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Teen Amateur Of The Week: Shredded In The Shadows

Colton's life changed dramatically when his father, who was an avid lifter, passed away in 2011. Now Colton lifts with extreme intensity in honor of his dad.

Name: Colton Reitzes
E-Mail: Coltr1993@gmail.com
BodySpace: dontfeelpain
Location: Rockland County, New York
Age: 19  Height: 5'8"
Weight: 166 lbs contest, 200 lbs off
Years Bodybuilding: 1

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

My father, Scott Reitzes, competed many times throughout the 80s, but stopped when I was born. However, my father kept going to the gym and we followed the IFBB closely. When my sister and I got older, he decided it was time for him to compete again. He competed from 2004-2010 in about a dozen shows in New York and New Jersey. I always went to the gym with him on weekends and we trained legs. When I started playing football in high school we trained together regularly.

When my father committed suicide in August of 2011, I was lost. I wasn't only upset about losing a parent at an important time in my life; I was distraught because he was my best friend. After doing some soul-searching, I was able to find myself in the gym—just as my father had when my grandfather took his life.

I relieved all of my emotions in the gym under heavy weight. The gym became my therapy, my shrink, and my drug. I became addicted to training and eating like a bodybuilder.

During the summer of 2012, I competed in my first two contests and did well in both. The bodybuilding world is the place where I can connect best with my dad.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?
Day 1: Triceps/Shoulders


Day 2: Quads/Calves


Day 3: Off

Day 4: Chest


Day 5: Back/Biceps


Day 6: Hamstrings/Calves


Day 7: Off

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
  • Tuna

    Tuna

    3 cans with mayo

Meal 7
Meal 8

What Supplements Gave You an Edge?
With Meal 3 & 5
Pre-Workout
With Meal 8

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

My determination comes from my extremely competitive personality. I always had a high motor and gave it 100 percent during football. After high school, I found bodybuilding and was fascinated that I relied solely on myself. It's a one-man sport with help from maybe one coach and a training partner, but in the end your results are solely yours.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Fitness Guru?

I'm far from a guru, but I like to think I know more than the average Joe. All of my knowledge comes from experience and many Muscular Development and Flex magazines. Those magazines inspired me to learn more about the human body. I want to find the healthiest way to live, while looking as good as possible.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

Everyone has days when they feel sluggish or unmotivated to hit the gym. On those days, I thought about everything that angered me, from my father's passing to how hard my family works to stay afloat. I also turn to my training partners, Joey and Jimmy, to push and remind me that I need to work hard every day and that there is no time for rest.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I plan on taking the sport as far as I can. I will continue training and competing and hopefully one day I can make a profit by doing what I love. But until then, I will just continue training and eating as much as humanly possible.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

The absolute most important tip is to listen to your body. You know your body better than anyone and you know when to step on the gas and when to back off. Only you can differentiate pain from injury. Pain is good, but many people feel pain and immediately relate it to injury. This slows your growth. Connect your mind to your body.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

My favorite professional bodybuilder of all time is Frank Zane. Frank defied the odds and won multiple Mr. Olympia titles weighing well under 200 pounds. He won based on aesthetics. I can relate to this because I will never be the biggest man onstage, but the sport should not be judged only on size and mass. I feel that judges should count aesthetics more because it appeals to all audiences, not just the diehard bodybuilding fans. My other favorite bodybuilder is Kai Greene because of his philosophy and mentality. He is outspoken, but soft-spoken.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com helped me find great deals on supplements. Everyone striving to achieve their fitness goals can appreciate discounts on supplements because, unfortunately, it costs more to be healthy than unhealthy.

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**** bro you got some crazy wheels!! no ****
sorry about your dad keep moving forward

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great physique man! Story sounds similar to mine my dad passed when I was 15 and bodybuilding is really what helps. Keep up the good work!

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Keep up the good work man your dad is always by your side dont forget that!

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Good job. mirin

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Looking good brother, keep it up!

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Awesome physique dude!!

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Dude you can't find yourself from anything physical. Only realizing your spiritual truth will set you free. I'm sure you've noticed that even though you're buff now, there's still pain in your life, everything is not "finally ok". It's a matter of becoming present in the present moment and learning to have a clear mind that connects us to the source that is our salvation :] Eckhart Tolle talks about this and I can help also in PM's. :] Rock on

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I'm glad you highlighted this Sirstratocaster.

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sickening

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What is so sickening?

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