Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Beau Elvis

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How Did You Get Started?

Like most kids I would watch wrestling on the TV when I was younger, I remember being so amazed by all their great physiques and how being so built earned them so much respect. I had no idea what bodybuilding was at the time. One day I stumbled across a Kevin Levrone posing video on YouTube, I had no idea who he was at the time but I had just one thought going through my mind, "Wow, I have to look like that."

I immediately became obsessed with bodybuilding and would spend all day reading and learning all I could about it, I spent hours every day watching videos and reading articles. At around 13 years old I went out and bought my first dumbbell set, I soon joined my local gym and I've been pretty much hooked since then.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Bodybuilding training serves one purpose, to stimulate muscle growth. I find training to be far more effective if muscle growth is stimulated within the shortest time possible. I lean more towards Dorian Yates' High Intensity Training, where you train with minimal sets but maximal intensity.

I will typically use one or two warm-up sets for each exercise before moving onto my only working set. This one set includes forced reps, two drop sets and negative reps to failure. It is crucial to have a reliable training partner when training like this.

I train very instinctively, and my workouts will often change depending on how an exercise feels. For example if I was getting a great pump doing rope pushdowns I might do another two or three sets, I believe you need to listen to your body when you're training rather than just going through the motions.

For example one working set would look like this:

315lbs x 4 (2 forced reps)
Drop: 225lbs x 8
Drop: 135lbs x 10
Negatives: 135 to failure

I currently train on a 5 day split as follows:

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
  • Barbell Bench Press: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Pec Deck: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Skull Crushers: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Overhead Dumbbell Extension: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Rope Pushdowns: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
Day 2: Back/Biceps
  • Wide Grip Pull-Ups: 50 total reps
  • Lat Pulldowns: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Barbell Row: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Barbell Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Machine Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
Day 3: Shoulders
  • Barbell Overhead Press: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Standing Side Raises (heavy): 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Seated Side Raises (light): 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Rear Delt Raises: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
Day 4: Off

Day 5: Legs
  • Leg Extension: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Leg Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Barbell Squats: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Walking Lunges: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
Day 6: Arms
  • Barbell Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Close Grip Bench Press: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Incline Dumbbell Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
  • Overhead Dumbbell Extension: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, 1 negative set to failure
  • Superset:
    Machine Curls: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
    Rope Pushdowns: 1 warm up set of 2 reps + 2 forced reps, 2 drop sets of 8, 10 reps, and 1 negative set to failure
Day 7: Off


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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3: Post Workout
Meal 4:
Meal 5:
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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Morning:
Post Workout:
Evening:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It's an individual journey, nobody can hold you back but yourself and unlike any other sport, you carry your accomplishments with you, on your body, everyday. Bodybuilding is such a niche sport and only those involved can understand what we put ourselves through. I also love to inspire others and am always happy to help people reach their goals.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I am fortunate enough to have parents that have always supported my bodybuilding goals; they even bought me a ticket to Texas to train with Ronnie Coleman for the weekend, a really humbling experience.

I have my training partner JC who always inspires me to lift heavy in my pursuit of aesthetics, he has been a huge motivation for me and I wouldn't be anywhere near the level I'm at if it wasn't for some of the crazy training and eating sessions we've gone through together! There's also Tiff, who on many occasions has told me to 'go get huge' in the gym, and also takes all of my progress pictures.

I am always inspired by all the content on the Bodybuilding.com, both the articles and the forums, where you get so much support from other members.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I became practically obsessed with bodybuilding from a young age and I'm sure it's going to be with me the rest of my life. With bodybuilding there truly is no finish line and you can always improve upon your physique.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to follow in the footsteps of all the countless great bodybuilders before me and build a physique that will inspire people.

In time I will step on stage and compete, but I am a real perfectionist when it comes to bodybuilding and I wouldn't want to present my physique until it is as close to perfect as I can take it. I will take bodybuilding one step at a time and hopefully one day I have the honor of turning pro.

I also want to promote bodybuilding and fitness and help create a culture where physical strength and ability is valued just as highly as any other accomplishment.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Aim for consistent perfect days; treat every single day as a separate time span you use to reach your goal. Don't think in weeks or months because you risk becoming lazy and putting things off. Instead make sure you wake up and make every single day perfect, eat all your meals and never miss a workout, because if you do, there's someone out there who didn't skip their workout or cheat on their diet ready to overtake you.

"You have to do what others won't, to achieve what others don't."

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I've been inspired by hundreds of different competitors, some of my favorites include Kevin Levrone, Dennis Newman, Kai Greene, Flex Lewis, Flex Wheeler, Dorian Yates, Leroy Davis, Ronnie Coleman, Evan Centopani, Frank McGrath and of course Arnold.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

BodySpace, articles and forums.