Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: See Me In The NPC!

With no direction and a skinny frame, John was desperate to add muscle. He got a workout partner and slowly added mass to his physique with plans to hit the NPC in 2013!

Name: John Shabo
BodySpace: captain209
Location: Modesto, California
Age: 23  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 178 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

How did your bodybuilding journey begin?

I was always the scrawny kid with no form or definition whatsoever. I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw. I signed up at Gold's Gym my freshman year of college and remember walking in and seeing the guys with big builds lifting heavy weights. I felt insecure and left after a few minutes because I didn't feel like I belonged there.

I started working out at home, only using my little beginner's bench press and doing curls to get big arms. That got me nowhere. I stayed on that route until 2010 when a friend and I decided to hit the gym religiously. That's when bodybuilding became my passion. I created a detailed workout and nutrition regimen to get where I wanted to be. I spent hours giving it everything I had in the gym every day; pushing myself beyond my limits. As I stared seeing results, it gave me more motivation to get to the level where I could actually compete in the NPC.

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

My passion for bodybuilding started after seeing major results from the gym. People took notice and gave me the motivation to continue and eventually compete. It became more than a passion; it became a lifestyle. I enjoy training people and pushing them to reach beyond their fitness goals.

What/Who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?

My motivation to pursue bodybuilding came from friends who took notice of my passion for fitness and dedication to the gym. My goal to make the cover of a fitness magazine is highly motivating.

Where did you go for inspiration?

My main form of motivation came from I always go to and browse through every category. Seeing fit physiques like Steve Cook and Ryan Hughes gives me motivation to get to that level. I also received lots of strength from my friends and girlfriend who push me.

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

My future bodybuilding plans are to compete in the NPC for the 2013 season. I decided to wait until 2013 because I want to make sure I will be ready to win it all when I enter.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

You absolutely need a workout buddy. I could not have gotten where I am without one. You need a person in your ear telling and helping you to go the extra mile, hit the extra rep, and add the extra weight. It's the only way to push it as hard as you can.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

The Icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the face of bodybuilding and motivates so many people. The reason I still say Arnold is because even though his era of bodybuilding has long passed, you still see motivational pictures and quotes from him posted everywhere. That is a legacy everybody wishes to leave.

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