Our Teen Bodybuilder of the Week was...
How Did You Get Started?
I was a sophomore in high school when a senior got in my face and made me mad. I decided then to hit the weights and get bigger. I was 125 at the time and lifted until the school closed down the gym and I was at 150. This was my junior year. I dropped back down to 130 so me and a buddy started a gym in a garage and lifted throughout my senior year. That is when the magic happened, we pushed each other hard.
Now that I have finished my first year of college, I have found another partner at school that has helped me work on getting ready for competition. So I guess you could say I was lucky to have two bad@ss partners, if it weren't for them I wouldn't be where I am today, so thanks guys.
I entered my first show in May 2008; a natural event here in Indiana run by OCB. I won first place in the teen class and then first place in Novice 1. It was a great first experience for competing. I wanted to compete in a Natural, tested contest and this one was well ran and I managed to meet lots of nice people at the contest. I hope to compete again next year before I turn 20.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I use a five day a week plan with a different body part for each day.
Usually four exercises, that included, flat dumbbell presses, incline flyes, decline flyes, incline presses and decline presses. All exercises are done with dumbbells. I throw in cross cable flyes every few weeks to change things up. So, one day I would do flat press, incline flyes and decline presses, the next week it was flat press, decline flyes and incline presses. 3 sets of each in the 8 to 15 rep range.
Back was wide grip pull ups, low cable pulls, good mornings, and lat pull downs. I tried to mix up these exercises too, using variety to keep my body guessing as to what was coming. I would do 3 sets of at least 3 sometimes four different exercises each week, keeping the typical 8-12 rep range.
For arms, I alternated bi and tri exercises, some of the ones I like to use were, for bi's: dumbbell curls, concentration curls, cable curls, hammer curls and straight bar curls. For tri's it was cable press downs, dips between benches, French curls and tri kickbacks. I would choose three exercises for each part and hit them in alternating fashion. Again it was three sets of each, in the 8 to 10 rep range.
I would throw in abs as competition got closer.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Eat big to be big.
I try to get five meals in a day including protein shakes as one or two of them.
Because I am in college, it is sometimes hard to find good food in the cafeteria. I basically ate good proteins and carbohydrates with some fats thrown in. Luckily, I have a good metabolism and can get away with cheeseburgers. If I had the money, I would go with steaks all the time.
I tried to eat good protein in the cafeteria, with boiled eggs, fish and chicken when they were available. I don't eat many sweets, except maybe the occasional doughnut for breakfast. Breakfast would usually consist of oats, and eggs, with juice and milk.
Lunch would depend on what they were serving, but I tried to eat as clean as possible given the choices.
Supper was more of the same. Now that I am no longer in a dorm, I plan on eating much better. I will be grilling chicken and steaks and laying off the junk food.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
It makes me feel good about myself.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I would like to go pro, and I am going to try to do it all natural. I will do some other competitions this year before I turn 20 next May, so I can compete as a teen. I want to add more size for my next competition.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
I tried not to miss any workouts the entire last year. Hard work in the gym yields results and consistency is a key to growth.
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