Teen Amateur Of The Week: Larger Than He Appears

Carter's physique is deceiving. At first glance, you notice his 5-foot-5 stature, but after a second take, you only see his muscular frame. He's mini-Flex Lewis in the flesh!

Name: Carter Lawson
Email: clhoops18@aol.com
BodySpace: Clhoops1
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Age: 19  Height: 5'5"   Weight: 160 lbs
Years bodybuilding: 1

Q
How did your fitness journey begin?

I have always been smaller than my friends and was constantly picked on because of it. One day in high school, I decided to do something about it. I figured if I couldn't be tall, I should be big. Starting that day, I trained hard and focused on building a better physique and bodybuilding slowly became my passion.

I started taking bodybuilding more serious during my freshman year in college. I took dieting and training to another level and haven't looked back. I competed in my first show and loved it. Now I plan to continue training and eating to the best of my abilities so I can take my physique up a notch.

What workout regimen delivered the best results?
Day 1: Legs/Abs
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

    Barbell Squat

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Leg Press Leg Press

    Leg Press

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Walking Lunges Walking Lunges

    Walking Lunges

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift

    Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Decline Sit-Ups Decline Sit-Ups

    Decline Sit-Ups

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Ab Crunch Machine Ab Crunch Machine

    Ab Crunch Machine

    3 sets of 30 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    3 sets of 15 reps


Day 2: Shoulders/Triceps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Arnold Dumbbell Press Arnold Dumbbell Press

    Arnold Dumbbell Press

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Lateral Raise Lateral Raise

    Lateral Raise

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Front Dumbbell Raise Front Dumbbell Raise

    Front Dumbbell Raise

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment

    Triceps Pushdown - Rope Attachment

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Skull Crushers Skull Crushers

    Skull Crushers

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press

    Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press

    4 sets of 12
  • Dips - Triceps Version Dips - Triceps Version

    Dips - Triceps Version

    3 sets of 25 reps


Day 3: Back
  • Single-Arm Row Machine Single-Arm Row Machine

    Single-Arm Row Machine

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Lat Pull-Downs Lat Pull-Downs

    Lat Pull-Downs

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Weighted Wide-Grip Pull-Ups Weighted Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    Weighted Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows Seated Cable Rows

    Seated Cable Rows

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row One-Arm Dumbbell Row

    One-Arm Dumbbell Row

    3 sets of 15 reps


Day 4: Hamstrings/Calves
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls

    Lying Leg Curls

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Standing Leg Curl Standing Leg Curl

    Standing Leg Curl

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Walking Lunges Walking Lunges

    Walking Lunges

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf Raises

    Standing Calf Raises

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    4 sets of 25 reps


Day 5: Chest/Biceps
  • Barbell Bench Press Barbell Bench Press

    Barbell Bench Press

    4 sets of 10 reps
  • Barbell Incline Bench Press Barbell Incline Bench Press

    Barbell Incline Bench Press

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Decline Barbell Bench Press Decline Barbell Bench Press

    Decline Barbell Bench Press

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Single-Arm Machine Bicep Curl Single-Arm Machine Bicep Curl

    Single-Arm Machine Bicep Curl (shown with both arms)

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Preacher Curl Preacher Curl

    Preacher Curl

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Barbell Curl Barbell Curl

    Barbell Curl

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Hammer Curls Hammer Curls

    Hammer Curls

    3 sets of 15 reps


Day 6: Cardio/Abs
  • Walking, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill

    Walking, Treadmill

    30 minutes
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping

    Rope Jumping

    5 minutes
  • Cable Crunch Cable Crunch

    Cable Crunch

    5 sets of 50 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Crunches Crunches

    Crunches

    4 sets of 25 reps


Day 7: Off
What nutrition plan fueled your body?
Meal 1: Breakfast
Meal 2: Lunch
Meal 3: Mid-afternoon
Meal 4: Pre-workout
Meal 5: Post workout
Meal 6: Before bed
What supplements gave you an edge?
How did your passion for fitness emerge?

My passion for fitness emerged when I realized I have the power to control my physique. It's all about seeing the results work for others and believing you can do it too. You can't commit halfway and expect great results; it takes full devotion and commitment.

What/Who motivated you to be a fitness guru?

The pure joy and happiness I get from being in shape drives me. It puts life in a different perspective and makes every day more joyful, especially when you share a common goal with someone and help them reach their potential too. It's a feeling that no one can really explain or take from you.

Where did you go for inspiration?

When I had days where I was dragging, I looked to my close peers or others who set the bar very high. Seeing what others do makes me strive to be better than them. I work extra hard to achieve greatness.

What are your future fitness plans?

My future fitness plans are to achieve everything I can in bodybuilding and win as many contests as possible. I want to use my talent to help others by getting a degree in exercise science or by becoming a personal trainer. I want to leave an impact on bodybuilding for others to follow.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Keep an open mind and never stop asking questions. It's easy to think you know it all, but nobody knows everything. Learn as much as possible from others. It's important to create your own identity. There's nothing wrong with taking advice and picking up tips from those who have been there before.

Who is your favorite competitor?

My favorite competitor is Flex Lewis. Flex is a great inspiration to short guys in bodybuilding like me and has done a lot for the sport. He recently began hosting his own competition in my home state of Tennessee. I appreciate the hard work he puts into training and how he carries himself with class. I have lots of respect for him.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

Bodybuilding.com helps me daily to reach my goals by providing forums for training and dieting advice. I appreciate the positive and critical feedback from others on the site.

Competition history:

2012 Hub City Fitness Quest - 2nd Place Teen Overall, 6th Place Novice Overall

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