Teen Amateur Of The Week: Massive Success

Transitioning from private to public school made Austin feel small. Everything was bigger, including the kids. Now he's on a mission to become one of biggest on the block!

Name: Austin Norman
E-Mail: anorman95@aol.com
BodySpace: austinnorman
Location: Matthews, North Carolina
Age: 17  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 158 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

When I started high school, I was small (125 pounds and 5-foot-6), but I didn't feel too small compared to others because I went to a small private school with a few hundred kids. My school had no sports teams or weightlifting classes.

During my sophomore year, I transferred to a public school and was shocked. The school had more than 3,000 kids and sports teams. The guys seemed much bigger than me, but I didn't really think anything of it until the start of my junior year. I was sick of being the small kid and wanted to catch up to everyone else. I wanted to be considered one of the most muscular kids in the school by the time I graduated.

Since then, I have pushed hard and seen massive success. I caught up to and surpassed many of the kids I once considered "big" and I'm still working toward my goal for the next few months before I graduate.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

I take a 90-second break between sets. On the last set of each workout, I do a dropset and drop 20-30 percent of the weight and go to failure.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps/Abs


Day 2: Back/Biceps/Forearms


Day 3: Cardio/Abs


Day 4: Shoulders


Day 5: Legs


Day 6: Cardio/Abs


Day 7: Cardio

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Meal 1: Breakfast
Meal 2
Meal 3: Lunch
  • Tuna Sandwich

    Tuna Sandwich

    2 slices wheat bread with 1 can tuna, lettuce, cheese, and tomato

  • Turkey Sandwich

    Turkey Sandwich

    2 slices wheat bread with 6 slices turkey, lettuce, cheese, and tomato

Meal 4
Post-Workout
Meal 5: Dinner
Meal 6: Before Bed

What Supplements Gave You an Edge?

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

My first day in the gym was hard, but I loved every second of it. It felt awesome knowing all the work I put in would show. Every time I leave the gym, I can't wait for the next day to come so I can go back and do it all over again. After a month, I started seeing results and knew I was doing something right. That's when I started to eat right and take it serious; no more skipping days. I was ready to change my body and lifestyle for the better.

Months went by and I loved seeing the drastic changes to my body. Everyone else could see it too. I was constantly getting compliments from my friends. It felt amazing knowing my work was finally being noticed. It's great being able to push myself to the limits to get better in the end. Whenever I'm aggravated or upset, I go to the gym and let it all out.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Fitness Guru?

My parents are the main reason I became who I am today. They always pushed me to do my best and told me to never quit. That's exactly what I did. They were there every day making sure I was working out and eating right. Any time I needed help along the way, they were right there to help or get me anything I needed to be more successful. Without them, this would have never been possible. They are still helping me out to this day.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

The people I go to for inspiration are my friends. Most of them love the gym just as much as I do. We are together nearly every day working as hard as we can to achieve our goals. We help each other out and make sure we are giving it all we can. Anytime I'm feeling lazy, they would push and remind me that I have been working for this. They want to make me the best person I can be.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

My future plans are to stick with lifting until the end and be the best I can be every day. I have always been interested in competing and have been looking in to it. I have no idea where to begin with it, but I hope to compete one day.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Try your hardest and never give up.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

Ronnie Coleman. He is a champ. Eight wins as Mr. Olympia. The amount of dedication he put into be successful is crazy. By the end of my time, I hope that I can put in a fraction of the work he did.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I recently created a BodySpace, but I have been buying supplements from Bodybuilding.com for a long time. I looked up multiple nutrition guides to help me figure out my diet. I also followed a few of the workout routines posted on the site that I found on the forums. They helped me build a solid schedule and benefited me the most.

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cma1990

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cma1990

I hope you mean 90 second breaks.

Feb 19, 2013 5:46pm | report
 
Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

of course :)

Feb 19, 2013 6:24pm | report
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rydge13

If only I had motivation like that when I was in highschool...
Congrats, it looks like all the hard work and dedication payed off!

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Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

thank you!

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uriahsboy

Awesome job man!!

Feb 19, 2013 7:25pm | report
 
Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

appreciate it!

Feb 19, 2013 8:04pm | report
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sonnydfrizzy

Is that low intensity cardio? why for so long?

Feb 19, 2013 8:09pm | report
 
Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

Yeah it is. only an hour and a half on abs days and i usualy seperate the 2 hrs throughout the days on the only cardio day

Feb 19, 2013 8:20pm | report
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Jaii44

Thats alot of kids. I had 2,000 or more in my High School. Not no 3000. And out of all the kids in the school. Maybe 10% were muscular. I was wondering why our sport teams sucked expect the girls. But other than that. Awesome Job man. Keep it up.

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Austinnorman

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thank you!

Feb 19, 2013 8:20pm | report
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cmAcbrah

bro great job! U look massive for 6'0 160 tho... are u sure ur 160?

Feb 19, 2013 11:29pm | report
 
Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

im 163 right now. i honestly dont know how i look way bigger than i weigh haha

Feb 20, 2013 4:12am | report
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Going4Swole

Congrats Austin, killer physique bro, well deserved man!

Feb 20, 2013 4:19am | report
 
Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

thanks!

Feb 20, 2013 10:57am | report
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droyce

@cmAcbrah. The opposite of this too: if he is sure he is 6' even. My girlfriend makes fun of me because I tell most people I'm 6'2". Eitherway, kid looks like a beast.

@Austinnorman. You look like you have the potential to be huge. Don't let the highschool "have to be ripped" take you down the wrong path. Take off seasons and push size. Gain a little fat back and then lose it again. I stayed at 155lb and 8% for wrestling. I wish I hadn't.

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Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

ive been trying to bulk man! i eat so much but it takes me forever to gain the weight

Feb 20, 2013 10:59am | report
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Mirin definition, but you look a lot shorter, not even close to 6'0 , you look like 5'8 at max in pictures

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Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

okay!! thanks :)

Feb 20, 2013 4:06pm | report
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god job

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Nice work man!

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Stato11

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Stato11

Hey man some solid gains!
Only things I was wondering is do you actually mix up exercises like it says you alternate between chest then tri's then back to chest or is that just how its laid out? And also do you go to failure on all your sets or just your last for each exercise.

Keep up the great work mate!

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Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

thats how i do it. and no i only go till failure on the last set of each exersize.
thanks!!

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intense21

17 and already on the Juice..... wait till your 23.. and you cant get a HARD ON...

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Austinnorman

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Austinnorman

so because im big im on the juice. perfect logic!

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noahsmall24

how much u benching Austinnorman?

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