Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Colton Leonard

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How Did You Get Started?

Well I first started just trying to get bigger and stronger for an upcoming senior football season in high school. I read Flex Magazine every day during work. However when the football season rolled around I took a bad hit 3 weeks out from the end of the season.

After receiving a career ending blow to my neck, I had lost any hopes of a scholarship and the schools I had been speaking with were no longer interested. Although discouraged, I was determined not to be the "well I used to..." Person when it came to athletics and fitness.

Colton Leonard
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Colton Leonard.

So I began seriously weight training with bodybuilding as my guide to nutrition and training. After a few months I was introduced to Nick Del Toro who was close to my age and had already done a few shows. We began to train together and after I had gained a little weight, I decided to do my first show. After that I was hooked.

Two years later I decided to do the Teen Nationals in 2008 where I placed 2nd in the Teen Men's heavyweight. There were few individuals that helped me get to where I am. My first trainer was Donavan Duncan. He is a life time natural and has continued to help me from the beginning.

Ron Burrow helped me train for the Teen Nationals and Lindsay Mulinazzi helped me with my nutrition and posing. My wonderful girlfriend Jessica Hughes, who has been through 2 ½ years of my bodybuilding, helped me prepare my food everyday, and helped me tan before the shows. If it wasn't for these people I wouldn't be the bodybuilder I am today.

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Colton Leonard & His Girlfriend, Jessica Hughes.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have found what works for me best is to hit each body part once per week and during each session to really focused on that one body part and going to failure on each set. My split looks like this:

    Monday: Legs & Light Hamstrings

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Tuesday: Chest

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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Back & Hamstrings

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Friday: Shoulders & Traps

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Saturday: Arms

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Sunday: Off

Abs and calves are trained twice per week as well.

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Colton Leonard.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

This is my off season diet regimen:

    Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Getting ready for a show I drop a lot of the carbs out of my diet and increase the fat, similar to the Dave Palumbo diet.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

In football and other sports you hang up your pads at the end of the day and that's it. Bodybuilding is not something you just hang up. Whether you're eating or in the gym tearing it up, you have to be really focused on your goal.

You have to live, eat, and breathe bodybuilding. The sport is won not on stage but months before hand in the gym and the kitchen. Not only that but there are so few who have what it takes to compete, and I enjoy being a part of those few.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Work hard and develop a great physique. Compete for the next 20+ years eventually earning a pro card. In the short future I would like to win the NPC Collegiate Nationals in the next 2-3 years.

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Colton Leonard.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Do your homework outside the gym. This sport is just as much mental as it is physical. Be smart, eat good and train hard every work out. Learn how to keep it different to keep growing. Keep your diet good bulking and cutting, the best gains will be made on a clean diet.

It does no good to work hard for 1 hour out of the day and suck the other 23 by not eating right, not getting enough rest or overtraining. Lastly, go to failure every set.

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Colton Leonard.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Frank Zane and Lee Priest.