Teen Amateur Of The Week: French Force!

Arnaud has a staggering foundation of muscle for his age. See how this 15-year-old graduated from bodyweight exercises to heavy iron!


How did your fitness journey begin?

I started training six years ago to get better at rugby and tennis. My goal was to increase my muscle mass. I only did bodyweight exercises for the first two years, but developed a passion for training and spent the past four years working to become a bodybuilder.

I love bodybuilding because it feels great and improves my well-being, self-confidence, and physical performance. Training allows me to change and set new goals. I completely changed my lifestyle and plan to keep improving.

What workout regimen delivered the best results?

I like training with moderate loads and do up to 15 reps. I train at home without machines and do basic exercises with dumbbells and barbells.

What supplements gave you an edge?

I don't use supplements yet.

How did your passion for fitness emerge?

My passion for fitness started because I had to improve for sports. The sensation and strength increases were amazing. When people started to notice the changes, it motivated me to push harder. Healthy living is something everyone should experience. I feel much less stressed when I focus on my diet.

What/Who motivated you to be a fitness guru?

I've always been a fan of Ronnie Coleman videos that show him lifting heavy. The videos are extremely motivating. Arnold Schwarzenegger also motivates me and makes me want to accomplish and believe in my dreams.

Where did you go for inspiration?

I watch motivational videos on YouTube, especially of Arnold and Ronnie. I also monitor fitness models on BodySpace and Facebook.

What are your future fitness plans?

My future plans are to compete. I plan to build muscle gradually and improve my arm size to 17 inches. I want to become a coach and open a gym to help people become fit.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Always take pleasure in training. It should be a way to relax and improve. It's not a chore. Rest is important to avoid injury and overtraining. Don't lift too heavy too fast. Gradually build muscle and maintain good form.

Who is your favorite competitor?

My favorites are Frank McGrath, Flex Wheeler, Lazar Angulo, Greatsak, and Kai Greene. I admire their symmetrical shapes. I also look up to Ronnie Coleman for his strength and hardcore workouts.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

Bodybuilding.com helped me learn to progress and stay motivated. BodySpace helped me track my stats. I often look at healthy recipes and meal plans to learn about nutrition.

Arnaud's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Hungry" by Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard
  2. "103 degrees" by Spor
  3. "Can't Be Touched" by Roy Jones
  4. "Crown On The Ground" by sleigh bells
  5. "Nerve" by Soilwork