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Body Transformation: Teen Parts The Iron Sea!

Building 38 pounds of muscle in a year is impressive, but Nick doesn’t pound his chest over it. This teen remains grounded until the competition lights shine brightest!
Name: Nick Karouzos
Email: karouzosn@yahoo.com
BodySpace: Wema

Nick Karouzos Nick Karouzos
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
130 lbs
BODY FAT
11%
AGE 17
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
168 lbs
BODY FAT
8%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I hit a huge speed bump in my life a year ago when I hemorrhaged after a tonsillectomy, lost more than 60 percent of my blood, and nearly died. I became a human skeleton. Four months later, I started lifting weights and discovered my love and passion for bodybuilding. Behind God and the people I love, bodybuilding became the central focus of my life.

I love this sport with every fiber of my being. I'm not athletic and have never truly excelled in any other sport. Bodybuilding is more than a sport to me. It comes down to whoever is willing to work the hardest.

Personally, I will always choose the value of hard work over the gift of genetics. I always walk (or crawl) out of the gym knowing there is no possible way I could have done anything more to improve my body. I plan to push my body to perfection. Pain and sacrifice breed success, and I welcome both.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I have been at the gym and mid-workout my hands started bleeding, so I pushed myself to make them bleed more. I learned about work ethic and mental toughness from watching my father as I grew up. I have been around him nearly every day of my life and haven't heard him complain once. I pray that with the help of God, I will become half the man he is.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey

When I first started lifting, I didn't have the money to afford supplements. It was about four months into my transformation that I was able to start using whey. I've been taking creatine, fish oil, and Animal Pak for the past month and a half.

My recommendation to anyone starting out is to buy a bunch of supplements if you can afford it. I wish I had them during my first four months.

With Meal 1
With Meal 2, 3, and 5
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Chest/Triceps/Calves
Day 2: Back/Biceps/Forearms
Day 3: Shoulders/Traps/Calves/Legs
Day 4: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Day 5: Back/Biceps/Forearms
Day 6: Calves/Legs/Shoulders/Traps
Day 7: Abs

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

I'm not blessed with the best genetics and that can be a problem, but that's why bodybuilding is so great. It's not about genetics, it's about determination. Everyone has the chance to be a champion. This applies to many challenges you face in the sport. Being mentally tough is required for success.

My Future Fitness Plans

I recently decided to do bodybuilding shows. At first, I wanted to simply for the experience, but the more I thought about it the more I realized I won't be satisfied with anything less than first place.

I have six months left to bulk. My goal for when I step on to the stage is that it becomes a competition for second place.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Don't be overly concerned with your physical appearance as you go through your transformation. I know that's strange to hear since we all strive for perfection. I'm not saying to take it easy in the gym, have cheat meals, or give up on the goal for a pro card, but make sure you don't trade your soul for your body. You won't like the person you become and nobody else will either.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

For the first three months of lifting, I spent at least 90 minutes per day doing research on Bodybuilding.com to learn more about lifting. I still visit the site daily. There is so much to learn and Bodybuilding.com offers the knowledge you need to transform and detailed articles to teach you about supplements. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for Bodybuilding.com.

Nick's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Awake And Alive" by Skillet
  2. "Fire It Up" by Thousand Foot Krutch
  3. "Awesome God" by R-Swift
  4. "Adrenaline" by Shinedown
  5. "Sound Of Madness" by Shinedown

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KthxHibye

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38 lbs in less then a year eh? Yeah ok... lol

Jul 1, 2013 6:12pm | report
Josh1116

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Josh1116

yeah and even i only gained 19 pounds in 1 year and Ive grown an inch since then

Jul 1, 2013 8:53pm | report
tomeddolls1

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tomeddolls1

just because you cant do it, its possible, look how much ive put on ...

Jul 2, 2013 1:06am | report
atokad

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atokad

I remember tayler lautner gained 30 lbs of mucle in 1 year, but he also had world class trainer/ nutritionist

Jul 2, 2013 4:24am | report
atokad

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atokad

I remember tayler lautner gained 30 lbs of mucle in 1 year, but he also had world class trainer/ nutritionist

Jul 2, 2013 4:24am | report
Marktheshark93

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Marktheshark93

If he really did great for him, but im not exactly buying all the facts either.

Jul 2, 2013 11:44am | report
chadwr85

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chadwr85

I know it's bologna. You can't lose a pound of fat while gaining 39 pounds of muscle. He literally put on all muscle without gaining any fat and losing a pound of fat. Literally impossible to do.

Jul 3, 2013 12:48pm | report
regev19978

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regev19978

WTF? 39 sets min per workout?!? there's no way he survives this and having gains....

Jul 1, 2013 6:23pm | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 13'5"
  • wt: 161.26 lbs
  • bf: 10.4%
ddodgers03

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ddodgers03

Respect man. Props to you. People will get hung up over the "38 lbs" but it is possible. Keep up the hard work.

Jul 1, 2013 7:17pm | report
intense21

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intense21

No its not possible for a 17 year old kid.... to put on 38 LBS OF MUSCLE MASS... were talking MUSCLE MASS not weight.....

Theres very little work if you had a clue as to what hes doing to his body to get that way.

Read a book ;)

Jul 1, 2013 7:34pm | report
tomeddolls1

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tomeddolls1

it is possible, look how much i've put on ...

Jul 2, 2013 1:05am | report
ddodgers03

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ddodgers03

it is possible. genetics for one has an enormous say in the amount of lean muscle mass you put on. Thanks for your suggestion to read a book. I actually have. And if you had heeded your own suggestion, you would know that there IS indeed a lot of work needed to put on lean muscle mass, regardless of whether he's doping. Steroids and supps don't build muscle on their own.

Jul 2, 2013 11:55pm | report
Beenjamminunc

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Beenjamminunc

Hmmmm 38 pounds in a year and minimun 39 sets a workout..... could you at least make it a little less obvious that you're juicing??

Jul 1, 2013 8:03pm | report
docjugraj

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docjugraj

******** in a year

Jul 1, 2013 9:24pm | report
nattydapharaoh

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nattydapharaoh

i gained 40 pounds in a year once so 38 lbs in a year is more than possible

Jul 1, 2013 10:49pm | report
tomeddolls1

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tomeddolls1

exactly!

Jul 2, 2013 1:07am | report
tomeddolls1

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tomeddolls1

exactly!

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tomeddolls1

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tomeddolls1

exactly!

Jul 2, 2013 1:07am | report
XxmetallicaxX

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XxmetallicaxX

it is very hard to believe but being young and working hard and with taking the right supplements it may be possible, he could've been creatine loading and doing mass gainers, don't forget he is at an age when testosterone is at a high

Jul 1, 2013 11:11pm | report
intense21

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intense21

Yeah now you can sound like an IFBB PRO..... I did all this on CREATINE..... omg some of you people posting on here seriously should just STFU cause you clearly have ZERO clue as to what your talking about.

Jul 1, 2013 11:18pm | report
ddodgers03

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ddodgers03

ironic you would go critiquing the general public when you can't differentiate between "your" and "you're"
Please...if YOU'RE gonna hate, at least do it in an educated way.

Jul 2, 2013 11:58pm | report
Fullmecha

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Fullmecha

I'm all natural, worked out intense and properly 5 days a week with perfect nutrition, meal plans, and used 200 dollars a month on supplements and I lost a lot of fat but probably gained less than 20lbs of PURE LEAN muscle mass in my first year. I don't think he took steroids, without date verification I think its more rational to say the before picture is not him at 17, but rather a couple years before.

Jul 2, 2013 1:31am | report
Fullmecha

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Fullmecha

And besides all that, his before picture compared to his after picture nowhere near looks like 38 extra lbs of
"Lean" Muscle. Not hating on him, I just think bodybuilding.com should start requiring date verification because the last 10 features have been redic.

Jul 2, 2013 1:35am | report
Wema

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Wema

was not all lean muscle they just worded it that way. both pics were taken at age 17.

Jul 2, 2013 2:09pm | report
KthxHibye

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KthxHibye

Yeah thats why I had to say something, its a good lookin physique but.... 38 POUNDS in a year of MUSCLE?? I mean come on lol

Tho it is kinda funny the people who think it either is, or they have put on that much lean mass. But hey its the internet, can't come in expecting much.

Jul 2, 2013 7:21pm | report
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