Teen Transformation Of The Week - Alex Silva

Alex was always weak growing up. Then he joined the rowing team in college and began to see significant change. But he wanted more, so he quit the rowing team and took up bodybuilding. Read on to learn more ...
Before Before
163 lbs
After After
181 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Alex Silva
E-mail: arsilva@umd.edu
Age: 19
Where: College Park, Maryland
Height: 6' 1"
Years Bodybuilding: 1

Before:
Weight: 163 lbs
Body Fat: 11%

After:
Weight: 181 lbs
Body Fat: 6%
Quad: 24"
Bicep: 14.8"

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Why I Got Started
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I was a pretty small/weak kid growing up, and in high school, I was mediocre at organized sports. In college, I decided to change my life and my image by joining the University of Maryland Crew (Rowing) Team.

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Alex Silva.

Being on the team helped me reach a cardiovascular fitness level I never knew possible, and my back and arms began to grow as well. Seeing this potential I never knew I had, I began to lift weights.

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By the end of my freshman year, I had become addicted to weightlifting, and knew I could never put on the size I wanted if I continued rowing. So, I quit the rowing team to dedicate my athletic energy to bodybuilding, and gained 18 pounds in my first year.

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How I Did It
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As a college student, bodybuilding is a good way to keep busy, stay healthy, and not get wrapped up in the wild party scene. Mostly, though, I love watching myself grow and improve, and I enjoy helping others at the gym who are starting out.

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I would like a gain a few more pounds and compete in local natural competitions in the next two years or so, and after that I will continue to workout for the rest of my life.

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Supplements
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In my first couple of months of working out, I used NO Xplode, and I really felt like it gave me energy to workout. As I am now trying to grow and become competitive, I have seen some great LBM gains from CytoGainer, as I have a high metabolism.

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Diet
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I don't follow a strict, timed diet, and I don't measure portions. I follow basic nutrition principles, and eat 5-7 times per day, including shakes.

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Training
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The period when I have seen the most growth was during the "Loading Phase" of a bodybuilding program by Hugo Rivera.

Day 1 - Shoulders & Arms:

Day 2 - Legs:

Day 3 - Chest & Back:

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Suggestions For Others
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If you feel like skipping a workout one day, skip. Then, afterward, imagine how you would be feeling if you had sucked it up and gone to the gym. That alone should be motivation enough not to skip a workout ever again.

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