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Base Body Babes full-body barbell workout

Get stronger, fitter and feel more confident in the gym with this exclusive full-body workout by the Base Body Babes.”The barbell is our favourite piece of training equipment, as it can be used for such a great range of exercises. We like to say that ‘Load is King’ – the exercise that allows you to lift the heaviest loads will ultimately give you the best results, and the barbell allows you to do just that.

Although there is no magical number, we love the eight rep range as it allows you to build strength while still keeping the heart rate elevated for optimal calorie burn,” says the ladies, Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson.Here’s what you need to do

A1 Barbell Back Squat

A2 Barbell Military Press

A3 Barbell Romanian Deadlift

A4 Barbell Bent-Over Row

A5 Barbell Split Squat

A6 Barbell Glute Bridges Perform each exercise

A1–A6 back to back, with no rest in between exercises

Complete 8 repetitions of each exercise Rest for 4 minutes after A6 Repeat 4–6 times NOTE: Choose weights that you believe you can complete all repetitions and sets with without failing, yet still keep the weight challenging enough to complete a great workout. Technique is most important when lifting heavy, so don’t compromise your form.

Ensure you are completing all repetitions and sets with perfect technique before increasing the weight.Let’s do this!Words/Workout: Felicia Oreb and Diana JohnsonPhotography: Vanessa Natoli / @vanesSanatoliphotography

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Body Transformation: Catherine Biery Busted Into A Figure Physique!

Name: Catherine Biery

Why I decided to transform

My weight skyrocketed during my 20s due to lifestyle choices, low self-esteem, and poor relationships. Even though I earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, I couldn’t get my weight under control. At one point, I got up to 175 pounds on my 5-foot-3 frame.

I started dating my husband in my early 30s, regained some of my lost self-esteem, and became more serious about exercise and nutrition. I became a cardio queen and steered clear of the weight room. I ran on the treadmill for hours and wondered why I didn’t lose weight. My husband later introduced me to weightlifting and I loved it. I developed a passion for strength training, slowly lost weight and eventually hit 135 pounds, which felt amazing. Rather than focusing on being skinny, I wanted to be strong.

I became pregnant at age 33 and gained weight again, but weighed less than I did in my 20s. I lost all of my pregnancy weight with continued training. I also paid attention to portion sizes by measuring food in a food journal. I was mostly fit again but wanted to take it to the next level.

Before

After

AGE 37 / HEIGHT 5’3″ / BODY FAT 25%

AGE 37 / HEIGHT 5’3″ / BODY FAT 10%

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My ultimate goal was to compete in a figure. I learned about figure competitions years before, but always assumed I wouldn’t make it to that level. The physical and mental strength required to accomplish my goal seemed inspiring and appealing.

Before my daughter turned 3 years old, something clicked. I realized I could accomplish my goal if I set my mind to do it. I wanted to set a good example for my daughter who could watch me follow through with something important. A fire was ignited inside me at age 37. I was ready to see what I was made of, so I cleaned up my diet, increased my training, and watched myself transform.

On November 16, 2013, with support from my family and friends, I competed in my first figure competition. My confidence and inner strength are through the roof. I feel better mentally and physically now than at any time in my life. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me and am excited to compete again.

How I accomplished my goals

Accomplishing my goals felt like a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. When I made the commitment to compete, I was determined to follow through. I wasn’t going to let myself down.

 

“Rather than focusing on being skinny, I wanted to be strong.”

I vocalized my goal to my friends and family who became my support team. Having their support motivated me when times got tough. It would’ve been easy to quit if I hadn’t let those I care about join my journey. The month before my contest was tough physically and mentally. I reached out to my support team on tough days and asked them to send me their favorite motivational quotes, stories, and experiences, which helped a lot.

On tough days, I’d look to individuals I admire. I visited Erin Stern’s Facebook page often and read transformation stories on Bodybuilding.com. I also read fitness magazines for new workout tips and clean-eating ideas. Most of all, I thought about who I wanted to be for myself and my daughter. I want her to know that it’s important to chase and complete your goals, even when it’s hard and you’re afraid.

I’ve been told countless times by friends, family, and random strangers at the gym that I inspire them. If I told my 20-year-old self that one day people would say that I inspire them, I would’ve never believed it. It’s those moments that keep me motivated to push toward my future goals.

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Diet plan that guided my transformation

I drink at least one gallon of water per day and increase that to two gallons per day three weeks before competition. This is my maintenance diet that keeps me running like a well-fueled machine.

  • Salad
  • Spring Greens Spring Greens2 cups
  • Mixed Veggies Mixed Veggies1 serving
  • Light Asian Sesame Dressing Light Asian Sesame Dressing2 tbsp
  • chicken Chicken5 oz
  • cottage cheese Cottage Cheese1/2 cup
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk Unsweetened Almond Milk1 cup

Training regimen that kept me on track

I strength train six days per week and work each muscle group twice per week. I also do 3-4 hours of cardio per week on the stairmaster.

What aspect challenged me the most

The most challenging part of my transformation was three weeks out from my contest date. I increased my cardio from four to seven days per week and depleted additional calories from my diet.

The combination left me with low energy and an energetic 3-year-old to keep up with. Knowing it was temporary kept me going. I leaned on my husband and support team for motivation and visualized myself on stage completing my goal.

“Don’t obsess about the number on the scale!”

My future fitness plans

I learned a lot from my first figure competition. I met many wonderful people and had fun. I’m excited to get back on stage and do it again. I have specific improvements that I want to make for my next show and will give myself a few months before I step on stage again.

Even though I have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, I was too embarrassed to pursue my dreams and help others meet their fitness goals because I hadn’t completed mine. I now have the confidence to pursue it and plan to become a certified personal trainer when my daughter is in preschool.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Believe in yourself and make long-term changes.
  • Surround yourself with positive people to lean on when you need help.
  • Seek inspiration from others who have been there to ignite your inner fire.
  • Take progress photos.
  • Keep a food log and measure your food.
  • Don’t obsess about the number on the scale!
  • Reach for the stars!

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

My husband and I use Bodybuilding.com for our supplementation needs because it has the best prices and fastest shipping. Bodybuilding.com keeps us happily stocked with supplements and motivates us with articles and transformation stories.

Catherine’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Shut It Down” by Pitbull (Feat. Akon)
  2. “Shake It” by Metro Station
  3. “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  4. “Berzerk” by Eminem
  5. “Hella Good” by No Doubt

 

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Bodybuilding.com Fit Team Member Spotlight: Joshua Dakin Pushes Human Limits

Look at him now and it’s a hard sell to believe that Joshua Dakin was bullied as a kid. Just imagine the pills of those bullies if they tried that trash today! Now that he’s a strapping hulk, crushing massive weight in powerlifting’s core lifts, no one gives him anything but compliments.

But back in middle school Josh was overweight, and bullied for it. He avoided sports and didn’t start a regular exercise routine until he was in high school. The gym gave him an escape from the trash talk, but he also found that in the weight room, he could achieve impressive feats and take control of his body for the first time.

“I had to find out how to train properly through trial and error,” Dakin says. “As high school progressed, it became clear I was abnormally strong—especially with deadlift and squat—compared to the other athletes and football players. I leaned down as time went by and became more interested in fitness because I liked that I wasn’t looking chubby anymore. I looked better, and as a result, I felt better.”

With his new physique and strength, Josh enlisted in the Marine Corps. Everything was progressing well until boot camp, when he fell ill with a severe case of pneumonia. That’s not the sort of environment where quitting is acceptable, so he refused to stop training. “I completed a 3-mile run with a 109-degree temperature, before finally collapsing, not responding to anyone,” Josh says. “That’s the last I remember before waking up in a hospital.”

The heatstroke caused by the fever damaged his internal organs. “They pretty much all were literally boiled internally,” He says. The incident and the damage to his vital organs led to a month in the hospital, another two months in rehab, and, unfortunately a medical discharge from the corps.

“When I came home after being discharged I was incredibly weak,” Josh says. “I dropped more than 30 pounds in the month after the heatstroke occurred and could barely stand for more than 30 minutes at a time before feeling like my legs were going to give out. This was the most depressing time in my life. I had to rebuild my body from scratch.”

He did just that, and three years later, Josh tested his hard work when he competed in his first powerlifting competition in Idaho. He didn’t know what to expect, but he ended up taking first place overall. That victory, and his new passion for powerlifting, set him on a course to join Bodybuilding.com and further advance his career in and out of the weight room.

QWhat is your position at Bodybuilding.com? How long have you worked here?

I am currently a customer service representative in the call center. I have been here just over a year, and honestly I love every minute of it. We take care of our customers.

What was your fitness level before working at Bodybuilding.com? What is your competition history like?

I was pretty active. I was lifting daily and sticking to my training routines. I will admit that my nutrition wasn’t that great though. I will say that I’ve significantly improved since I’ve been working here.

“To date, I have competed in four different powerlifting events. I also utilize some strongman exercises for conditioning, and I have my eyes on doing a bodybuilding show within the next year.”

To date, I have competed in four different powerlifting events. I also utilize some strongman exercises for conditioning, and I have my eyes on doing a bodybuilding show within the next year. I don’t really like to flaunt my strength. I try to not look like I’m searching for attention when I train.

What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? How does it create a helpful fitness environment?

Honestly, it’s awesome! I love coming to work—even on my days off, just to train. The environment here is unlike any job I’ve had. Everyone is extremely supportive of their peers—especially the people competing or who have physical goals. We keep each other motivated and offer a hand to help one another out when possible.

What do you think of the new gym in the corporate office? Is it missing anything you need?

The gym is pretty sweet. I think we need more cowbell, j/k. But we could maybe use a prowler sled that we could push in the parking lot and a tire to flip when the weather warms up. Those are great conditioning tools; I found that they actually make conditioning fun, opposed to being on a stair-stepper for 30 minutes.

How does the Bodybuilding.com environment influence your health, fitness and appearance goals?

Our environment provides the support we need when we begin to feel overwhelmed. It’s honestly very cool that we have a job that supports its employees in this field.

Do you get asked for advice in the gym often?

I get asked about how to squat or deadlift properly almost daily actually! I don’t mind coaching anyone seeking help on their form. I actually take it as a compliment that they trust my opinion.

You’re still pretty young Josh, and are years from your prime. Do you think you’re on pace to maybe go pro some day?

In powerlifting, I honestly think I may have what it takes. I have some goals I’ve set this year and they appear to be on the horizon of being met very soon. If I meet them I may be able to compete on the pro level. If this happened, it would only be more motivation to train harder and continue to improve.

“I have some goals I’ve set this year and they appear to be on the horizon of being met very soon.”

Can you point out a moment in the gym when a co-worker asked you for advice?

What is your strategy when you are contacted by a customer? Honestly, paying full attention to the customer, just showing them we are here to help them to the best of our ability. Not a lot of companies allow their employees to do this and tend to be completely policy-driven. We legitimately care about our customers and will take care of them.

What is more important to you: looking good or being strong?

I like to try to balance it out. I’m not as ripped as some of the guys here, but I’m working on it. Being strong is a priority to me because it’s what I do, but I won’t use strength training as a reason to diet poorly and neglect basic conditioning. I want to try bodybuilding out because I believe these two goals can be balanced and will benefit each other if you know what you’re doing.

“Being strong is a priority to me because it’s what I do, but I won’t use strength training as a reason to diet poorly and neglect basic conditioning.”

Have you participated in the employee transformation challenge? How did that experience affect your life?

I am actually currently participating in it at the moment. I get compliments daily that I am looking way more lean and defined than prior. It honestly keeps me going, knowing I’m making progress. I’ve never made so much progress before, and it’s because of this support. It’s awesome.

Gym Rat Josh’s Lifting Regimen

I warm up on chest day with pull-ups to activate my lats for the bench press.

Warm up:

Nutrition: Sample daily meal-by-meal breakdown

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Using Multiple Rep Schemes: Your Program For Power, Size, And Strength

If you listen to conventional bodybuilding and strength training wisdom, you probably believe that lifting for size and lifting for strength are totally separate endeavors. For decades, gurus and gym rats alike have been parroting the same old “3-5 reps for strength, 10-12 reps for size” mantra, and few people seem to question it.

Know what? I think it’s bullshit.

Have you ever seen a guy with huge legs, a broad back, and a massive chest who couldn’t put up some serious weight? On the other hand, how often do you see skinny guys lifting more than the experienced bodybuilders? Sure, you’ll see a 180-pound monster every now and again who can bench 405 or squat more than 600, but for the most part, size and strength go hand in hand.

The truth is that training for size and training for strength are basically the same. Instead of thinking about any single rep range as a “strength builder” or “size builder,” use them all to your advantage to train every fiber in your body and elicit maximal growth!

The Multiple Rep Range Program

Beyond Periodization

Periodization is the practice of transitioning from higher reps and lower weights to lower reps and higher weights (and vice versa)—over the course of a planned training cycle. It’s an effective, proven technique that’s long been used by powerlifters, weightlifters, and other strength athletes. But I think there’s a better way, at least for the more physique-oriented trainee.

Since each rep range is going to affect your strength, size, and overall look a bit differently—and because one isn’t more valuable than another—I favor a routine that includes them all in every workout. Instead of transitioning from one rep range to the next, I like to constantly improve my numbers in a variety of rep schemes, only taking steps back when my body needs a break.

“Periodization is the practice of transitioning from higher reps and lower weights to lower reps and higher weights (and vice versa)—over the course of a planned training cycle.”

Keep in mind, this may not be the optimal plan if you’re specialized or purely focused on powerlifting, but I find it yields the best results for maximum muscle size, strength, density, and tone. If you want that hard, constantly flexed look that experienced bodybuilders all seem to have, then you need to use multiple rep ranges.

Your Main Lifts

Of course, we can’t talk about rep ranges and progression schemes without actually discussing the lifts you’ll be performing. Think you’ll get away with doing nothing but leg presses for legs, machines for chest, and wimpy pull-downs for back? Think again!

I know some bodybuilders claim they get better fiber recruitment and mind-muscle connection with machines. That’s great for super-advanced guys, but if you aim to gain slabs of muscle, you need to do the big, basic lifts which tax your body and mind the most and place the greatest demand on your body to grow! These basic lifts are the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press.

“These basic lifts are the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press.”

Don’t worry, you’ll do more than just those four movements in this program, but they make up the four cornerstones of your training. You can certainly pick variations as long, as they allow you to use lots of weight and make relatively quick progress! You can’t chicken-out and substitute light dumbbell lunges for squats, for instance, but you can pick between high-bar and low-bar squats, vary your foot placement, depth, and other factors.

The same goes for the other moves: You might do incline or decline press instead of the regular bench press, sumo deadlifts rather than conventional, and do seated instead of standing military presses. Just make sure you stick with one choice per movement pattern for at least a couple of months at a time, otherwise you won’t be able to gauge your progress and gains.

“Here’s a good rule: No matter which rep range you use, always aim to leave one more rep in the tank.”

Choosing Your Reps

The rep ranges you utilize will vary based on experience level. Most lifters do best with three ranges: 3-5 reps, 6-8 reps, and 9-12 reps. If you’re a rank beginner who still doesn’t have great technique and a feel for each lift, you need to increase those rep numbers a bit—to 6-8, 9-12, and 13-15 reps.

I don’t like prescribing one-rep max percentages to determine how much you should lift for each rep range because some people can do a lot more reps with a given percentage than others. So here’s a good rule: No matter which rep range you use, always aim to leave one more rep in the tank. This means you should never miss a rep in training unless you’re testing your max.

In general, you should finish each set feeling like you probably could have just barely put up one more. Trust me, you’ll do enough overall work that you won’t need to blow a gasket on each and every set. You want to stay somewhat fresh and ensure progression from one workout to the next.

“Bodybuilding” Work

While those four basic lifts are by far the most important aspects of your program, you still don’t want to leave out your accessory work. Weightlifters might call this “bodybuilding work,” but in my opinion, just about any athlete who needs to get bigger and stronger should do these movements. Accessory movements are things like pull-ups, abdominal work, calf raises, biceps curls, and the like. The point of these movements is to “fill in the gaps” left by the four main movements.

Skullcrushers

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different accessory movements you can choose. So your accessory work is basically up to you. I will say, however, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Your upper-back work should include barbell rows, dumbbell rows, pull-ups (not pull-downs), and maybe some shrugs if the deadlifts aren’t doing enough to build your traps.
  • For your arms, use variations on the curl, triceps extension, and rear-delt raise—don’t do the same movements over and over.
  • For lower body, you’ll need heavy calves and abs exercises as well as a couple of additional moves for quads and hamstrings. As much I love the squat, you’ll probably run out of steam too soon if you try to do nothing but squats for your legs, so don’t be afraid to use the leg press or hack squat machines once your core (and mind) are too fried to do another set of squats.

The Program—Finally!

Alright, here’s the basic template. The most important things here are the basic movement patterns, the rep ranges, and the progression of weight and reps from week to week. Remember, you can sub in other exercises or exercise variations as long as they meet the same goals. Rest for a couple of minutes or as long as necessary between sets, because these sets will make you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck!

Main lift
Main lift

Main lift
Main lift
  • Barbell Deadlift Barbell Deadlift Deadlift (standing on 45-lb plates)
    2 sets of 3-5, 2 sets of 6-8, 2 sets of 9-12 reps
  • Upper Back
  • Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row Close-Grip Barbell Row
    4 sets of 10-20 (all the same weight)
  • Secondary
  • Hack Squat Hack Squat Hack Squat
    4 sets of 10-20 (all the same weight)
  • Sit-Up Sit-Up Sit-Up (weighted)
    4 sets of 15-20

The Progression Scheme

Since there’s no traditional periodization here, your progression from one workout to the next is going to be simple. For your main lifts, add 5 pounds to the bar for each rep range every workout. Once you’re not able to get at least the bottom-end number of reps for any particular rep range, take 15 pounds off the bar (yes, I said 15) and start anew. You will be able to get more reps immediately and, in a few weeks, blow past your old sticking point.

For your secondary lifts—and any others for which you’ll do four sets of 10-20 reps—keep using the same weight until you’re able to get at least 15 reps for all four sets in the same workout. At that point, you can increase the weight, but not by so much that you can’t stay within the 10-20 range for all four sets.

“For your secondary lifts—and any others for which you’ll do four sets of 10-20 reps—keep using the same weight until you’re able to get at least 15 reps for all four sets in the same workout.”

Finally, for all of the upper-back work, use as much weight as you can without sacrificing form or missing reps. Ideally, you’d use the same weight for all four sets, but don’t worry if you have to lighten the load for the third or fourth set to stay within the rep range. Once you hit near the top of the range for all four sets, it’s time to go heavier!

Let’s Go To Work!

Seems almost too simple, doesn’t it? But that’s how your training should be, at least most of the time! Far too many new lifters spend hours upon hours over-thinking their programs. Smart training is essential, but your progression should rely on consistent hard work, not some overwrought, pseudo-scientific program. The greatest lifters—whether they’ve competed in powerlifting or bodybuilding—have busted their asses with simple programs to reach their level of success.


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It's crucial to ingest adequate calories to grow, but counting calories can become tiresome. I prefer the backward approach: I track my protein and carbohydrates each day and let the calories fall into place from there.</p><p>My good friend—and four-time Mr. Olympia—Jay Cutler follows the same method. Jay may be huge but, if you ask him, he still describes himself as a hardgainer. His fast metabolism is great for staying lean, but it also requires him to consume a lot of food to maintain muscle. Each day Jay consumes about 1.25 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbohydrates for every pound of total bodyweight. This split leaves him with roughly 55 percent of his calories from carbohydrates, 35 percent of his calories from protein, and the remaining 10 percent from fats.</p><div class="left-side-stripe" webReader="-10"><h4>Jay Knows Best</h4><p>If you want to gain size, you have to make sure you get enough carbs at the right times. The three most calorie-dense, carbohydrate-rich meals should be your breakfast, pre-workout, and post-workout meals. Here's an example of what Jay Cutler eats at these times.<br /><img src="images/2014/scrawny-to-brawny-bpi-3.jpg" width="218" height="190" border="0" class="float-right c13"/><br /><strong>Breakfast:</strong><br />3 cups of oatmeal<br />2 slices of Ezekiel bread<br />20 egg whites + 2 whole eggs<br />1 scoop of protein mixed with ice and water<br />1 avocado sliced<br />120+ grams of carbohydrates<br />68 grams of protein</p><p><strong>Pre-Workout:</strong><br />2 heaping cups of White Basmati Rice<br />2 large Chicken Breasts (about 10 oz total)<br />Handful of walnuts<br />1 scoop of protein mixed with ice and water<br />80+ grams of carbs<br />85 grams of protein</p><p><strong>Post-workout:</strong><br />50 grams of whey protein immediately after workout<br />70+ grams of simple carbs from Gatorade (roughly 40 oz) 15 minutes later</p></div><p>Now, I know what you're thinking. Isn't protein the most important building block for muscle growth? Yes, protein is necessary but, at 35 percent of your total daily calories, you're getting more than enough. My macronutrient breakdown is slightly higher in carbs than your average "gaining program," but, as Jay will tell you, correctly timed carbs are the key to growth for a hardgainer.</p><p>Your three most carbohydrate-rich meals should be your breakfast, pre-training meal, and post-workout meal. Post workout, your glycogen levels are depleted, making it the perfect time to reload. This is also the point at which I take my creatine and load up on simple sugars. I typically drink Gatorade, not the reduced-calorie G2. I actually want the sugars.</p><p>As for fats, go for essential, healthy sources like fish, avocados, and almonds. Proper good fats are essential for testosterone production, which is critical to getting bigger and stronger. Remember that you have to be just as structured and diligent with your eating as you are your training. I can't emphasize this enough. Eat to grow.</p><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bpi-sports/whey-hd.html"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2014/bpi-sports_whey-hd_ratingbanner_01.jpg" width="401" height="167" class="c14"/></a><a href="http://reviews.bodybuilding.com/BPI_Sports/WheyHD"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2014/bpi-sports_whey-hd_ratingbanner_02.jpg" width="159" height="96"/></a><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bpi-sports/whey-hd.html"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2014/bpi-sports_whey-hd_ratingbanner_03.jpg" width="159" height="71"/></a><h3 class="article-title">Step 4 </h3><p>People aren't exactly the same, and we don't all respond to resistance training the same way. What makes one guy big might leave another with a torn tendon or ligament. Some guys can practically walk into the weight room, smell the weights, and gain size. There's no one-size-fits-all plan, but the approach I follow is broad enough that it will work for all types of hardgainers. It all boils down to a variety of rep ranges.</p><p>Generally speaking, the ideal rep range for hypertrophy is 6-12 reps. For strength, the perfect range is roughly 1-6 reps, and more than 12 reps per set typically trains muscular endurance. Most people looking to build muscle train only in the 6-12 rep range, hoping for maximum muscle hypertrophy, but they miss out on the benefit other rep ranges offer.</p><p>If you can move heavier weights with proper form, it makes it easier to get bigger. For this reason, I like to focus on building strength with 4-6 reps per set one week out every the month. The following week, I switch to 8-12 reps. Then, on the third week, I lift in the 12-18 rep range using strict form and going for maximum muscle pump.</p><img src="images/2014/scrawny-to-brawny-bpi-4.jpg" width="560" height="349" border="0"/><p>"Generally speaking, the ideal rep range for hypertrophy is 6-12 reps."</p><p>When I train with slightly lighter weights and high reps, I get the best pumps—the kind that make your muscles and skin feel like they're going to rip. This "muscle pump" or swelling of the muscle cells, can result in greater protein synthesis and overall greater muscle size. I also believe a big pump helps you grow because it can stretch your muscle fascia. The fascia is a thin layer of tissue that holds your muscle together. The more you stretch that layer, the more room there is for your muscle to expand and grow.</p><p>Think of a balloon. If you blow it up and let the air out, it's easier to blow up the second time because you've already stretched it. Just like a lot of air in a balloon, a big muscle pump stretches the fascia and makes room for future growth.</p><p>I think stretching is grossly underestimated because, in addition to helping prevent injury, it can also help you grow! I used to train with an old hardcore bodybuilder who would use a rubber mallet and a wood rolling pin to massage his muscles between sets. Try this yourself with a rolling pin or foam roll. You can't even imagine the insane pumps you'll get training this way!</p><h4>Sample 3-Week Rep Rotation For Biceps</h4><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul><li class="c10">
<h6>Warm up, stretch, and focus on form. Don't lift with your ego!</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')">Barbell Curl</a></strong><br />1 warm-up set of 12-15 reps; 3 sets of 4-5 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')">Dumbbell Bicep Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 4-5 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_1.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_2.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')">Preacher Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 4-5 reps</span></li>
</ul><ul><li class="c10">
<h6>Select a weight that makes you want to quit each set at 8-10 reps, but push for 10-12.</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')">Barbell Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 8-10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')">Dumbbell Bicep Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 8-10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_1.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_2.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')">Preacher Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10-12 reps</span></li>
</ul><h6>Go heavy enough to make your sets really burn. This isn't an easy week.</h6><ul><li class="rowBgColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Male/t/169_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')">Barbell Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12-14 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/223/Male/t/223_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Bicep Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-bicep-curl')">Dumbbell Bicep Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15-20 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c15"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_1.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Male/t/180_2.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')">Preacher Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15-20 reps</span></li>
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Scrawny To Brawny: 5 Steps To Big Gains

Hardgainers around the world! Unite and listen up: Putting on muscle and getting stronger isn’t as elusive or impossible as you might think. It’s not something you have to overanalyze. With a little diligence and consistency, anyone can pack on excellent size. Trust me, I’ve been there. The key is to have a well-laid foundation before you jump into the gym.

It’s easy to want to lift first and learn later, but if you want to avoid common mistakes and train to gain, you need to understand certain lifting logistics before flinging dumbbells around like your life depends on it. Follow these five simple steps and you’ll be on the path to big gains!

Step 1

No matter how great your genetics, gaining new muscle mass requires a lot of hard work and discipline. If you’re a hardgainer, it’s an even more formidable task. Putting on weight may start to feel like an uphill battle that you just can’t win, but that’s because you’re probably trying to sprint the hill when you should be jogging. If you want to get big, you need to have the patience and tenacity to tackle your goals.

Sticking to the right nutrition, training, and supplement regimen for an extended period of time requires intense focus. It’s easy to fall off the plan when one of life’s many distractions hits—and they always hit. Your level of motivation is the only thing that can keep you on track. A meaningful goal and clear focus is the drive used to fuel that motivation.

Find a goal that gets you excited. Maybe you’re looking to put on three pounds of lean mass over the next few months, maybe you’re eager to grow your quads to fill out your newest pair of jeans, or maybe you’re looking to gain the majority of your new muscle in your upper body. Whatever your personal vision is, you’ve got to set a goal and stick to it.

Step 2

Looking at the numbers might seem scary, but it’s a necessary step in the right direction. In order to see how far you’ve come, you need to know where you started. Break your goal into smaller mini-goals that are measurable and achievable.

Here are three easy ways to measure and track your progress:

Strength Goals

Strength goals are measurable and simple to track. Write down or track online the weights you use for each workout and each exercise. Do this for weeks, months, and even years. On days when you aren’t seeing progress in the mirror, seeing your back squat, power cleans, or Arnold press numbers climb will remind you that you’re making headway and will keep you motivated.

Tape Measurements

Do circumference measurements for your chest, arms, shoulders, quads, and calves. Set a realistic goal for growth. Don’t listen to the ridiculous cover lines on some of the magazines. You aren’t always going to gain three inches on your arms. If that were the case, everyone would have 21-inch arms. Just set small, doable goals.

Body Fat Analysis

Lean muscle mass is a great indicator of growth. It’s an easy number to track and a number that, if you train and eat right, will go up. Have your weight and body fat measured so you can track every pound of lean mass gained.

Step 3

Before I even talk about training, we need to address nutrition. This is the biggest stumbling block for most people and it’s going to separate you from other guys struggling to gain size. Believe me when I say that food is the most anabolic substance you can ever take. There’s nothing else you can put in your body that’s going to help you put on more muscle than proper food intake.

Let’s eliminate all the fancy nutrition jargon and dissect it into the basic nuts and bolts. It’s crucial to ingest adequate calories to grow, but counting calories can become tiresome. I prefer the backward approach: I track my protein and carbohydrates each day and let the calories fall into place from there.

My good friend—and four-time Mr. Olympia—Jay Cutler follows the same method. Jay may be huge but, if you ask him, he still describes himself as a hardgainer. His fast metabolism is great for staying lean, but it also requires him to consume a lot of food to maintain muscle. Each day Jay consumes about 1.25 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbohydrates for every pound of total bodyweight. This split leaves him with roughly 55 percent of his calories from carbohydrates, 35 percent of his calories from protein, and the remaining 10 percent from fats.

Jay Knows Best

If you want to gain size, you have to make sure you get enough carbs at the right times. The three most calorie-dense, carbohydrate-rich meals should be your breakfast, pre-workout, and post-workout meals. Here’s an example of what Jay Cutler eats at these times.

Breakfast:
3 cups of oatmeal
2 slices of Ezekiel bread
20 egg whites + 2 whole eggs
1 scoop of protein mixed with ice and water
1 avocado sliced
120+ grams of carbohydrates
68 grams of protein

Pre-Workout:
2 heaping cups of White Basmati Rice
2 large Chicken Breasts (about 10 oz total)
Handful of walnuts
1 scoop of protein mixed with ice and water
80+ grams of carbs
85 grams of protein

Post-workout:
50 grams of whey protein immediately after workout
70+ grams of simple carbs from Gatorade (roughly 40 oz) 15 minutes later

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t protein the most important building block for muscle growth? Yes, protein is necessary but, at 35 percent of your total daily calories, you’re getting more than enough. My macronutrient breakdown is slightly higher in carbs than your average “gaining program,” but, as Jay will tell you, correctly timed carbs are the key to growth for a hardgainer.

Your three most carbohydrate-rich meals should be your breakfast, pre-training meal, and post-workout meal. Post workout, your glycogen levels are depleted, making it the perfect time to reload. This is also the point at which I take my creatine and load up on simple sugars. I typically drink Gatorade, not the reduced-calorie G2. I actually want the sugars.

As for fats, go for essential, healthy sources like fish, avocados, and almonds. Proper good fats are essential for testosterone production, which is critical to getting bigger and stronger. Remember that you have to be just as structured and diligent with your eating as you are your training. I can’t emphasize this enough. Eat to grow.

Step 4

People aren’t exactly the same, and we don’t all respond to resistance training the same way. What makes one guy big might leave another with a torn tendon or ligament. Some guys can practically walk into the weight room, smell the weights, and gain size. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan, but the approach I follow is broad enough that it will work for all types of hardgainers. It all boils down to a variety of rep ranges.

Generally speaking, the ideal rep range for hypertrophy is 6-12 reps. For strength, the perfect range is roughly 1-6 reps, and more than 12 reps per set typically trains muscular endurance. Most people looking to build muscle train only in the 6-12 rep range, hoping for maximum muscle hypertrophy, but they miss out on the benefit other rep ranges offer.

If you can move heavier weights with proper form, it makes it easier to get bigger. For this reason, I like to focus on building strength with 4-6 reps per set one week out every the month. The following week, I switch to 8-12 reps. Then, on the third week, I lift in the 12-18 rep range using strict form and going for maximum muscle pump.

“Generally speaking, the ideal rep range for hypertrophy is 6-12 reps.”

When I train with slightly lighter weights and high reps, I get the best pumps—the kind that make your muscles and skin feel like they’re going to rip. This “muscle pump” or swelling of the muscle cells, can result in greater protein synthesis and overall greater muscle size. I also believe a big pump helps you grow because it can stretch your muscle fascia. The fascia is a thin layer of tissue that holds your muscle together. The more you stretch that layer, the more room there is for your muscle to expand and grow.

Think of a balloon. If you blow it up and let the air out, it’s easier to blow up the second time because you’ve already stretched it. Just like a lot of air in a balloon, a big muscle pump stretches the fascia and makes room for future growth.

I think stretching is grossly underestimated because, in addition to helping prevent injury, it can also help you grow! I used to train with an old hardcore bodybuilder who would use a rubber mallet and a wood rolling pin to massage his muscles between sets. Try this yourself with a rolling pin or foam roll. You can’t even imagine the insane pumps you’ll get training this way!

Sample 3-Week Rep Rotation For Biceps

Go heavy enough to make your sets really burn. This isn’t an easy week.

“Think of your supplement regimen as the icing on your gains cake.”

Step 5

Think of your supplement regimen as the icing on your gains cake. It will help you increase and accelerate your results. Notice that I listed supplements last. While they’re an extremely important part of the equation, they don’t belong at the forefront of your weight-gain strategy. Supplements exist to support your diet and help you take things to the next level. There’s no magic bullet for getting big.

3 Basic Mass-Building Blocks:

Protein Powder

I drink at least two protein shakes every day, each with 30 grams of whey protein. This helps me get 60 grams out of the 218 grams that I need on a daily basis. There’s always a debate as to what type of protein builds muscle better—whey isolate, whey blends, casein, egg, etc. I prefer a high-quality whey blend which tastes great. Since you’ll be drinking it every day, taste is an important factor—you want something that you enjoy drinking, otherwise you won’t do it consistently.

Creatine

Creatine is the most studied and scientifically sound muscle builder in the world of sports supplementation. In simple terms, it helps improve volume, strength, and recovery. I’ve tried various types of creatine through the years, but the one I prefer is a capsule of creatine monohydrate and creatine hydrochloride. I get the benefits of creatine mono, the king of all creatines, plus the absorption benefits of the HCL. The capsules make for a convenient and easily dosed delivery system.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

BCAAs support muscle protein synthesis and decreased protein catabolism. In short, they are great for recovery after a hard workout and help build lean tissue. The version I take utilizes peptide-linked aminos, or oligopeptides, as well as agmatine.

BIG FINISH

When it comes to getting big, one of the most important things to remember is that you have to make every workout count. Each and every time you step foot in the gym, you have to get your head in the game. You need the proper mindset to push past your comfort zone and do battle. I like to take a pre-workout before my workouts for that very reason. A pre-workout product delivers the extra energy and intensity I need to get the absolute best results from my training.

Remember that, when it comes to getting bigger, it’s the sum of the parts. Nutrition, training, and supplementation all play a role, but a successful plan requires the discipline and fortitude to execute it. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are the best physiques in the world.


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Body Transformation: From Punk Rocker To Fit Body Rocker

Why I decided to transform

I have struggled with weight issues since I was about 10 years old, yo-yoing my way through life but always finding myself back to plus sizes. As a teenager, somehow the weight tapered down and though I always felt “bigger” than most, looking back, that was all in my head! I became a single mom at 27, gaining about 80 pounds during my pregnancy. I lost all of that weight through very dangerous drugs, nearly starving myself, and going to the gym regularly.

Higher education was always in my plans, having graduated with a Bachelors of Arts at 30. After some deviation from “the plan” and making bad choice after bad choice, I eventually knuckled down and decided to work three jobs while pursuing my Masters degree. With the sheer stress of this endeavor, the weight piled on until I ballooned to a size 22. Annoyed at the example I was setting for my son, whom I always taught to eat healthy, I decided to finally do something about my weight and situation instead of complaining and wishing.

Beyond the weight loss goals, my main motivators were to feel and look good, to be able to do the things I enjoyed again, and above all, to get healthier to ensure that I would continue to be around for my now 24-year-old son.

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After

AGE 47 / HEIGHT 5’6″ / BODY FAT 42%

AGE 50 / HEIGHT 5’6″ / BODY FAT 27%

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My initial assessment of my health was not good: blood pressure was high, my knees and ankles hurt, and standing up was a challenge. I remember during a Bikram yoga class once I saw myself doing the tree position in the mirror and wondered how my ankles supported that much weight!

As I worked hard to eat healthier and follow a good workout plan, people around me noticed my efforts—that made me feel amazing! That I would become a pillar of support and inspiration for others to change their lifestyles is humbling, to say the least.

I feel lucky to have had so much support from people around me. My confidence levels have soared, and I now know that I can work toward any goal I set. This feeling of empowerment, taking control of my life, is something that I’ve earned. As I continue to strive closer to my fitness goal, I will also be in the process of earning IRB approval for my PhD dissertation.

Want to know the most interesting thing? My mood swings and hot flashes from menopause have become much more manageable since undertaking this journey. Next time I need a cure for this hormonal imbalance I just pounce on the weights and tear them up!

Cool Fact

“I’m a punk rocker from way back! I worked at punk rock
labels, booked punk rock tours, and was featured in a
few punk rock documentary films.”

How I accomplished my goals

I joined a weight loss program to learn how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat. I diligently stuck to the program and did not cheat for 365 days straight through. My exercise regimen included walking for at least 45 minutes every day and swimming four to five days a week at the gym. Eventually, I began pushing weights and running on the elliptical as well.

I managed to drop about 80 pounds in the first year. In anyone’s mind, this is progress, and it made all my hard efforts worth it.

After managing to maintaining my weight three years since I started, I decided to tighten the excess skin around my stomach and hips from the rapid weight loss. Due to my age, I was told I would require surgery, but I refused. The weight continued to fall off through my own hard work and discipline—y’know, the old fashioned way! I even hired a trainer to learn how to optimize my gym time and get results. Slowly I worked my way up to strength and continued to lift weights five to six days a week with cardio mixed in about five times a week.

BodySpace was a huge help, as it allowed me to track my workouts on my iPhone and keep myself on track. When I needed to shake things up, new workouts from Bodybuilding.com were the key. More importantly, the support network from the community is incredible—you give and you get.

Finding the motivation is no longer a problem. The fact that I’ve become a role model to many of my friends easily keeps me going. I’ve got to set a good example.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

  • BCAAs BCAAs

    (On heavy lift days)

Diet plan that guided my transformation

My meals are usually “a fist, a fist, and a hand” (lean protein, carbs, and vegetables). I eat 5 or 6 times a day, 3 meals and 2 or 3 protein snacks, all organic, and I prepare them ahead of time to make sure that when it’s time to eat (every 2 ½ hours), I have something ready to go—this prevents cravings and stops me from putting stuff into my mouth that does not need to be there (when I’m hungry, I crave carbs and sugar, which make me hungrier, and then it’s just all bad!) I drink at least 80 oz of water a day. I eat clean and train mean, as they say!

A typical food day looks like this:

Training regimen that kept me on track

What aspect challenged me the most

I’d say the biggest challenge of the whole change was getting used to eating so much and so often. It seemed so counter intuitive to eat to lose weight! Once I got used to eating every two and a half hours and eating healthier, I changed my relationship with food. There are days that I just don’t want to eat on schedule or what I’m “supposed to”, but I try to remember that it keeps my metabolism going.

Also, sticking with a specific training regimen is a challenge, but I aim to hit the largest groups of muscles at least four times a week and maintain a solid core. Since I constantly mix it up, I manage to avoid burning out.

My future fitness plans

To continue on my journey to stay healthy and get stronger! My mid-section and rear could use a little tightening up, too. Since I lost the weight, I started surfing so I hope to get better at that! After I finish my PhD in psychology (hopefully by summer 2014), I’d like to look into becoming a trainer or some type of motivational team leader.

“Nothing worth having is wrapped in anything other than sweat, hard work, and time.”

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Give your body time to transform and keep at it! Once you start to see results, it becomes an addiction and gets easier to continue. Nothing worth having is wrapped in anything other than sweat, hard work, and time.

It’s not possible to drop multiple pant sizes in a few weeks; have patience. A good way to monitor progress is to take pictures every week—you’d be surprised by how your body transforms from week to week, over a period of a month or even over a year. If you’re proud of your accomplishments, others will be too! Share your photos with loved ones to help inspire them.

We all have body image issues. Spending too much time in front of the mirror is counterproductive; go by how you feel and how your clothes feel on you. Our heads can get the best of us and make us do some crazy things. Finally, strive for balance and be suspicious of products that seem to be a “quick fix”.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com has been such a major help for me. It’s informative, interesting, supportive, funny, and social.

For one thing, the site’s nutrition tips and recipes let me try out great new recipes since I love to cook and bake. My favorite from here is the homemade pumpkin protein bars! If I need a new workout to break the boredom, I get to choose from a huge variety. And if I need supplements, the store provides all the information I need to decide whether I want to take this or that product. My experience ordering there has been positive.

BodySpace keeps me accountable and lets me keep track of what’s going on with me. I just love the personalization. Plus there are so many amazingly hot bodies on there! It’s awesome to look at pictures of others’ transformations and to be part of a supportive and motivational community. Any fitness questions of mine can be answered there.

Becca’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “We Know How to Live” by Cock Sparrer
  2. “Alternative Ulster” by Stiff Little Fingers
  3. “I’m the One” by Descendents
  4. “Claustrophobia” by Pistol Grip
  5. “Pills & Smoke” by Swingin’ Utters


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Body Transformation: Kenneth Meyer Scorched 279 Pounds Of Fat!

Why I decided to transform

I was extremely obese growing up. I ate too much and had an addiction to food. At age 18, I went to the doctor after getting sick and weighed 469 pounds. I couldn’t eat whole foods for a few weeks and lost weight from being sick. That’s when I decided to keep it going and lose more weight.

My desire to join the military also motivated me to lose weight. I lost a little bit of fat but stayed around 435 pounds. After I tuned 19 years old, my dad hurt his ankle and went to a physical trainer. My dad proceeded to tell the trainer about me and asked if I could be helped.

On March 2, 2011, I met my physical trainer, Dave Greene. At the time, I weighed 433 pounds with 55 percent body fat. He built a meal and exercise plan for me and it worked. It was difficult at first and seemed like I would never reach my goal.

After about a month with my trainer and meal plan, I started to see the weight come off. I dove into exercise, learned about healthy living, and it completely changed my life.

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After

AGE 18 / HEIGHT 6’2″ / BODY FAT 60%

AGE 21 / HEIGHT 6’3″ / BODY FAT 8%

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Three years later, I joined the U.S. Navy when I became physically fit enough. I was 190 pounds with 8 percent body fat. I lost 281 pounds and 47 percent body fat thanks to my trainer. I couldn’t believe the hard work paid off.

I should thank my dad for hurting his ankle and leading me to a physical trainer. My life is much different now. I can play sports and have energy to be active. My self-esteem and confidence are high and I always notice little things I do now that I couldn’t before. Now I fit in restaurant booths, airplanes, and rollercoaster’s. I can shop at regular clothing stores now and don’t have to worry about breaking chairs.

How I accomplished my goals

After starting my meal and exercise plan, I started to think it was possible to lose the weight. I tried many times before but nothing worked. When I realized it would take the gym, a change in eating habits, and a lifestyle overhaul, I realized I could accomplish my goals.

I met once per week with my physical trainer to check my weight and make changes if needed. It helped me stay accountable and was encouraging. After every meeting, I got more into fitness and it slowly became a lifestyle. I started researching workout routines and meal plans on Bodybuilding.com to see how other people accomplished their goals.

“My self-esteem and confidence are high and I always notice little things I do now that I couldn’t before.”

My dad told me to write down my goals with achievement dates and read them every day when I woke up, which kept me motivated. I love learning about nutrition and fitness and believe that helped me stay motivated and on track for. Throughout everything, I kept the image of myself in a military uniform in my head.

Time flew by during the past few years. I cannot thank my parents, family, friends, and physical trainer, Dave, enough for the help and encouragement.

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Training regimen that kept me on track

When I first started, I was only able to walk on a treadmill, but I quickly built up my ability to exercise and slowly increased the amount over time. I also started boxing and playing basketball with my friends.

What aspect challenged me the most

I quickly fell in love with the gym. The most difficult part was going out with friends at restaurants when I couldn’t eat. I built strong discipline and self-control in the past few years.

My future fitness plans

I’m trying to build more muscle now that the fat is gone. I still run a lot because I like to maintain my cardio for the military. Fitness will always be part of my life.

I would like to become a physical trainer or nutritionist to help others. I learned a lot and can help people who are trying to lose weight. I experienced many ups and down during my journey and would love to share and help others who struggle too.

“Write down your goals, set a date to reach them, and read them to yourself every day.”

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Write down your goals, set a date to reach them, and read them to yourself every day. Make sure to journal your workouts and food so you can track improvement.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com is the best website I found during my fitness journey. It has so much information and is stocked with encouraging people. Every workout plan I need is on Bodybuilding.com.

The articles pump me up to go to the gym and motivate me. I read the articles about nutrition mostly. I learned many recipes and ideas for cooking and baking.

I thank Bodybuilding.com for the motivation and information to help me accomplish my weight loss and fitness goals.

Kenneth’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Zero” by Smashing Pumpkins
  2. “Law Of Nature” by Sixfingerz
  3. “I Stand Alone” by Godsmack
  4. “Clap Back” by Ja Rule
  5. “Alive” by Kid Cudi (Feat. Ratatat)

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<div id="DPG" webReader="70.041117979"><div class="side-bar" webReader="-13.7313432836"><div class="c15"><img src="images/2014/christina-crocco-transformation-vitalstats.jpg"/></div><p><strong>Name:</strong> Christina Crocco<br /><strong>Email:</strong> <span class="c16"><a href="mailto:c.crocco551@yahoo.com">c.crocco551@yahoo.com</a></span><br /><strong>BodySpace:</strong> <a href="http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/ccroc7/">ccroc7</a></p></div><h3 class="article-title">Why I Decided to transform</h3><p>My fitness journey reflects my life and where it took me. When I was young, I played soccer year round. When high school came, I was a multi-sport athlete.</p><p>I entered college in 2007 and decided to continue my soccer career, which took up the majority of my free time. Physical activity was one of the largest parts of my life. In 2008, my life took a turn when I transferred schools and quit soccer. This introduced me to the other side of college that included drinking, parties, binge eating, late nights, and self-destructive behavior.</p><p>Change came again in November 2012 for the better. At 5-foot-2, I weighed 160 pounds and saw where my life choices lead me. Without hesitation, I decided to make a change. I had no idea about nutrition. Due to my constant activity in high school, I had no need to understand healthy nutrition.</p><p>With age, inactivity, and my Italian carb-loading roots, the importance of nutrition finally surfaced.</p><div class="body-transformation-before-after" webReader="34"><p>Before </p><p>After </p><p><strong>AGE</strong> 24 / <strong>HEIGHT</strong> 5'2" / <strong>BODY FAT</strong> 29%</p><p><strong>AGE</strong> 24 / <strong>HEIGHT</strong> 5'2" / <strong>BODY FAT</strong> 10%</p></div><a href="http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/fitboard/post?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bodybuilding.com%2Ffun%2Fimages%2F2014%2Fchristina-crocco-transformation-fitboard.jpg" class="fitboardrolloversm" title="Submit"><span class="displace">Post To Fitboard</span></a><h3 class="article-title">How I accomplished my goals</h3><p>It didn't take long to put my words into actions. Learning to maintenance my diet was the first step, so I slowly quit eating fried food and abandoned alcohol. I started at-home workout tapes, which led me to purchase three-pound dumbbells.</p><p>When the changes started to show, I hit my stride and found Bodybuilding.com. I stumbled onto <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer.html">Jaime Eason's 12 Week-LiveFit Trainer</a> in February 2013 and my life was changed for good. I linked the workout to my phone, joined a gym, and completed the plan. I awoke something inside me. I saw many great results and my body responded so well to the workouts that I wanted to apply what learned to new endeavors.</p><p>I quickly found a coach who created a workout and nutrition plan for me. Next, we discussed what show and class I should compete in. This was exciting and I didn't know what to expect, but I trusted that my coach would lead me. I followed every instruction my coach gave me and we agreed that I was suitable for figure competitions due to my body type. I chose to compete at the Jason Arntz Muscle Beach show.</p><p>I was hooked after one show and signed up to compete again two weeks later, which qualified me for nationals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at The North Americans in August 2013. I decided to take fitness a step further and am working to become a certified personal trainer so I can inspire and help others.</p><div class="article-ad" webReader="25.0884955752"><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/trans.htm"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2013/transformations-of-the-week-smallbox.jpg" alt="Apply Here To Be A Transformation Of The Week!" width="200" height="114"/></a><div class="c20" webReader="6.37168141593"><h4><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/trans.htm">Apply Here To Be A Transformation<br />Of The Week!</a></h4><p style="display: inline;" class="webReader-styled">
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<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/vitargo_50.jpg" alt="GENR8 Vitargo" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/genr8/vitargo.html">GENR8 Vitargo</a></strong></span></li>
</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">Diet plan that guided my transformation</h3><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-oats.jpg" alt="oats" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('20038')">Oatmeal</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/2 cup</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-eggs.jpg" alt="eggs" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('1124')">Egg Whites</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">3</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">4 oz</span></p>
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<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/rice_50.jpg" alt="brown rice" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('20036')">Brown Rice</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/4 cup</span></p>
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<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-avocado.jpg" alt="avocado" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('idnumber')">Avocado</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/4</span></p>
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<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-broccoli.jpg" alt="broccoli" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('11090')">Broccoli</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 cup</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">4 oz</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/yams_50.jpg" alt="sweet potato" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('11507')">Sweet Potato</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/2 serving</span></p>
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<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/flaxseed_50.jpg" alt="Flaxseed Oil" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('12220')">Flaxseed Oil</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 tsp</span></p>
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<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/lettuce_50.jpg" alt="lettuce" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('11251')">Lettuce</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 serving</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 serving</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="images/2011/ricecake_50.jpg" alt="ricecake" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('19051')">Rice Cake</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-peanut-butter.jpg" alt="Peanut Butter" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('16398')">Peanut Butter</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 tbsp</span></p>
</li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/myofusion_50.jpg" alt="Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/gn/myofusion-probiotic-series.html">Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 serving</span></p>
</li>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 1/2 servings</span></p>
</li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-eggs.jpg" alt="eggs" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('1124')">Egg Whites</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">3</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="images/2011/ricecake_50.jpg" alt="ricecake" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('19051')">Rice Cake</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1</span></p>
</li>
</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">Training regimen that kept me on track</h3><p>I warm up with 10 minutes of cardio before lifting. I do a 10-minute high intensity cardio session with 30-second intervals twice per week. This is my offseason workout.</p><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/370/Female/t/370_1.jpg" alt="Standing Military Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/370/Female/t/370_2.jpg" alt="Standing Military Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')">Standing Military Press</a></strong><br />4 sets of 12, 10, 8, and 6 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/365/Female/t/365_1.jpg" alt="Upright Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/365/Female/t/365_2.jpg" alt="Upright Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')">Upright Barbell Row</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_1.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_2.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')">Front Dumbbell Raise</a></strong> (Performed seated)<br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_1.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_2.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')">Side Lateral Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shrug')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/96/Female/t/96_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shrug" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shrug')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/96/Female/t/96_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shrug" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shrug')">Dumbbell Shrug</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')">Barbell Squat</a></strong><br />4 sets of 15, 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_1.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_2.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')">Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/57/Female/t/57_1.jpg" alt="Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/57/Female/t/57_2.jpg" alt="Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')">Leg Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/52/Female/t/52_1.jpg" alt="Lying Leg Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/52/Female/t/52_2.jpg" alt="Lying Leg Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')">Lying Leg Curls</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('thigh-adductor')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/153/Female/t/153_1.jpg" alt="Thigh Adductor" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('thigh-adductor')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/153/Female/t/153_2.jpg" alt="Thigh Adductor" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('thigh-adductor')">Thigh Adductor</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('thigh-abductor')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/154/Female/t/154_1.jpg" alt="Thigh Abductor" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('thigh-abductor')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/154/Female/t/154_2.jpg" alt="Thigh Abductor" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('thigh-abductor')">Thigh Abductor</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_1.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_2.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')">Leg Extensions</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('pullups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/46/Female/t/46_1.jpg" alt="Pullups" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('pullups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/46/Female/t/46_2.jpg" alt="Pullups" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('pullups')">Pullups</a></strong><br />4 sets of 12, 10, 8, and 6 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('lying-t-bar-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/137/Female/t/137_1.jpg" alt="Lying T-Bar Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('lying-t-bar-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/137/Female/t/137_2.jpg" alt="Lying T-Bar Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('lying-t-bar-row')">Lying T-Bar Row</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('seated-cable-rows')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/45/Female/t/45_1.jpg" alt="Seated Cable Rows" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('seated-cable-rows')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/45/Female/t/45_2.jpg" alt="Seated Cable Rows" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('seated-cable-rows')">Seated Cable Rows</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/10/Female/t/10_1.jpg" alt="Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/10/Female/t/10_2.jpg" alt="Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')">Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/20/Female/t/20_1.jpg" alt="Bent Over Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/20/Female/t/20_2.jpg" alt="Bent Over Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-barbell-row')">Bent Over Barbell Row</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('good-morning')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/686/Female/t/686_1.jpg" alt="Good Morning" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('good-morning')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/686/Female/t/686_2.jpg" alt="Good Morning" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('good-morning')">Good Morning</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Female/t/169_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/169/Female/t/169_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-curl')">Barbell Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dips-triceps-version')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/55/Female/t/55_1.jpg" alt="Dips - Triceps Version" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dips-triceps-version')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/55/Female/t/55_2.jpg" alt="Dips - Triceps Version" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dips-triceps-version')">Dips - Triceps Version</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/147/Female/t/147_1.jpg" alt="Hammer Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/147/Female/t/147_2.jpg" alt="Hammer Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')">Hammer Curls</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('standing-dumbbell-triceps-extension')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/345/Female/t/345_1.jpg" alt="Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('standing-dumbbell-triceps-extension')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/345/Female/t/345_2.jpg" alt="Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('standing-dumbbell-triceps-extension')">Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Female/t/180_1.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Female/t/180_2.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')">Preacher Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/343/Female/t/343_1.jpg" alt="Triceps Pushdown" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/343/Female/t/343_2.jpg" alt="Triceps Pushdown" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')">Triceps Pushdown</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('crunches')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/102/Female/t/102_1.jpg" alt="Crunches" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('crunches')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/102/Female/t/102_2.jpg" alt="Crunches" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('crunches')">Crunches</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('jackknife-sit-up')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/91/Female/t/91_1.jpg" alt="Jackknife Sit-Up" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('jackknife-sit-up')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/91/Female/t/91_2.jpg" alt="Jackknife Sit-Up" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('jackknife-sit-up')">Jackknife Sit-Up</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('reverse-crunch')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/119/Female/t/119_1.jpg" alt="Reverse Crunch" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('reverse-crunch')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/119/Female/t/119_2.jpg" alt="Reverse Crunch" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('reverse-crunch')">Reverse Crunch</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('oblique-crunches')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/104/Female/t/104_1.jpg" alt="Oblique Crunches" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('oblique-crunches')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/104/Female/t/104_2.jpg" alt="Oblique Crunches" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('oblique-crunches')">Oblique Crunches</a></strong> (Medicine Ball)<br />3 sets of 20 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/370/Female/t/370_1.jpg" alt="Standing Military Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/370/Female/t/370_2.jpg" alt="Standing Military Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('standing-military-press')">Standing Military Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/365/Female/t/365_1.jpg" alt="Upright Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/365/Female/t/365_2.jpg" alt="Upright Barbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('upright-barbell-row')">Upright Barbell Row</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_1.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_2.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')">Front Dumbbell Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_1.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_2.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')">Side Lateral Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('incline-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/380/Female/t/380_1.jpg" alt="Incline Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('incline-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/380/Female/t/380_2.jpg" alt="Incline Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('incline-dumbbell-press')">Incline Dumbbell Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('pushups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/70/Female/t/70_1.jpg" alt="Pushups" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('pushups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/70/Female/t/70_2.jpg" alt="Pushups" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('pushups')">Pushups</a></strong><br />3 sets to failure</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-rear-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/109/Female/t/109_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Rear Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-rear-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/109/Female/t/109_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Rear Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-rear-lunge')">Dumbbell Rear Lunge</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('glute-ham-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/685/Female/t/685_1.jpg" alt="Glute Ham Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('glute-ham-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/685/Female/t/685_2.jpg" alt="Glute Ham Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('glute-ham-raise')">Glute Ham Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('smith-machine-leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/1871/Male/t/1871_1.jpg" alt="Smith Machine Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('smith-machine-leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/1871/Male/t/1871_2.jpg" alt="Smith Machine Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('smith-machine-leg-press')">Smith Machine Leg Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_1.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_2.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')">Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/57/Female/t/57_1.jpg" alt="Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/57/Female/t/57_2.jpg" alt="Leg Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-press')">Leg Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_1.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_2.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')">Leg Extensions</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('standing-calf-raises')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/48/Female/t/48_1.jpg" alt="Standing Calf Raises" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('standing-calf-raises')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/48/Female/t/48_2.jpg" alt="Standing Calf Raises" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('standing-calf-raises')">Standing Calf Raises</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('seated-calf-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/152/Female/t/152_1.jpg" alt="Seated Calf Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('seated-calf-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/152/Female/t/152_2.jpg" alt="Seated Calf Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('seated-calf-raise')">Seated Calf Raise</a></strong><br />4 sets of 15, 12, 10, and 8 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">What aspect challenged me the most</h3><img src="images/2014/christina-crocco-transformation-graphic-1.jpg" width="239" height="450" border="0" class="right-image"/><p>"I want to motivate others to achieve their goals and live a healthy lifestyle."</p><p>Not going out with my friends at night was a struggle. Every gathering is based upon eating and drinking. It got hard watching them eat and drink whatever they wanted as I struggled to find something I could have. It was hard, but it made me stronger.</p><h3 class="article-title">My future fitness plans</h3><p>I hope to get my pro card and achieve my dream of being a pro figure competitor. I'm currently working to become a personal trainer. I want to motivate others to achieve their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.</p><p>I came up with lots of healthy recipes after prepping for competition. I hope to eventually put them together into a book.</p><h3 class="article-title">Suggestions for aspiring transformers</h3><div class="titled-list"><ul><li>Stop thinking about how hard it's going to be.</li>
<li>Follow motivating individuals on social media.</li>
<li>Make goals for yourself that give you something to work toward.</li>
<li>It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.</li>
<li>Cheat meals are okay if done in moderation.</li>
<li>Eat clean, train dirty!</li>
</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals</h3><p>Bodybuilding.com introduced me to <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer.html">Jamie Eason's 12-Week Trainer</a>, which was the stepping stone to the start of my bodybuilding career.</p><h3 class="article-title">Christina's Top 5 Gym Tracks</h3><p><img src="images/2014/christina-crocco-transformation-music.jpg" width="560" height="132"/></p><div class="titled-list"><ol><li>"Replay" by Zendaya</li>
<li>"We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus</li>
<li>"Berzerk" by Eminem</li>
<li>"Started From The Bottom" by Drake</li>
<li>"Crooked Smile" by J. Cole</li>
</ol></div><h4>Credits</h4><div class="titled-list"><ul><li>Trainer: Pete Floris</li>
<li>Workout Partner: Jennifer Powers</li>
<li>Photos: Rich Olson</li>
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Body Transformation: Christina Crocco Crushed Goals And Body Fat!

Why I Decided to transform

My fitness journey reflects my life and where it took me. When I was young, I played soccer year round. When high school came, I was a multi-sport athlete.

I entered college in 2007 and decided to continue my soccer career, which took up the majority of my free time. Physical activity was one of the largest parts of my life. In 2008, my life took a turn when I transferred schools and quit soccer. This introduced me to the other side of college that included drinking, parties, binge eating, late nights, and self-destructive behavior.

Change came again in November 2012 for the better. At 5-foot-2, I weighed 160 pounds and saw where my life choices lead me. Without hesitation, I decided to make a change. I had no idea about nutrition. Due to my constant activity in high school, I had no need to understand healthy nutrition.

With age, inactivity, and my Italian carb-loading roots, the importance of nutrition finally surfaced.

Before

After

AGE 24 / HEIGHT 5’2″ / BODY FAT 29%

AGE 24 / HEIGHT 5’2″ / BODY FAT 10%

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How I accomplished my goals

It didn’t take long to put my words into actions. Learning to maintenance my diet was the first step, so I slowly quit eating fried food and abandoned alcohol. I started at-home workout tapes, which led me to purchase three-pound dumbbells.

When the changes started to show, I hit my stride and found Bodybuilding.com. I stumbled onto Jaime Eason’s 12 Week-LiveFit Trainer in February 2013 and my life was changed for good. I linked the workout to my phone, joined a gym, and completed the plan. I awoke something inside me. I saw many great results and my body responded so well to the workouts that I wanted to apply what learned to new endeavors.

I quickly found a coach who created a workout and nutrition plan for me. Next, we discussed what show and class I should compete in. This was exciting and I didn’t know what to expect, but I trusted that my coach would lead me. I followed every instruction my coach gave me and we agreed that I was suitable for figure competitions due to my body type. I chose to compete at the Jason Arntz Muscle Beach show.

I was hooked after one show and signed up to compete again two weeks later, which qualified me for nationals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at The North Americans in August 2013. I decided to take fitness a step further and am working to become a certified personal trainer so I can inspire and help others.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Training regimen that kept me on track

I warm up with 10 minutes of cardio before lifting. I do a 10-minute high intensity cardio session with 30-second intervals twice per week. This is my offseason workout.

What aspect challenged me the most

“I want to motivate others to achieve their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.”

Not going out with my friends at night was a struggle. Every gathering is based upon eating and drinking. It got hard watching them eat and drink whatever they wanted as I struggled to find something I could have. It was hard, but it made me stronger.

My future fitness plans

I hope to get my pro card and achieve my dream of being a pro figure competitor. I’m currently working to become a personal trainer. I want to motivate others to achieve their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.

I came up with lots of healthy recipes after prepping for competition. I hope to eventually put them together into a book.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Stop thinking about how hard it’s going to be.
  • Follow motivating individuals on social media.
  • Make goals for yourself that give you something to work toward.
  • It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
  • Cheat meals are okay if done in moderation.
  • Eat clean, train dirty!

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com introduced me to Jamie Eason’s 12-Week Trainer, which was the stepping stone to the start of my bodybuilding career.

Christina’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Replay” by Zendaya
  2. “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus
  3. “Berzerk” by Eminem
  4. “Started From The Bottom” by Drake
  5. “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole

Credits

  • Trainer: Pete Floris
  • Workout Partner: Jennifer Powers
  • Photos: Rich Olson

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Fitness 360: Samantha Ann Leete, Training Program

Samantha trains to overcome her weaknesses. She doesn’t cherry-pick workouts for her strengths or make excuses for lagging muscle groups. Her most productive days in the gym are when she’s learning a new lift, working on muscle groups that need extra attention, and moving heavy weight. Her desire to build a better body and become a better athlete fuels her through every workout.

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Mixing It Up

Samantha likes to use multiple training strategies so she never gets bored. “I love incorporating supersets, giant sets, circuits, HIIT cardio, low-intensity cardio, dropsets, and negatives,” she says. “I also like to switch up my rep ranges, tempo, and exercises.” These constant changes help keep Samantha excited about her workouts and motivated for her future goals.

Although she uses different modalities to train various muscle groups, Samantha likes to keep her split fairly consistent. “I usually lift three or four days per week and do sprints or plyometrics once per week. For my upper body, I usually stick to a 10-12 rep range. For my lower body, I do 10-20 reps per exercise.”

Romanian Deadlift

Like most of us, Samantha has a tough relationship with cardio. “Sometimes it can be fun and I look forward to it, especially when I’ve had a stressful day and could use a cathartic sweat session.” She’ll squeeze in a cardio session during lunch at work, but if she’s in the gym, she prefers the arc trainer, the stepmill, or plyos.

Unlike some elite competitors, Samantha believes in rest days. “I just try to listen to my body,” she says. Sometimes a rest day means hitting a hard cardio session, sometimes it means going for a long, fun hike, and sometimes, rest just means rest. “Rest days can literally mean just chilling out and watching a movie,” she explains.

Samantha’s Training Split

Cardio

These are examples of cardio workouts that I might do during the week

Cardio workout #1
45 minute Arc Trainer

Cardio workout #2
Treadmill lunge intervals
3-minute incline lunge
3-minute incline run
3-minute incline walk
Repeat for 30 minutes

Cardio workout #3
Treadmill HIIT sprints
30 second incline sprint
30 second incline walk
Repeat for 20 minutes

Cardio workout #4
HIIT circuit
2-minute row
1-minute rope jump
100 mountain climbers
Rest 30-60 seconds
Repeat for 20 minutes


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Body Transformation: Nasir Uddin Turned Knowledge Into Muscle!

Why I decided to transform

My family unit consists primarily of women and fitness was hardly promoted. Many members of my extended family suffer from illness due to poor nutrition and inactivity. I wanted to break the tradition.

At age 15, I had a strong desire to get big because I got beat by opponents in high school wrestling. I signed up at the gym a year before and watched people train to understand the vibe. I really enjoyed it but couldn’t stand being so far away from my goals. I weighed 117 pounds with 14 percent body fat at 5-foot-7.

Eventually I gained decent size. I weighed 143 pounds but increased to 16 percent body fat by February 2012. I wanted to be fast and mobile and was introduced to combat sports after I improved in wrestling.

At this time, I left high school to study biology in college and learn more about the body, but I was taught about plants instead. I changed my degree to exercise and sports science in my second year and am pleased with the decision.

I joined local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling classes and did lots of strength and conditioning, which included calisthenics, plyometrics, and core work. I got ripped, felt stronger than ever, worked on my genetic strong points, and my love for sports science and human performance grew immensely.

Before

After

AGE 15 / HEIGHT 5’6″ / BODY FAT 14%

AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5’8″ / BODY FAT 11%

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I spent my summer holiday qualifying as a personal trainer, but realized I wanted to further my knowledge and rank and became a specialist personal trainer by age 18. I’m back at college for one more year of sports science at Islington College before attending St. Mary’s University, which is one of the best in England.

Many people thought my passion was an obsession with a hopeless and worthless subject. Now they see me as a focused individual with ambition who cannot be swayed.

How I accomplished my goals

I was getting work experience as an optician and was given an opportunity to work in the field part time. I took advantage of the opportunity, stopped asking for pocket money, and received a gym membership, which allowed me train daily.

I eventually lost the motivation to train in a gym environment and it became boring. I started MMA conditioning and learned to train with weights that aided my performance in combat sports. I was dumbfounded when I realized how much more I could do with a barbell and simple equipment. I started strength and power training with compound movements. I found a way to stay strong, gain muscle, remain agile, and be flexible.

There were many haters and doubters at first. I was mocked for carrying a gym bag, but it slowly decreased and the individuals started asking me for advice. There are many who still frown on my path. There’s much more to prove. I’m only getting started.

“I was dumbfounded when I realized how much more I could do with a barbell and simple equipment.”

My inspiration started with Kris Gethin and Kelechi Opara, who have amazing physiques and training philosophies. Their videos were motivating. I downloaded almost every video from Kris Gethin’s 12-Week Hardcore Trainer and watched them in one day.

Academics fascinated me when I entered the sports science world. That’s when Dr. Jim Stoppani became my inspiration. His academic credentials and physical achievements made him an ideal role model.

I became slightly obsessed with Paul Chek, who is passionate about holistic health. His theories dazzled me and made me look into fitness deeper. The most inspirational athletes to me are Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Rich Froning, Ray Lewis, Kai Greene, and Michael Jordan.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Training regimen that kept me on track

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu: 30 min
  • Kickboxing: 30 min
  • Wrestling: 30-60 min

What aspect challenged me the most

Remaining consistent with my diet is the most challenging aspect due to family and cultural habits. I decided to cook my own food in bulk every weekend so I have no choice but to finish it throughout the week.

My future fitness plans

I manage fitness pages on social media that help others get motivated and inspired. I offer advice whenever I can. I love helping people who want it. I just started Olympic lifting to see how it helps my power for combat sports.

I want to become a unique trainer who helps people in all aspects to live healthy and focus on their mental wellbeing. I also want to work in exercise physiology, psychology, or in the strength and conditioning field.

“Follow your heart and gut instincts. The brain isn’t always right.”

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Set a goal.
  • Be yourself.
  • Use adversity and doubters to fuel your passion.
  • Learn to juggle fitness with daily responsibilities.
  • Don’t treat fitness as phase. Make it a lifestyle.
  • Follow your heart and gut instincts. The brain isn’t always right.
  • Don’t ever be content.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

I found Bodybuilding.com, watched many tutorials, and added many exercises to my knowledge bank. Kris Gethin and Jim Stoppani’s programs helped me put on more muscle than any method before.

Nasir’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “This Is Where We Fight” by Mateos
  2. “Saw Theme” by Bone Crusher
  3. “Do Or Die” by Muscle Prodigy
  4. “Rep Yo City” by Lil Jon (Feat. E-40)
  5. “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero


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Paige Hathaway

1 day 5 hours ago

Add this one to your routine 👆🏼👇🏼
- All you need: 1 heavy kettle bell
Movement combo: DEADLIFT into a upright row into a SQUAT!
- 10 reps x 4 rounds

Music 🎶 Open Arms by RKCB

Paige Hathaway

1 day 21 hours ago

This is how sad I look when I run out of pizza. 😭😝

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