Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Massive Mike!

Mike enjoys lifting, eating to build muscle, and learning new techniques to make him stronger. Basically, he loves bodybuilding more than anything!

Name: Mike Driscoll
E-Mail: mpdsports706@aol.com
BodySpace: bigd54
Location: Stow, Ohio
Age: 20  Height: 5'8"  Weight: 215 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

Q
How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I played basketball, baseball, and football throughout my childhood and teenage years, but switched to football primarily in high school and fell in love with training and lifting. I was the team lifting "guru." My teammates saw the intensity I trained with and the results I got. At one point, I had five teammates training with me. After my senior year, I continued lifting and expanded my knowledge about proper training and nutrition from the forums and articles on Bodybuilding.com.

I started with a "dirty bulk" and my strength and size skyrocketed, but so did my gut. I realized I went far enough and started my cut for spring/summer. A few months later, I had a six pack for the first time in my life. This was a turning point. Even though I dieted and did lots of cardio, I enjoyed seeing the changes and progressions my body made.

In high school, when I unpacked my lunch with six ounces of chicken, a cup of broccoli, and brown rice, I received stares and looks, but it didn't faze me. I came to learn that the stares I got for eating healthy and training hard are the same looks you get when you take your shirt off.

After following proper nutrition and training for more than a year, I finally had a strong physique and a trainer at my local gym recognized. He asked if I considered competing and I responded with "all the time." He convinced me to go through with it and my bodybuilding journey officially began.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?
Day 1: Delts/Traps/Triceps
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise Dumbbell Lateral Raise

    Dumbbell Lateral Raise

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Press Dumbbell Press

    Dumbbell Press

    3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Cable Lateral Raise Cable Lateral Raise

    Cable Lateral Raise

    3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Barbell Front Raise Barbell Front Raise

    Barbell Front Raise

    2 sets of 10 reps
  • Bent-Over Reverse Flyes Bent-Over Reverse Flyes

    Bent-Over Reverse Flyes

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Cable Extensions Cable Extensions

    Cable Extensions

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Single-Arm Extensions Single-Arm Extensions

    Single-Arm Extensions

    3 sets of 15 reps each arm
  • Close-Grip Bench Press Close-Grip Bench Press

    Close-Grip Bench Press

    3 sets of 8 reps
  • French Press French Press

    French Press

    3 sets of 8 reps
  • Dumbbell Kickbacks Dumbbell Kickbacks

    Dumbbell Kickbacks

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Dips Dips

    Dips

    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Shrugs Shrugs

    Shrugs

    4 sets of 12 reps


Day 2: Back
  • Wide-Grip Pull-Downs Wide-Grip Pull-Downs

    Wide-Grip Pull-Downs

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Rows Dumbbell Rows

    Dumbbell Rows

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Bent-Over Barbell Rows Bent-Over Barbell Rows

    Bent-Over Barbell Rows

    4 sets of 10 reps
  • Deadlift Deadlift

    Deadlift

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Close-Grip T-Bar Rows Close-Grip T-Bar Rows

    Close-Grip T-Bar Rows

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Behind-The-Neck Pull-Downs Behind-The-Neck Pull-Downs

    Behind-The-Neck Pull-Downs

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Rows Seated Rows

    Seated Rows

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Hyperextensions Hyperextensions

    Hyperextensions

    3 sets of 10 reps


Day 3: Rest

Day 4: Chest/Biceps/Forearms/Abs
  • Incline Bench Press Incline Bench Press

    Incline Bench Press

    5 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Dumbbell Bench Press Dumbbell Bench Press

    Dumbbell Bench Press

    3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes Incline Dumbbell Flyes

    Incline Dumbbell Flyes

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Cable Cross-Overs Cable Cross-Overs

    Cable Cross-Overs

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Decline Bench Press Decline Bench Press

    Decline Bench Press

    3 sets of 8 reps
  • Barbell Curls Barbell Curls

    Barbell Curls

    5 sets of 15 reps
  • Single-Arm Dumbbell Curls Single-Arm Dumbbell Curls

    Single-Arm Dumbbell Curls

    3 sets of 12 reps each arm
  • Dumbbell Preacher Curls Dumbbell Preacher Curls

    Dumbbell Preacher Curls

    3 sets of 10 reps each arm
  • Hammer Curls Hammer Curls

    Hammer Curls

    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Reverse Curls Reverse Curls

    Reverse Curls

    6 sets of 15 reps
  • Crunches Crunches

    Crunches

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Rope Crunches Rope Crunches

    Rope Crunches

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Leg Lifts Leg Lifts

    Leg Lifts

    3 sets of 10 reps


Day 5: Quads
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Leg Press Leg Press

    Leg Press

    4 sets of 12 reps
  • Squats Squats

    Squats

    4 sets of 6-10 reps
  • Lunges Lunges

    Lunges

    3 sets of 8 reps per leg
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    4 sets of 10 reps


Day 6: Hamstrings/Calves/Abs
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls

    Lying Leg Curls

    6 sets of 12 reps
  • Romanian Deadlift Romanian Deadlift

    Romanian Deadlift

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Single-Leg Curls Single-Leg Curls

    Single-Leg Curls

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Leg Press Leg Press

    Leg Press

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf Raises

    Standing Calf Raises

    4 sets of 10 reps
  • Donkey Calf Raises Donkey Calf Raises

    Donkey Calf Raises

    2 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Crunches Crunches

    Crunches

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Rope Crunches Rope Crunches

    Rope Crunches

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Leg Lifts Leg Lifts

    Leg Lifts

    3 sets of 10 reps


Day 7: Rest
What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Meal 1
  • Eggs

    Eggs

    2 eggs

  • Bagel

    Bagel

    1 bagel

  • Oats

    Oats

    1 cup

  • Whey Protein

    Whey Protein

    20-25 grams

  • Egg Whites

    Egg Whites

    8 whites

Meal 2
  • Steak

    Steak

    10 ounces

  • Rice

    Rice

    2 cups

  • Asparagus

    Asparagus

    1 cup

Meal 3: Pre-Workout
Meal 4
  • Steak

    Steak

    10 ounces

  • Rice

    Rice

    1 1/2 cups

  • Baked Potato

    Baked Potato

    1 potato

Meal 5
  • Egg Whites

    Egg Whites

    10-12 whites

  • Oats

    Oats

    1 cup

  • Rice Cakes

    Rice Cakes

    3 cakes

  • Natural Peanut Butter

    Natural Peanut Butter

    2 tablespoons

Meal 6
Meal 7
  • Steak

    Steak

    10 ounces

  • Asparagus

    Asparagus

    1 cup

Meal 8: Before Bed
  • Fat-Free Greek Yogurt

    Fat-Free Greek Yogurt

    2 cups

  • Flavored Egg Whites

    Flavored Egg Whites

    1/2 cup

  • Oats

    Oats

    1/2 cup

  • Natural Peanut Butter

    Natural Peanut Butter

    1 tablespoon

What Supplements Gave You the Greatest Gains?
After Every Meal
With Meal 1
Pre-Workout
Intra-Workout
Post-Workout
  • Top Secret Nutrition Micronized Creatine

    Top Secret Nutrition Micronized Creatine

  • Whey Protein

    Whey Protein

  • AI Sports Nutrition Glycobol

    AI Sports Nutrition Glycobol

Before Bed
  • AI Sports Nutrition 3Z

    AI Sports Nutrition 3Z


How Did Your Passion for Bodybuilding Emerge?

That fact that my actions have a direct correlation to my performance drives me to get better. If I follow my nutrition plan and train at maximum intensity, the results will follow. If I cheat or give anything less than my all, my performance will suffer. People don't understand that bodybuilding is a 24/7 job. You have to be conscious and perfect with your training inside and outside the gym. You can't miss meals or stay out late and expect to make progress.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Bodybuilder?

I love everything about bodybuilding. I love watching my body respond to the stimuli I give it. I enjoy pushing my body to its limits and learning about myself. When it's said and done, I want to sit back and say I gave it 100 percent in every way possible.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I enjoy watching Kai Greene videos when I need a source of inspiration. I watch videos of him stressing the mental aspect of bodybuilding. I can hear him right now saying, "The body achieves what the mind believes." Watching those videos makes me realize that I must have the proper mentality going into my training.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My current plan is to compete this July in the NPC Collegiate Nationals. I want to make my mark in the NPC with this show. With the package I plan to bring, I most certainly will.

What Is the Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

You need to find what types of training and nutrition work best for you. There isn't a single approach to training or dieting in bodybuilding. I see too many people fall into a trap and stick to one type. You should continuously experiment with different variables until you find what works for you. You'll know when you have it.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

My favorite bodybuilder is Antoine Vaillant. I love his physique. He has more of an old school physique, which I idolize. I think he is quite the character. Despite being a serious and competitive bodybuilder, he stays humorous and has a good time. Watching his cooking videos on YouTube during my contest prep had me laughing mid-cardio.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com helped me tremendously to reach my goals. When I first started my journey, the information I used and gave others came straight from the site. I read countless articles and threads on Bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com helped me greatly with supplementation. I order my supplements from Bodybuilding.com because they offer the best selection at the most competitive prices.

Mike's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  2. "Till I collapse" by Eminem
  3. "Put On" by Young Jeezy
  4. "Imma Do It" by Fabolous
  5. "Cinema" by Skrillex