Why I decided to transform
I had always had a very lean physique, and was blessed with a high metabolism, so it never took much effort to get those “skinny guy abs.” It wasn’t until my high school career ended that I became inspired to make a change in my physique for the better.
I started with a spark of interest to put a little muscle on my skinny frame. I had always been moderately athletic, and had a physique that I thought was fairly average.
How I accomplished my goals
I went to Bodybuilding.com and found so many workout plans, nutrition plans, and so on that I felt overwhelmed with all of the new information I available to me.
I decided to do a trainer, and opted for Steve Cook’s Big Man on Campus trainer. I went at it 100 percent, and left no stone unturned. I really wanted to do it correctly. I followed the trainer religiously: workouts, supplements, and nutrition. It was a big change from my usual habits: just winging it, going to the gym, and paying no mind to my nutrition at all.
AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5’9″ / BODY FAT 8%
AGE 19 / HEIGHT 5’10” / BODY FAT 8%
I finished the entire trainer and saw incredible results. These results inspired me further, and within the month I became completely hooked on bodybuilding. That first spark of interest has since turned into a full-on inferno of passion for bodybuilding.
I find inspiration daily in the results I have worked for, and am usually very motivated to go to the gym. However, when I am not, I rely on my gym partner to push me to go and get a good workout in. A good gym partner is one of the best motivational methods for me.
When I didn’t have a gym buddy to help me out, I watched motivational videos. Steve Cook is one of my biggest inspirational figures, and I watched a lot of his videos to help get me in the mindset to go lift.
Supplements that helped me through the journey
Diet plan that guided my transformation
My diet has been a big key to my success. I prep meals every Sunday, so all my food is ready to be heated and eaten at the appropriate time of day.
I always have this many meals, but the types of food I prepare vary.
Training regimen that kept me on track
The following is my go-to routine. I like to mix things up constantly, however. You will never see me doing the same workout more than two weeks in a row.
What aspect challenged me the most
“I have found success by always keeping my goals in mind, and always putting in that little bit of extra effort.”
Honestly, I embraced the whole challenge very well, and continue to do so. I rarely have days where I am not motivated, or feel like I want to cheat on my diet. It generally works very smoothly.
My biggest obstacle, however, has definitely been defending this lifestyle to my friends and family. I lived on campus for the bulk of my transformation, so there was constant peer pressure to have food that doesn’t fit in my diet, stay up too late, or to drink.
My future fitness plans
I am pursuing a degree in exercise science, and someday aspire to be a personal trainer. I am currently working toward a bodybuilding physique competition one year from now.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
I find the greatest success in bodybuilding is in embracing the lifestyle. You can go through the grind of “Eat, Sleep, Train, Repeat,” but what good is it doing you if you don’t know where the grind is taking you? I have found success by always keeping my goals in mind, and always putting in that little bit of extra effort, whether it’s putting spinach in your omelet because I know it’s a good antioxidant, or turning my elbows up just the slightest bit on the last rep of my lateral raises.
My favorite quote by Steve Cook speaks a bit to this point: “It has been said, that it’s not where you start, but where you finish. I say, there is no finish line. So learn to enjoy the journey. Endure the sweat, the struggle, the soreness. Embrace the daily grind and give it your all.”
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com was a great source of inspiration for me. I got started with the “Big Man on Campus” trainer, and received support from like-minded people on BodySpace. The site is full of articles that almost always pertain to me, and I’ve gained a tremendous amount of fitness knowledge here.
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If Steve had downtime, he was either training or preparing meals. That dedicated plan of attack drove him to lose 102 pounds and 30 percent body fat in one year!