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Working Class To World Class

Ferocity isn't something you pick up;
it's inside you, fighting to be let loose.

Fitness 360: Seth Feroce, Working Class To World Class

Seth Feroce had one of the most successful beginnings in bodybuilding history, until illness forced him into a decline. See how Seth's working class ethics brought him back.

Looking at Seth Feroce today, all 212 ripped pounds of him, it's hard to imagine him as the target of bullies. He was, though, and it made him self-conscious. It made him angry. It forced him—overweight and dubbed "Chubbs" by his friends—to change his body in a hurry. "I didn't like it one bit," Feroce says of the taunting. "I decided to put a stop to it and started lifting weights."

Gregory Feroce, Seth's dad, bought him the classic plastic-coated sand-filled weights and gave Seth's bodybuilding story a setting for its first chapter. Like many teens in search of strength and confidence, Seth turned to football and wrestling, but those are seasonal sports. Seth needed a perennial preoccupation.

His father had some connections with local lifters and took young Seth to a bodybuilding show.

"I was immediately greeted with open arms," Seth says. "My dad always says: 'Within seconds of stepping foot in that gym for the first time, I knew I lost you.' I didn't go back to football or wrestling."

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Seth Feroce's Training Program

Seth Feroce's Training Program

There are dozens of proven programs on the bodybuilding market, and Seth Feroce has used most of them. Why be choosy when you can have a little bit of everything? This is how bodybuilders train.

Seth Feroce's Nutrition Program

Seth Feroce's Nutrition Program

Seth Feroce gave up processed foods, artificial sweeteners, dairy, even oatmeal in his quest for bodybuilding glory. This is his nutrition plan.

Seth Feroce's Supplement Program

Seth Feroce's Supplement Program

Bodybuilders like Seth Feroce put their bodies through abnormal stress to reach the physical ideal. Therefore, they must supplement their diet, to maintain their strength.


Seth's Top Gym Tracks

  1. "Cowboys from Hell" by Pantera
  2. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  3. "More Human than Human" by White Zombie
  4. All Metallica Songs
  5. More Metallica Songs

Becoming A Bodybuilder

Seth devoured every magazine and book concerning weightlifting, nutrition, and supplementation. He experimented with training regimens, nutrition plans, and started taking supplements. He scribbled his lifting history, gains, and goals in notebooks like a mad scientist charting a crazy experiment. "I was advanced in math and science," Seth says, "so the experiments on my body were always well-documented. It was all so fascinating to me."

This experimentation continued at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where Seth majored in molecular biology and biochemistry. A year and a half in, his plans changed. He decided to forego medical and graduate school and changed his major to safety sciences, which pertains to OSHA standards, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, and other federal and state workforce regulations.

"Yes, I have a foul mouth. Yes, I am intense. Yes, I make people feel uncomfortable. But this is who I am, and I am going to continue to be this way no matter my position life. I am not going to change because someone can't handle the intensity of the truth."

He met his wife, Elise, at IUP and when he graduated they had a little girl together. The new family moved to Ohio, where Seth began work in construction and continued to lift.

He'd been living like a bodybuilder, but hadn't competed and his wife urged him to chase the stage. Once he finally donned the posing suit and smashed his contest prep, he was unstoppable on the amateur circuit. He won the NPC Northern Kentucky in 2009, then the Pittsburgh Championships and NPC Nationals to earn his pro card in only one calendar year. Along the way he rubbed elbows with titans of the industry. He trained with Hany Rambod for two and half years, scored sponsorship from MuscleTech and Muscular Development and began work with Isolator Fitness.

"All bodybuilders tend to go to an extreme level. We think we are invincible. That's not true."

Next, Seth won the 202 division at the 2010 Europa Super Show. He was riding high. But the pressure to compete and win drove him to extremes. He tried to join the open class and needed mass to do it. For the first time in a long time, Seth failed.

He had grown too fast and his body couldn't handle it. He had regular nose bleeds and brutal tension headaches. His blood pressure was in the red zone. His liver enzymes spelled trouble and his kidneys weren't working the way they should. His red-blood-cell count was off the charts.

"All bodybuilders tend to go to an extreme level," Seth says. "We think we are invincible. That's not true."

Seth needed to take time away to rest and be with his family, and he hasn't competed since. "We all love it, but at some point you must stop and realize what you are doing and how far is too far," says Feroce, who runs a landscaping company in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. "Just because you haven't fallen over half-dead doesn't mean you're a pussy. Train smart, pay attention, and never give up because of what someone is saying about you!"

Finding The Right Balance

Under a doctor's care, Feroce slowly regained his health. Seth is back in the weight room and has his eyes on the 212 title. He will compete for the first time in two years in spring of 2014.

Seth's confidence is back. His anger is restored. His physique is returning. And he won't make the same mistakes again.

He advises young lifters to exercise patience as much as their legs. "Remember who you are and the reason you like lifting weights—why you did it in the first place. I wanted to do this my whole life. And this year I thought I was done. I needed time to get my life organized. Life is a motherfucker. It's the most wonderful thing in the world."

Although he was out for a long time, wondering if he'd ever lift again—let alone compete—Seth says MuscleTech supported him throughout the ordeal. "When I screwed up and my health wasn't good, they stuck by me," Seth says.

"When I didn't do well, they treated me even better and gave me more support. That's one of the reasons I have such a fire under my ass. These people stuck behind me when no one else did."


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jaepeel

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Wow, great story. I can relate to the plastic sand-filled weights in high school and I also spent years "bodybuilding" before my fiance pushed me up onto the stage for the 1st time.

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JRose13

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JRose13

Yeah there isnt anything simple about his stack of gear tho

Dec 4, 2013 7:49pm | report
B4C9

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B4C9

Nah man its all in the whey and creatine lol

Dec 5, 2013 9:24pm | report
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JABE00

Read the whole article, learn a few things and got new perspective. And, Muscletech, one the best sups out there and extremely EXPENSIVE.

Dec 5, 2013 4:13am | report
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darrengalbraith

I love Muscletech products. I buy them here on Bodybuilding.com when I see them at buy one get one free and LOAD UP. I save a ton of cash this way. Just wait for the deals if your supply will allow you.

Dec 5, 2013 1:32pm | report
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acer6798

#4 and #5 for music choices are perfect

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Killakam187

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Killakam187

Jrose your absolutely right...im so sick of these articles about getting huge the easy way...its bs because they never are gonna tell you how much juice they are on and whoever thinks they are natural is retarded

Dec 5, 2013 9:11am | report
Requitor

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Yeah, this is why you hear about some guy with great potential in the pro ranks and then two, three years later the guy isn't around anymore. Sad really, considering the dedication needed to maintain that diet and work out regieme. Also it's easier to maintain that routine when you always see great results weekly due to the "gear" you use.

Dec 5, 2013 11:43am | report
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vancouvernewbie

"He had grown too fast and his body couldn't handle it." Sounds like a case of too much gear use to me.

Dec 5, 2013 1:12pm | report
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UkraineStrong

Gear is not a miracle drug. And anybody who thinks that can stick themselves for 12 weeks, keep the same ****** training and diet regimen theyre on, and see how far they get. These guys give up everything for their passion. Its part of the sport.

Dec 5, 2013 1:16pm | report
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jem2043

Yup, bodybuilding is like pro wrestling. Everyone knows what's up, but nobody really cares.

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AKPisMe

Metallica has probably fueled half of my lean mass gains since I started.

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Nice, seconded.

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Right there with you man

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twixz

What ever happened to this guy

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What ever happened to this guy

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bartondillon48

Good read.

Dec 5, 2013 11:45am | report
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RoadPigJohn

Looking forward for his big return, I met him at the NPC Nationals when he won his class. Awesome contest when you watch it live in person...

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patricktydean24

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patricktydean24

honestly these articles are getting old, different pro bodybuilder but same routines, same chicken and rice diet, same supplement plan their sponsors give them, same bro one body part a week split, and the undeniable fact that these guys are on more gear than anyone could afford. IMHO

Dec 5, 2013 5:52pm | report
ROOST3R117

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Your opinion is completely correct, this is crap for the ones not doing this.

Dec 6, 2013 9:25am | report
JABE00

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JABE00

Agreed then again think about it, 90% of us are not willing to go to the extreme they do, this is their jobs, they are sponsored, and it took at least 8 to 10 years before reaching that level.
Not many sponsored will look at a regular joe at the gym and said we will sponsored you because you are the next big thing, you need a foundation, so if it is your dream, whatever it takes you make it happened.

Dec 6, 2013 10:05am | report
ROOST3R117

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Wow so those supplements will get me that huge? lol... yea nice story. But Body building when can we get more people getting focus that go about body building using things legal. I would love to see some people that are completely Natty.
I have nothing against people using the secret sauce they use, but I would like to read from someone that doesn't.

Many things take place that we don't understand. His workouts yea, I am sure he doesn't know muscle fatigue like a natural person. So this stuff in the end doesn't help us. Then again, I'm sure people on here are using secret sauce so It may help them. But don't forget about us natural people please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 6, 2013 9:24am | report
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DocFunky

Now, I'll never be as big as this guy (nor would I want to be), but I liked this article / video because he actually gives some good advice. Keep things simple, tailor everything to what works for you, and you'll see results.

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