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Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Mark Schmitt

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  • Name: Mark Schmitt
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  • Age: 19
  • Where: Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Height: 6'0
  • Weight: 215 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: One-A-Day Active Men's Multivitamin, Body-Tech Whey Protein, Body-Tech 100% Pure Creatine Monohydrate, Now Foods Dextrose, Sci-Fit Maltodextrin.

How Did You Get Started?

Growing up I was always a heavier set kid. I remember being made fun of and feeling different then other kids. My dad started taking me with him to the gym in 7th grade but I wasn't very serious yet, just learning from my dad the basics, never knowing where it would take me.

My sophomore year in high school I wanted to be skinny, but I ended up losing too much weight in an unhealthy manner. I then decided I needed to put on muscle and I started reading about bodybuilding nutrition and training and started to get into it with my younger brother being my first training partner and from that point on I was hooked for life!

Thanks Mom!
My mom helped me get started learning how to read food labels and helped me with my first diet.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have tried all different kinds of workout routines, 4, 5, or even six days a week. While training last off-season for competition I trained 4 days a week with no cardio. I basically stuck to high weight, low reps. It worked in some body parts but not so well in others.

When I began my 4 month diet I was fortunate enough to make a new friend who turned out to be owner of a personal training facility called Overload. He introduced me to HIT (High Intensity Training).

I started reading a lot about it and asking a lot of questions and slowly started to incorporate its principals in to my training routine. I have totally switched my routine to HIT, which means I train with the highest intensity for brief (about 18-30 minutes per workout), infrequent workouts, right now about 3 days a week (total body - about one set to complete muscular failure per muscle group).

Even though it isn't a requirement, I still do a light cardio workout at least 2 times a week now for about 20 minutes because I'm trying to stay as lean as possible this off-season.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Again, I have tried various plans. I've tried high calorie, low calorie, just about everything. I am a huge nutrition junkie. I am always reading about nutrition and memorizing the macros of different foods. I made the mistake of eating too much and it put me up to 240lbs at 14.5% body fat. I had decent mass, but it wasn't as lean as it should have been and it made for a lot of extra work when trying to diet. So the best nutrition plan I found is just a balanced plan.

Now I eat around 400g carbohydrates, and about 230g protein, and 80-90g fat a day which puts my total calories around 3,300 calories a day. I am very strict though, even in the off-season I eat very clean foods over and over again (plain oats, whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, chicken, lean beef, pork, egg whites). I keep a notebook every day that I right down exactly how much of each macronutrient I am taking in so I don't go too over and I'm never to low.

I also incorporate one cheat meal, usually a large pizza and ice cream: about every other week to get rid of any cravings and to help reset my metabolism.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I think no bodybuilder should train without some kind of whey protein and creatine. I've tried so many different things over the years, but those are the tried and true.

Also, I follow a strict protocol for post workout nutrition consisting of maltodextrin, dextrose, and whey protein. I don't believe that in natural bodybuilding there is one miracle supplement, just stick with food - it can't let you down.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is a 365 day a year sport. It's my way of life; it's no part time thing. A bodybuilding champion isn't just made when he diets, but just as importantly when you train during the off-season. Which ever mode you are in, you have to give it all you got. You are in control of your body in this sport, the way you train, the way you eat, and the way you rest. You basically have the ability to make your body look however you want.

If you slack off, it will catch up to you. Give it your all and you get the greatest feeling of self accomplishment. This is a sport that not very many people can commit and stick with; we are among an elite few. Plus, it feels good when I think about all the kids that used to make fun of me when I was heavy... I bet their not talking now!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Like I said, this is my life style. I am now back in college full - time, so that is my first priority, but bodybuilding is definitely not far behind. Right now I am back in off-season mode. I am fortunate to have training partners that are older and look out for me, and I am very excited to see what new results I can achieve using HIT.

I plan to compete again this coming year in the 2007 Can/Am in New York. I wake up every morning knowing I am willing to do whatever it takes to be a champion and win that first place title. I plan to stick with bodybuilding and hopefully win my pro card in a couple years and be able to call myself an all natural pro bodybuilder.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Just because you read about some new supplement or training routine doesn't mean it will work for you. Read, read, and read! Don't be afraid to do something different if it works for you. If you want to be a bodybuilder, then commit to it and accept the sacrifices that you have to make.

Nothing happens overnight; don't be afraid to set your goals high as long as you are willing to keep striving towards them. No bodybuilder will ever be perfect; we all have strengths and weaknesses in our physiques.

If you can accept those weaknesses and strengthen them as well as continuing to build on your strengths you'll be a success. Do not let anyone try to bring you down or throw you off track, many people are jealous of bodybuilders or they just can't relate to the lifestyle and work it takes so they will try to criticize you. Stay tried and true to yourself and you won't be let down!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arthur Jones, Casey Viator, Josh Trentine, Guillermo Ortiz - Blanco, & Ronnie Coleman (because he is just a freakish massive monster).