Teen Amateur Of The Week: Mind, Body, And Swole!

Impressive muscles can't appear without an impeccable mind. See how Dalton advanced beyond his teens mentally and physically!

Name: Dalton Stawicki
E-Mail: daltonstawicki@yahoo.com
BodySpace: Peakkwithme
Location: Lake Forest, California
Age: 19  Height: 5'11"  Weight: 173 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I played soccer and baseball for seven years during my youth. The summer before my freshman year of high school I was introduced to lacrosse. I played in the high school summer league and instantly fell in love with the sport. I liked how it was a combination of soccer and baseball, but involved physical contact. Toward the end of summer league, I unfortunately chipped a piece of cartilage in my knee that popped in and out of place whenever I tried to run.

I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee and made a full recovery in time to play my freshman year, but cracked a bone in my wrist the week before the season started. I was in a cast for eight weeks and had to help lead my team from the sidelines. It was a difficult time for me, but helped me grow into a leader.

I played as a starter on varsity as a sophomore. We had a great season and made it to state. My parents divorced the summer going into my junior year. It was a hard time in my life and many things fell by the wayside. I was kicked off the lacrosse team at the beginning of my junior year for poor grades.

During my junior and senior year I focused on weightlifting and learned about fitness. I saw great results because I committed to training and nutrition. I was immediately drawn to Arnold and his amazing story. He was my main motivation to start bodybuilding. He has an amazing story and, in my eyes, the best physique of all time.

The results sold me on bodybuilding. I loved having the ability to transform my physique, health, and gain knowledge to help others do the same. Most people think I go to the gym to get more muscular, which is part of it, but there's much more than building muscle. It's a stress reliever, because I spent countless hours in the gym when my parents divorced.

One of the most important aspects of training is what it does for the mind. It teaches control, dedication, and perseverance. Arnold has always been my motivation, but I have to give it up to my friends, family, and girlfriend who supported my dreams and had my back.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

In my experience, the best workout plan is one that's constantly challenging. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. Each workout should be more intense than the last. Some of my favorite training techniques are supersets and dropsets, because going to total failure produces great workouts. Everyone is different. Find what works best for your body but keep it fresh. The most important training aspect is mental focus. If you're unfocused in and out of the gym, your gains and/or weight loss goals will suffer!

I warm up on the treadmill for five minutes and do light dumbbell work focused on the muscle group I'm training that day.

Day 1: Arms/Abs

Superset



Day 2: Legs/Cardio


Day 3: Rest

Day 4: Chest/Abs


Day 5: Back/Abs


Day 6: Shoulders/Forearms/Calves/Abs

Superset



Day 7: Cardio/Abs

Circuit: 1 round




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What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

A diet that fuels your body for muscle gains and weight loss is the most important aspect of fitness. Without proper nutrition it's impossible to create a great physique. I didn't start seeing solid gains until I fine-tuned my diet. Everyone is different, so no single nutrition plan is the best.

Meal 1: Pre-Workout
Meal 2: Post-Workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
  • Chicken

    Chicken

    4-8 ounces

  • Vegetables

    Vegetables

    2 cups

  • Fruit

    Fruit

    1 cup

Meal 6: Before Bed

What Supplements Gave You An Edge?

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

I love bodybuilding because you can to see your body completely transform physically through hard work and dedication. It's amazing to see the true potential of what your body can achieve with proper exercise and nutrition. I love that bodybuilding can develop your mind. I went through hard times the past few years. With the help of family, friends, and bodybuilding, I was able to use the negativity as fuel for physical and mental growth.

What/Who Motivated You To Be a Fitness Guru?

I have to thank Jesus Christ. Without him, I wouldn't be here. My family, especially my mom, dad, and girlfriend, Stephanie, have been my biggest supporters. My best friend and training partner, Armen, is one of my biggest motivators. He keeps me going forward and always pushes me to work harder. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for their help and support. I always looked up to Arnold Schwarzenegger. If it weren't for him, I would've never got into bodybuilding.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

It's amazing what YouTube has to offer. On days when I wasn't driven to prepare 6-8 meals and train for two more hours, I simply searched "Bodybuilding Motivation" on YouTube. You will be amazed at how fast your mindset can change.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I want to keep transforming my physique in the next year to get a sponsorship and compete professionally. Through fitness, I hope to grow many relationships and help others reach their goals.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

To see your true potential as a bodybuilder and a human being, you must train the mind. It's the most powerful tool we have. The reason people fail is because they decide in their mind that they "can't" and then the body fails. You have to change your way of thinking from "I can't" to "I can." Always remember, you're God's highest form of creation. There's nothing that can stop you from reaching your goals, but yourself.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

Arnold was a dreamer and a hard worker. He's been a great source of motivation. I look up to many old school guys, but Arnold will always be my favorite.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com helped me achieve many goals and stay consistent in my training. You can find the best supplements and lowest prices on Bodybuilding.com, which originally drew me to the site. BodySpace became a great tool for motivation. I had the ability to post before and after pictures and see that I was making progress.

Dalton's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "My Moment" by DJ Drama
  2. "Need Your Heart" by Adventure Club (Feat. Kai)
  3. "Lying From You" by Linkin Park
  4. "Oh Shit (Ishe Remix)" by The Illest (Feat. Messinian)
  5. "Go Get It" by T.I.

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AJK47

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Awesome work!

Aug 22, 2013 6:27pm | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Thanks man!

Aug 25, 2013 10:30am | report
Ricardomonica

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Ricardomonica

Very nice man! Keep on going, it's inspirational to all of us teens watching someone like you!

Aug 22, 2013 7:06pm | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Peakkwithme

Thanks so much man! That's why I do it!

Aug 25, 2013 10:31am | report
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KingZander

Nice work! Keep it going!

Aug 22, 2013 7:47pm | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Peakkwithme

Likewise man!

Aug 25, 2013 10:36am | report
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figgy1331

dude i love your leg plan, im gonna try it and i bet ill get great results! it totally makes sense that training the biggest muscle group once a week with a few machines will get the best results possible. Thanks bro!

Aug 22, 2013 9:53pm | report
 
samerym

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samerym

Actually it doesn't make sense. Your leg muscles are team players; they do their best work with compound moves. Do isolation work at the end of the workout, but you must use variations of the squat and deadlift for best results (unless you can't due to injury.) Scroll up, there are photos of his legs.

Aug 23, 2013 5:18am | report
tmittan

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tmittan

I can't tell if you're joking or not, but while this kid has an amazing physique I can almost guarantee it's in spite of his leg plan not because of it.

Aug 23, 2013 12:55pm | report
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jake8k

I think a better way to look at it is that he does 12 total sets of calf raises, and only does 9 sets of exercizes that focus on his quads, 13 if u include lunges but still, not very good at all

Aug 23, 2013 8:35pm | report
Peakkwithme

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Peakkwithme

Hey guys it seems you all don't like my leg plan very much lol. Just remember every one is different and also a good workout routine is one that is constantly changing, soo this is just the routine I was working with at the time, this routine was written up about 3 months ago, I have since then changed my routine about 50 times so if you don't like it don't use it. Hope everyone has a great day!

Aug 25, 2013 10:16am | report
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TonedJordan

I love what you say about going to the gym being a lot more than just to build muscle. I have gone through some very difficult times over the years and since starting the gym I have been able to cope so much better. Being able to relieve stress better than no other way possible. I always train alone and feel like it is time to be one with myself, able to take my mind away from the outside world. Keep up the good work, and good luck with getting sponsored!

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Peakkwithme

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Hey Jordan! Thanks so much for your kind words and I always am happy when I can relate with people and help them through hard times! Keep it up and train hard man!

Aug 25, 2013 10:43am | report
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Crlyhairkid

Them feels man

Sep 22, 2013 12:04pm | report
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alex0987654321

good work, keep on getting swole.

Aug 23, 2013 11:29am | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Thanks Alex!

Aug 25, 2013 10:44am | report
natethegreat54

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Good stuff bro keep it up

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Peakkwithme

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Will do brotha!

Aug 25, 2013 10:47am | report
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Allaround101

good work man. Arms look great

Aug 23, 2013 12:40pm | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Peakkwithme

Thanks man!!

Aug 25, 2013 10:50am | report
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Great upper body, keep it up

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Peakkwithme

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Will do!

Aug 25, 2013 10:56am | report
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Definitely trying this program out, switch it up for a few weeks!

Aug 23, 2013 1:31pm | report
 
Peakkwithme

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Let me know how it works for you!

Aug 25, 2013 10:57am | report
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RoryZ

That chest workout looks f*cking brutal.
So obviously I'm going to try it :D
Keep up the awesome work!

Aug 23, 2013 3:39pm | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'11"
  • wt: 207.23 lbs
  • bf: 13.5%
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