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Teen Amateur Of The Week: Swollen To The Bone!

Tyler made hard decisions to follow his dreams and become an IFBB pro. He passed up college football for a life in the gym!

Name: Tyler Cohen
E-Mail: tcohen34@yahoo.com
BodySpace: tcohen34
Location: New Jersey
Age: 19  Height: 5'7"  Weight: 215 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 1

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I first started lifting as a freshman in high school because I was on the football team and wanted to get bigger and stronger. I had a pretty good high school football career. I was an asset to my team and made one of four captains my senior year. I started lifting out of common sense. I thought, "What do football players do in the offseason?" They lift weights. When football season ended, I hit the gym religiously.

I started to see results quickly and many people noticed. This made me want to take lifting more seriously. I knew nothing about bodybuilding during my freshman and sophomore year. It wasn't until the end of my junior year that I started to understand the sport. At that time, I searched YouTube for videos on how to get bigger. I searched for chest and biceps exercises and stumbled across a video of Branch Warren training like an absolute animal. I couldn't believe the endurance and strength he had. I always looked up workouts specifically from Branch Warren. The videos kept me motivated to do heavy lifting. I used his videos up to my senior year when I found videos by Jay Cutler.

After my senior football season, it was time to start the process to get recruited for college football. I was picked up by a small school in New Hampshire called Plymouth State University and was happy. I visited the school and was pleased with what I saw. Soon after, I committed to the team, but it only lasted for a short time.

During my offseason preparation for Plymouth State Football, I realized I wasn't into football anymore and had second thoughts about committing. I wasn't working out to be a football player. I wanted to be a bodybuilder. I always surfed the web and paid attention to the bodybuilding world, but never to football.

A couple months before I had to leave for school, I had a long talk with my father and said I didn't want to play college football. Instead, I told him I wanted to be a bodybuilder. My dad saw it coming and said he was all for it. I called the coach and de-committed from the team and the school. I signed up to go to Bergen Community College to stay around my local gym, Retro Fitness, and started my journey as a bodybuilder.

I started eating better and more often, and gained some good weight. I wanted to hit the 200-pound mark, but passed it and then some. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. Nine months later, I came across IFBB pro Vinny Galanti. I knew who he was because I'm a big fan of Universal Nutrition and he's one of their sponsored athletes. I went up to him during his workout and told him how big of a fan I was. After he finished his workout, he came up to me and said he would love to answer any questions or give me advice on anything to do with competing or bodybuilding. I thanked him and said I wanted to compete. He offered to train me for a teen show and I was pumped.

I feel like the luckiest kid in the world. Now Vinny trains me for shows and believes I can do some damage on the stage.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?
Day 1: Chest


Day 2: Back


Day 3: Shoulders


Day 4: Legs


Day 5: Rest

Day 6: Arms


Day 7: Rest

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How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

My passion for fitness started when I saw results. I fell in love with bodybuilding over a short time period. I love looking at the incredible physiques online and in magazines. I love surfing the web for videos of Mr. Olympia and my favorite bodybuilders like Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Jay Cutler, Flex Lewis, and Jose Raymond.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Fitness Guru?

Motivation in the beginning came from seeing results. When I saw results, I worked harder to get bigger and stronger. Later, I found videos of Flex Lewis, who's my favorite bodybuilder and wanted my physique to match his quality. Plus, I watch many bodybuilding motivation videos on YouTube.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I always surf YouTube for videos of my favorite IFBB pros. That is what I do in my spare time. I watch bodybuilding motivation videos to stay motivated.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I plan to compete and take bodybuilding to the highest level.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Never half-ass your training. You are only going to cheat yourself.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

My favorite competitor is IFBB pro James "Flex" Lewis. He is a huge reason why I'm a bodybuilder. I wanted to be just like him. I want my arms to look like his. I still keep track of his shows and training videos. One huge reason why I look up to him is his stage presence. His posing routines are amazing. I hope my routine will be as cool as his one day.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com was my number one source for supplements. If I needed any kind of supplement, I went to Bodybuilding.com.

Tyler's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "In Due Time" by Killswitch Engage
  2. "Forgive And Forget" by Miss May I
  3. "This Calling" by All That Remains
  4. "Tear Down The Sky" by Straight Line Stitch
  5. "The Mirror's Truth" by In Flames

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rouak47

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nice man.. inspired!!!!

Jun 26, 2013 9:13pm | report
 
atokad

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atokad

Wow only 19! I would have guessed you being at least 25

Jun 27, 2013 5:10am | report
 
batman30034

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batman30034

Good work! Keep it up.

Jun 27, 2013 6:01am | report
 
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patricktydean24

big fan of your shoulder day man, too many people baby their shoulders with one pressing movement, keep up the good work

Jun 27, 2013 6:38am | report
 
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cmart023

badass playlist man! look great too! monster

Jun 27, 2013 9:13am | report
 
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VonSchwarz

Nice work man. Like the playlist a lot too. In Due Time is one of my top songs.

Jun 27, 2013 10:39am | report
 
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StoneWarrior44

Big inspiration man, I go to bergen too by the way, if you see this post hit me up to lift sometime, would be honored to lift with someone with as much dedication as you.

Jun 27, 2013 11:26am | report
 
Jellax

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Jellax

Guys, do you really believe this sh*t? Sorry for my anger, but this is completely seen and clear that this guy has taken roids!! Now that I can be reported and banned, but I just can't bite my tongue.....

Jun 27, 2013 1:33pm | report
 
joeharman

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joeharman

I don't think it says anything about him not taking steroids. And if he does, so what? All these hulking masses that are Mr Olympians take steroids. The only thing is most don't use until they can't make any more large gains (according to what I have read). It would be stupid if he shot up now while he is still so Yong and while his body is in it's prime state for muscle growth

Jun 27, 2013 5:32pm | report
Jellax

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Jellax

Man, do you really think it deserves such respect if a kid uses steroids? You really believe that it doesn't harm his health? ok, why didn't he write his steroid course, didn't mention that his workout routine is for those who uses steroids? Some 15-17 year old guys can read his article and start training by his completely stupid for natural builders program

Jun 28, 2013 2:45am | report
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chiefgreybeard

A lot of muscle mass on a 5"7' frame. Go Tyler!

Jun 27, 2013 1:39pm | report
 
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joeharman

Go for the Gold Bro!

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esoto28

Wow you are **** big, congrats on your achievement!

Jun 27, 2013 5:05pm | report
 
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bhv893

Hey man, you were in my Info Tech. course this past semester. Just one look at you and I was like "dam, I wanna look like that kid." Keep up the good work, very motivational.

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Dude, he's huge xD Awesome job man!

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