Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Seth Hunter

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How Did You Get Started?

I first got started when I was 13. I had always wanted to improve my skinny ectomorphic body to a more muscular mesomorphic type. I wanted something that set me apart from other people that I would enjoy, and then I found lifting. My dad and I both joined the local YMCA and started using the Nautilus machines when I turned 13; we did this for the first 6 months and then moved on to free weights 3 days a week.

Once I started free weights I was addicted I couldn't stop! I read anything and everything I could find in muscle magazines and on bodybuilding.com. After the first year of lifting free weights I decided I needed to work every muscle group, not just the front side of my upper body, like almost everyone does when they first start out.

I wanted to be the best and experimented with many different workout and nutrition routines. I worked out off and on with different workout partners throughout high school and continued to lift with my dad a couple times a week.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The majority of my reps are in the 4-6 range. I've found this the best way for me to gain a decent amount of muscle while increasing strength at the same time. Also a couple times a month I'll do workouts with reps in the 8-12 range. My favorite exercises are compound exercises but I also incorporate some isolation movements.

I also do a lot of static stretching during the last 5-10 min. of my workouts. Workouts never go above an hour and I like to do low intensity (130-150 HR) cardio post-workout on an incline for about 30 min. I've experimented with many routines but right now I am doing a split like this:

  • Monday: 45 min. Low Intensity Cardio or 25 min. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Tuesday: Back, Shoulders followed by 30 min. Low Intensity Cardio
  • Wednesday: 45 min. Low Intensity Cardio or 25 min. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Thursday: Arms, Abs followed by 30 min. Low Intensity Cardio
  • Friday: Legs followed by 30 min. Low Intensity Cardio
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Chest, Abs followed by 30 min. Low Intensity Cardio

*During the off season cardio is dropped to 30 min. on off days and 15 min. post-workout.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

In the off-season I usually follow a diet high in protein, moderate in carbs and moderate in fat. Calories are about 200 to 500 above maintenance and are all clean foods. When I'm cutting my calories are about 300-500 below maintenance. My diet consists of high protein, moderate fat, low carb and I also do a carb reefed twice a week. This last cut I did, I used the Game Over: Cut Diet by Scivation and it allowed me to get shredded while maintaining nearly all of my strength and muscle mass.

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Protein, Creatine, BCAA, and Beta-Alanine.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the feeling of accomplishment after an intense workout nothing else compares. Also, seeing my body transform, the alpha mentality while in the gym is awesome, the increase in confidence and who doesn't love the pump!

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future bodybuilding plans are to compete in a natural contest and stay cut while gaining lean body mass. I also have a few plans of competing in a couple RAW powerlifting meets.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Experiment! Never be afraid to try new things, some things work for some people and some do not work for others. Give a workout program a couple months and then judge your results and see if that style worked for you or not.

One more tip I have to mention is to log your workouts! I know it seems time consuming. But always write down what exercise you did, how many reps, how much weight etc. I have found this to be extremely beneficial, you don't want to be one of those people that continue to do the same routine and lift the same amount of weights every time you see them. Always strive for more! I always try to beat my last workout by at least a rep or add 2.5-5lbs. more weight while maintaining good form.

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Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Layne Norton, and Dexter Jackson.