Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: John B

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  • Name: John B
  • E-mail: None
  • Age: 19
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  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 217 Lbs Off 184 Lbs Contest
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Biceps/Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Seated Dumbbell Curls
  • Favorite Supplements: BCAA, Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

As a child, I used to participate in recreational sports such as soccer, basketball and football; I was never good enough to play high school sports. During the last month of my senior year of high school, I attended the NPC Mr. Lehigh Valley Show in order to cheer on my friend George Koufalis (Who happens to be the previous Pennsylvania State Champ). After attending my first bodybuilding show, I really liked the work ethic bodybuilders must have in order to be able to step on stage and told myself that I am capable of competing.

So, I began reading all of the articles on Bodybuilding.com, magazines and talking to bodybuilders; I absorbed all the information like a sponge and began preparing to compete. Also, being scrawny resulted in getting harassed and bullied at school, and I promised myself I would never let anyone step on me ever again. So I had to train hard and diet well in order to achieve a solid physique. On May 1st, 2010, I competed in the NPC Mid Atlantic Natural Classic and placed 1st in the teen class and 1st in the novice light heavy weight class.

John Baroud.
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John Baroud.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Day 1: Chest/Triceps/Calves

Day 2: Back/Biceps/Abs

Day 4: Quadriceps/Hamstrings/Calves

Day 5: Shoulders/Abs

John Baroud.
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John Baroud.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5 (Post Workout):

Meal 6:

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I realized that spending money on solid foods is more beneficial than spending the money on the hyped up supplements. I stick to the basics:

John Baroud.
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John Baroud.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is challenging, not many people have the drive and determination to be able to stick to a strict regimen. Also, the discipline in the weight room has carried into the classroom; my grades have skyrocketed since I began training and dieting hard because I have no time to fool around. Also, it feels great to be recognized and respected on campus. The girls love the muscles, and the guys overwhelm you with questions about your training and dieting.

It feels good to have people actually looking up to you for once! Moreover, since I began living the bodybuilding lifestyle I started saving plenty of money, because I no longer eat out at restaurants. Last but not least, I would like to have a physique similar to Mike O'Hearn's in the future, so I will continue to sculpt my body as the years go on and I learn more and more every year.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Clean eating, training hard and sleeping 8 hours a night make me feel good. I always have energy and my body is never tired. Also, I have a younger brother who really looks up to me; I need to set a good example in order for him and his friends to stay on the right track.

Helping people also keeps me going. It is a great feeling to know that people in need of help will run to you for advice. Lastly, leading a healthy lifestyle at a young age will hopefully protect me from illnesses as I grow older.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I grew up scrawny; I weighed 139 lbs just a few years ago. People doubted me and made fun of me on a daily basis. All the negative comments stuck in my head, but I used them as fuel to grow bigger and stay motivated. Next, I told myself that I would never quit, I would improve every day. So far I have done just that. I am never satisfied with my physique anymore, I want to continue to grow and make improvements to every body part, every single day.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Just last week I placed 1st in the teen class as well as 1st in the novice light heavy weight class. It is now in my best interest to pack on some size. I stepped on stage (the feeling was unreal!) and learned how everything works, which was one of my goals to achieve at a young age.

For now, I plan to add more size and quality to my muscles. The next time I step on stage I hope to weigh 198 lbs and win my weight class in the "open" division. I am taking it one step at a time, I feel that is the best way to go because I can set realistic goals as well as meet them.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never get sidetracked by people who are not on track. Also, ignore the individuals who take pride in insulting you, they are jealous and have no discipline. Set goals, focus and never give up until you meet those goals. Also, if you enjoy bodybuilding but do not know where to start, pick up a copy of "Natural Bodybuilding" by John Hansen, it is by far the greatest book to have in your corner. Lastly, take plenty of risks or else you will never move forward, you live and learn from your mistakes.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are two guys who I look up to and talk to on a consistent basis. George Koufalis and Jeff Behar are my favorite bodybuilders as well as my role models. (Jeff wrote plenty of articles for Bodybuilding.com a while ago and his work is always a great read!). Lastly, a bodybuilder who I really respect and follow up on is the new-comer Brandon Curry.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

The "training" and "nutrition" tabs of the SuperSite are my favorite. Unlike other sites, Bodybuilding.com actually gives you a detailed program which helps me whenever I hit a plateau. Also, for the last 9 months of prep I must have checked out the "contest prep" section once a day in order to find new ideas, new foods and training tips to help me progress!