Body Transformation: Mass Muscle Construction!

This teen abandoned his scrawny frame and built 47 pounds of muscle in two years. See what it takes to live in a body constructed of massive muscle!
Name: Steven Barbone
BodySpace: football726

Steven Barbone Steven Barbone
AGE 17
130 lbs
AGE 19
177 lbs

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Why I Decided to Transform

When I was young I wasn't in good shape. I was short and slightly overweight compared to other kids. I started playing football at age 6, but never tried weight training until my freshman year of high school. In high school, I continued to play football and joined lacrosse and wrestling. I went to the fitness center at school a few days per week at my football coach's discretion.

After my freshman year, I lost lots of fat and got skinny from wrestling. I decided to quit wrestling to focus more on football, lacrosse, and my newfound hobby, lifting. This is when I started to lift seriously and quit messing around at the gym. It's hard to play sports when you're short because everyone on the other team picks on you. I wanted to make sure that would never happen to me. It helped me in football because I wasn't afraid to go all out and hit with more power.

Being short kept my confidence level down, but the compliments I got when I got bigger made me feel better. After lifting for nearly four years, it feels great to look back at my old scrawny self. One of the best feelings I get is when my friends are inspired to start lifting and transform too.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I got a New York Sports Club membership in the summer before my junior year and everything changed. I didn't go to the gym much before because I was young and didn't want to risk getting hurt for sports. When I reached varsity football and lacrosse, I started to seriously work out and take supplements.

On nice summer days, I was at the gym instead of out in the sun because I wanted to get bigger. When I got the hang of working out, it became habit. I put the gym into my daily schedule and recorded what days to work out and which days to take off. I saw amazing results and started doing research to learn more about my body.

I never thought about giving up because it would make me go back to my regular self. I knew things would change. When I saw my results, I kept working hard and saw better results. It all pays off. I changed up my diet to make sure I got the right amount of protein and complex carbs into my body. I made sure to stay hydrated by drinking only water throughout the day and carried a water bottle with me everywhere.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4: Post-workout
Meal 5
Meal 6
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I worked out for at least five days per week. After each workout, I do a dropset to failure. I switch up the workout order every time and start with a different exercise and rep range. When I work arms, I do a bunch of supersets.

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Back
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Arms
Day 5: Legs

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

I love eating. That's the hard part about getting big and lean. I used to eat what I wanted knowing that I was going to the gym later and went twice as hard. I stopped that. Now I eat clean most the time and make sure to eat the right amount of protein. I'm on a strict diet and don't find it hard because I like to eat that way. I always feel good and healthy. Seeing results make me eat even healthier.

My Future Fitness Plans

I will end up studying for my personal training certificate soon. Maybe, when the time comes, I'll enter a competition.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Never give up. I always knew I would get in great shape and that day came. I was an athlete growing up, so I knew what it took. You have to push yourself, work hard, and be patient. Getting big doesn't happen overnight. It took me three years to get to where I am now, and I don't regret any of it.

How Helped Me Reach My Goals

The articles on helped me learn about my body and find important workouts. It also helped me learn about supplements and what they do. I always look for new workouts and exercises on the site.

Steven's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "In My Mind" by Axwell m
  2. "Cudi The Kid" by Steve Aoki
  3. "When I'm Gone" by Eminem
  4. "Cinema" by Skrillex
  5. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem

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