Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Pumping Iron In Portugal!

Luis invested his energy into serious goals and left adolescent activities for the boys. The results put him in a class that only allows shredded physiques!

Name: Luis Filipe Nogueira Ribeiro
BodySpace: LuisRibeiro90
Location: Portugal, Vila Real
Age: 22  Height: 5'9"  Weight: 176 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 6

How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I started bodybuilding at age 16 after watching the Mr. Olympia. I was inspired and started going to the gym every day without missing a workout. It became my passion when I saw progress and my body changed. At that time, I was overweight (90 kg/200 lbs) and my objective was to lose fat. I changed my eating habits and lifestyle, which was hard because everyone only cared about partying and didn't understand why I did it.

I evolved inside the gym room and never gave up no matter what obstacles crossed my way. After the major weight loss, I started lean bulking to gain mass. Last year, I started to collect the payoff of my hard work and was invited to join a bodybuilding team. That's when the road started and I prepared for my first competition.

My first competition was on May 1, 2013, in Portugal. I took second at the regional qualifier in the classic bodybuilding category and qualified for nationals. Four days later, I took third place in the classic bodybuilding category at nationals. The road won't end here. I have no plans to stop. This is a part of me and I want to compete internationally.

How Did Your Passion for Bodybuilding Emerge?

Bodybuilding won't yield immediate results. You have to fight hard for every ounce of lean mass. It's a full-time job, but one I enjoy. I constantly set new goals for myself and hope to surpass them and get better and stronger physically and mentally.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Bodybuilder?

I'm the shaper of my body. Being a bodybuilder is a dream that I've had since I set foot in the gym for the first time. I'm completely fascinated by the entire sport. I'm going to go as far as possible and perhaps be known worldwide one day.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I started going to the gym with a friend who had some experience. He taught me the basics regarding training and nutrition, which I believe is the most important aspect to be a successful bodybuilder.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I will be in offseason until 2014 to gain as much lean mass as possible. My next goal is to compete in 2014 at the Portugal Bodybuilding Cup and get to a level where I compete internationally.

What Is the Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

There is much information floating around. I advise people to read, study and make their own conclusions based on their results. We're not all made equal.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

The bodybuilder I most admire is Jay Cutler. I like his approach and training methods, his personality, and above all, his perseverance. Two years ago, he ruptured his biceps and didn't give up competing in the Olympia.

How Did Help You Reach Your Goals?

I recently started using BodySpace and spoke to a few people and exchanged opinions. It's a good place to learn different approaches to dieting, exercise, supplementation, etc.

Luis's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
  2. "Killing In The Name" by Rage Against The Machine
  3. "Hysteria" by Muse
  4. "Sex On Fire" by Kings Of Leon
  5. "Here To Stay" by Korn