- Name: Marco Ferraro
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Age: 19
- Where: Brooklyn, New York
- Height: 5' 11"
- Weight: 185 Lbs., Contest: 180 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :3
- Favorite Bodypart: Lats
- Favorite Exercise: Wide-grip Chins
- Favorite Supplements: SuperPump250/SizeOn, & Isopure Zero Carb (Alpine Punch).
How Did You Get Started?
I began working out in 2005, during high school, for my physical education class. After finding out that my school held an annual bodybuilding show I figured I'd give it a shot. I began training three times a week for the next few months. It was then show time! I competed in the Heavy Weight Division, weighing in at 172 lbs. I didn't place in the top three. After that show I was discouraged, but determined.
I began training five days a week, and prepared myself for the next bodybuilding show held in May 2006. Three months out from the show I began dieting, and training more intensely. I competed and placed second in the Heavy Weight division weighing in at 196lbs. After placing so well it sparked my interest even more in Bodybuilding. I began working closely with my Coach who is a two time INBF Pro. We tweaked my diet and picked up my training yet again. A few months later I joined the INBF and on September 22nd, 2006 I competed in the Beyond 2000 Nutrition Naturalmania. I placed second in the teen division. This was the first time that I had competed on an Amateur Level.
In March 2007, after taking nearly 8 months off, I began to Diet and Train for another Amateur Show. I prepared for a show titled "Long Island Experience." I competed in the Teenage Division and placed 4th. This was the turning point for me. I began to focus and concentrate on the sport even more, including a more intense diet. Later this year, I competed in yet another Long Island Show; this time I participated in two Divisions- Teenage Division and the men's Open Light-Heavyweight. I competed against six teenagers and took 2nd place. In the Men's Open Light-Heavyweight Division I competed against older competitors that had been on top of their Novice Divisions. I placed 4th. These competitions allowed me to gain more experience. On September 15th, a week following my Long Island Show, I competed in Manhattan at the "Beyond 2000 Nutrition: Naturalmania." I competed in the Teenage and the Men's Novice Division.
I competed against five teenagers and Placed 3rd. In the Men's Novice Division I had competed against six competitors and placed 3rd yet again. The idea of not placing first doesn't discourage me. It allows me to gain the experience I need to be great competitor. Bodybuilding has become a passion and something that I like to do for fun!
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Nutrition varied from show to show, trying out new forms of dieting, carb depleting, sodium loading, and potassium loading is what worked best. A typical meal plan was:
Sample Meal Plan:
6 egg whites
1/2 cup oatmeal
16 oz water
6 oz chunk white tuna (in water)
5 oz lettuce with teaspoon of vinegar 16
8 oz grilled chicken salad
16 oz water
6 oz (choose 1) chicken, beef, or tuna
1 cup (choose 1) vegetable (broccoli, string bean, kale, or spinach) 5 oz
Meal Replacement Shake
This diet provided me with the energy I needed for a great caloric burn. It brought out much of my definition. Results may vary... best of Luck!
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I love bodybuilding because it's not only a sport, but a passion. What a white canvas is to a painter is what my body is to me. Bodybuilding allows me the opportunity to turn my body into a masterpiece. It allows you to fully understand your body. What works for you and what doesn't? This sport turns people into perfectionists. To perfect every flaw they see. It's a sport that you must be on point and determined as far as your diet, your training and your sleep. It can lead to disappointment, which is why it is loved by many and participated by few.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I plan to continue to compete with the INBF and work towards my PRO Card. This is all in due time.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Bodybuilding is an art. It takes time to sculpt your body into a perfect, symmetrical masterpiece. Do not get discouraged; stick with it, because the results in the end are very rewarding.