Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Andrew Chang

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How Did You Get Started?

There's something inherently appealing about the methodology and mythology of bodybuilding. I was a troubled youth, an overweight kid, and a bulimic teen until I found bodybuilding. I loved how I could forge my body through my will. I never believed in myself or trusted myself in the past, but through surprising myself with every moment I trained, I started to see things in myself that were never there before. People sometimes think faith is something you have before you began, but for me, faith was something that was created during the process. Just being able to do things I never thought I could do before, in the weight room and outside of it, was a miracle to me.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I gained over 10 lbs of solid muscle mass in about 3 months with Static Contraction during my junior year. However, I can no longer do it due to my joint problems. But it was extremely effective and efficient as I was wrestling during that time and with static contraction, I only had to work out once a week.

This summer, I gained 15 lbs of muscle in 2 months with proper nutrition, training schedule, and adequate rest. I would start with a warm-up set (50% of my max) of all the exercises I was going to do, and then I would do the gauntlet for each body part. I give my biggest muscle groups (chest, legs, back, lats) 5-7 days of rest, depending on how they feel, and my medium muscle groups (triceps, biceps, calves, and abs) 3-4 days of rest. I found that rest period to be the most effective for me.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat 6-7 small meals a day. I eat depending on my activity. I have a high-fiber, high-protein, moderate-carbs, and low-fat diet. I usually eat oatmeal, canned tuna, canned chicken, eggs, protein powder, Go-Lean cereal, fruits, and wheat bread.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Protein, Glutamine Powder, Dextrose, Antioxidants and Maltodextrin I found that what I took mattered as much as how I took them. I used the window of opportunity theory to time my supplements: Window of Opportunity

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding started out as a way to shape the body that I hated. It was a church I prayed in when my life was falling apart. However, it has become much more than that. Everything I learned and created through bodybuilding has changed my life, be it the ability to risk myself, the confidence from facing a challenge, the passion from living a dream, or even just the determination and desire to carry out a plan and blaze a path.

After years of training, wanting to give up, starting over, making something from nothing, I finally have a sense of tranquility, peace, and freedom. Instead of someone who fights great once a while, I was becoming a great fighter. Not in the sense that on a grand scale that I was any good, but in the small scheme of my life, the only sense that mattered, that I was the best I could be. And I know it. Every moment I train.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Even though bodybuilding has greatly impacted my life and is the lifestyle I live, I have no desire to compete in bodybuilding. I work out for myself and to make my dreams a reality. My dream is to be a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and that is what I focus on (except I can no longer train currently due to injuries).

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Desire. I think that is what matters more than anything. In the end, it is not the man with more skill, more talent, more knowledge, or even more opportunities that triumphs, but the man who has the hunger and will to do whatever he has to do, to endure whatever he must, and to overcome whatever stands in his past, that will ultimately be victorious. It's all too easy to get caught up in the glory and the legend that you forget who you are, what you want to be, and why you started.

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. Yet, it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but also its own talents as well" -Bruce Lee

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill"-Ali

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I don't know that many or have any. But whenever I don't feel like training, I just watch one of Rocky's training clips or a few mixed martial arts fights. Legends such as Bruce Lee, Mike Tyson, Frank Shamrock, Jens Pulver, and Randy Couture are fighters who have used strength training techniques, nutrition, and lifestyle to complement their fighting skills and improve their bodies.