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BEFORE
BODY FAT 14%
WEIGHT 135 LBS

AFTER
BODY FAT 10%
WEIGHT 160 LBS

Body Transformation: Teen Dumbfounds Doubters!

Haters questioned Brian until they saw his progress photos. See how Brian got the last laugh and gained 25 pounds of muscle in one year!

Teen Dumfounds Doubters

Brian Schaeffner
teen transformation

Why I Decided to Transform

I decided to change my body because someone said I couldn't. At first, I went to the gym to blow off stress. My first week went well, I felt good, and thought I could keep up with it. During that week, I ran into guys from my school who were big time weight lifters and they laughed at me. They said, "What's a scrawny little guy like you doing in a place like this?" and "You're wasting your time here. You should just give up now."

I couldn't bench the bar and was embarrassed at first. That's when I decided to transform my body. People around me didn't understand what I was doing until I showed them my progress photos. They were inspired by my transformation and wanted to join my journey.

Before /// 135 lbs
After /// 160 lbs
AGE 16 / HEIGHT 5'8" / BODY FAT 14%
AGE 17 / HEIGHT 5'8" / BODY FAT 10%
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My life is different now. I learned lots about life from working out. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for the gym.

How I Accomplished My Goals

My first goal was to fix my diet. Before I started training, I consumed less than 1,200 calories per day, but later I boosted it up to around 2,500 calories per day. Controlling my diet was the hardest challenge of my life. When I got it under control, the results came quickly.

There were many days when I wanted to quit or people brought me down. I felt unmotivated and incapable of pushing myself. I overcame the obstacles by watching videos of bodybuilders working out. I looked for motivational videos and pictures and got pumped. Some of the people who inspired me are Steve Cook, Mike O'Hearn, Kris Gethin, and Kai Greene. Another big factor that brought me this far was God.

He gave me a body to build up and keep healthy and strong. I plan to use it wisely.

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Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

Meal 1
Meal 2: Pre-workout
Meal 3: Post-workout
Meal 4
  • Tilapia Tilapia

    1 lb

Meal 5

Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I like power bodybuilding. It helped me get stronger and allowed me to carve and shape my body. Major compound movements are done with weight that allows me to reach failure.

Calves are one of my favorite body parts to train. I work them differently than most. On certain calf training days, each set is 30 reps. I use toes pointed forward for 10 reps, toes pointed outward for 10 reps, and toes pointed inward for 10 reps so they're hit at different angles (except for standing calf raise). Some days I do 8-15 reps with heavy weights for each exercise, but don't change my foot placement.

One week I will train calves with high reps and different angles, and the next week I'll go with low reps with heavy weight.

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

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging aspect was getting my diet down. I was taught to eat for my own pleasure and only wanted to eat what tasted good. I had to eliminate most of my favorite foods to eat right. I constantly looked at and admired different people's physiques to stay motivated and on track.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to be a personal trainer because I love helping people and want to show others that change is possible. I hope to be a physique competitor, but there's much work to be done. It looks like it would be fun and enjoyable.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

  • Realize that "impossible" isn't a word. "Impossible" is a bunch of letters thrown together to create an excuse. Anything is possible. You just have to work for it.
  • Ask yourself how bad you want it. Achieving your goals comes at a price. The only way to be successful is to put forth 110 percent effort and pay the price.
  • Motivate yourself. Watch motivational videos on the Internet. Get yourself pumped and ready to work your butt off. Motivation is extremely important.
  • Get your diet down. Your diet is the most important aspect. A crappy diet leads to garbage results. Always remember: 80 percent diet, 20 percent exercise.
  • Don't be concerned about how much you lift. People get injured by lifting weight they cannot handle. Always lift effectively with correct form.
  • People will say you can't do it or that your goals are unreachable. Prove them wrong.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

The articles on Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals faster. There's much to learn on the site. It's a great source of motivation. The supplements are cheap and affordable, which is nice for someone who lives on a budget.

Brian's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "300 Violin Orchestra" by Jorge Quintero
  2. "Reckless" by Jeremy Camp
  3. "Outta My Mind" by Anthem Lights
  4. "Promises" by Sanctus Real
  5. "Tonight" by TobyMac (Feat. John Cooper)

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hitman79

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hitman79

And 17....lots of growth and potential still. Congrats at making it this far though.

Sep 3, 2013 6:47pm | report
 
Josh1116

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Josh1116

I'm mirin' those calves

Sep 3, 2013 8:59pm | report
 
mthurston0001

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mthurston0001

I know right!? My eyes went there immediately. Nice job Brian!

Sep 4, 2013 4:39pm | report
adomarc

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adomarc

no way he's 160 lbs... still scrawny

Sep 3, 2013 9:23pm | report
 
RobbieC88

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RobbieC88

Bro don't be hating on people plus you are 5'7 and 146lbs so I can't imagine you being all that big either. I would know I'm 5'6 and I just hit 160lbs... Brian is doing a great job. I wish him luck in the future and hope he don't let up on his goals

Sep 4, 2013 12:31pm | report
adomarc

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adomarc

... im making all kinds of gains my friend. what im saying is dont feature a guy with a half done transformation. i put on about 30 pounds a year and a half. and i would hate to be featured as a transformation when im not yet done. this guy is super scrawny. he made great gains first year. but he's not done yet.

Sep 4, 2013 2:06pm | report
mthurston0001

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mthurston0001

Haters gonna' hate...

Sep 4, 2013 4:38pm | report
adomarc

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adomarc

if you dont want people to hate. dont give them a reason to. i congratulate his progress but he's no where near done.

Sep 4, 2013 8:24pm | report
ohs0fast

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ohs0fast

haters gonna hate...

Sep 9, 2013 12:28pm | report
Allaround101

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Allaround101

A transformation is in the eye of the one transforming my friend. Who are you to say he isn't done? Maybe his goals met or maybe his goals are not the same as yours. Just because you enjoy weight train doesn't mean there is a specific look you need to obtain. Never the less, be humble and not a douche :)

Sep 9, 2013 1:12pm | report
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fitguy23

I agree with this guy i find it hard to believe he is 160lbs as i am 180lbs myself and have got 20-30lbs of muscle on him

Sep 12, 2013 5:09pm | report
veddish

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veddish

Nice transformation but 25lb thats a lot of muscle man and without fat too.. Great calves.Great job,keep it up man.

Sep 3, 2013 9:45pm | report
 
doctoroo

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doctoroo

between 15 and 22 years (max) most of the weight gains are bone structure. They get thicker and bigger. Even tough he gain no height (wich is pretty alarming) his bones should account for a couple of pounds of the weight gain.

Sep 4, 2013 10:31am | report
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nice calves.. but seriously I can't believe you're 160lbs.
and I'm sure you're not 160lbs. :s

Sep 4, 2013 12:43am | report
 
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KidKhaleel

shredded calves bro good work

Sep 4, 2013 1:05am | report
 
tamcakic

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tamcakic

Really defined calves. Nice transformation, as well. :)

Sep 4, 2013 3:08am | report
 
captaincranky

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captaincranky

Who cares if you think he's scrawny. Those are great gains in the past year. Keep up the hard work.

Sep 4, 2013 8:13am | report
 
adomarc

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adomarc

lolol everyone can get that in one year with hard work...

Sep 5, 2013 12:40pm | report
ohs0fast

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ohs0fast

anyone can get anything with hard work. Stop hating. The point is that he DID the hard work.

Sep 9, 2013 12:29pm | report
MulattoMami

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MulattoMami

Awesome work! Lovin his playlist, too! Toby Mac is one of my fav's!

Sep 4, 2013 9:30am | report
 
Shifisu

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Shifisu

Awesome calves! Keep up the good work.

Sep 4, 2013 12:44pm | report
 
RobertTKahn

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RobertTKahn

Nice gains, but I'm 5'8, 165

Sep 4, 2013 5:17pm | report
 
dhillon275

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dhillon275

one word:bulk

Sep 4, 2013 8:11pm | report
 
marcmarc330

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marcmarc330

bout time they show a skinny person, GAINING weight, and not always someone losing weight. Its much harder to gain than to lose and people like us need some motivation out there. Good work man.

Sep 4, 2013 8:21pm | report
 
OwenCain

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OwenCain

If you go to this guys body space, apparently he's up to 165.2lbs now. A 5.2lb increase in 4 days...? Honestly considering im 170lb, 6', I find it hard to believe this guy is 5'8 and 165lb............

Sep 7, 2013 11:53am | report
 
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