Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Ryan Moore

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How Did You Get Started?

I started weightlifting in high school after I recovered from a sports injury that left me with a broken leg. I began lifting with my brother Shaun, a wrestler and bodybuilder, as he had always encouraged me to become bigger.

I spent all my days after school in the gym with the intent of adding size onto my frame. It wasn't long until my workouts became extremely grueling, and I found that what you eat is just as important as how intense your workouts are. I entered my first bodybuilding show in Rochester of 2004 and took 2nd place in the Teenage class and third in the Men's Novice Lightweight class. Later I competed in Buffalo, New York again placing 2nd.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have found that training one large muscle group each day allows for more intense and isolated training. I will occasionally split train in order to switch up my workouts.

Training with super-sets and heavy weight has helped to improve my mass, making sure to keep strict form; train with the weights that will help you meet your goals, leave your ego at the door.

Monday- Chest and Abs
Tuesday- Back
Wedneday- Quads and Hams
Thusday- Shoulders, traps and forearms
Friday- Arms and Calves
Saturday- Deadlifts
Sunday- Rest

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

During the off season I stick to a high carbohydrate and protein diet in order to gain weight. I try to eat six meals with about 230 grams of protein daily. In the morning I consume a fast digesting protein and carbohydrate in order to feed the muscle, as it has been starved over night.

Before bedtime, I eat a slow digesting protein and carbohydrate in order feed the muscle while I sleep.

While dieting for a show I will eat low carbs and high protein for 10-12 weeks. The diet itself is relatively complicated. I will usually drop between 25-30 pounds for a show in order to be on stage as shredded as possible.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Whey protein is number one. It is nearly impossible to make serious gains without it. I take amino-acids daily to prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue and for the extra absorption of protein.

I have always found it important to take a good multi-vitamin in order to replenish the essential nutrients burned during a workout. If I reach a plateau, I'll use a weight gainer supplement to overcome it. Every once in a while I'll throw in a creatine supplement.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

There is no better feeling than after a workout, when it feels like your biceps are swollen enough to rip through the skin on your arms. Or, that your back is so pumped that it will tear a seam of flesh under your armpits.

When a soccer or basketball player walks off of the field or court and into public, he takes his jersey off and no one will know what he does. A bodybuilder wears his "jersey" 24/7 and it is always there for all to see. Everyone can acknowledge the pain and sacrifice he has endured to be where he is. That's why I love bodybuilding.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am almost 20 years old now, so I will be competing in Men's Open classes. I plan to take some time off of competing to add as much mass as physically possible. I will then cut down and compete again in order to win my Pro Card.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Set a goal and then drop everything to reach it. Keep your head up and your fists clenched; nothing in life worth having comes easy.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I have been fortunate enough to meet most of my favorite bodybuilders each year at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. I have always envied the freaky mass of Markus Ruhl and have always been a fan of Tom Prince and Art Atwood.