Body Transformation: Mass Register

He sought help to overcome eating disorders as an early teen and worked his way into the gym. Then, Alex woke up. Now he looks forward to competitions and lifelong goals!
Name: Alex Register
Email: runlifteat@yahoo.com
BodySpace: runlifteat

Alex Register Alex Register
AGE 14
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
183 lbs
BODY FAT
26%
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
150 (Competition), 165 (Normal)
BODY FAT
6% (Competition), 10% (Normal)

Why I Decided To Transform

When I started my freshman year of high school, I always chose to sit in the back of the classroom, avoid talking to anyone (especially girls), and only wore clothes three sizes too big for me.

I had few friends and went home every day to my only form of social life, which were online video games. I hated my life.

I wanted to change how I felt about myself, but never knew how, until I joined the wrestling team. I started the season with no confidence or dedication.

I weighed 183 pounds at 14-years old, and was 5-foot-6 with 26 percent body fat (according to my high school athletic trainer).

After three months of intense programs and training, I was down to 145 pounds.

Although I was slim, I got addicted to the weight loss and was completely uneducated on what to do, so I stopped eating almost all together. I ate salads without dressing, and ate whole bags of celery. I was getting no more than a half gram of protein per pound.

By the time summer rolled around, I was a gaunt 126 pounds with four percent body fat. After losing the weight, I was extremely unhappy with life.

I was constantly stressed by measuring and weighing everything I ate. I did absolutely nothing but cardio for as long as I could every single day. I began to binge eat, and everything went downhill from there.

I began therapy for eating disorders in the summer of 2010, and by winter had almost overcome my fear of food, but I was still an out of shape, super skinny kid.

How I Accomplished My Goals

One day, something changed. Completely unexpectedly and from out of nowhere, I had a realization of the truth. I was sitting in the sauna thinking about all the great physiques I'd always worshipped, and I decided I was sick of being the little guy who had no muscle and no right to be proud of myself.

I met a couple older guys at my gym who I'd always wanted to look like, and they took me in as a little brother and began teaching and training me. I owe everything to those two. They introduced me to what I want to do for the rest of my life. I've never had a passion so strong for something.

I began eating more than ever and cleaner than ever. I was reading everything I could find once I joined Bodybuilding.com - and I mean everything. I would spend, and still do, at least three hours per day reading as many articles as I could on supplements, nutrition, and training programs.

His muscles are an extension of his mind.
His muscles are an extension of his mind.

After a month of training and focusing strictly on my diet, I gained 10 pounds; my body fat increased by one percent, bringing me to 147 pounds with 9 percent body fat. I continued to train with those guys for a year. They no longer work out at the same gym as I do, but they still provide me with motivation and knowledge. I've become almost as knowledgeable as them, with a full fitness library.

After a year of serious lifting and training, I competed in my very first show at age 17, taking third place in the Junior Division and second in Novice. I plan to do many more shows in the future and continue to excel.

Nothing will stop me from making my dreams come true and landing on the front page of Bodybuilding.com!

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey

I'm a huge supporter of supplements. However, I also believe they're exactly that: supplements, not shortcuts. They should be used primarily to fill the gaps in your diet.

They will have no use or benefit if you're not busting your butt in the gym and eating a proper diet of whole foods. Supplements make up less than five percent of bodybuilding, but used correctly, that can be a big five percent!

I don't take a pre-workout because I try to get my energy from more natural sources like fruit, and I avoid caffeine except before cardio.

My current stack is:

Upon Waking
With Meal 1
With Meal 3
  • CLA

    CLA

    1000 milligrams

Pre-Workout
With Meal 5
Before Bed

Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I believe that a diet is just like a workout plan: It should be consistently changing to shock your body. I find that carb cycling works well for my body. I can stay lean while growing and my energy doesn't deplete.

Typically, I'll do six low/no carb days, then carb up one day per week along with a cheat meal. The most important thing I've come to realize about a diet is that you have to do what works for you!

If you don't love what you're doing, you will fail. Simple as that! You have to love every aspect of the sport, including the diet.

A sample of my current meal plan is:

Upon Waking
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Pre-Workout
Meal 4

Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

I've tried so many different training styles and found few I really like. I have found that I love high-intensity training with short rest periods. I love pushing my body to absolute exhaustion.

One of my favorite strategies, that I'm currently using, is reverse pyramid training. I do 4-5 sets, starting with a weight that will make me fail in around 6-8 reps, as long as form is as proper as possible. Then I'll decrease the weight each following set. I never count the reps. I make sure to take every set to absolute failure.

My current routine is all reverse pyramid sets:

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Back/Biceps
Day 3: Legs
Day 4: Shoulders
Day 5: Arms
Day 6: Cardio
Day 7: Posing
  • 20 minutes in the morning
  • 20 minutes in the evening

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

Without a doubt, the most challenging part of training is the diet. It's not hard to eat healthy, but it can be stressful having to pack every meal.

It took me forever to figure out what kind of diet plan worked best for me, and I'm still learning how my body works. I finally found a diet that I love.

My Future Fitness Plans

I already know I'm going to be in the fitness industry for the rest of my life, I can't see myself doing anything else. I just competed in my very first show, and I'm hooked. I plan on doing many more in the future, and someday going pro.

My top three goals in life are:

  • Get sponsored
  • Get my pro card
  • Be featured on multiple magazine covers

Defined goals lead to defined physiques!
Defined goals lead to defined physiques!

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

The number one piece of advice I can offer to anyone, not just other teens, is don't stress. I know it's a lot easier said than done, especially with this lifestyle, but stress is the number one muscle and mind killer. I had to learn that the hard way. Like I said, if you don't love every aspect of the sport, you will fail. Stress will make you fail faster than any injury or milkshake.

Also, do your homework. I spend as much time as possible reading and researching all about new and old supplements, workouts, diets, and anything related to bodybuilding. If it wasn't for sitting down and reading on Bodybuilding.com, I wouldn't know half as much as I do about fitness. You'd be amazed the progress you can make just researching a little every day.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I owe so much to Bodybuilding.com! It's the number one source of information that I'm constantly seeking. I literally spend every second of my free time on Bodybuilding.com, whether I'm browsing the store, researching on the articles, or checking out the forums.

I've met some really awesome people through BodySpace. I even met up with a guy I'd never met a month before my first show, and he happened to be doing it too, and in the same division! Bodybuilding.com is the absolute best place for young and old bodybuilders.

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