Teen Amateur Of The Week: Failure Leads To Success

He draws comparisons to Mark Wahlberg, but lifts like Rob Riches. This teen doesn't sit around waiting for good things to come to him. He succeeds by failing in the name of getting bigger!

Name: Lucas Atwood
E-Mail: Lucas.atwood@gmail.com
BodySpace: Lucasatwood
Location: Denver, Colorado
Age: 17  Height: 5'10"  Weight: 192 lbs
Years Competing: 1

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How Did You Get Started?

I wasn't the leanest kid growing up. I was a pretty hefty little guy and managed to spend about 50 percent of my time playing "Halo." I eventually got tired of the fat kid look and started playing football. I played varsity football my freshman year as a middle linebacker at 5-foot-7 and 163 pounds. Turns out it's not the same as little league. I finished the year with a concussion that hit me so hard my leg got stuck in the air while I was out cold on the ground.

Coming back three months later, I decided to try varsity rugby and wound up playing the equivalent position in rugby at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds. The additional weight made all the difference. We made it to state that year and lost. I remember telling myself I wasn't going to feel like that again. I wanted to get so good that our team couldn't lose. The next rugby season at the first practice of the year I tore my ACL.

With nothing else to do, I learned as much as I could about the weight room from a guy I consider my older brother, Gary Schneider. I still vividly remember lifting with barbells in bed two days after the surgery and then crutching around the weight room. I actually started in the weight room at age 12.

I grew up with my brothers playing games with me like Spy X (essentially just a word they would yell right before they kicked me in the face). All in good fun; I always got them back. Another favorite game of theirs was Pick 'n Drop, where one brother would hold me in the air and the other would smack me in the stomach, and the minute I brought my hands up they would just drop me. Point being, I got tired of getting beat up on and decided I was going to return the favor when I was bigger than them.

My dad always told me I had to wait until age 15 to start lifting, but he realized early on that it wasn't going to work. I used to sneak into the recreation center weight room at age 12 and pick up a curl bar. I had no experience lifting weights, so eventually I gained a little following of people who helped me out.

In the end, it was the ability to get up and make myself better every day that sold it for me. People tell me I look exactly like Mark Wahlberg, so naturally I looked up to him. I still remember seeing a Marky Mark poster and was convinced that was what I was going to look like. The plan is, and has been, to become the new and improved Marky Mark without the rapping. I also have to give a huge shout out to Complete Nutrition for sponsoring me. I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am without them.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The best workout plan is one that's always changing. I utilize techniques like FST-7, speed training, dropsets, supersets, trisets, high rep sets, isometric contractions, and more. The trick is finding what makes you feel the best and listening to your body. Some weeks I'll lift five days and others six or even seven. Starting out, I worked out every other day and it showed some results, but nothing like I was looking for.

Day 1: Chest/Calves/Abs/HIIT


Day 2: Legs


Day 3: Back


Day 4: Arms/HIIT


Day 5: Shoulders

Triset



Day 6: Back/HIIT
  • Weighted Pull-Ups Weighted Pull-Ups

    Weighted Pull-Ups

    As many sets and reps as possible
  • Sprints

    Sprints

    6 sets for 100 yards, 5 sets for 50 yards, 10 sets for 20 yards


Day 7: Rest

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Dieting is incredibly important when it comes to making gains fast. You are what you eat. A diet plan is similar to a lifting plan in the sense that no one set diet works for everyone. Experiment with different diets until you find one for you.

Meal 1
Meal 2

Protein Shake

Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5: Pre-Workout
Meal 6: Post-Workout

Protein Shake


What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Why Do You Love Fitness/Bodybuilding?

I love the fitness industry because it's packed with people who want to get better. I fear stagnation and sitting still isn't for me. The people I've met in the industry are all still having fun with it. I've grown up watching lots of people get desk jobs and get stuck places they dislike. The fitness lifestyle gives you an out when you're stressed.

What (Or Who) Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I'll always be a fan of Phil Heath, but it was always Mark Wahlberg who motivated me. Pretty sure he was my dad. I've also looked up to Rob Riches the whole time I lifted. The single biggest motivator I ever had was Gary Schneider; a good friend and someone I consider family. When I tore my ACL, he taught me everything I know about the gym.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Beating my brothers up and hopefully playing on the national rugby team someday is my motivation. Gary Schneider continually plays a huge role and pushes me to get better.

What Are Your Future Fitness/Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to continue training to get bigger. I have a similar build and measurements to Rob Riches and he's always been the one I looked up to. One day I want to be good enough to train and compete with him. I also plan to create a high school fitness program and a website.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?

If you have more in you, give more. The biggest problem people have in the gym is failing to fail. Push yourself; it's the last couple reps that count. Find a training partner. Learn everything you possibly can. Be open to new training ideas, but most importantly, don't let bodybuilding be the only aspect of your life. Bodybuilding should feed your ego in a way that causes you to meet more people, not less.

Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?

Rob Riches, Phil Heath, Roger Snipes, Jamie Eason, and Miss Prestin.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I order supplements from Bodybuilding.com quite a bit and use their videos and articles as motivation.

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Dabballman155

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Lovin the Jeff Seid pose in the first pic, haha! But nice physique bro!

Jan 3, 2013 6:33pm | report
 
Casali

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Casali

Failing to fail... Well put.

Jan 4, 2013 1:07am | report
 
chris234

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chris234

very keen on himself

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Volume, anyone?

Best of luck.

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srgess

is itme or his first day look like hardcore i wonder how much rest between set and exercise because so much exercise for upper body to fail.

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Hey Lucas, on those sprints do you usually just hop on the treadmill and try and measure it, or do you head to the track?

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is there any rest time inbetween the supersets?

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Wantaripbod

Chest is lacking

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superk316

great job man, i know how much it sucks to tear the ACL and thats awesome to see you get through it.

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Congrats lil bro! Thanks for the shout outs and I cant wait to see where you develop from here. You're gonna take the fitness industry by storm son!!!!!!

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