Body Transformation: How Little Guys Get Huge

Petier was a prototypical skinny guy, bullied and discarded. Bodybuilding helped him grow into a bold body. See how he gained 40 pounds of hulk!
Name: Petier Cosmin
Email: petier.cosmin_fitness360@yahoo.com
BodySpace: Pety3r

Petier Cosmin Petier Cosmin
AGE 16
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
121 lbs
BODY FAT
15%
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'8"
WEIGHT
160 lbs
BODY FAT
10%

Why I Got Started

I was the typical skinny boy in the neighborhood, the easiest target to pick on and make fun of. This was my main reason to step into a gym, not with the mentality to overcome my "enemies" but just to become an average Joe and simply blend in.

In that period when I thought of doing something about it I heard that a gym had opened 5 minutes from my block, and I asked one of my best friends if he wanted to start this with me.

We found that this gym was full of big guys and we had nothing to do there, just to make fools out of ourselves.

Two more months passed until we finally found the motivation to really pack our backpacks and join a gym. If you had asked me back then what my goal was I would have answered to get bigger (~20 pounds of muscle) by summer (6 months off) … and that's all.

I had no idea that this was going to be for me the journey of a lifetime.

How I Did It

I remember that on the first day I stepped into the gym that I was immediately hooked. The first exercise that the trainer (who was a really nice guy, thanks to him I started to enjoy working out) showed us was the dumbbell bench press and the weights were the plastic ones filled with sand.

When we saw that, we found it kind of offensive and I lay on the bench and hastily grabbed the 20-pound dumbbells. It turned out that my first day of training could have been my last. I came close to dislocating my shoulder and from that day I learned that it was going to be a long road for me in achieving my goal.

In the first 2 years I had no knowledge about nutrition. I never thought about food much and how it can get so complicated, so basically I was in/out of the gym and that was the extent of my bodybuilding.

BodySpace opened Pieter's eyes, let him know how little he knew!

My whole universe in bodybuilding was between those four walls and I was beginning to be a king, until I found JIsaiahE's profile on Bodybuilding.com by accident one night in a search for plank push-ups. Until then I had no idea that there was a bodybuilding community like that, and by the end of my first hour spent on Bodybuilding.com I was a NEW man.

I did not know where to start as I was just devastated by all that new information by the people there. Imagine if you put a cub in a basement and let it stay there until he grows up and then you let it out into the wild; that was how I felt that night, AMAZING.

From that moment on my real transformation started as I built my knowledge in nutrition, training, and everything else there is to learn, and to this day I'm still learning. I have a lifetime in front of me to do that and Bodybuilding.com helped me a lot. I started to get motivation from Rolsey, ChickenTuna, Naturalgraham4, and KizMVP (I voted for him to be a spokesman for the website and after all he's hard work he finally achieved that goal).

I want to say it's amazing to get in touch with real people from all around the world and share experience, see their progress, get inspired and inspire others further.

Now since 2012 started I'm into bodybuilding 100%. It's everything for me, and I know I will do this for the rest of my life. The hunger for becoming better and better is bigger than me, and I have nothing to do about it.

Supplements

I use few supplements due to budgetary constraints, but I can say that BCAAs and L-glutamine are good, especially if your trainings are in high intensity.

With Meal 1

Diet

I train 1-2 hours after meals #2 or #3, and I immediately eat meals #3 or #4 after my workout. Exactly before I get into the gym I have 1 banana and after I have 1 fruit (apple, banana, etc).

In between meals I eat fruits (apple, grapefuit, orange - it also depends on the season but these are the main ones), drink green tea (about 1 L a day). I drink around 1.5 gallons of water every day. I also eat almonds, walnuts, peanuts when I feel the need for something salty.

Depending on what my budget will be I change the protein source in meals with tuna, trout up to 5 meals a week, or beef (rarely). I switch up my carbs with rice or pasta depending on how I feel and the amount of work I'm willing to put in that day.

For example, my third meal today is chicken breast, cauliflower, broccoli, and olive oil. I also consume 1 tbsp olive oil each meal but only when I feel like I need additional fats.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5

Training

I'm constantly changing my routine. I like to confuse the muscle because of its memory and ability to adjust, but I'm always killing each group because the training that you'll miss today will never come back. Give your best in that 1 hour a day no matter what.

I do cardio 3-6 times a week, depending on how I feel and what my goal is. I do both HIIT and steady-state cardio, again depends on how I feel and what my goals are. If I want to spare muscles I'll do HIIT, if I feel like jogging that's what I do. I also try to do a 3-5 hour hiking every week (Sunday) and swim once per week.

My workout split for the moment is this:

Day 1: Back
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Shoulders/Traps/Abs
Day 4: Chest
Day 5: Arms/Abs
Day 6: Wildcard

I get into the gym and do whatever I feel like; of course I'm aware of DOMS.

Day 7: Rest

Suggestions For Others

If you're looking for a change in your life or just an extra activity, bodybuilding is the one to choose. It's one of the hardest sports I've ever tried, but if you manage to master it I guarantee you'll become a whole new person.

It's not just about how you look it's about what's inside, don't blame your genetics and don't let others tell you what you can or cannot do.

And if you've already started on this road, all I can tell you is read, learn, put into practice, and once you've done this be consistent, week after week, month after month, year after year. RESULTS WILL COME, only time will tell when, all you have to do is NEVER QUIT.

"This is a people's sport; it has nothing to do with your pedigree or where you came from but it has everything to do with your ability to work really hard." - Kai Greene

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So much volume in those workouts... Except for leg day; that workout seems somewhat normal. Kind of want to see a picture of his legs. Still a great transformation, though. Keep up the good work! Just get rid of that volume!

"In building a statue, a sculptor doesn't keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiselling away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed without obstructions... in other words, hack away the unessential."- Bruce Lee

May 2, 2012 9:36pm | report
 
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Holy cow day 5 looks like it's an all day event, you pack all of that in an hour? impressive... What do you rest times look like?

May 3, 2012 12:37am | report
 
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Pety3r

I've changed my routine since this article,and also my diet,but to aswer to your question I rest between 30 sec.-1 minute(maximum)

Aug 28, 2012 3:22am | report
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good job! ripped to shreds,why dont u add in more carbs later on like at meal 4 or 5?especially with those heavy volume workouts and lean physique . you will def get bigger and stay lean ... just a thought

May 3, 2012 1:29am | report
 
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good job! ripped to shreds,why dont u add in more carbs later on like at meal 4 or 5?especially with those heavy volume workouts and lean physique . you will def get bigger and stay lean ... just a thought

May 3, 2012 1:30am | report
 
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jwethall

You're an ectomorph eating a diet that an endomorph would if he was trying to LOSE weight. Maybe I'm wrong, but from the looks of it, bodyfat isn't a huge problem for you. You also do a TON of cardiovascular activity which will seriously limit gains for a guy with your body type.

Let me offer some friendly advice: If you're looking to put on muscle, increase the number of your meals to 6, add some real protein in with breakfast, and an overall increase in macros would be a good idea. 4 egg whites is only 12g of protein. I eat 10 when I'm trying to lean out for a show (I am an endomesomorph).

I'm not critisizing to make you feel bad or make small your progress, you have a come a long way and you look good. I'm just trying to offer the same advice I would one of my clients in your situation to help you achieve your goals. Stay strong, and keep going. You're doing great!

May 3, 2012 11:20am | report
 
Pety3r

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Pety3r

Thanks for the advice,I've changed my diet since than,and added 11 lbs in the last 3 months.

May 6, 2012 7:31am | report
tmar89

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I'm curious about your day. When you are not exercising, what is your lifestyle like? Are you sitting in class, at a desk? Or are you more mobile? I've struggled as an ectomorph trying to put on lean mass, eating really well, but I have an 8 hour desk job and it destroys my daily metabolism. So I end up getting more body and belly fat over lean mass gains.

May 4, 2012 8:58am | report
 
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skinnyfataussie

60 sets on arm day :0
Notsureifsrs

May 17, 2012 6:56am | report
 
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rossmolson1

how long did it take you to get from 120-160?.. how many years?

May 21, 2012 11:33pm | report
 
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kawazuki400

Nice write up! Very inspiring! I can relate to your life story and am currently starting to aim for where you are at now! Thanks for the help and hope of a life change.
Keep up the great work!!!

Jun 4, 2012 10:12pm | report
 
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jongraham90

This is just my opinion, but it seems like you are doing a ridiculous amount of exercises each day. You don't ever feel exhausted? I usually stick with 4, 5, or maybe 6 exercises a day and its sufficient. Thats awesome if you can handle that type of workload, congrats on your progress though!

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JedDornoff1977

awesome job

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STEVEWINCHELSEA

Wow great job

Dec 10, 2012 11:06pm | report
 
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Nice job dude, and regardless of all the questions about the amount of volume, whatever works for yah right?

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