Body Transformation: Tanja Eckhardt Earned Hard Muscle!

Tanja wanted to get strong, so she headed for manly iron and left light weights for the girls! Check out the mindset this teen adopted to build rock hard muscle!

Why I decided to transform

I started entertaining the idea of fitness in seventh grade after seeing a girl who did lots of floor exercises in gymnastics. I thought, "Damn, she looks amazing. I want to look like her."

I've always been naturally skinny and strong so I knew I could accomplish my goal.

How I accomplished my goals

I started with bodyweight exercises at age 15 and managed to do 5 pull-ups. Now I can do 15. Back then, I wanted to gain mass, so I bought protein powder, drank lots of milk, and gained 22 pounds (10 kg) in two years, but some of it was fat.

Before /// 128 lbs
After /// 117 lbs
AGE 15 / HEIGHT 5'6" / BODY FAT 25%
AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5'7" / BODY FAT 9%
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Between age 16 and 17, I decided to cut fat and join a fitness center to start eating healthy. I did lots of research about food and nutrients and started to understand my metabolism.

I never thought about quitting. There was a time when I never took a day off, but then I learned how crucial it was to give my body rest.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

With Meal 3: Pre-workout

Diet plan that guided my transformation

I measure my calorie intake exactly. On heavy leg days, I eat as much as I possible which usually adds up to 3000 calories. On the remaining days, I eat 2000-2200 calories.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3: Pre-workout
Meal 4: Post-workout
Meal 5
Meal 6

Training regimen that kept me on track

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

What aspect challenged me the most

The most significant challenges are the intense workouts and the large calorie intake required to build muscle.

"Don't waste your time on light weights because you're a girl."

My future fitness plans

I hope to train for my entire life injury-free and gain more mass on my legs. It would be cool to step on stage and make a decent fitness career

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Don't waste your time on light weights because you're a girl. Instead, train as hard as the big guys in the gym. Also, don't talk while you train.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

I read all the articles on Bodybuilding.com to learn about nutrition, training, and supplements.

Tanja's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit
  2. "Prayer" by Disturbed
  3. "Stone In My Hand" by Everlast
  4. "Chop Suey" by System Of A Down
  5. "2 Pieces Of Drama" Everlast