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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Michael Hildebrandt

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How Did You Get Started?

I got started almost 3 years ago. I was always the scrawny kid that played soccer. I considered myself pretty talented, but was always the root of every skinny joke. My senior year in high school I got my first taste of the iron with a buddy of mine, but the cardiovascular conditioning demands of soccer were too much to couple with hardcore weight training. I really wanted to start a consistent routine when I finished high school, but a soccer scholarship to a junior college further delayed the plans. I knew I couldn't physically better my physique for these two years playing soccer so I started soaking in every bit of information I could find so I would be ready to rock when I finished soccer. I would ask the big guys at the gym what they did, read articles on by writers like Big Red and Layne Norton. I felt I had a great base of knowledge before I even started lifting.

So when I finished my two years of junior college soccer I passed up further opportunities in this sport to pursue a greater passion, bodybuilding. I started coupling my newly gained knowledge with trial and error of my own experience. I was so grateful everyday I went to the gym because I felt I had to wait so long to start living my dream. Now almost 3 years and many mistakes later, I am content with being able to live out my passion. I competed in two shows in the spring of 07' in the junior division. I took home the first place trophy with one other competitor in my class for the Golds Gym Treasure Valley Classic. I headed to Spokane, WA two weeks later to compete in the Empire Classic and took fifth out of nine. This motivated me to work harder than ever. I just did my third competition on September 20th and took 3rd out of 7 in the men's open light heavyweight division. I plan on improving of this rank next year.

Michael Hildebrandt.
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Michael Hildebrandt.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Monday: Heavy Legs

Tuesday: Heavy Chest And Biceps

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Light Legs

Friday: Back And Triceps

Saturday: Shoulders And Light Chest

Sunday: Off

Michael Hildebrandt.
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Michael Hildebrandt.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?


I keep things very clean. I don't cheat at all when I decide to start dieting for a show. I usually follow about 40% protein 40% Carbs and 20% fat at the start of a cutting phase. I typically change this to about 50% protein 30% carbs and 20% fat as the cutting goes on. Here is a typical day.

Meal One:

Meal Two:

Meal Three:

Meal Four: Post-Workout

Meal Five:

Meal Six:

Meal Seven:


I eat about 80% clean but up my calories to about 5000 and change my macros to about 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat. All my carbs come from oats and potatoes. I also incorporate red meats and cottage cheese into my off-season nutrition plan. I make sure that I enjoy a hamburger or pizza every now and again to keep me sane!

Michael Hildebrandt.
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Michael Hildebrandt.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

The supplements that I truly believe in and think are a must for any bodybuilding regimen are whey, creatine, BCAA's and a multivitamin. I am a firm believer in Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard and I will never use anything else. My favorite creatine is Vitargo CGL by Nutrex because it includes some great post workout carbs as well. I love Xtend by Scivation for my aminos and I love the Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men for my multi-vitamin. If I am every feeling a little tired, I can always turn to some Supercharge by Labrada for a great pump going into a workout.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love it because it defines me. I have nobody to blame for my failure except for myself however, inversely I have myself to applaud when I am successful. Every day I go in for a grueling session, I free myself from all the stresses of life and I am able to release the tension. Bodybuilding is my sanctuary that I can always turn to. I love bodybuilding because I must sacrifice so much, but with this great sacrifice comes a greater reward than I ever knew possible. Every day I am challenged in the kitchen and in the gym to work hard to attain what I desire. I feel it allows me to live for something so much greater than the other ninety-nine out of a hundred people.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan on competing until age takes its natural toll on me. It is sometimes difficult to keep everything balanced, but since this is something I love I will always find a way to make it work. I will take the rest of this year and next spring to grow and finish up my degree and then I will be right back to attack the Natural Idaho State Bodybuilding Championship again next fall. I plan on winning the Light-heavyweight division by then. I am only 22 but I plan on getting my pro card and making this my lifestyle.

Michael Hildebrandt.
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Michael Hildebrandt.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Be patient. Growth takes time and that is why there are so few who can survive in this sport. Be consistent day in and day out because you have to assume that your competitors are eating clean and training just as hard as you. You must give yourself all the advantages that you can by being determined to reach your goals. Find a good support system and some good training partners as well.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite IFBB bodybuilder is Dennis Wolf. I feel we have similar structures and I love his crazy v-taper and small waist. I also really admire Layne Norton.