Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Roma Pawelek

Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Roma Pawelek! - Pics and info and more!
  • Name: Roma Pawelek
  • E-mail: pawelekr@carleton.edu
  • Age: 19
  • Where: Highland Park, Illinois
  • Height: 5' 6"
  • Weight: 130 Lbs., Contest: 125 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Pullups
  • Favorite Supplements: Redline, Animal Pak, Green Bulge

How Did You Get Started?

Throughout junior high and high school I was a very serious basketball player and for years my dream was to play in college. My high school years of basketball were fraught with misfortunes; though I was recruited to play for my college, it didn't work out the way I had hoped.

Since I was no longer playing, I decided to follow a consistent training and nutrition routine in an attempt to fill the void. Ultimately bodybuilding helped me find myself and regain confidence during one of the most difficult years of my life.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

To gain muscle, "The Lost Routine" worked very well for me.

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Right now I am following a more core/functional muscle development program. I bought Ross Enamait's Infinite Intensity book and I'm doing his 50 day program (www.rossboxing.com).

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

To prepare for my last contest I used Lyle McDonald's Ultimate Diet 2.0 and it worked very well. Previously I was on a keto diet. My only mistake was tweaking UD2.0 into more of a keto diet (my only source of carbohydrates were vegetables) and I had a difficult time carbing up properly for the show.

Now I am doing the Paleolithic Diet. The rules of the Paleolithic Diet are simple: Only eat what was available to the early hunter-gatherers.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Daily: multivitamin, omega-3 tablets, L-Carnitine, Glutamine
Preworkout: Animal Pak, NO-Explode, Green Bulge (bulking) or Redline, Hydroxycut (cutting)
Postworkout: Nitrotech protein and Dextrose
Before Bed: ZMA, Glutamine

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Unlike in a team sport like basketball, the only person you depend on in bodybuilding is yourself. There are no politics or coach's biases...just you and the weights. In essence, you get out if it what you put in and if you aren't ready on show day there is nobody else to blame but yourself. Also, I love the discipline and the lifestyle.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

One day I want to get a pro card from a natural bodybuilding organization. But first, my short term goal is to win first place overall in a contest.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

In Fight Club Tyler Durden says, "This is your life. And its ending one minute at a time." My advice for other bodybuilders is to find a balance between bodybuilding and other aspects of life. I've been told I'm too rigid in my routines and at times I regret it. Work hard in the gym and eat cleanly 99% of the time, but make sure you spend quality time doing something fun or enjoying the company of friends and family.

Don't be mediocre. Don't blend in. Don't be one of the disillusioned that I see shuffling through the hallways day after day, frowning upon politics, activism, and diversity. Live life to the fullest, and enjoy every moment.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold was the first bodybuilder I knew of when I was younger and I still find him inspiring. Otherwise, I greatly respect all natural bodybuilders. In particular, Layne Norton because of his ability to balance bodybuilding with school and still have the time to help others on the forums.