roll.
  • Stop overtraining. Everybody does it at some point. Know your limits.
  • Let grow of your pride. Smart lifting is better than heavy lifting.
  • Pour your soul into working out. The more you know the more you'll be motivated.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com provides quality supplements that I can rely on. The training programs and with a library of articles is amazing. I spend about an hour a day on this site researching and learning as much as possible.

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frankum

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frankum

The quality of your reviews are horrible. How is this kid supposed to motivate anyone?

Oct 1, 2012 6:14pm | report
 
forestopher

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forestopher

Did anybody notice on the title picture it says "Get 'HER' full program here." lol

Oct 1, 2012 6:19pm | report
 
34thMP

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34thMP

Keep up the good work man, Army all the way HOOAH!

Oct 1, 2012 7:27pm | report
 
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historyfreak660

Keep working at it man!

Oct 1, 2012 7:54pm | report
 
GyanJones

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GyanJones

he is still small

Oct 2, 2012 1:37am | report
 
samerym

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samerym

So are you!

Oct 2, 2012 8:58am | report
JoshE95

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JoshE95

Look at the numbers he's 20 pounds bigger than you! haha

Nov 23, 2012 11:10am | report
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robdobbie

7% bf? lol

Oct 2, 2012 2:02am | report
 
solidsobe

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solidsobe

Gained 35 Lbs but didnt grow a inch taller in 3 years. LOL but seriously these weekly articles are getting pretty bad. I mean sometimes im like wow im motivated!!..other times I laugh at the gross over estimation of BF levels....BRB I can almost see my abs...must be 7% BF

Oct 2, 2012 6:00am | report
 
johnmcmurdo

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johnmcmurdo

come on, he is only 17. good results from a teenager.

Oct 2, 2012 6:01am | report
 
upinstrize23

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upinstrize23

"I take my time in the gym. I don't rush or worry. I try my best not to sweat. When I'm training, I lift hard for every set, rep, and movement. I live by the mentality that form and "smart-lifting" always conquer amount and intensity"

I do not agree with what he said here, intensity with good form is key imo

Oct 2, 2012 7:13am | report
 
Chunkhead

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Chunkhead

keep going and ull be a beast ...nice job

Oct 2, 2012 7:23am | report
 
Vannerson

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Vannerson

So for three days he only does one lift?

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helli3yte

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helli3yte

just an fyi. joining the military just to be a combat medic is probably one the stupidest decisions you can do. go to school and get a doctorate. the military is NOT for you!

Oct 2, 2012 10:08am | report
 
tdelo7634

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tdelo7634

Maybe he will get the money for school from the military? Sounds pretty smart to me if that is the case.

Oct 2, 2012 10:30am | report
laikon2008

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laikon2008

How the hell is that 7% body fat?
Are you ******* kidding me?!

Good change great for the guy but for 3 years change its poor transformation.

Oct 2, 2012 10:11am | report
 
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NeverGiveUp87

thats 11% bf

Oct 2, 2012 10:12am | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'11"
  • wt: 181.88 lbs
  • bf: 15.0%
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Egleaves22

"fat is my friend" "I don't believe in high protein or high carb"
Then you do the typical high protein/carb low fat six meal a day diet? If you eat more fat just tell us, don't try to look like you have the perfect diet. Does bb.com even review these?

I'd venture that you're closer to 11% bf or more, but still that's perfectly fine. Too many people think they have to be under 10% to be "cool" or whatever.

Maybe put some weight on the bar too, and do more than two exercises. You seem really concerned with over-training, but you could easily double what you do and be fine if you actually eat 4000 cal a day.

Over-all you're keeping to your program and staying in the gym so keep it up, I'd suggest doing a little research though.
Lower weight, increased reps reduces injury risk.

Also, 35lb in 3 years over a critical growth period isn't really impressive. I went from 6'2" 160 to 6'3" 215 in three years (15-18) and I still feel I have a long way to go.

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***** the haters. Awesome job man keep up the good work

Oct 2, 2012 11:34am | report
 
blunose

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blunose

wtf... strong routine
brb one exercise a week for each body part
brb incline bench for shoulders

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rippingfibers

This is one of the best writing teen transformation I have seen. Congrats. All those suggestions are what I would say to people!

Oct 3, 2012 2:28pm | report
 
NDeeps27

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NDeeps27

"I try my best not to sweat."

What? Leave my gym

Oct 5, 2012 4:24pm | report
 
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apple0608

yo good

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aosterdock

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aosterdock

no way 160 lbs...probly around 140

Apr 21, 2013 11:47pm | report
 
chaid

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chaid

Ya not to be a downer but he is a below average 17 year old. On top of that the weight and muscle he gained from 14 to 17 is not impressive at all, but i guess doing one or two lifts a day will do that to you. Come on bodybuilding.com your better than this.

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