Name: Bradley McGury
Location: Lombard, IL
Weight: 210 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 9
How did your bodybuilding journey begin?
I played soccer year-round growing up and was consistent in the gym while following a workout plan specifically for soccer. My family is fitness-oriented, so I was fortunate to have the resources I needed to learn how to train and diet. I began lifting with my dad who has lifted for many years and competed in powerlifting. I owe my progress and success in bodybuilding and fitness to him and the people he and I worked out with.
As a teen, I focused primarily on powerlifting and adding as much size and weight as possible. Focusing on compound movements helped me add weight and size quickly and made me much stronger. I made sure to take protein after my workouts but didn't follow a specific diet. During my freshman year of high school, I started to seriously focus on bodybuilding, ate every 2-3 hours, and followed a bodybuilding training split.
I continued to focus on bodybuilding throughout high school and decided to compete at age 16. After putting on quality muscle for two years, I had a good base to diet from and began an 8-week prep for my first show. I gave up sports as a senior to focus on bodybuilding and competed several times since.
How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?
My passion for bodybuilding emerged from seeing the results of my hard work. I love to see the dramatic changes that happen to my body during contest prep. After my first competition, I became passionate about the bodybuilding lifestyle.
What or who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?
My dad motivated me to pursue bodybuilding, introduced me to lifting, and taught me everything I know about training and dieting. I was lucky to have him as a resource at an early age. He continues to be a huge motivator today.
Where did you go for inspiration?
I have several resources for inspiration. I find it inspiring to see quality physiques in magazines, online videos, BodySpace, and Instagram. Most of my inspiration comes from the people I train with and those who support me.
What are your future bodybuilding plans?
The last time I competed was at Teenage Nationals in 2009. I'm currently focused on fitness modeling and am contracted by Silver Model Management in New York City. I plan to focus primarily on modeling but will compete again this year.
What is the most important bodybuilding tip?
Be consistent with your training and diet. Results come on slow but are so worth it in the end!
Who is your favorite bodybuilder?
My favorite bodybuilder is Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm a fan of the old school aesthetic look. I think it's awesome what he has done for bodybuilding. The industry wouldn't be where it is today without him.
How did bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
Bodybuilding.com is a great resource to help me reach my goals. I love going on the site and reading as many articles as possible. There is so much quality information accessible to answer any questions I have. I really enjoy using BodySpace. It's a great way to network with others in the fitness industry.
Bradley's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Blood To Bleed" by Rise Against
- "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
- "E.B.A.H" by Tech N9ne
- "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly
- "Runnin'" by 2-Pac
- 2007 ABA Natural North American Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships
- 2009 NPC Iowa State
- 2009 Teenage Nationals