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Body Transformation: Mistakes Turn Into Major Muscle!

Patrick used to be chosen last for sports teams in school. That would be ridiculous now. Check out this teen's physique overhaul that started with the right attitude!
Name: Patrick Lim
Email: patrickgabrielblim@gmail.com
BodySpace: PatrickLim1996

Patrick Lim Patrick Lim
AGE 14
HEIGHT
5'7"
WEIGHT
165 lbs
BODY FAT
25%
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
177 lbs
BODY FAT
12%

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Why I Decided to Transform

In middle school, I was regarded as the "chubby kid" who was the last picked in almost every sport. As I grew older, my Dad turned me onto weight training and I was inspired by fitness/bodybuilding icons like Bruce Lee, Frank Zane, Dorian Yates, and Mike O'Hearn.

After being ridiculed many times and embarrassed alongside my peers in middle school, I decided it was time for a change. This is when I considered getting into judo, boxing, and jiu jitsu.

Throughout years of blood and sweat, I noticed the various benefits of weight training in my body and my athletic performance. Soon after, I won bronze and silver medals in judo after only three weeks of training. This surprised me because I defeated men who had competed for five years. After the success I achieved through weight training, there was no better feeling than achieving my goals.

I started to get more respect. People who used to ridicule me kept quiet and had nothing to say. I felt more confident about my self-image and used my knowledge to ameliorate people who wanted to be bodybuilders. The benefits I achieved from bodybuilding keep me from never skipping a day on my schedule.

How I Accomplished My Goals

All success you achieve is determined by your will to carry on through the journey despite your mistakes. I had lots of problems during my transformation phase, but kept my head up and stayed disciplined. I kept hitting the gym every day without a trainer and learned from my mistakes.

I only wanted to lose weight at first, so I kept a strict diet (with major help from my doctor, Dr. Chen), stuck to lean fish as my protein source, and green vegetables as my carbs. After I realized the benefits of dieting, I started to intensify my workout regimen. I'm still self-coached, but there are always areas for improvement.

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Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
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Meal 5
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I use a five-minute warm-up on the treadmill and a full-body stretch before training.

Day 1: Back
Day 2: Chest
Day 3: Arms
Day 4: Shoulders/Abs/Calves
Day 5: Legs
Day 6 and 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

At first, it was purely cutting, and even when I achieved a good diet, I hit a plateau and couldn't lose more weight. I struggled on this for nearly a year without seeing a huge mistake in my diet plan. Despite the fact that I consumed quality protein and an adequate source of water, I consumed the wrong carbs, such as pasta, rice, and bread, and switched to the right kinds, like nuts, vegetables, and fruit.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to keep my interest in bodybuilding for the rest of my life. However, I don't plan to make a profession of it. I enjoy helping others for free at school and plan to help my peers for as long as I can.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Keep your head up no matter what. For learners, mistakes never exist because you become a stronger person after each mistake. When you feel like giving up, remember that sunshine lies ahead of the storm. For those who learn in the midst of failure, success is born.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com helped me in many ways. Studying professionally-endorsed workout regimes like Dorian Yates' Blood and Guts Trainer allowed me to form a solid understanding about workout schedules. BodySpace enhanced my understanding as it allowed me to see a more balanced perspective between amateurs and pros regarding any subtopic of bodybuilding.

Basically, I love that it allows amateurs and everyday people to voice new experiences and findings, rather than only focusing on professionals.

Patrick's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  2. "False Pretense" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  3. "Not Afraid" by Eminem
  4. "Power" by Kanye West
  5. "Decadence" by Disturbed

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Satsao

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Great story ! keep up the good work , you look amazing

Jul 15, 2013 6:08pm | report
 
anouchka

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great job, congrats! keep it up! ;)

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AlexHallYEAH

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Good job! Seems like real long workouts though, stick to compound exercises an add 2/3 other isolation moves max.

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Good job , keep it up

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Awesome transformation my man!!

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Awesome man, Definitely an inspiration. Thanks!

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Great job, keep it up!

Jul 16, 2013 5:18pm | report
 
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WorldDomnit

This is probably the best teen transformation I've read in the past few years

Jul 17, 2013 12:37pm | report
 
Frazie

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Frazie

So proud of you Patrick!!!!! <3

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Thanks buddy! See you when school starts man :D

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So proud of you Patrick!!!!! <3

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PatrickLim1996

Thank you all for the kind words. It means a lot, and it gives more incentive and motivation to train harder and harder. I wish the best for all of you!

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great job,keep it up

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hey man i'm tobias tiangco, from the philippines and wanted to ask for some tips cause i'm planning to cut right now.... but i don't know how to do it properly, in a way that i wouldn't really have to lose muscle, or some size in the arms.

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hey man i'm tobias tiangco, from the philippines and wanted to ask for some tips cause i'm planning to cut right now.... but i don't know how to do it properly, in a way that i wouldn't really have to lose muscle, or some size in the arms.

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Terrific job! Keep at it!

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TO ALL THAT SEES THIS, follow me on Insta at PatrickLim1996. A lot has changed. Thanks for all the amazing support

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