- Name: Nick Martin
- E-mail: NMartinn032@aim.com
- Age: 18
- Where: Hilliard, Ohio
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 155 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Chest
- Favorite Exercise: Bench Press
- Favorite Supplements: Pre Workout N.O.s
How Did You Get Started?
I have been working out since 7th grade for football. After starting 2 years of varsity football for my high school's team, I was pretty into working out. The day after my last football game of my senior year, I went back to the gym to get into it again.
I started out light; I was obviously weaker than I was in the summer before football season. Working out 2-3 times a week for about a month, I still had an interest in it but I wasn't that big, that cut, or that strong. I wasn't that motivated or convinced I could ever pull off bodybuilding. It was not until late October 2008 that it hit me.
I was in a friend's hot tub and he commented to me that I have seemed to be less lean, that I was gaining fat. For some reason, just that little comment sparked me. I bought MRI's Black Powder the next day before I went to the gym. I went crazy that day, working out longer and harder than ever. I was so hooked to this feeling. It was a rush. Everything that was built up inside me was let out and I was living the gym life.
Everyday I returned to the gym. I couldn't take a day off, my mind wouldn't let me. If I did, I would get discouraged and down on myself. I found a muscle split that allowed my body to workout 6-7 times a week. I went through all November, December, January, and February working out 5, 6, 7 times a week. I spent 3-4 hours in the gym doing 1-2 muscle groups a day, abs, cardio, and sauna.
I was living the life of a gym rat. I was getting so lean and vascular, shredding 20 pounds off my weight. I felt good about myself and looked good in the mirror. I couldn't wait for winter to be over and for me to show off all my improvements! People started noticing too, the complements were pouring in. This fueled the fire even more.
I got even more serious, I started researching and talking to other bodybuilders. I learned so much about workouts and supplementation. I bought a big 6 lb tub of whey protein, a big tub of creatine monohydrate, a big tub of glutamine, and a multi-vitamin to make even bigger gains. I read up on Bodybuilding.com about gaining muscle, and getting thick, then shredding that fat down. That's the sport of bodybuilding, I finally realized.
I got even stricter with my diet this week. Making sure I'm getting enough protein and taking in more calories than I'm burning in the gym so I can actually gain muscle. I learned on Bodybuilding.com to not do any cardio when trying to gain mass, so I cut that out of my workout too. So I am currently on my bulking phase, getting my workout done in less than an hour, only spending 30 seconds. - 1 min. in between sets and cutting cardio. I'm excited to gain weight, then shred down the excess fat to be in competition form for the summer.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Bulking Phase. Objective-Gain Mass. Workout is to be completed in 1 hour 30 minutes or less. Heavy Weight, low reps. Very intense workout with little breaks in between sets/exercises. No cardio, no sauna. Four days on, one day off.
Day 1: Back/Biceps
- Wide Grip Pull Ups: 3 Sets Of 15 Reps
- Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns: 3 Sets Of 6-8 Reps
- Reverse Grip Lat Pulldowns: 3 Sets Of 6-8 Reps
- Cable Rows: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- T-Bar Pulls: 3 Sets Of 6-8 Reps
- One Arm Machine Rows: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Straight Bar Curls: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Seated Dumbbell Curls: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Concentration Curls: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- One Arm Preacher Curls: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Ez Bar Curls: 3 Sets Of 15-20 Reps
Day 2: Chest/Triceps
- Dumbbell Flat Bench: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Incline: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Flyes: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Pullover: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Cable Crossover: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Cable Extensions: 1 Set Of 15 Reps
- Cable Pushdowns: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Seated Dips: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Skull Crushers: 3 Sets Of 15-20 Reps
- Seated Two-Handed Dumbbell Overhead Extension: 3 Sets Of 10-15 Reps
Day 3: Legs
- Machine Squats: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Leg Extensions: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Hamstring Curls: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Calf Raises: 3 Sets Of 8-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Lunges: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Dumbbell Step Ups: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
Day 4: Shoulders
- Front Shoulder Raises: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Overhead Press: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Side Shoulder Raises: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Arnold Press: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Upright Rows: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 3 Sets Of 10 Reps
Pick 3 To Do 2-3x A Week:
- Decline Weighted Crunches: 3 Sets Of 30-35 Reps
- Hanging Knee Raises: 3 Sets Of 40-45 Reps
- Machine Crunches: 3 Sets Of 30-35 Reps
- Oblique Crunches: 3 Sets Of 20 Reps
- Leg Lifts: 3 Sets Of 40-45 Reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
- 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
- N.O./Caffeine: 20 oz. 20 Minutes Before My Workout.
- Creatine: 5g Servings Of Creatine Pre/Post Workout
- Protein: 3-4 Shakes Or Bars a day. Shake Pre/Post Workout
- Glutamine: 500mg Servings Of Glutamine When I Wake Up And A Serving After My Workout
- Multi-Vitamin: Once A Day
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I love body building for many reasons. The main reason is the discipline. It takes so much self control with your diet and gym time. So much mental focus to pump out reps and resist cheat food temptation.
I also love bodybuilding because of the looks. The lean, toned look is in right now. Everyone wants a tan, muscular body. It's sexy to girls and intimidating to guys. Just to see others looking at you in the gym motivates my love for the sport.
I also love bodybuilding for the health benefits. Working out now, when I'm 18, will extend my life span and will create good habits for when I'm older. Bodybuilding also requires a strict diet, one that if I follow now, I will follow when I'm and older middle aged man and someday a grandpa.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
For my future, I have plans of becoming a paid fitness/clothing model. I would very much like to be in a magazine for fitness or modeling. Also, next year I will be attending college where I am majoring in Health And Fitness and Nutrition. This will help furthermore my bodybuilding career.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
I've learned from BodySpace that there is always someone out there trying to up you, trying to outwork you, outlook your looks. I learned also never to be satisfied, never back down, and never quit! You only get what you put in. Treat everyday like your last. What if it all ended tomorrow? If I had to tell an upcoming bodybuilder my favorite saying it would be from the great Ronnie Coleman: "Everyone wants to be a bodybuilder. No one wants to lift these heavy weights, but I do it though!"
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?