Teen Amateur Of The Week: Iron Determination Never Quits!

Abed built muscle with sheer will and an intense training method. He refused to let excuses block the road to his dreams and used heavy weight to break through obstacles!

How did your fitness journey begin?

I was a skinny boy who played basketball from age 8-14 until the coach left the team and I quit playing. I decided to play table tennis after basketball failed, but I quit after a month because it wasn't fun. At age 15, my friends from school convinced me to join a gym and my goal turned to building muscle.

I went to a gym for a month and didn't follow a specific program. My dad told me to leave the gym because it could lead to problems due to my age. So, I got mad, started eating uncontrollably, and smoked cigarettes every weekend at parties. I became lazy at school, in life, and didn't take care of myself. I sat in front of the computer playing stupid games for hours. My mom always screamed for me to stop playing games and go study. I didn't feel healthy eating bad food and playing computer games, and my friends left me because I stopped hanging out.

A short period later, I joined Facebook and was invited to a street workout group. The group posted videos on how to work out and it inspired me to start bodybuilding again. I followed the group instructions and did what they told me to.

At age 17, I saw my old friends who I didn't believe would build muscles but did. I became angry because they made their dreams come true, which was my goal in life too. Another friend at school worked out and gave me advice to start. He showed me what to eat and told me to believe that I could build muscle too.

I was happy to hear encouraging words from him and started watching YouTube videos for transformation, motivation, and inspiration. I joined the gym again and worked with a coach who said I could have a better body in three months if I worked hard, but I quit two months later because I had no money.

I went to work during school vacation and had enough money after one month to return to the gym. I started again from the bottom. I worked out for three months with my coach who liked my results and told me to compete. The problem was that I didn't know how to flex and was afraid, but I worked hard and learned.

When the competition started, I didn't know what to do and was confused. The judges told us [competitors] to flex our abs then our biceps, so that's what I did. After deliberation, they awarded me with a second-place trophy. I was pleased with the finish, but didn't stop lifting and working hard. I continued to work after school and earn money to buy food and supplements. My physique came a long way in 8 months and I'm proud of the results.

How did your passion for fitness emerge?

My goal is to become a fitness model. I love bodybuilding because it makes me different within my community. The sport makes me healthy and my clothes fit and look well on my body. I love doing what I love.

What/Who motivated you to be a fitness guru?

I always will be a fan to Lazar Angelov, but I was motivated by YouTube transformation videos. It made me believe in myself to face the impossible.

What are your future fitness plans?

I want to participate in competitions and study in college about health and bodybuilding. I won't be a complete copy, but I want to be like Lazar, Jeff Seid, or better. I also want to become a professional trainer.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Believe you can do it. Don't waste your time wishing. Go work hard for what you want. That's how you will succeed.

Who is your favorite competitor?

I admire Lazar Anglov, Jeff Seid, and Jay Cutler.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

I use their videos and articles as motivation. I buy supplements from there when I can.