Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Battle Ready

Training with this guy wouldn't be easy. It would require some type of physical activity every day. That's what separates Tom from the rest, and he has the body to prove it!

Name: Tom Banafato
BodySpace: tombana
Location: Bridgewater, NJ
Age: 22  Height: 5'8" Weight: 165 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 5

How did your bodybuilding journey begin?

Throughout my life I have played almost every sport at one point or another. In high school, I chose to focus on track and field because I loved the individual aspect of it. You alone are responsible for your own successes or failures; no one can tell you that you were not talented enough, strong enough, tall enough, etc. The results spoke for themselves.

Toward the end of my sophomore year, I suffered a knee injury that essentially ended my running career. Without running, there was a hole in my life. I needed an outlet in which I could channel my desire to succeed and progress. As I started lifting weights during my rehabilitation process, I started to see my body change. I quickly feel in love with weightlifting. Weight lifting is not much different from my first love, track and field. You get out of it what you put into it and you alone are responsible for your results.

I cannot imagine what my life would be like today without weightlifting. I love the feeling of leaving the gym and knowing that I did all I could to put myself in the best possible position to achieve my goals. In my mind, there is no better feeling in the world.

What workout regimen delivered the best results?

My training regimen follows a four-day split. Typically I do 3-5 sets of each exercise. I usually keep my reps on the higher side (around 10-12 reps), but once in awhile throw in a heavy day where I will do around 4-6 reps just to shake things up a bit and shock my body. If I'm cutting, I will do a half hour of cardio following my workout. I will either go for a run or hop on the elliptical.

I do not schedule days off. I am a college student and work two part-time jobs, so there are days where it is simply impossible for me to get to the gym. I will take time off if I feel beat up or that an injury is coming on. I only take the day off when it is absolutely necessary. In other words I go with the flow and listen to my body.

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Chest/Shoulders/Abs

Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Calves

Day 4: Back/Abs

What nutrition plan fueled your body?
Afternoon Snack
  • Fruit


    1 piece

Before Bed

What supplements gave you the greatest gains?
Before Bed

Tom thought about going for "The Thinker." He thought again.
He calls this "The Shredder."

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

I love the fact that you are in complete control of the results you see. If you are dedicated and put in the effort, the results will follow. I love the feeling of leaving the gym and knowing that I did all I could for the day to put myself in the best possible position to reach my goals. For me, the gym is an outlet where I can escape from the stresses of everyday life and clear my head. It's the one area of my life where I feel as if I have complete control of the outcome.

Where did you go or inspiration?

When I'm tired and don't feel like going to the gym I think about all of the times I didn't reach my goals in other chapters of my life because I was not giving it my best effort. I never want to feel that way about anything ever again.

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

I hope to get involved in fitness modeling. My goal is to land a cover of a major magazine. Besides that, I plan on continuing to exercise until the day I die. Exercising is something that keeps me healthy and makes me feel like a million dollars. Why would I ever want to stop? It blows my mind that everyone does not feel the same way.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

Consistency is everything!

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

I'm not into the bulky look. I am much more into the aesthetic symmetric natural look. In my mind, Greg Plitt has the world's best body hands down. Greg, if you are reading this, I'm coming for you!

How did help you reach your goals?

To me is like the bible for the fitness community. I use it for everything. I am constantly reading up on new exercises and nutrition. I doubt there has been an article written in the past year that I have not read. I am also an active member of BodySpace. In addition, I always order my supplements through the site because you cannot beat their prices!

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