Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Sal Abbondanza

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How Did You Get Started?

My older brother had been working out a lot and started to get much bigger than me. I wanted to get in the gym just like my brother so that we could do something together. Also, with being involved in sports, lifting was going to help me to get better. When playing football, size and strength was a big factor so lifting made up for my smaller size.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Through different workouts that I have seen in magazines, online, or just anywhere I have found personally that staying within 6-12 reps, occasionally doing 5 sets of 5 reps gave me the best results. For most things I do 12-10-8-6. I like to take my time and work at a slow pace. Every few weeks I will change exercises and add in a few drop sets.

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Back/Abs
Day 3: Legs
Day 4: Shoulders/Traps
Day 5: Arms
Day 6 & 7: Off

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I have noticed the best results by eating high protein and low fat meals, along with large amounts of carbs. I try to consume 1g of protein per pound a day and between 2800-3200 calories per day as well. With all of that, I have to drink a lot of water in a day too, so I try to drink at least a gallon.

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3: Pre Workout
Meal 4: Post-Workout
Meal 5:
Meal 6:
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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I try to keep it simple when it comes to supplements. Protein powder, creatine, and pre workouts, which I switch up after completion, are all I personally use. In the morning and post workout I use Optimum Gold Standard Whey, pre workout I use something like Jack3d or Assault, post workout I use Optimum Hydrobuilder, and before sleep any kind of casein powder.

With Meal 1 & Post Workout:
Post Workout:
Before Bed:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

When I see gains in the gym there is no better feeling to me. Whether it's getting my bench up or going on pin up on the cables I love seeing all my hard work pay off. Lifting 5 days a week is not a fun thing to do for most people but I love doing it. I'd rather be in the gym then sit around at home. Also the gym is a great way for me to relieve stress and just get into my zone, there is nothing like getting into that zone and having great workouts. Going to the gym is the best part of the day, gives you something to look forward to every day.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I really motivate myself to remain healthy. Nobody that I know or grew up with influenced me to be this way; it is just something I picked up when I began lifting. When putting on my beginner's weight I realized that the best way to do it would be with a good diet. My family supports what I do and I have influenced them to become healthier.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

After achieving my first goal I never looked back. Ever since I got to my first bench press mark I have wanted to get stronger and stronger. Putting on muscle and getting stronger is a good feeling for me and I enjoy doing it every day.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Although I have never competed on stage, I plan on getting involved in competition by next summer. I feel like I need some more time to just really bulk up and add on more solid weight and muscle. I have a goal in one day hopefully being sponsored or doing some sort of fitness photography work.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

If I could give advice to other bodybuilders I would stress the fact that you need sleep, protein, and to not over train. Although people want to be in the gym all the time, you have to give your body a rest to see the best gains. Also the fact that everybody needs to set a goal for themselves, and when that goal is reached, set a higher one and just keep setting goals because lifting for no purpose will get boring. Also, listen to all the older guys in the gym because they have learned through experience.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Jay Cutler, Johnnie Jackson, and Dexter Jackson.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

BodySpace, Store and I look through all of the workouts on the SuperSite.