Our Teen Bodybuilder of the Week was...
How Did You Get Started?
I have always been interested in sports, football especially. As a child I was always too small and fragile to play though. My mother feared that I would get hurt. When I got in high school and I was able to make a few decisions on my own, however, I decided to join the football team.
After my first year I was told by my coach that he would be moving me from cornerback to running back. I knew that I would need to gain some weight if I were to play running back at the varsity level, since I only weighed about 115lbs. I tried eating and various weight gaining plans, but nothing seemed to work. I have always had a super-fast metabolism, so eating alone wasn't going to get it. I knew what I needed to do, so I turned to weight training.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Paring protagonist and antagonist muscle groups twice a week worked best for me. For example, I'd do chest and back on Monday, Biceps and triceps (And Shoulders) on Tuesday, and legs (hamstrings and quads) & calves on Wednesday. On Thursday I would repeat everything with a different array of exercises. Sample Workout Split:
Sample Workout Split:
Monday: Chest & Back
Tuesday: Arms & Shoulders
For Calves I usually do 4 sets of 3 different exercises and I try to pound out as many reps as possible with as much weight as possible on every set.
Thursday I start back over with chest and back, but everything changes. I completely change the exercises and weight being used. For instance, instead of doing incline bench presses for my upper chest on Thursday, I'll do incline dumbbell presses and instead of going so heavy, I'll lighten the weight and do a few more reps.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I have never been on any especially strict nutritional plan. I do, however, try to take in as many carbs, calories, and protein as possible.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I cannot fully explain why I love bodybuilding so much. The best way I can explain my passion for the sport is by saying it's like an illness. I have told myself from day one that once I got to a certain weight or size I'd be satisfied and from there just maintain. But once you get to that certain weight or size, you then set higher goals for yourself. I have done this many times. For instance, I have told myself for years that once I reached the shape I am in now I would be satisfied. Still, however, now that I am here, I want more. It's almost like an addiction. I want to see how far I can push myself, how far my body is willing to be pushed... Bodybuilding is far more than just a misunderstood sport or past time. It's a way of life.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
With time and a lot of hard work, I'd like to someday become a professional bodybuilder. I figure I could be like another Johnny Jackson or Ronnie Coleman (extremely strong bodybuilders). Though, my exceptional physique never fails in turning heads while I am in the gym, I believe my strength attracts more attention than anything else. I figured I could do both bodybuilding and competitive powerlifting at a professional level when I am older.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Find your nitch. Everyone's body is different. Don't live your life following somebody else's orders or compose routines based entirely on someone else's opinions. Develop your own knowledge and become an exercise expert yourself. Create routines and become aware of what exercises and fitness philosophies best work for you through trial and error. After all, who knows your body better than you do?
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
Even today, I still feel that Arnold Schwarzenegger had one of the best physiques in bodybuilding history. So I'd have to say that he is one of my favorites. Johnny Jackson is also one of my favorites. I admire his ability to be a successful professional bodybuilder and be as strong as he is at the same time. He looks like a bodybuilder, but he lifts like a powerlifter.
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