Teen Amateur Of The Week: Called Out And Sized Up!

Size was a detriment for Anthony. He learned to embrace his 5-foot-5 frame and build muscle to compensate. Now he focuses on shows and lets his physique do the talking!

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I have always been the short kid who looked up at my peers and noticed it—not only in stature, but size in general. I felt defenseless and that I needed to compensate somehow. I went to the person who I felt could help me, my dad. He's the muscular military man of the family. I was 14 years old when he agreed to let me work out with him. To my surprise, he greatly approved and has been pushing and motivating me since. I would not be where I am today without him.

After working out with my dad, I branched off and started figuring it out for myself. By age 15, I worked out alone, researched constantly, and changed my entire life without knowing it. Bodybuilding.com taught me so much throughout the years and I owe most of my knowledge to them. It was the only place I had to turn to because my little town isn't known for its surplus of bodybuilders. I knew I was doing something right when my peers, parents, and friends started to recognize my improvements.

I wasn't in it alone for long. My friends started coming to me for help. The feeling was amazing, but helping them achieve their goals was even greater. I took a big jump from "working out" to "bodybuilding" during the winter of my sophomore year. My friend Mitch and I started working out daily. He worked out to build muscle on the off-season because he played soccer. That's when I decided to become a bodybuilder. Mitch went on to play college soccer. What my friends don't realize, though, is that they inspired me in ways that no one else could have. I honestly don't know if I would've ever competed without them.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

I try to keep my training level when it comes to compound and isolation movements, but I favor isolation workouts and switch up my training regimen frequently. I always warm up on the elliptical for five minutes while I drink my pre-workout supplement.

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

I competed at my first show in October 2012 at the NPC Natural Northern USA in the men's physique division. Intimidated is an understatement for how I felt backstage. I was obviously the youngest one there and everyone knew it. I was blind going in, but fell in love when I stepped on stage. I was part of first call out and placed fifth at the show.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Fitness Guru?

The results motivated me. I loved waking in the morning to see improvements from yesterday's workout and stepping on the scale to see how much I gained. The people around me said how proud they were of my accomplishments, which made it all worth it.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I hardly have to "look" for motivation with friends like mine. They woke me up from countless naps to drag me to the gym on days I felt too tired. They push me without knowing it.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I'm cutting for my next and third physique show at the 2013 NPC Natural Ohio where I will compete in a teen and men's class. I will get my personal training certification soon. To further expand my education, I will attend college in California and major in muscle physiology. My two top five finishes at local shows enabled me to compete in a national NPC show. I would love to have a sponsorship by this time, which I'm currently looking for. I plan to accomplish this within the next three years and receive my pro card. I will be a part of the IFFB one day and hopefully become as notorious as my idol, Steve Cook.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Try new things. Listening to the experts is a good way to get started, but nobody knows your body like you do.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

Steve Cook, hands down. His Swoldier Nation videos are awesome and he's an overall good person. I met him for the first time last year at the 2012 Arnold Classic.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I learned most of what I know from Bodybuilding.com. My diet and workouts would be nothing without Bodybuilding.com. One thing that sets Bodybuilding.com apart from everyone else is the fast shipping.

Anthony's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "One More Time" by Daft Punk
  2. "Reaching Out" by Nero
  3. "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia
  4. "Someday" by Flipsyde
  5. "Long Time" by John De Sohn