- Name: Andrew Hiller
- E-mail: None
- Age: 19
- Where: Illinois
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 180 lbs
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Back
- Favorite Exercise: Barbell Bench Press
- Favorite Supplements: BSN NO Xplode
How Did You Get Started?
Until the age of 15 I was considered to be obese. My freshman year of high school I went out for the wrestling team and discovered that in order to succeed I would need to be strong for my size. I used Bodybuilding.com as a guide to see what I had to do to get myself into the best shape possible. I would spend hours a week reading the articles about training, nutrition, and supplementation. These articles gave me an addiction to better myself.
I spent my off-seasons training as hard as possible, knowing that my competition would be doing the same. It was during this time that I fell in love with the changes I could see being made to my body. These changes just made me strive for more. My training paid off as a high school wrestler. I went from a record of 0-23 as a freshman to 27-11 as a senior and a state qualifier. I can honestly say without Bodybuilding.com and the motivation it gave me to push myself day in and day out I would not have achieved that.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
This is an off-season program I used to put on as much size as I can. Every month I will switch up the amount of repetitions and the amount of rest time. The first month, rest time is longer and reps are lower to build strength for the second month. The second month rest time is basically cut in half while reps are doubled. The second month is where I notice the most gains through out my body. The third month I repeat the first month. The third month is where I notice new definition from the heavier weight. During the third month of this I add an additional 4 cardio sessions to strip some body fat.
- Barbell Bench: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Incline Barbell Bench: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Flyes: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Barbell Curls: 5 sets of 10-12 reps
- Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 10-12 reps
- Squats: 5 sets of 12-15 reps
- Front Squats: 4 sets of 12-15 reps
- Straight Leg Deadlifts: 4 sets of 12-15 reps
- Weighted Pull-Ups: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Close Grip Pull-Ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Lying Barbell Extensions: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Overhead Dumbbell Extensions: 3 sets of 10-12 reps
- Standing Behind The Back Wrist Curl: 4 sets of 20-25 reps
- Seated Palms Down Wrist Curls: 4 sets of 15-120 reps
- Farmers Walk: 4 sets of 45 sec walks
- Seated Calves Raise: 5 sets of 12-15 reps
- Standing Calves Raise: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Hanging Leg Raises: 4 sets to failure
- Weighted Decline Sit-Ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Abs Roller: 3 sets to failure
- Clean And Press: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Arnold Press: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Upright Rows: 3 sets of 9-12 reps
- Side Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Barbell Shrugs: 5 sets of 12-15 reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Probably the biggest benefit of being a teenager is the amount of food you can eat. Being so active throughout the day at this stage of my life makes it easy to keep my body fat low while still gaining muscle. On a daily basis I attempt to consume 1.5 to 2 times my body weight in protein (grams) and carbohydrates (grams). I get my protein from what ever is available.
I try to stay away from starchy carbohydrates along will most complex carbs (basically leaving fruits and vegetables). I try to consume a quarter of my body weight in fats (grams) daily as well, usually from nuts and fish. The most important part of my diet is the amount of water I drink. Usually I try to aim for 1.5 to 2 gallons daily.
- 1/2 serving weight gainer
- 2 scoops whey protein
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
NO Xplode has been and always will be my favorite bodybuilding supplement. That being said, I strongly believe that it is very difficult to get what you need daily from whole food alone. While whole food is far and away the best choice, its better to get your nutrients from supplements then to not get them at all. This is all personal, many people will not need to supplement this way, and I just found what works best for me.
- Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey: 1 / 2 scoops
- BSN True Mass: 1/2 serving
- BSN NO Xplode: 1 scoop
- Gaspari SizeOn Maximum Performance: 1 serving
- Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein: 1 scoop
- Optimum ZMA: 1 serving
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
The main reason that I love this sport is because it made me into the person that I am today. There is no greater feeling then ending a workout knowing that you pushed yourself to the limit, that you could not have gone another second. Another huge reason for my love of this sport would be the mental side.
Knowing that every day you are doing something that most could only dream about gives you that much more of a reason to push forward. Whether it is not eating that piece of pizza or getting up to do your morning cardio. When you look back and see that you did the right thing you know you made yourself that much better.
What Motivates You To Live A Healthy Lifestyle?
I have said this before and I will say it again. I know what it is like to be overweight. After having a taste of what it is like to be in great shape, I know that I will never be that person again. I owe it to myself, my family, and my friends to continue with this healthy lifestyle that has made me into the person that I am today.
What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?
Growing up as a very overweight kid I was always looking for ways to impress my parents. I remember all I wanted to do was make them proud but I was very limited physically by my weight. This sport of bodybuilding has given me a chance to make them proud; opening my world to things I could have only dreamt of doing only a few years ago. Now, I cannot imagine what else I can accomplish staying on this same path.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I plan on entering my first competition in the spring/summer of 2012. I am currently a collegiate wrestler and have found no better way to shed body fat then the techniques that my coaches have laid out for me. I plan on competing this way until my four years of college are complete, then I will dedicate myself fully to bodybuilding.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
The most important thing is to never give up. There are going to be so many people out there who tell you that you are wasting your time. Especially being a teen, the vast majority of them will not understand why you do not want to "go out" with them. I have found so far that for everything that I would have liked to do, that I love what I am doing. Just remember that you would never want to screw up what you are working so hard for so you can enjoy yourself in the short term.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is and will always be my idol. He has inspired me ever since the scene in the movie "Predator" when he locks arms with Carl Weathers. His physique is incredible along with the way he has chosen to live his life. He is a huge inspiration to any single person in the sport of bodybuilding.
What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?
The articles are my favorite part of the website. Whenever I get bored I open up my laptop and read a new article. The Bodybuilding.com store also is one of the cheapest places to buy a supplement which is great! BodySpace is the perfect place to record where you were and where you are now. I specifically like the graphs that track your progress on BodySpace.