Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Todd Jewell

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  • Name: Todd Jewell
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  • Age: 21
  • Where: Yakima, WA
  • Height: 6'
  • Weight: 200 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs, back
  • Favorite Exercise: squat, bent row, bench press
  • Favorite Supplements: EAS Simply Protein, NitroTech

How Did You Get Started?

I started lifting when I was about 14 using my father's dumbbells. I think I'd watched too many Schwarzenegger films. By doing dumbbell curls I thought that my arms would someday resemble Arnold's. I continued the curls until I got into a weight training program as a freshman in high school. Having developed at an early age I was already 6' 1" tall and 180 lbs. I made huge improvements in my first year. At the end of my freshman year I was already bench pressing 246 lbs. The football coaches watched as I excelled in the weight room and eventually convinced me to play some ball as a sophomore. I knew very little about the sport but I did my best. The first down I ever played (I was a defensive end), I made a sack. I fell in love with the game and played for the remainder of my high school days. Before I graduated I had a 335 lb bench, 405 lb squat, and I weighed 210 lbs., still at 6' 1" tall.

I spent almost 3 years after high school trying to put on mass so that I could play football for WSU. By Feb. of 2002 I had a 405 lb. bench press and a 685 lb. squat (with no belt or knee wraps). I was tipping the scale at just under 240 lbs and I was running a 40 in 4.46 sec. I was talking with the recruiters and things were going very well.

In March of 2002 I was hospitalized with a severe, sharp pain in my head. It was the worst pain I have ever felt. After 2 neurologists examined the results of a CT scan, MRI, and a spinal tap, neither of them were able to give me any idea of what it was that caused my pain. To make matters worse, I was losing cranial fluid as a result of the spinal tap which caused me to have an incredible headache on top of the sharp pain I was already experiencing. I was heavily medicated for about two weeks and ordered not to go to the gym. I continue to have this sharp pain on occasion, but luckily not at the same magnitude as before. Worried that I would damage my brain and experience more of this pain, my drive to play football for WSU was lost. It was at this time that Matt Lowden convinced me to compete in bodybuilding. Matt and I had been lifting together for awhile at this point. Matt helped me with my diet, supplementation, and posing as well as many other aspects of bodybuilding. The plan was to compete in September of 2002.

In April of 2002 I had to have an umbilical hernia repaired. I lost about 3-4 weeks in the gym. Finally everything was working correctly and I got on with preparation for the show. The 2002 WFNA West Coast Natural in Kennewick, WA was the show I ended up at, though the plan was for a show two weeks later. Two weeks before the Kennewick show, I backed out due to lack of money and partly because of nervousness. I spent three days eating pizza, hamburgers and everything else I could get my hands on. It was after those three days that several people decided to sponsor me. Back on the diet I went. I showed up softer than I would've liked but I was very pleased with the way things turned out. I took first in my weight class at 6' 0" (it seems that I have shrunk since high school) weighing 197-3/4 lbs.

I plan to continue with bodybuilding as I think I have found my place in this world. I am only 21 years of age now which means that I have many years left to develop my body. Eventually, I will be the best natural bodybuilder.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Two days on, one day off:

  • Day One: Chest
  • Day Two: Back
  • Day Three: Off
  • Day Four: Hamstrings, Forearms
  • Day Five: Shoulders
  • Day Six: Off
  • Day Seven: Calves, Abs
  • Day Eight: Biceps, Triceps
  • Day Nine: Off
  • Day Ten: Quads

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

BCAA, NitroTech or EAS Simply Protein (I switch between the two now and then).

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I feel that everyone should find something that they are good at, something that they love, and strive to be the best. For me, bodybuilding is that something. Bodybuilding gives me a reason to get out of bed every day of my life. I live for it. I love the discipline that is involved and I am a very competitive person.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to win the overall at the Emerald Cup in the next few years. At 21 years old, I have a good start on eventually becoming the best natural bodybuilder in the sport.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Dedication and consistency is the key. At some point you must realize that in order to be the best in this sport, you must have an all or nothing attitude.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold Schwarzenneger (of course), Matt "Glutaman" Lowden.