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Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Mark Dakkan

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  • Name: Mark Dakkan
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  • Age: 18
  • Where: Sydney, Australia
  • Height: 5' 7" (169 cm)
  • Weight: 159 Lbs. (72kg), Contest: 146
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Barbell Rows
  • Favorite Supplements: Prolab N-Large II, Vitargo, Carboloader

How Did You Get Started?

It all started back when I was at school, I played Rugby League and had a few gym sessions a week, I began to see results through the gym sessions and loved being in the gym, so by the time I had finished school I had dropped Rugby League and began weight training 4-5 times a week. I then met a man by the name of Mike Lee (the owner of Mikes discount Vitamins and Supplements) in Sydney who is a natural bodybuilder and champion, my life from that day onwards changed as he helped me develop a physique I thought I will never have in no time.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Throughout my offseason I will train 4 times a week not doing any cardio or ab workouts, a pre-contest week will include 4 weight sessions, 3-4 cardio sessions and abs on every second day.


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    Monday: Chest, Triceps - cardio
    Tuesday: Legs, Abs
    Wednesday: Cardio
    Thursday: Abs, Shoulders, Biceps, Forearms
    Friday: Cardio
    Saturday: Abs, Back, Calves
    Sunday: Rest

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Being someone with a very fast metabolism my off-season diet is one with very high calories to help me gain as much weight as possible. During my pre-contest diet I keep it very plain eating mainly chicken, sweet potato and broccoli for about 6 or 7 meals per day, my carbohydrates vary on some days depending on if its a high or low carb day.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Ever since I began bodybuilding I've found that most of my gains come from high carb weight gainers such as Prolab N-Large II, I also find that Optimum 100% Whey allowed me to gain lean muscle throughout my diets. Gen-Tec Creatine 320 had to be the first creatine I ever took and the best one that I have ever taken when trying to build muscle.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is a very challenging sport, a sport that requires a lot of discipline. It's a sport where one can see their weak points, hit them harder and improve each time they step onto the stage. Overall I've played a lot of sports and by far I think bodybuilding has to be one of the hardest, being able to stick by a diet and training program for over 3 months is very tough although I think once you step on stage, its all worth it.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I try and not have future plans, I like to take it contest by contest and not plan ahead although I would love to represent my country one day in the Natural Mr. Olympia and hopefully bring home the gold.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Bodybuilding isn't for the soft or weak, the ones with excuses to back out of the hardcore exercises, you either want to do it or go home. Train each workout as if it was your last, go in focused and motivated. Set short-term goals and try your hardest to reach them, don't over train and most importantly always remember that lifting weights is about 90% mental and 10% physical.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I've always been a big fan of Dorian Yates for his hardcore training, Ronnie Coleman for his freakish size and power and currently Dennis Wolf for his amazing physique and perfect symmetry, he is a young bodybuilder with a huge future ahead and know he will be holding that Sandow in no time.