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Teen Amateur Of The Week: Iron Determination Never Quits!

Abed built muscle with sheer will and an intense training method. He refused to let excuses block the road to his dreams and used heavy weight to break through obstacles!

Name: Abed Gara
E-mail: mafia.4.ever@live.com
BodySpace: Abed5
YouTube: Abed Gara
Age: 17
Location: Baqa-Jatt, Israel
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs
Years Competing: 1

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How did your fitness journey begin?

I was a skinny boy who played basketball from age 8-14 until the coach left the team and I quit playing. I decided to play table tennis after basketball failed, but I quit after a month because it wasn't fun. At age 15, my friends from school convinced me to join a gym and my goal turned to building muscle.

I went to a gym for a month and didn't follow a specific program. My dad told me to leave the gym because it could lead to problems due to my age. So, I got mad, started eating uncontrollably, and smoked cigarettes every weekend at parties. I became lazy at school, in life, and didn't take care of myself. I sat in front of the computer playing stupid games for hours. My mom always screamed for me to stop playing games and go study. I didn't feel healthy eating bad food and playing computer games, and my friends left me because I stopped hanging out.

A short period later, I joined Facebook and was invited to a street workout group. The group posted videos on how to work out and it inspired me to start bodybuilding again. I followed the group instructions and did what they told me to.

At age 17, I saw my old friends who I didn't believe would build muscles but did. I became angry because they made their dreams come true, which was my goal in life too. Another friend at school worked out and gave me advice to start. He showed me what to eat and told me to believe that I could build muscle too.

I was happy to hear encouraging words from him and started watching YouTube videos for transformation, motivation, and inspiration. I joined the gym again and worked with a coach who said I could have a better body in three months if I worked hard, but I quit two months later because I had no money.

I went to work during school vacation and had enough money after one month to return to the gym. I started again from the bottom. I worked out for three months with my coach who liked my results and told me to compete. The problem was that I didn't know how to flex and was afraid, but I worked hard and learned.

When the competition started, I didn't know what to do and was confused. The judges told us [competitors] to flex our abs then our biceps, so that's what I did. After deliberation, they awarded me with a second-place trophy. I was pleased with the finish, but didn't stop lifting and working hard. I continued to work after school and earn money to buy food and supplements. My physique came a long way in 8 months and I'm proud of the results.

What workout regimen delivered the best results?
Day 1: Chest/Biceps/Abs
Day 2: Shoulders/Triceps
Day 3: Back
Day 4: Traps
Day 5: Legs
Day 6: Cardio/Abs
Day 7: Rest

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How did your passion for fitness emerge?

My goal is to become a fitness model. I love bodybuilding because it makes me different within my community. The sport makes me healthy and my clothes fit and look well on my body. I love doing what I love.

What/Who motivated you to be a fitness guru?

I always will be a fan to Lazar Angelov, but I was motivated by YouTube transformation videos. It made me believe in myself to face the impossible.

What are your future fitness plans?

I want to participate in competitions and study in college about health and bodybuilding. I won't be a complete copy, but I want to be like Lazar, Jeff Seid, or better. I also want to become a professional trainer.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Believe you can do it. Don't waste your time wishing. Go work hard for what you want. That's how you will succeed.

Who is your favorite competitor?

I admire Lazar Anglov, Jeff Seid, and Jay Cutler.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

I use their videos and articles as motivation. I buy supplements from there when I can.

Abed's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Welcome To My Hood" by DJ Khalad
  2. "It's Over" by Eminem
  3. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem, feat Nate Dogg
  4. "Can't Be Touched" by Roy Jones Jr.
  5. "Lean Back" by Terror Squad, feat Fat Joe and Remy Ma

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Marktheshark93

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Nice article, always insperational to see people get into health at a young age
Keep up the good work!

Jun 4, 2013 5:41pm | report
 
Abed5

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Abed5

Thanks brah!!

Jun 5, 2013 5:51am | report
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northcuttnm

Keep it up man! Do what you love!
-Get Shredded!

Jun 5, 2013 7:59am | report
 
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mikedte2u

Just Incredible. Nice work.

Jun 5, 2013 10:10am | report
 
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Williammm

Dudee how long have you been working out? That's incredible

Jun 5, 2013 2:35pm | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 175.27 lbs
  • bf: 13.0%
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I am proud of you my friend keep on the good work

Jun 5, 2013 4:03pm | report
 
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Congratulations man, well deserved, great physique!

Jun 5, 2013 7:09pm | report
 
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Nice work man! I have the same goals to good luck in the future!

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braindeadnyc

awesome to see you striving hard for your goals. I came on a trip to visit my family and brought my resistance bands and a positive attitude with me. Take care man, and keep working hard.

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lmromeo

very good article!! your very dedicated I see and that inspires me!! keep it up!!

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migglez813

what could I replace the tuna with?

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Excellent! Keep up the excellent work!

Jun 6, 2013 2:04am | report
 
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FemaleJack

He kinda looks like Taylor Lautner but more built. Great story.

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stas1221

am I the only one that thinks this nutrition suks? apple and bananas consider as meal??

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humzamiro

well it works for him!

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Keep up the good work! Thats true what you said about wanting something. If you want it, work for it!

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I really enjoyed reading your article. At the age of 19, knowing what needed to be done in order to lose weight, tone my body, and build muscle was at a loss when I came to realize that I couldn't pan out for the supplements, a nutrition plan, and most importantly weights. I had the attitude, edge, inspiration and determination to execute all of the above, but it was a failure at launch when reality struck.

I let 3 years pass me by, gained weight, overate, played video games and I finally rebooted my system. I lost 39 lbs after seeing how much weight I had gained over the past years (214 lbs) and reached my goal within a 2 month period (175).

Now that I have a solid plan with all the supplements, weights, food nutrition, and work out programs/forums/body building site, I am on fire and seeing transformations. Hearing and seeing stories really fuels me. I started out the same way. Looking at YT videos of people undergoing amazing transformations and now I am finally fixed in wanting to do whatever necessary to obtain my goals.

Thanks for this and congrats on your progress and transformation. Keep up the good work and gains.

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Thank you so much, guys.... really appreciated :))

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