Teen Amateur Of The Week: Bigger And Beyond His Years

Austin dedicated his life to fitness and health in eighth grade. He replaced comfort food and depression with exercise and motivation. Now he shows others the path that set him free!

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I grew up without a dad and my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer when I was 10 years old. I went to food for comfort and ate as much as possible. With prayer, my mom survived and the cancer left, but my fast food intake continued.

I was constantly bullied, had low self-esteem, and was depressed, so I continued to eat comfort food. In eighth grade, I was introduced to cross country and started running my way out of depression. I ran cross country for a year, lost 20 pounds, and became skinny. My focus switched to mixed martial arts for two years and I maintained weight at 170 pounds.

In March 2012, I went on YouTube and came across Greg Plitt videos. I admired his mindset and physique and changed my goals to become a fitness model. From March 2012 to now, I learned how to lift and diet through self-teaching. The only way I get anywhere is with hard work and dedication.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

I found that muscle confusion is the best method (change workouts or rep ranges every week). It always shocks my muscles for maximum hypertrophy.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I want to take my fitness lifestyle and turn it into a career. Helping others reach their goals helps me reach mine. I want to be a fitness model, a personal trainer, and own a nutrition store. Eventually, I would like to create a program designed to help others with motivation and provide tips for successful body and mind transformations. I started a brand/program called TEAM 6PACK for those who want to live a happy and confident life through fitness.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Always stay strong and never give up despite all oppositions. Whether you think you can or can't, you're right.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

Greg Plitt and Kai Greene are my favorite competitors because they use more detail than meets the eye. To really be successful, it's all a mental game. The mind is the most important, as Arnold says.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

My research at Bodybuilding.com led to new developments in every area of my life. I constantly go to the site for answers to all my questions.

Thanks: My current and future success is due to a few people; God, my mom, Alan, Zack, Alex, and all my supporters who believe in me on my path to success. Follow my new program TEAM 6PACK on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube as we rise to the top.