Teen Transformation Of The Week - Sam Germann!

Upon entering high school, Sam soon realized his scrawny physique wasn't the perfect body he always wanted. So, after learning the basics, he committed himself to fitness and packed on 45 pounds of solid mass. Read on to learn how he did it!
Before Before:
115 lbs
After After:
160 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Sam Germann
Email: sam.germann@sbcglobal.net
BodySpace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/sgermann/

Before:
Age: 15
Weight: 115 lbs
Body Fat: 8%
Height: 5'7"

After:
Age: 19
Weight: 160 lbs
Body Fat: 9%
Height: 5'7"

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Why I Got Started
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My whole life, I'd always been skinny. I was a runner and was always in shape but I was far from "muscular." I started my freshman year of high school at a scrawny 115 pounds and I felt small and weak compared to everyone else.

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Sam Germann's Weight Progress.

I experimented with weights but my workouts lacked the structure and consistency that I needed to see results. After I picked up my first bodybuilding magazine, I was inspired to start working out seriously.

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How I Did It
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In May of 2005, I bought a muscle gain program called "Gaining Mass!" The program taught me the basics of diet and exercise and helped me to gain about 25 pounds.

After I learned the basics, I used my own diet and routine to get up to 165 pounds. My friend Chad Schaive helped me to train and diet for my first bodybuilding competition last year and I took third place in teen men.

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I Took Third Place.

Since beginning bodybuilding, I've gained over 50 pounds of muscle. I've also added nearly 200 pounds to my max bench and squat, and I'm currently near a triple bodyweight deadlift.

I owe the vast majority of my gains to eating a proper diet. I've always said that skinny guys like myself need to "eat for size and train for strength."

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I Owe The Vast Majority Of
My Gains To Eating A Proper Diet.

That means they usually need to consume a large number of calories while using intense workouts that focus on strength.

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Supplements
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Diet
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This is a sample diet I used while bulking:

I also drink about 1/2 gallon of skim milk daily.

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Training
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Suggestions For Others
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The biggest problem I see with most people is that they don't stay consistent. They'll be going strong for a few weeks, but they quickly lose motivation and eventually stop training all together.

People spend too much time looking for the "magic supplement" or the "perfect routine" and don't spend enough time just working out. No two people will respond the exact same way to exercise, so the best way to find the right routine is to go to the gym and figure out what works best for YOU.

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Sam Germann.

Also, people tend to focus more on their workouts than they do on their diets. It should be the other way around. 75% of your results come from your diet, so results will come much more slowly if you don't eat right.

It may take a little trial and error to figure out the right number of calories and the correct ratio of nutrients, but getting your diet down will really pay off in the long run.