- Name: Justin Zorian
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Age: 19
- Where: Tampa, FL
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 175 lbs off 150 lbs contest
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Back and Chest
- Favorite Exercise: Dumbbell Bench Press
- Favorite Supplements: Xtend, Monster Mass and Kre-Alkalyn
How Did You Get Started?
I started lifting weights when I was a sophomore in high school. Being only 5'2 and 110 lbs I was very small for my age. I wrestled my freshman year but did not have much success. I started lifting weights to get bigger and break free from my curse of being small, weak and puny. It was also recommended by my doctor because working out could help my diabetes.
As a tenth grader, I could barely bench press 90 lbs and found it very embarrassing. I began working out in my garage with nothing more than free weights. I began making quick gains and joined a gym. Seeing myself get bigger and stronger was a great feeling, almost addictive. My high school had a bodybuilding show called Mr. Cougar.
I attended my junior year and was hooked. That night I was fully convinced I was going to do it as a senior. I began putting on weight to bulk up, and then 12 weeks out I started my "contest prep". I began seeing myself transform and it was an amazing feeling.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I usually just stick to the basics and lift as heavy as I can. I make sure to go to failure on every set to ensure my muscles are fully worked. I usually keep it simple and just do regular sets and reps. However, about 8 weeks before a contest, I will sometimes add drop sets and supersets to help bring out striations in areas such as chest and legs.
- Dumbbell Bench: 3 sets of 12, 10, 8 reps
- Incline Barbell Bench: 3 sets of 12, 10, 8 reps
- Machine Pec Flyes: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps
- Cable Crossovers: 3 sets of 20, 15, 10 reps
- Close Grip Pulldowns: 3 sets of 12, 10, 8 reps
- T-Bar Rows: 4 sets of 12, 10, 8, 8 reps
- Straight Arm Pulldowns: 3 sets of 15, 12, 12 reps
- Close Grip Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Weighted Pullups: 3 set of 8 reps
- Leg Extensions: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Hack Squats: 4 sets of 12, 10, 8, 8 reps
- Leg Press: 4 sets of 15, 12, 10, 8 reps
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 15, 10, 8 reps
- Dumbbell Side Raises: 6 sets of 15, 15, 12, 12, 10, 10 reps
- Machine Presses: 3 sets of 12, 10, 8 reps
- Bent Over Raises: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps
- Barbell Shrugs: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps
- Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 12 reps
- Machine Preacher Curls: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps
- Dumbbell Overhead Press: 3 sets of 12 reps
- Rope Pushdowns: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps
- Weighted Dips: 3 sets of 12, 10, 8 reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I don't take many supplements and am very cautious with what I take because of my diabetes. I have found that Xtend is great to take during workouts and before you go to bed to give your body plenty of amino acids. I always take a protein shake post workout to help my body recover. Multivitamins are helpful during contest prep to stay healthy and minimize the chances of getting sick.
I also like Kre-Alkalyn because it is a very solid creatine product. Lean Out by Beverly is also a great product that is safe and effective in helping to burn fat. It is not loaded with stimulants like many fat burners today. If your diet and training are not in check you won't grow. However, with proper training and nutrition, certain supplements can be very helpful.
- Gaspari Anavite: 1 serving
- Kre-Alkalyn: 1.5g
- Scivation Xtend: 2 scoops
- Whey protein: 1 serving
- Udo's Choice 3-6-9 Oil Blend: 2 tbsp
- Beverly Int. Lean Out: 1 cap
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
When I look at old photos or videos of how small and weak I used to be, it motivates me to keep pushing. I also love living a healthy lifestyle because working out and eating right help me keep my blood sugars on track which is the most important thing in my life. Bodybuilding is like an art, you constantly are sculpting your body to make it into what you want.
What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?
I wanted to stop being the small, weak kid. Bodybuilding is an independent sport and I like being able to control my results. My main drive for competing was just for myself. No other reason then to just say "I did it."
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I am currently getting ready for two shows in the summer. It will be my last chance to compete as a teenager so I want to take advantage of the opportunity. After this, I am not sure how long I will continue competing. I plan on bodybuilding being a staple in my life for years to come.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
To stay consistent. Consistency is key in this sport. If you put in the time and effort, I promise the results will follow. In 3 years, I have gone from benching 90lbs to 245 lbs. I have gained 60 lbs of lean mass and lost fat. The results will come if the hard work is put in.
Bodybuilding is very self rewarding and no other sport will make you feel better about yourself. If you are contemplating on doing a competition but are unsure, just try it. Nothing beats the feeling of being on stage and displaying your hard work.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?
I use the forums a lot. They are very helpful in learning about every aspect of bodybuilding including training, nutrition, and supplementation. If someone needs advice on anything, I highly recommend checking out the forums. You will get honest, respectful answers.