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%
Post To Fitboard

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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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey

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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