Mario Packed On An Amazing 85 Pounds Of Muscle In About 10 Years!

Mario always knew he wanted to get stronger, but he didn't know that once he began training, his goal would shift from simply being big to being massive. Read on to learn how he packed on 85 pounds of solid mass!
Before Before:
120 lbs
After After:
205 lbs


Vital Stats

Name: Mario Fanzolato
Email: info@mariofanzolato.com
BodySpace: mfanz

Before:
Age: 19
Height: 5'10.5"
Weight: 120 lbs
Body Fat: 5%

After:
Age: 30
Height: 5'10.5"
Weight: 205 lbs
Body Fat: 9%


Why I Got Started

I started working out because I wanted to gain weight and I wanted to get stronger. However, within only a few months of training my goal almost completely shifted from being mighty to being massive.

I enjoyed the challenge of getting big naturally because from the day I stepped into a gym all I heard was that it was impossible to gain significant muscle mass without the use of drugs. I feel very grateful with having gained close to 90 lean pounds up to date.

My Goal Almost Completely Shifted From Being Mighty To Being Massive.
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My Goal Almost Completely Shifted
From Being Mighty To Being Massive.


How I Did It

Although I have many people to thank for helping me on my journey to bigger gains, there are two that got me started on the right track. My friend Steve introduced me to my first muscle gym and highly motivated me to pursue my potential.

The other person whom I've forever in debt to is Pino, one of the trainers at the gym where I got my first membership. He showed me the ropes for a period of about 6 months and never even charged me a cent.

Although he trained me for free, what I learnt from him was extremely valuable and has stuck with me for the last ten years. Believe it or not, there were several periods during the last ten years (which is more or less how long I've been weight training) when I gained over 25 pounds in a period of 2 months or less.

There Were Several Periods During The Last Ten When I Gained Over 25 Pounds In A Period Of 2 Months Or Less.
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There Were Several Periods During The Last Ten When I
Gained Over 25 Pounds In A Period Of 2 Months Or Less.

My problem until recently, however, was to maintain those results. In the past I would lose the weight just as fast as I would gain it. I now know what works best for me as well as how to adapt to different situations, so that I can consistently improve from one day to the next.


Supplements


Diet

This is a diet I'm currently following. In my first few years of training, however, I would follow a similar diet except there would be more high-carbohydrate foods (like bread, pasta, pizza, etc) added to it.


Training

    Monday: Chest And Calves

    Tuesday: Abs, Triceps And Biceps

    Wednesday: Back

    Thursday: Shoulders, Forearms And Calves

    Friday: Abs And Legs

    Saturday And Sunday: Off

Mario Fanzolato.
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Mario Fanzolato.


Suggestions For Others

Don't think that achieving your dream body isn't going to take some sacrifices. You're going to have to give up certain foods as well as staying out late with friends, among others. It definitely helps to have the support of your family when attempting to drastically change your body, but it's not essential.

We live in a world where the majority of people are obsessed with weight loss. So if, for example, your goal is to gain weight and you mention this to your family, most likely their reaction will be one of indifference, as though getting bigger is not something that should be of importance to you.

No matter what your goal is, just try to make those closest to you understand that what you want to do means the world to you, never acting as though it doesn't. Don't be in denial about your hopes and dreams, ever.

Find someone to lean on; a training partner, a like-minded co-worker, a close friend, etc. The type of person I'm suggesting is someone who can give you constructive criticism while still lifting your spirit. If you decide to get a mentor, like a life coach or personal trainer, find one who you think will be able to help unleash your unlimited potential.

Try To Make Those Closest To You Understand That What You Want To Do Means The World To You.
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Try To Make Those Closest To You Understand That
What You Want To Do Means The World To You.

He or she won't tell you exactly what actions to take to achieve your goal, but instead encourage you to follow your own path. In my case, the person who never lets me down and that I can always lean on is my wife-to-be, Virginia. We've been through a lot together and every time I look at her and think of all the sacrifices she's made for me, I'm reminded of my dreams and how I have no other option but to achieve them for both of us.

And even though she's not a bodybuilding fanatic, she seems to understand all the struggles that come with the territory and always does her best to steer me on the right path.

I got started because I couldn't stand seeing my skinny self in the mirror. I don't believe that the perfect body exists, but I do believe that it's important to feel comfortable with who you are as well as how you view yourself. Standing at more than 5-feet-10 tall and weighing 120 pounds is fine for some people, but it didn't fit right with me.

In a sense I was not who I was supposed to be. Once I reached a certain level of maturity, I was ready to make the sacrifices needed to achieve my desired physique.

The Person Who Never Lets Me Down And That I Can Always Lean On Is My Wife-To-Be Virginia.
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The Person Who Never Lets Me Down And That I
Can Always Lean On Is My Wife-To-Be Virginia.

Don't make excuses for why you're not in shape. Get a personal trainer, read a fitness book, surf Bodybuilding.com for articles and videos that will inspire you, whatever you have to do to keep on the right path! But before you even attempt to reach your goal you need to believe in yourself.

Also, expect results (but don't expect them to manifest overnight). It's taken me 10 years of trial and error to achieve only a fraction of my potential, but I want you to know that every second was worth it. True happiness is found in the journey, not the destination because on this quest you find out who you really are, what you're really worth, and what priceless service you have to offer the world.

And when you finally arrive at that virtually impossible goal, the one that maybe nobody believed you would ever achieve, the one that you've been longing for, that you've sacrificed for, and that you've sweat, bled and shed tears for, you will have become a living, breathing example that anything is possible.

Constant goal-setting (and achieving) thereafter will become part of you, as you will never again doubt your abilities. Winners don't stop at the finish line.