Name: Taylor Mazenc
BodySpace: Taylor Tough
Why I Got Started
I got started into bodybuilding at age 16 after suffering with an eating disorder since I was 12. My weight drastically decreased during this period. Before the eating disorder, I was a healthy 90 pounds at age 12; but that later fell down to an ultimate low of 75 pounds at age 13, and 85 pounds at age 15 (at 5 feet and 6 inches).
I ended up having two separate three month hospitalizations recovering from severe dehydration, malnutrition, and osteoporosis, as well as receiving counseling. I was extremely frustrated because I could see the pain I caused my family. One time I even fainted at supper time. My sisters were literally in tears.
Despite the efforts of my counselors and dietitians, nothing seemed to be sinking in. Anorexia and bulimia are extremely difficult to beat, despite what you may think. The cure goes far beyond "just eating." My years of malnutrition had also resulted in my osteoporosis, and my muscle was so severely catabolized that I could not even run.
Once returning to school, I learned of a program offered with a new gym that had just been built in town. Kids could go there for a P.E. credit. I enrolled, and met with a personal trainer, who got me really pumped about what I could achieve. He was also really cautious about my condition, so he kept in touch with my dietitian and health nurse as to our plans for me in the gym. Reluctantly, they allowed me to train.
The trainer, Mike, was great. He started me off on the right foot, teaching me proper form, nutrition, recovery, you name it. Soon I was reading all I could about the sport from magazines and Bodybuilding.com. I was hooked. When I was discharged from the hospital, I was 115 pounds, the bare minimum I needed to be at for my age and height.
Now, after gaining 30 pounds, I feel great, and am determined to push forward. I have since had another bone density test, showing a reversal of the bone degradation, meaning I no longer have osteoporosis.
Thankfully, due to my young age, my bones are still being built, so there was a chance to recover lost bone mass. Because of my weightlifting, this recovery was greatly expedited. I love bodybuilding because it has given me my life back; a life where I'm the boss, not my sickness. Bodybuilding saved my life!
Currently, I plan to continue gaining mass while at University. They have a great gym here, with a friendly staff.
How I Did It
Once I had settled into a consistent program for a few weeks, I became enthusiastic about bodybuilding and decided to do my own research on the subject. I started reading magazines, and buying books like Arnold's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
Soon I found Bodybuilding.com, and realized that all I needed to know was right there for free. I spent hours reading the online articles about nutrition, training, recovery, and supplementation. It was encouraging to also read stories about people that had also battled eating disorders as I had. The online store was great for finding the best products at the cheapest prices.
Once I knew a little more about diet and training, I was able to alter my plan accordingly as I progressed. I alternated between cycles of heavy weights with low reps to periods of lighter weights with higher reps. I also cut out all of the highly processed carbs, and ate a lot more healthy fats.
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Once I Knew A Little More About Diet And Training,
I Was Able To Alter My Plan Accordingly As I Progressed.
Note: Supplement schedule and dosages below in Diet section.
- 1 Whole Egg
- 4 Egg Whites
- 1/2 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
- 1 scoop Pre-Workout
- 1 scoop Multivitamins
- 1 serving Fish Oil
Meal 2: Post-Workout
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
Day 1: Legs
- Front Squat: 5 sets of 6-10 reps
- Squat: 4 sets of 8-15 reps
- Leg Press: 6 sets of 8-15 reps
- Leg Extension: 3 sets of 8-15 reps
- Leg Curl: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- One Leg Dumbbell Press: 4 sets of 6 reps
Day 2: Chest/Triceps/Shoulders
- Incline Dumbbell Press: 4 sets of 6-12 reps
- Dumbbell Bench Press: 4 sets of 6-12 reps
- Dips: 4 sets of 6-10 reps
- Dumbbell Flyes: 3 sets of 12 reps
- Barbell Push Press: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Barbell Upright Row: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Lateral Raise: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
Day 3: Back/Biceps
- Deadlift: 5 sets of 4-15 Pyramid reps
- Bent Over Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Lat Pulldowns: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Chin Ups: 4 sets to failure
- One Arm Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 6-8 reps
Day 4: Active Rest
- 1 hr Moderate Cardio on Treadmill or Ellipticall
Day 5: Repeat Cycle Staring with Day 1
Suggestions For Others
My one tip for other bodybuilders would be that when it comes right down to it, your mind is your greatest strength, but also your greatest weakness, if you let it be. Your thoughts will determine your limits. Learn to be positive, and limits will cease to exist.
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