Teen Amateur Of The Week: Tyler Lifts Heavy Metal!

Tyler carries the flag for teen bodybuilders within his local community in England. See how he plans to attack the competition scene in 2014 and garner pro status!


How did your fitness
journey begin?

I was lean and loved feeling in shape when I was younger. I used to do 60 push-ups and sit-ups every night before bed. On January 1, 2013, I decided to make a drastic change. Lots of my friends joined gyms when we turned 16 years old, so I joined them and dove into working out and learning about nutrition.

I stuck with lifting and dieting every day and loved every second of it. When my friends gave up or found other interests, I kept pounding away at the weights and strove to be the best version of myself. I started at 155 pounds and grew to 170 pounds in six months. I put weight on fast, which increased my love for gaining muscle and beating my records. Now I'm 185 pounds with 13 percent body fat.

"I put weight on fast, which increased my love for gaining muscle and beating my records."

How did your passion for fitness emerge?

Bodybuilding can change everything about you; your confidence, happiness, and way of life. It's not just a sport, it's a lifestyle. There's nothing more euphoric than seeing your body become a masterpiece. It gave my life meaning. Bodybuilding gives me confidence. I wasn't good at team sports, but bodybuilding was all about me and my effort.

What or who motivated you?

I'm my biggest motivator. You can only work with what you have. I admire other bodybuilders but would never compare my physique to another. I'd love to inspire other teenagers to join a gym and do what I have.

Where did you go for inspiration?

Seeing pictures of my favorite physiques and knowing that hard work and persistence pays off keeps me going. I want to inspire people. By age 25, I want to inspire teenagers to live the fit life. Lots of teenagers ask for my advice and I spend hours helping them. I try to set and achieve new goals ever day, so I'm always challenged and in top shape.

"Never give up. I know its cliché, but I promise that persistence and dedication will work."

What are your future
fitness plans?

I'm a very ambitious person. I'd like to go on and become the best teen bodybuilder in England. I hope to achieve my pro card, compete in bodybuilding, and make it to the Natural Olympia by age 25. I'd also like to study nutrition to help others build the physique of their dreams.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Never give up. I know its cliché, but I promise that persistence and dedication will work. I've seen many people my age have promising physiques and leave it all because their dream body didn't come fast enough. Bodybuilding is very demanding physically and mentally. Push through and keep going.

Who is your favorite competitor?

Frank Zane, Aaron Curtis, Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Ryan Terry, Steve Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Steve Cook are my favorite competitors.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

The forums are very useful to convey and receive useful tips. I love adding BodyStats and uploading progress pictures to BodySpace. It's crazy to think how much I've changed. I love the good deals in the store that save me serious money.