How did your fitness
I started lifting weights during my sophomore year in high school. I played football and was used to being in the weight room. At the end of my sophomore year, I wanted to become the biggest teenager people had ever seen. I wanted to be the biggest of my friends.
My journey had ups and downs, but I never gave up on my dream. Nobody said it would be easy. They said it would be worth it. I just competed at the 2013 Dexter Jackson Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. I won overall teen and placed second in novice men's lightweight.
What workout regimen delivered the best results?
The best workout plan is one that always changes. I utilize techniques like FST-7, speed training, dropsets, supersets, trisets, isometric contractions, and more. The trick is finding what makes you feel best and listen to your body.
How did your passion for fitness emerge?
Bodybuilding is unlike any sport. I love competition. The fact that someone could be working harder or eating better than me drives me to be better. Surround yourself with competition and people who believe in your dreams to be successful.
What or who motivated you?
I wanted everyone to know that I'm the best without having to speak a word. Work hard in silence. Let your success make noise.
Where did you go for inspiration?
My older workout partner is like my big brother and always pushed me to be the best. Normal people won't survive in bodybuilding. You have to be a different kind of person to love this game. My workout partner understands and respects the game like I do.
What are your future fitness plans?
I plan to compete on May 31, 2014, in Mississippi in the teen division. The competition is a national qualifier. That's what my eyes are on right now. Further down the road, I plan to get my IFBB pro card.
What is the most important fitness tip?
The secret to success is to improve in all aspects of life no matter where you are or what situation is. Don't listen to the naysayers. Nobody can take away your dream. When you want to succeed as bad as you need your next breathe, you will be successful. He who conquers others is strong, but he who conquers himself is mighty.
Who is your favorite competitor?
I look up to Kai Greene. He's the most humble Olympian and loves bodybuilding more than anyone. He isn't a normal guy. He's quiet and gets his work done. That's why he's my favorite. He inspired me to become the best without being a loudmouth.
How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
Andrew's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
- "Lose My Mind" by Young Jeezy (Feat. Plies)
- "Ali Bomaye" by The Game (Feat. 2 Chainz And Rick Ross)
- "We Own It" by 2 Chainz (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
- "Trippy" by Lil Wayne (Feat. Juicy J)
- 2013 Dexter Jackson Classic Memphis - Teen Overall Winner, 2nd Place Men's Novice