Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Brody Bloom

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How Did You Get Started?

I was 13 years old, overweight, depressed and looking for any reason why I should even try. The ridicule, the embarrassment and the emotional frustration of realizing what I turned myself into, all embraced feelings of pain and doubt. It was with the encouragement of my brother, Logan that I realized it was time to change. My brother, coming from a past of weight issues and achieving great success with his body, instilled the confidence and determination within me to push myself and strive for an empowering physique. At first, it was only for health reasons, but it quickly turned into a passion; a desire and feeling that I couldn't describe with words.

Bodybuilding was this dream. My love for such a sport was never more glorified than this rugged, raw performance of personal struggle. Its demands, its beauty, its pain, its reward; all of this set the flame within me and struck a note of persistence for this physical challenge. Bodybuilding became my place of solitude. It became my future.

Brody Bloom.
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Brody Bloom.
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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

When it comes to training styles, many techniques can be put into play for building an award-winning physique. Personally, my greatest gains have come from either High Intensity Training or Max-OT training. When I first began bodybuilding, I didn't have one definite style that I felt worked for me. I did whatever I felt I could do that day, whether it is heavy training or light weight/high rep training.

Currently I'm performing High Intensity Training, adopted by the great Dorian Yates. His ideologies are proven effective and have provided me with immense gains, both in muscle mass and conditioning. High Intensity Training includes thorough stretching before training, and controlled warm-up sets of to feel the weight and become one with the motion before performing your "working" sets. After having performed your warm-up sets, it is now time to work.

Perform your desired number of sets of (usually one or two), beyond failure, pushing the body to its absolute limits, concentrating on only the desired muscle being worked. Nothing else should be accompanied to lift the weight, just the muscle you're focusing on.

Rep ranges for H.I.T. are kept rather low, due to the belief that focusing on the movement and introducing controlled intensity into the workout, allows the muscle to be fully recruited. Anything over 12 reps is noted as a "maintenance" workout. You're not allowing the muscle to be completely utilized, therefore not allowing the muscle to grow to its fullest potential. This type of training is a great way to add some serious mass and shock the body into a growth phase you will take notice to, after at least a solid 6-8 weeks of training.


Monday: Chest, Calves And Cardio

    Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes. And warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Incline Barbell Presses: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Incline Barbell Presses: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Flat Dumbbell Presses: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Flat Dumbbell Presses: 1 set of 5-7 reps
  • Pec-Deck Flyes: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Pec-Deck Flyes: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Cable Crossovers: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Donkey Calf Raises: 2 warm-up sets of 12-15 reps
  • Donkey Calf Raises: 1 set of 8-10 reps
  • Seated Calf Raises: 1 warm-up set of 10-12 reps
  • Seated Calf Raises: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Stationary Bike: 10 minutes
  • Treadmill: 10 minutes
  • Stairmaster: 10 minutes


    Tuesday: Quads And Hamstrings

      First, warm up on stationary bike for 5-10 minutes. Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes and warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Leg Extensions: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Leg Extensions: 2 sets of 6-8 reps
  • Leg Press: 2 warm-up sets of 12-15 reps
  • Leg Press: 1 set of 8-10 reps
  • Hack Squats: 1 warm-up set 10-12 reps
  • Hack Squats: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls: 1 warm-up set 10-12 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Standing Leg Curls: 2 sets of 8-10 reps, 5-7 reps


    Wednesday: Shoulders, Traps And Cardio

      Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes and warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Cable Side Lateral Raises: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Cable Side Lateral Raises: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell Front Raises: 1 warm-up set 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Front Raises: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Bent-Over Rear Deltoid Dumbbell Raises: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Behind-the-Back Barbell Shrugs: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Behind-the-Back Barbell Shrugs: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Elliptical: 10 minutes
  • Stairmaster: 10 minutes
  • Stationary Bike: 10 minutes


    Thursday: Rest Day

      If needed, however I train forearms, abs and cardio.

    Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes and warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Behind-The-Back Wrist Curls: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Behind-The-Back Wrist Curls: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Overhand Dumbbell Wrist Curls: 1 warm-up set 8-10 reps
  • Overhand Dumbbell Wrist Curls: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Rope Crunches: 1 warm-up set 15-20 reps
  • Rope Crunches: 1 set of 10-15 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 2 sets of 10-15 reps
  • Decline Bench Crunches: 2 sets of 10-15 reps
  • 40 Yard Sprints: 1 set of 5 reps
  • 30-45 seconds of Jump Rope: 1 set of 5 reps
  • Elliptical: 5-10 minutes


    Friday: Back, Calves And Cardio

      Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes and warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Wide-Grip Pull-Ups: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Wide-Grip Pull-Ups: 2 sets of 4-6 reps
  • Barbell Bent-Over Rows: 2 warm-up sets of 6-8 reps
  • Barbell Bent-Over Rows: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Dumbbell Rows: 1 warm-up set 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Rows: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell Pullovers: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Weighted Hyper-Extensions: 2 sets of 8-10 reps, 6-8 reps
  • Leg Press Calf Raises: 2 warm-up sets of 12-15 reps
  • Leg Press Calf Raises: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises: 1 warm-up set 10-12 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises: 1 set of 6-8 reps
  • Treadmill: 10 minutes
  • Stationary Bike: 10 minutes
  • Stairmaster: 10 minutes


    Saturday: Biceps, Triceps, Abs And Cardio

      Thoroughly stretch the desired muscles for 10-15 minutes and warm up with light weight before workout.

  • Straight-Bar Cable Curls: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Straight-Bar Cable Curls: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Hammer Curls: 2 warm-up sets of 8-10 reps
  • Hammer Curls: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Hercules Curls: 2 sets of 6-8 reps
  • Triangle-Bar Pressdowns: 2 warm-up sets of 10-12 reps
  • Triangle-Bar Pressdowns: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Overhead Dumbbell Skull Crushers: 1 warm-up set 8-10 reps
  • Overhead Dumbbell Skull Crushers: 1 set of 4-6 reps
  • Weighted Dips: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, 4-6 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 1 warm-up set 12-15 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 1 set of 10-15 reps
  • Oblique Bar Twists: 2 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Lying Crunches: 2 sets of 10-15 reps
  • Stairmaster: 15 minutes
  • Treadmill: 15 minutes


    Sunday: Rest Day

      Make sure to stretch the muscles worked, after each workout as well, for 5-10 minutes.

    Brody Bloom.
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    Brody Bloom.
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    What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

    My nutrition plan can be viewed as somewhat of a roller-coaster ride. I listen to my body and hold great attention to my body's needs and what I feel is necessary for that day. Overall, I tend to follow a high protein/moderate carb/high healthy fat diet, emphasizing on all aspects of nutrition. I find that when I've tried low carb or low fat in my diet, it's disrupted my conditioning, as well as my ability to hold size and continue to produce lean gains.

    Water intake is always kept between a gallon to a gallon and a half per day. I don't feel it is necessary for me to tailor it anywhere past that. A daily routine of meals would carry out as follows:


    Meal 1:


    Meal 2:


    Meal 3:


    Pre-Workout:


    Post-Workout:


    Meal 4:


    Meal 5:


    Meal 6:

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    Brody Bloom.
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    What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

    When discussing supplements, I tend to avoid having a large grocery list of them. I like to see what my natural abilities are, and what my body is capable of doing, through raw nutrition and training habits. Don't get me wrong, I do have my favorites. To lead off, being introduced to GENr8's latest recovery formula, Vitargo S2, has revamped my post-workout nutrition and repair dramatically. It is because of the noticeable effects on speed and duration of my recovery, as well as its' unique way of sustaining my post-training pump, that I decided to recruit GENr8's Vitargo S2 into my competition supplementation.

    As for the companies that have stuck with me through "thick" and "thin," Universal Nutrition tops the list. Their products have given me the greatest gains over the years, and I have complete faith in what they introduce to the market. Animal Pak, Universal Real Gains and Animal Nitro are a few which have been a permanent weapon in my supplement arsenal. I absolutely love the results I get from them, not only giving me the desired size but lean size at that.

    Optimum Nutrition is supreme in the protein powder section of the market. They introduce some of the most well-developed protein powders out there, and I've been a fan of them since I began bodybuilding. They combine superior ingredients in a perfectly portioned serving, ideal for anyone who is looking to take something that will provide them with quality gains.

    S.A.N. is one company I look to for when I diet hard and I need something to guide me along the way with my conditioning. They have superior thermogenic agents that can honestly get you "shredded" over the course of your diet. VPX and their Zero Carb Protein I used as the staple for my supplement regimen while getting ready for my first ever bodybuilding photo shoot. The results were truly jaw-dropping so my reliance and faith goes with them as well.

    I just choose supplements that will give me that extra edge in my training and diet, and will push me to stay consistent on my path to the pro ranks.

    Brody Bloom.
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    Brody Bloom.
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    Why do you love Bodybuilding?

    Bodybuilding is unique. It is the cycle of bloodshed, sweat, tears, hunger and dedication which create the universal liking for this singular sport.

    I've never understood the meaning or feeling of discipline until I was introduced to bodybuilding. The general consensus is negativity and cheating once someone mentions their love for it. But when you look deeper and study the beauty of the ferocious positivity that comes from bodybuilding, you start to believe in the power of personal enlightenment.

    I love pushing my body beyond human limits. I love the feeling that overrides my senses when I step under an iron bar and squat weight the average human being could not even imagine. The emotional struggle between man and diet; it's so tiring yet so invigorating. I love how there are only that selected few that are able to withstand the battle of your conscious mind verse your subconscious mind.

    As bodybuilders, we feed off of the looks, the emotions, the ideals and beliefs of our fellow brothers. It is within us to push past the obstacles of this sport and step into the limelight. No one can lift the weight for you, eat the food for you, deal with the mental fight for you and be rewarded for it all but you. It unleashes the true potential of who you are and what you can become.

    What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

    I've lived a life devoted to health and fitness since I was 13 years old. After being overweight from 5th grade to the beginning of 9th, I decided enough was enough, and a change must take place. My brother, who is my trainer and nutritionist, was the true influence in helping me to become accustomed to such a lifestyle. I would have never had the willpower to withstand the diet and training that needed to take place for me to feel confident in my appearance if it wasn't for him.

    Now that I've been involved in bodybuilding for the last 4 years, I've come to cherish the dedication and persistence it takes to maintain such an inspiring physique. There was a time when I could not tie my shoes without nearly passing out from the amount of pressure it built up. I cannot even count the days I've sat and cried because I was fed up with my appearance and my overall self-esteem.

    This sport has introduced confidence, determination, responsibility and most importantly, my true character. I enjoy taking pride in my body and my health, utilizing the tools needed to help progress in such a lifestyle. Self-confidence and positive affirmations embrace who I am as a person now. I can now say I love who I am and what I've attained in my life.

    For me to write to the health and fitness community, hoping to get my point across of loving who you are and what you desire to do, motivates me to continue with my journey. The thought of one day being an inspiration to others, fully supports why I live a healthy lifestyle.

    Brody Bloom.
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    Brody Bloom.
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    What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

    The most important thing that made me want to achieve my goals is me; the influence that I have on myself to either fail or succeed. Ultimately, it is I who decides whether or not I can take a step forward or a step back. This sport breeds a selfish act within us, not without reason, but with vicious intent.

    We can all come up with excuses that blind the truth or we can face reality and fight for what we desire to achieve. I love how one day, I can feel like a god-pushing the limits and displaying astonishing power in human form. The next day, I can feel broken-unable to attain a sense of self and strength.

    But the shape-shifting emotions only prove one thing...I am human. I'm just like everyone else, yet I enjoy the beauty of innovation in anatomical form. Physically driven and mentally capable, it is this sport that drives me to be that much better. None of this would be worth it, if the challenge wasn't there. The unique ability to stand out attracts me, and the battles I face only fuel the fire in my hopes of attaining professional status.

    What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

    After competing in the 2007 INBF New York State Bodybuilding Championships and placing 4th at the age of 17, I realized I was hungry for more. The stage, the pump room, the process in its entirety was truly epic. It's something any true bodybuilder must experience for themselves. With the new addition of a sponsorship deal from GENR8 inc. now at the age of 18, I plan to fully support and recognize the appreciation of the company and my fellow sponsor-mates.

    With their guidance, as well as my brother's involvement in my training, the management and business of my success, I hope to progress in the sport and reach out to people who are just beginning their journey in bodybuilding. It is such an addicting part of my life that I could not even imagine what it would be like without it. So I plan on continuing with it and making the most of everyday that is rewarded to me.

    I will be competing in the 2009 INBF New York State Bodybuilding Championships, hoping that my dedication and willpower will be recognized and that I will bring something to the stage that can inspire future teen bodybuilders on their own path. Other than that, I will assert myself in other events, such as guest appearances, photo shoots, competitions, conventions and conferences. Eventually, my goal is to win my Pro Card and represent the sport of bodybuilding in a positive light.

    Once I obtain my Pro Card, I will compete in numerous shows worldwide, acquiring an international fan base and relationship with fans alike. Until then, I'll continue to lay the foundation....brick by brick.

    Brody Bloom.
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    Brody Bloom.
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    What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

    One tip I would give anyone involved in this sport is to be patient. Nothing comes overnight. Once you realize that success takes time; and the philosophy that in order to build something beautiful and strong, you must not rush the process, the sooner you will become knowledgeable of bodybuilding's greatest teachings. When I first started, I wanted to be powerful, big and muscular. I wanted it immediately.

    When my brother sat down with me and explained that if I didn't want to ruin my chances of progressing in this sport, and take advantage of time and its reward, then I needed to shut up and stay focused on the main goal. That goal was to create something unique and inspirational. Something that someone, whether it is a veteran bodybuilder or a newcomer, could look at and say "now that's what I would like to strive for." Be confident in your abilities.

    Don't let outside negativity engulf your dreams. You are the architect of your own life and you must believe in your "self." There will be obstacles that will attempt to diminish your hopes of success, but it is within you to block out the darkness and accept the light. Once you have taken this philosophy to heart, you will come to truly cherish the label of "bodybuilder."

    Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

    My favorite bodybuilders...oh boy. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Well, to start off, Branch Warren. The man is pure inspiration. I've followed his contest history, training style and just his all-around personality since I started in this sport. A business man, a family man and a true, rugged bodybuilder with endless determination, Branch Warren exemplifies the definition of the People's Champ.

    He was the first bodybuilder to catch my eye as being complete yet truly monstrous. If I could train with anyone, or even just grab a bite to eat, it would have to be with Quadrasaurus himself.

    Next on my list, Dorian Yates. A living legend in the sport and an idol of mine. Being 6 time Mr. Olympia and still having the courtesy to look after up-and-comer's in their journey to the top, is just unspeakable greatness. If I was ever given the honor to meet with Dorian and have him train me, my gratitude and overall thanks would surpass any previous opportunity that has come my way. I could then say one of my dreams would surely be fulfilled.

    Jay Cutler is yet another top tier bodybuilder who I find to be incredible in his efforts and dedication to the sport. A man of great power and consistency, his path was not an easy one yet he leaped over all obstacles that came his way. It shows that with a dream and a gracious power of will, you can achieve what many have said would be impossible for you.

    Brody Bloom.
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    Brody Bloom.
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    What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

    Bodybuilding.com has become one of those sites that I check everyday I wake up, along with my e-mails and my myspace/facebook. I don't believe there has been one day that has gone by where I haven't been on at least once to see what the premiere article was, or who updated their BodySpace.

    The BodySpace feature is an innovative and unique way of opening up the world of health and fitness to the public. It allows for ordinary people like you and I to show off the hard work and dedication we put into our bodies. The support and recognition that is dispersed over that section of the site is truly amazing, and I hope it continues to grow day by day.

    The articles that are written by Bodybuilding.com's leading writers are informative and reliable in their facts. I know I've used many of Kris Gethin's dietary suggestions as well as contest preparation tips for my own personal gain.

    When I first began bodybuilding, the "Exercises" section of the site was my best friend. I viewed every bodypart, and broke down each exercise that was displayed on the site, in specific detail. It helped me to understand the mechanics of certain movements and also the proper way to perform each exercise that I used in my routine on whatever bodypart I was looking to work.

    I hope that Bodybuilding.com becomes a definite source of superior information for anyone who is involved in the health and fitness world. What is provided to us by these men and women is time out of their lives and must be taken into appreciation the hard work that goes into maintaining this site. Keep up with the good work. I know I, along with many others, will remain faithful to Bodybuilding.com's inspiration for years to come.