Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Justin Yurko

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  • Name: Justin Yurko
  • E-mail: jyurko1@aim.com
  • Age: 18
  • Where: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Height: 5' 6"
  • Weight: 160 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :4
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Alternating Standing Dumbbell Curls
  • Favorite Supplements: True-Mass (BSN), Syntha-6 (BSN), BCAA's, Glutamine, Supper Pump, CellMass (BSN), & SizeOn.

How Did You Get Started?

I got started mainly because of my dad. I asked my dad how some people got bigger than others when I was about 12. He simply said, "They workout and are dedicated." Then after meeting my friends dad and seeing how big he was I knew; I too wanted to look like that.

My friend Pete and I would lift in his basement with the assistance of his dad John spotting us and teaching us the basics to working out. From their I took it to the next level once I entered 9th grade I was introduced to my second home the weight room. Once I got started I couldn't stop. Entering my freshman year as a skinny little kid - like I had always been my whole life - I knew what I wanted to accomplish and there was nothing getting in my way.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

From looking through all the books, magazines, and online pages I always looked for something new to try. Finally one day I found what works best for me pyramiding sets which is when you start with a lighter weight for higher reps and continue to gradually get heavier weight and decreasing your amount of reps.

An example: barbell bench press: I do 8 sets; 1st set - 15 reps, 135lbs; 2nd set - 12 reps, 155lbs; 3rd set - 10 reps, 165lbs; 4th set - 8 reps, 185lbs; 5th set - 6 reps, 205lbs; 6th set - 4 reps, 225lbs; 7th set - 2 reps, 245lbs; 8th set - 2 reps, 255lbs.

That is just one example of a pyramid workout. I do however, use pyramiding for mostly all my exercises. Mainly because my thinking is you need some heavy weight to continue to add mass and with the addition to the lighter weight higher reps it helps keep the mass you add on lean. This is just the method I found that works best for me it's different for everyone. You just got to keep on trying to find what works best for you.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

    6am- 1 scoop CellMass, 3 BCAA's
    6:30am-1 cup oatmeal, 4 egg whites/2 whole eggs
    9:15am-2 scoops of True-Mass, 1/4 scoop of glutamine
    10:45am- 1 scoop of Syntha-6
    12:10pm- 8 oz of chicken/turkey, 1 cup of green beans, 20 oz of water
    2:30pm- 2 scoops of True-Mass, 1/4 scoop of glutamine
    4pm- 8 oz steak, 1 cup rice, salad, 20 oz water
    5pm- 1 scoop of SuperPump250, 2 BCAA's
    5:30pm-workout, 1 scoop of SizeOn during work out, 40 oz water
    8pm- 8 oz chicken/turkey, salad, vegetable 1 cup
    9:30pm- 1 scoop CellMass, 2 scoops Syntha-6, 3 BCAA's
    10:00pm-6 oz steak, half cup of vegetables

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I feel smaller portions of supplements lead to the greatest gains. I personally think you will receive the greatest gains by hard training as well as dedication. The supplements without hard and intense training consistently, can only take you so far. It is vital you push yourself the rest of the way. The supplements that help me with my workouts the best were: True-Mass (BSN) - to add a few extra pounds of lean muscle; Syntha-6 - for a longer digesting protein powder before bed and workout; BCAA's, SuperPump250 - is one that works great for me in the gym; it gives me that little boost of energy to really blast out my sets and also adds a nice pump to go throughout my workouts; CellMass (BSN) - was another good product I used for post workout. Just remember, what works for someone may not work for you. You just got to try things new things and see what works best for you.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

The results are in your control and only you can take your body to the maximum. The only person to thank for your hard work and dedication is yourself. It's something other people take notice of how much hard work you put into your body.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

As of now I have an upcoming show in November. Then after that show I'm sure there will be others I'll attend. Other than shows, I would like to get involved in fitness modeling and get some publicity in magazines and websites. I would like to just keep growing in the bodybuilding world and continue on my way to getting my pro card.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never give up on yourself. Your future of your bodybuilding career lies in your hands. It truly depends on how bad you want it. Stay consistent with your workouts and "get Big or go home," as I tell my workout partner Brad. Also one more tip I'd give fellow bodybuilders is you should always be proud of yourself. Most people would never have enough courage and desire that a true bodybuilder has.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Stan McQuay, Bill Grant, Dexter Jackson, Kai Greene, Sean Jones, & Jay Cutler.