Body Transformation: Stepping Up His Gain Game!

Bullies used to target Drew because he was thin and too smart. His best revenge was to gain nearly 50 pounds of muscle and solid respect!
Name: Drew DéCoud
Email: dcdecoud@hotmail.com
BodySpace: dcdecoud

Drew DéCoud Drew DéCoud
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
150 lbs
BODY FAT
10%
AGE 19
HEIGHT
5'11"
WEIGHT
200 lbs
BODY FAT
12%

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Why I Decided to Transform

When I graduated from high school, I was 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, and stuck in a rough patch. I was constantly picked on for being mixed (black/white/Native American/Spanish), taking "smart people" classes, and not fitting in. I got pushed around, dealt with a broken leg, and was cheated on by my first and only girlfriend during my senior year. I missed out on nearly every social event and resorted to hanging out in the library so I wouldn't be bothered.

As a smaller guy with nobody to watch my back, I was physically unable to defend myself against larger bullies. I tried to find my athletic passion through basketball and track, but never became great at either because I never felt the satisfaction I searched for in them. I looked at the muscular athletes and wondered how it felt to have that presence and the lifestyle that came with it. My friend who played football made a drastic change during one summer and put on significant mass. The reactions and respect he received sparked my interest to build muscle.

I experienced many physically and emotionally damaging issues during this time, but acquired the motivation needed to make a change. I was accepted into college and determined to be a different person than I was in high school. I started going to LA Fitness with my mom, followed workout routines from Bodybuilding.com, and the results came quickly. People in the gym started commenting on my physique after a few months of training, which encouraged me to train harder.

My life started improving and I decided to take it further and get a coach (Denny Kong) when I moved to a UFC gym after training for a little more than a year. He helped me by being a cool friend and teaching me to tighten my diet and increase my training intensity. Denny's guidance took me from 180 to 200 pounds.

Every day is stressful in a mental, physical, and financial sense, but I love what I do and have no regrets. The confidence, happiness, and purpose I developed through training are priceless. The positivity rubs off on others. My parents, brother, friends, and other family members now take their health more seriously after seeing my transformation. I plan to compete this year and hope to make it big.

How I Accomplished My Goals

After six months of training, my gains suddenly stopped. I was frustrated with myself and thoughts of quitting started to enter my mind. So I took a week off and started to crack down on my diet. I pushed through and looked at the labels on everything I ate, counted calories/macros, and measured it all. This was the best lesson I could've learned because it taught me how much I needed to eat to continue my transformation and yielded impressive gains.

I took photos of myself and set goals on my "vision board" so I stayed accountable to lose weight in given timeframes. You have to go there in the mind before go there in the body. I read online articles and Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, and watched YouTube videos on training and motivation.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
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With Meal 6
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

Dieting is the main reason I grew. I'm always on the go with school, work, and training. I always use Tupperware for whole food meals and a bottle for my meal replacement shakes. I don't get lazy and am always prepared.

Meal 1
Meal 2: Meal-replacement Shake
Meal 3: Pre-workout
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6: Meal-replacement
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

Coach and I change my training regimen week by week to confuse the muscles, but this particular plan is the foundation of what I do.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Back/Biceps
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Legs
Day 5: Chest/Triceps
Day 6: Back/Biceps
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging part of bodybuilding has been the financial aspect. Even though my parents help me out with a good portion of the food, affording supplements, coaching, and other odds and ends has been a struggle. My current job allows a limited amount of hours, so I'm adjusting to support myself almost solely through my eBay business.

Managing my time is a challenge because of the stress with college, commuting, cooking, work, and life in general. My schedule always changes, but I find time to work out and eat. Setting reminders on my phone helped a lot.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to compete this year and hope to make it big in bodybuilding, fitness modeling, or as someone who can make a living in the fitness industry. I aspire to become a sponsored athlete and be on the cover of various fitness magazines which will lead to more opportunities in the fitness and entertainment industries. I currently study kinesiology so I will have the education to back my future endeavors.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Don't compare yourself to others because there will always be someone bigger.
  • Form and speed are more important than weight.
  • Dieting is the most important part of bodybuilding.
  • Don't let other aspects of your life interfere with your training.
  • Don't be overly calculated; mix it up and keep it interesting.
  • Keep researching and learning new lessons.
  • Surround yourself with people who have similar goals.
  • Your thoughts create your reality; stay positive and be clear about your goals.
  • Stay natural.
  • Don't curl in the squat rack.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com has been instrumental in my transformation. I found my first workout plan here and made impressive gains on it. Big Man On Campus videos by Steve Cook gave me insight to be a good student and step up my fitness game at the same time. The supplement reviews are helpful when buying supplements, and lurking in the forums has been a fun experience.

Drew's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "I Don't Like" by Chief Keef
  2. "A Night Off" by Drake ft Lloyd
  3. "What Can I Do" by Ice Cube
  4. "It Neva Rains" by Tyga
  5. "Laid To Rest" by Lamb Of God

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scepticalmuffin

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impressive transformation, keep up the good work!

Jun 3, 2013 5:39pm | report
 
memolicious58

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memolicious58

Good **** man! Keep on going, this raises my motivation! Let your haters be youre motivators, and stay up G! God will never give you anything you cant handle! God Bless!

Jun 3, 2013 5:40pm | report
 
simno

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simno

Keep it up man! I'm currently stuck at the same weight you were; setting eating reminders on your phone is a great idea. Thanks for that.

Jun 3, 2013 5:56pm | report
 
TrainFcknHard

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TrainFcknHard

"dont curl in the squat rack", respect lol

Jun 3, 2013 8:43pm | report
 
cmAcbrah

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cmAcbrah

Inspiring man, respect your hard and smart work

Jun 3, 2013 10:39pm | report
 
dcdecoud

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dcdecoud

Thanks for the positive words guys, I appreciate it.

Jun 3, 2013 11:20pm | report
 
dhillon275

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dhillon275

just wondering how come you do back and bicep twice a week

Jun 17, 2013 4:37pm | report
yash3d19

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yash3d19

Don't compare yourself to others because there will always be someone bigger.- **** man that's so true..haha...ill make sure I wont compare myself to the bigger beasts from now on! great transformation! keep it up!

Jun 4, 2013 2:48am | report
 
akakane

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akakane

25 pounds of muscle each year ,two years in a row ??

Jun 4, 2013 6:54am | report
 
doctoroo

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doctoroo

he was 17 years old now 19...so i guess that helps ;)

Jun 4, 2013 7:51am | report
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SwollPatrol92

Ay man good job, keep getting them gains.

Jun 4, 2013 7:40am | report
 
bjmass

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bjmass

Nice to see a good natural transformation for a change, been a lot of non nattys on of late! well done

Jun 4, 2013 9:45am | report
 
natethegreat54

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natethegreat54

great bulk good work!

Jun 4, 2013 12:04pm | report
 
JohnCunn81

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JohnCunn81

Great job. I want to gain 25lbs of muscles, its hard. I'm what they call a hard gainer. Very motivational.

Jun 4, 2013 12:22pm | report
 
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maddmays

Reading stories like yours keep me motivated! Great job man! keep at it!!!

Jun 4, 2013 12:44pm | report
 
Lucass98

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Lucass98

Strong transformation dude !!!! good luck in the future!

Jun 4, 2013 1:07pm | report
 
SocialDarwin

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SocialDarwin

Laid to Rest is the second track on my Squat playlist. The song right before it is 94 Hours by As I Lay Dying. If those two songs back to back don't get you squatting with serious intensity I don't know what will.

Jun 4, 2013 1:10pm | report
 
dcdecoud

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dcdecoud

Demiurge by Meshuggah is another good one to squat to.

Jun 5, 2013 11:33am | report
Charlie581

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Charlie581

Coach and I change my training regimen week by week to "confuse the muscles"

^made me lol

Jun 4, 2013 5:59pm | report
 
Shwahoo

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Shwahoo

This is roughly 5,000 calories altogether, correct? I was thinking about copying part of this meal plan and wondering if that was how much you actually ate. Did you cut at the end before you put your last transformation photo?

Jun 4, 2013 6:08pm | report
 
dcdecoud

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Yes, it's between 4500-5000 and I followed that diet pretty close throughout my bulk. And no I didnt cut before the last photo...although Im cutting for my competition now so I eat the same stuff except smaller portions of it.

Jun 4, 2013 7:19pm | report
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DIGI3COM

Amazing Transformation bro :)
and the nice advices especially not curling in the squat rack
you got my respect for that xD

Jun 4, 2013 8:56pm | report
 
dcdecoud

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dcdecoud

Thanks again for all the comments.

Jun 5, 2013 11:36am | report
 
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And not a single vegetable was eaten in two years...

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Great accomplishment man. I mirin that attitude. Keep up the great work!

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