We have talked with 156 athletes who mention bodybuilding.

Francesco Pelizza
How I did train changed a lot along 20 years. Before competing since 1999 to 2009, it was three to four times a week training around three to four hours per training doing standard training schemes and routines of popular bodybuilding social culture in Italy at that time.
Francesco Pelizza (male, 33)
Austin Dotson
I like to implement a variety of different styles of training which includes, bodybuilding, calisthenics, yoga, gymnastics, and CrossFit.
Austin Dotson (male, 28)
Landree Fleming
Well, the cool thing about CrossFit is that it is intentionally constantly varied! So my training looks different from day to day. But I also absolutely love bodybuilding as well, so my typical session starts with some fun meathead stuff, typically a heavy compound lift followed by accessory work, and then a MetCon (metabolic conditioning).
Landree Fleming (female, 35)
Amie Behave
I’ve decided to take a break competing in Bodybuilding as I’ve had a tough four months personally and you have to be 100% in it mentally to compete.
Amie Behave (female, 30)
Christopher Melancon
I do not believe in being strict all year long, at all. I am not paid to be a bodybuilder or endorse any products so I do not see the use/need to attempt to stay lean all year long.
Christopher Melancon (male, 23)
Francesca Esker
I love how bodybuilding makes me feel so sparkly afterwards. It’s definitely a different “high”. You feel you can conquer any obstacle of the day brings.
Francesca Esker (female, 33)
Alessandro Giovanniello
If I could find fault with my path but I think it’s everyone’s problem, it’s that in bodybuilding you never know enough.
Alessandro Giovanniello (male, 26)
Daniel Zagorski
The thing that I love most about bodybuilding/fitness is how much confidence it can give you. My best friend has been on her own fitness journey since January 2019 and it has been great seeing how she’s responded to it.
Daniel Zagorski (male, 21)
Denise Guidry
Hello everyone, my name is Denise Guidry (42) and I reside in Hollywood,CA. I’m a bikini champion athlete, professional award-winning certified fitness coach, and model. I specialize in strength and core training (functional exercises), bodybuilding, and bikini competition prep.
Denise Guidry (female, 42)
Chyanne Jacomini
Here I am today, almost two years later and it’s been a roller coaster ride, but I’m following my passion, educating myself and doing the best that I can with what I know. Thankfully, my passion goes hand in hand with what I do – bodybuilding competitions as a bikini competitor, which leads me to my next major accomplishment….becoming an IFBB Pro Bikini competitor in July 2019.
Chyanne Jacomini (female, 34)
Janusz Kania
So my focus now is more on improving the quality of my movements and trying to gain more muscle. When time permits, I will probably be training more like a bodybuilder, but for now a typical training day for me might look something like:
Janusz Kania (male, 25)
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq
I earned my IFBB Pro card in 2018 at Masters National in Pittsburgh. I found the world of bodybuilding through a friend (Tina Durkin IFBB Fitness Olympian) who opened my eyes to this world.
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq (female, 45)
Kwesi Orr
Some of the most foolish things I did/saw inside the gym are ego lifting and 1/2 rep exercises or training with bad form. I am a bodybuilder not a powerlifter, I will never sacrifice form over heavy weights.
Kwesi Orr (male, 37)
Tara Caballero
A typical day of training for me is two cardio, one of which is usually “HIIT” and one bodybuilding session of one major muscle group. I tend to get all three sessions done in a row because I am quite the thrifty B$tch so I refuse to spend the gas to go back and forth lol.
Tara Caballero (female, 48)
Sebastian J. Flowers
I’m a Transman Bodybuilder. This is How Fitness and Diet Helped Me to Transition from Female to Male
Sebastian J. Flowers (male, 31)
Marco Bauer
If you are new to bodybuilding, you should start with less kilos in every exercise. You should do the exercises right, look at yourself and don’t push too hard at the beginning.
Marco Bauer (male, 32)
Adam Kuncicki
My greatest achievements are winning the Slovak Championship in Natural Bodybuilding in 2019, as well as winning the Grand Prix Vege 2019, awarded in Poland to 1 person per year for promoting veganism, winning the Men’s Health contest for the Men’s Blog of The Year, and winning the Personality of the Year 2018 title as the first vegan bodybuilder in Poland.
Adam Kuncicki (male, 25)
Ali Burkhardt
My boyfriend Rick, who is a diet and bodybuilding coach, and I team up for most of our clients. He does their diet and I train. It’s a pretty dreamy set up if you ask me! ☺
Ali Burkhardt (female, 27)
Pietro Lauro
The thing that I love the most about bodybuilding is that will to never give up and how it changes you as a person not just physically but mentally! I struggled with a lot of anxiety, and bodybuilding simply just made it so much easier to control and really give me the confidence that I have always wanted.
Pietro Lauro (male, 23)
Mario Impens
Hello, I’m Mario and 36 years old. I’m a Belgian Natural bodybuilder. I work as a store manager and I have two sons (eight and 11 years old).
Mario Impens (male, 36)
Snir Azoulay
I have my coach Nir Edri, that I owe him a lot and he is my mentor. I have my friend Gilad Ben Mordechai, he is also into bodybuilding. And I also meet Dani Kaganovich (IFBB Pro-Open), he’s the best bodybuilder in Israel and a great friend of mine and motivator.
Snir Azoulay (male, 20)
Antonio Laborte
Understanding that you can certainly make positive changes but it takes time and work, consistently. This extends beyond bodybuilding/fitness but certainly applies to it.
Antonio Laborte (male, 21)
Right now I am training 6 days a week for 1.5 hours/day and I focus on 2 muscle groups per day and hit them twice a week. I am presently in training for a BodyBuilding competition, which is different from Physique training.
Deon John (male, 47)
Jennifer Reece
Two other people who have been to my drive to achieve my dreams are my best friend Paul and my Mom. Paul who recently survived leukemia with only a 3% chance of living, always wanted to be a pro bodybuilder.
Jennifer Reece (female, 42)
To coach someone to do things you have never done seems a bit disconnected for me, so my beliefs lead me to compete as I wanted to grow my coaching abilities and learn what you must endure to be a bodybuilder and ultimately make me a better coach and an athlete.
Keri Ann Heitzman (female, 37)
Hello. My name is Goran and I’m 31 y.o. Croatian. Past four years living and working in Dublin, Ireland. Bodybuilding is my love and it describes my life a lot.
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
Simone Collins
My role is pretty varied as Tony not only owns and operates Dohertys Gyms, but is also the director of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia, and the head promoter of the IFBB Pro League and Amateur Bodybuilding shows (the Australian equivalent of NPC/IFBB).
Simone Collins (female, 33)
Terry Tomlin
I have been training for 8 years. I started because I wanted to get in shape, so I could compete in a bodybuilding competition.
Terry Tomlin (male, 29)
Nicolas Cambi
I played football in high school and wrestled for 10 years through college. Besides bodybuilding, I love video editing and production.
Nicolas Cambi (male, 30)
Alejandra Estefanía
No bodybuilder started with everything solved, and the road wasn’t easy for any of them.
Alejandra Estefanía (female, 30)
James Anthony Emmerson
The greatest thing about bodybuilding and fitness, regardless of the aesthetics, is the drive for self-improvement. There are many things in life where external factors prevent us from getting what we want, but for the most part, when it comes to building a better physique, you get what you put in.
James Anthony Emmerson (male, 35)
Alex Serrano
Hi guys! My name is Alexander Serrano, I’m 24 years old, and currently live in central FL, and I’m currently an NPC bodybuilder, on the course of going pro. I compete in the Classic Physique category, which is where I plan on staying.
Alex Serrano (male, 24)
Albert Shao
One thing that I love most about natural bodybuilding is just the challenge of being able to improve each time. This is one of the few sports where we just get better as we age. Each time we diet down and reverse up, each time we prep for a show, our physiques just get more mature and dense, which is very fascinating.
Albert Shao (male, 33)
Tony DiNinno
I have done numerous bodybuilding competitions at a young age since high school and different NPC bodybuilding competitions. Some wins and some losses but always competed to have fun and better myself from the last show.
Tony DiNinno (male, 52)
Moaad El Maguiri
I will never sacrifice form over heavy weights after all I am a bodybuilder not a powerlifter.
Moaad El Maguiri (male, 27)
What I like most about fitness and bodybuilding is the ability to create the physique and shape your body in any way you want and the positive outcome of great strength, both mentally and physically.
Lonnie Boe Pedersen (female, 44)
Martine Warmann
I switched from strength training to bodybuilding in 2014 and started my competition journey in bikini then. I competed in my first show called the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow and placed 3rd. After that I got married, pregnant and started a family.
Martine Warmann (female, 36)
Robby Gambino
I found motivation in bodybuilding. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dexter Jackson, Ronnie Colman, and Flex Wheeler just a few names I type into YouTube if I was ever not motivated to train.
Robby Gambino (male, 30)
I continued for some 15 years until one day I was introduced to a man by the name of Steve Wennerstrom who suggested I should try competing in bodybuilding.
Carla Dunlap-Kaan (female, 65)
Nick Shaw
Some of my more notable accomplishments include competing in powerlifting, bodybuilding, creating RP and most notably the ability of RP to effectively help hundreds of thousands of clients across the world in their health and fitness journeys.
Nick Shaw (male, 32)
Joe Seeman
My Name is Joe Seeman, I’m a 28-year-old IFBB Pro bodybuilder and an online fitness/contest prep coach. I started training 10 years ago at 18 after playing many sports growing up. My most notable sports before bodybuilding were hockey and cross country running.
Joe Seeman (male, 28)
Francesca Lauren
Years later, I had a co-worker telling me that she was going to start bodybuilding. She was a petite thing and I thought she was crazy until she told me about this new division called Bikini.
Francesca Lauren (female, 38)
Jenifer Lee
I approach all coaching from a whole-health perspective, aiming to restore balance in both body and mind whilst my clients chase their individual goals. A large portion of my business is in body re-composition, including bodybuilding competitions and prepping for photo-shoots.
Jenifer Lee (female, 36)
Charlie Seltzer
I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania. The fall semester of my freshman year, I played golf but couldn’t continue due to the crazy practice schedule and my pre-med requirements. I competed three times in the Mr. Penn Bodybuilding Contest but never placed. Still, I loved the prep and being on stage. 
Charlie Seltzer (male, 43)
Olly Esse
I started working with Bodypower Fitness Expo, and then other big venues like Boss Classic, Sheru Classic, IHFF, Kolkata Fitness Expo and other bodybuilding contests and they were so kind to invite me as a guest.
Olly Esse (female, 34)
Csillag Sulyok
The reason why I love bodybuilding is because I get what I invent. Times, when I work hard, I achieve a super defined body. When I maintain “daily routine”, I simply get a fit and healthy body. This one is getting more important for me, maybe by age lol.
Csillag Sulyok (female, 40)
Tamoor Arif
I have been lifting weight since 18. Actually that was my start of professional and competitive bodybuilding.
Tamoor Arif (male, 36)
Don’t confuse “bodybuilding” with fitness as most of the time they are mutually exclusive. That is not to say that one cannot be a natural bodybuilder and be fit at the same time.
Victor Costa (male)
Jessica Dickson
I first began my journey into the fitness industry after competing in my first bodybuilding show in 2014. Coming from a background of boot camp/high intensity training, this style of training was so new to me! I didn’t have a great deal of knowledge on how to train efficiently or train in a way that could shape my body the way I wanted it to appear, so when I started lifting weights in the gym, I became instantly hooked!
Jessica Dickson (female, 28)
Maria Lee
What I love most about fitness and bodybuilding or weight training is how it fulfills all my criteria for universal applicability:
Maria Lee (female, 33)
Deniz Saypinar
Being skinny made me feel more insecure and I wanted to look strong and also I wanted to feel strong. Bodybuilding was the best decision for this.
Deniz Saypinar (female, 25)
Donna McGinn
My name is Donna McGinn. I am an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder, licensed massage therapist and a certified personal trainer/prep coach/posing coach, sports nutritionist — Anything to do with bodybuilding, the muscles and showcasing them on stage.
Donna McGinn (female, 56)
Elisa Pecini
Bodybuilding has taught me how to be more responsible and know that I can achieve something if I really dedicate myself. Not all my friends do the same sport as me, but they respect the sport I have choosen.
Elisa Pecini (female, 22)
Carmen Demske
I competed in bodybuilding for six years and retained the top ten national recognition in the figure division during this time.
Carmen Demske (female, 51)
Anne Navarro
What I enjoy about bodybuilding and fitness the most is the momentum of moving ahead, the discipline to hit my goals and I love how it can completely transform not only your body but your mindset and outlook on life, it’s much deeper than working your body.
Anne Navarro (female, 40)
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe)
Sometimes it’s a Crossfit style workout and other times it’s similar to Chris McCarthy’s HIBB (high intensity bodybuilding @mcfitmethod) routines, providing max results in little time.
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe) (female, 34)
Yaxeni Oriquen
My best fitness friend and colleague is Dr. Jose Almeida; he is a vascular surgeon, bodybuilder and co-owns Rypt Gym with me. My boyfriend Jose Invernizzi loves me and makes my life whole.
Yaxeni Oriquen (female, 53)
Allison Ethier
Usually girls have babies and their career is done, however, I just knew I was not done, and had more to prove, as I don’t feel I have peaked – what ever that looks like. I am an athlete first, bodybuilder second.
Allison Ethier (female, 42)
Matteo Maximilian
My bodybuilding future does not include any type of fitness competing, but rather I plan to continue working occasionally as a Fitness Model. To do so, this requires consistency at the gym and living a healthy balanced life with enough physical energy output to keep my body in elite shape.
Matteo Maximilian (male)
Melissa Sarah Wee
Fitness and bodybuilding will always be a part of my life. I have grown so much as a person, not just physically stronger, but mentally as well.
Melissa Sarah Wee (female, 36)
Sam Shampanier
My plans for the future are clear and transparent. They deal with bodybuilding/fitness, my daughter Kristina, and granddaughters, Sarah and Nataly, lovely little creatures who need my constant attention. And I very much hope to restart playing bridge.
Sam Shampanier (male, 66)
Sharlyn Ooi
When I first started lifting, all I wanted to do was get stronger and lose some weight. Life took a surprising turn and I ended up competing in two bodybuilding competitions and three powerlifting competitions while building up my career as a personal trainer.
Sharlyn Ooi (female, 26)
Tabraiz Gondal
I work for a garment company. I look after design and marketing for them. I have been working out for 8 years. I started in 2012 before that I never did bodybuilding.
Tabraiz Gondal (male, 36)
Eric Helms
I’ve authored book chapters for strength and conditioning, nutrition, and personal training professionals. I started lifting in 2004, and today, I’m a PNBA pro qualified natural bodybuilder and I also compete in powerlifting, weightlifting, and strongman.
Eric Helms (male, 36)
Nidhi Mohan Kamal
In the past, I have tried dancing, pilates but for the last five to six years I added yoga to my conventional bodybuilding routine. It has been a new challenge and a spiritual journey of its own.
Nidhi Mohan Kamal (female, 35)
Hi! My name is Emma Hurst. I’m a politician for the Animal Justice Party in NSW Australia, a psychologist, and vegan plant-built bodybuilder. For the last 15 years I’ve been fighting for the rights of animals with a background in campaigning, political lobbying, and media work. I have been vegan for 20 years.
Emma Hurst (female, 38)
Norma Reynolds
With three years of martial arts under my belt, I started seeing bikini competitors in my Instagram feed – and I absolutely could not look away. I started doing natural bodybuilding shows in 2015, as a feminine balance to the grit of the martial arts classes.
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
Stan Efferding
I’m an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and a world record Powerlifter. I’m the only man over 40 years ever totaled over 2300 pounds. I was a high school soccer player and wrestler before I started lifting in college.
Stan Efferding (male, 52)
Shelby Guillaume
I have placed nationally within the CPA IFBB for both bikini and figure but am pursuing a bodybuilding career within figure. In addition to eventual wellness coaching I will soon be pursuing a career in firefighting.
Shelby Guillaume (female, 28)
I was introduced to bodybuilding competitions by my mentor Massimo Massari in Italy, but I wasn’t mentally ready to commit to all that discipline and to give up food for it, but that idea has been popping up often and I had to do it!
Daniela Leccisi (female, 36)
Sean Harley
For lifting, currently I’m doing a 6 day bodybuilder type split, hitting each muscle group once a week.
Sean Harley (male, 40)
Lenda Murray
I started exercising and training as a track athlete and cheerleader. Being an athlete led me to Bodybuilding for which I am forever grateful.
Lenda Murray (female, 57)
Wendy Broekx
Three years ago, I started competing in Natural Figure Bodybuilding competitions. Apart from winning many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, I have also won 3 x ANBSA Figure Overall and 1 x ICNSA Figure Overall.
Wendy Broekx (female, 51)
Ghia Walker
I’ve competed in bodybuilding, in both the figure and fit body categories, placing 1st, 2nd and 4th in various competitions.
Ghia Walker (female, 36)
Tiago Guedes
I still have typical bodybuilding movements in my routine, but I changed my bodybuilding training “needle” to functional training.
Tiago Guedes (male, 36)
Eve Dawes
I used to train at Golds Venice when I lived in LA and that was a really great place to get started in the bodybuilding world. It’s full of inspiring and helpful people from coaches to pros and I even got spotted there by Iron Man Magazine who ran a feature on me.
Eve Dawes (female)
Matt Karstetter
I love business and bodybuilding and I have true, unrelenting passion for both. In addition to being a competitive bodybuilder, for the past 12 years I have made my living as a ICC nationally licensed general contractor, land developer, and multi business owner.
Matt Karstetter (male, 36)
Years ago, my friend gave me a copy of Arnold’s encyclopedia of bodybuilding, this is what really motivated me to start training. From here, I caught the bug and have loved training ever since.
Joel Simmons (male, 30)
Chris Johnson
I am the CEO of the supplement company called, Advanced Genetics, co-founder and coach at Gaia Fitness. I am also a national bodybuilding champion and men’s physique IFBB Pro. I am a certified holistic nutritionist,. I am an author of the books entitled, “Happyology” and “8 Secret Strategies for Success”, and I run a few other businesses.
Chris Johnson (male, 46)
Jake Andersen
As of 2019, I have been resistance training for 15 years, and plant-based bodybuilding since 2015. Due to my constant involvement in athletics, improving my body and mind quickly turned from a hobby to a lifestyle, and that is why I have turned my passion into a purpose by becoming a health coach that specializes in fitness and nutrition.
Jake Andersen (male, 27)
Tom Ramsay
Years later, after seeing an interview with professional bodybuilder Jay Cutler in FHM magazine, I saw a body developed to incredible levels of muscularity and wanted to see what I could achieve.
Tom Ramsay (male, 33)
Valentin Bosioc
I used to practice judo, box, MMA, rugby, soccer, football, aikido, wrestling, and many different sports, but eventually I settled down for fitness and natural classic bodybuilding.
Valentin Bosioc (male, 36)
Michael Anderson
My major accomplishments are winning 3x World Championship for Belgium, 2013, 2014 & 2015 3x Vice World Champion, 2016 UIBBN Natural World Bodybuilding Champion, 2017 WNBB Natural European Bodybuilding Champion, 2017 WNBB Natural World Bodybuilding Champion, and 2018 WNBB Natural World Bodybuilding Champion.
Michael Anderson (male, 53)
Cassandra Kilkenny
My friend introduced me to weightlifting … and the rest is history! I’ve been weightlifting and bodybuilding for five years, and though my body has changed drastically from my original swimmer’s body, it didn’t even compare to the difference I saw in my mentality.
Cassandra Kilkenny (female, 25)
Jasa Oslaj
Hello! My name is Jasa Oslaj and I am a 21-year-old bodybuilder from Slovenia. I have been training since I was about 16 and since then my lifestyle has completely changed. I never really cared about my body or my image at all, since I was mainly just playing video games at home and not putting any attention to myself.
Jasa Oslaj (male, 21)
Brittany Noelle
I don’t count calories, even when I was bodybuilding I just had a basic understanding of how much I was eating each day. I stick with having a vegetable and lean protein with every meal. I get my fats from avocados, olive oil, fish oil, seeds, and almond butter.
Brittany Noelle (female, 30)
Derek Duszynski
It’s honestly tough to have any legitimate hobbies in the midst of trying to make a living while competing, so I can’t really say I have any outside of anything having to do with fitness or bodybuilding.
Derek Duszynski (male, 37)
Jeff Grant
I’m a fitness/fashion model. I have been featured in most of the major bodybuilding magazines (Muscle and Fitness, Flex, etc.) and have been featured on the cover of several international fashion magazines.
Jeff Grant (male, 36)
Chris Santamaria
I used to weigh 113 lb in high school and the coaches told me in order to do well I would have to add some serious size to be a power sprinter. So I dedicated my whole summer to weights and started my career from there. From there, I transitioned into wanting to be a competitive bodybuilder and build up my client base.
Chris Santamaria (male, 36)
Antjuane Sims
I started playing sports as a kid in Germany. The first official sport I played was soccer. After coming back to the states, I started playing football from grade school all the way up to semi-pro. Along the way I wrestled, ran track, and competed in bodybuilding.
Antjuane Sims (male, 46)
During that time I competed as a bodybuilder and triathlete, having acquired a coach whom introduced me to the world of competitive powerlifting.
Pat Reeves (female, 74)
Brandan Fokken
I’ve worked with many industry leaders over the years like Dymatize,, Beast sports nutrition, Quest Nutrition and many, many more. Today though I have cut ties with all of them other than Icon Meals to focus on my own business management and growth.
Brandan Fokken (male, 40)
Jason Frand
I train five days a week, Monday through Friday, and I usually take the weekends off. I follow a pretty traditional bodybuilding style split: Push day, pull day, leg day. I focus on hypertrophy, endurance, and HIIT training. 
Jason Frand (male, 30)
Scott Shetler
I was mostly into music, skateboarding and BMX as a kid but became interested in training mainly through bodybuilding and as time went on, I ended up competing in powerlifting and kettlebell sport.
Scott Shetler (male, 44)
Andrew Chappell
Hi I’m Dr. Andrew Chappell. I have a PhD in nutrition and degree’s in sports science and human nutrition. I’m also a pro natural bodybuilder with both the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) and Drug Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC). I’ve been involved in the health and fitness industry since 2004 and took part in my first bodybuilding competitions back in 2006.
Andrew Chappell (male, 32)
David Liang
In terms of books, I found Chris Aceto’s Championship Bodybuilding and Mike Mentzers Heavy DutyÇ very useful.
David Liang (male, 35)
Once I got into college and I was finished up with competing in sporting events, I started getting into the natural bodybuilding community. I was guided by people like Layne Norton, Matt Ogus, Chris Lavado, and the 3DMJ group. This led my down the route of competing in a natural bodybuilding competition in 2014, where I ended up winning all three of my classes, and placing 2nd in the overall at age 21.
Adam Neth (male, 26)
Terence Bradley
I’ve been weight training since I was 13 due to playing football, but I started bodybuilding specific training about three years ago after I graduated high school. Pertaining to fitness as a whole, you can say I started at the age of 10 since that’s when I started to get heavily involved in sports.
Terence Bradley (male, 21)
Shaka Smith
Hi! My name is Shaka Smith. I am an actor, a host and a vegan bodybuilder.
Shaka Smith (male, 32)
Rammy Andrei
Hi! I’m Rammy Andrei, I’m 28 years old, I’m from Romania and I live in Bucharest. I own a business with a friend of mine, we run a barber shop by day time and outside of my job I’m focusing 100% on my fitness/bodybuilding life and my own goals. I wanna start a new project, which is to open a new brand gym in a few years and to expand myself to entire world.
Rammy Andrei (male, 28)
Dave Cunningham
I have been interested in bodybuilding since my early teens and although I massively admire the physiques that they built, that’s not the direction I wanted to take my physique.
Dave Cunningham (male, 33)
Daz Hallett
Outside bodybuilding my other hobbies beside my family is most outdoor sports golf, riding my bike playing pickle ball with the other guys in my community. They are individual sports like bodybuilding, which means it’s all down to me to succeed to put the dedication and work in.
Daz Hallett (male, 49)
Kevin Weiss
I competed in bodybuilding from the ages of 15 and 39 and powerlifting from 19 to present. I won the drug tested nationals in bodybuilding in 2003 and the world powerlifting championships in 2014. My best lifts in competition are 240kg squat, 177.5kg bench press, 272.5 deadlift as a 93kg M1 lifter. I currently hold the national bench press record of 165.5 in the 83kg M1.
Kevin Weiss (male, 48)
Stu Yellin
When I was competing, I would usually go about 25 lbs over my stage weight and still feel comfortable. It was soft enough that my strength was good, recovery good, able to cheat a little in terms of not adhering to a strict plan every day, but still lean enough that my insulin sensitivity was good and I still looked every bit the bodybuilder if I took my shirt off.
Stu Yellin (male, 46)
Ivan Blazquez
My name is Ivan Blazquez and I’m 40. I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. Regarding major accomplishments this has been a banner year. I’ve currently competed in 49 bodybuilding shows dating back to 2005.
Ivan Blazquez (male, 40)
Caleb Blanchard
Being athletic but undersized was what initiated my weight lifting/bodybuilding career. I played roller hockey as a teen and tried out for football once but needed more strength and mass to play with the same degree of physicality as the other elite players. Once achieving that, I began to focus more on the weight room and a long term goal of being an Olympian.
Caleb Blanchard (male, 32)
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Additionally, I work with pro bodybuilder and promoter, John Nickerson, to learn the exact poses necessary for INBF competitions.
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler (female, 46)
Tyrone Bell
That opened doors for me to train other celebrities on other big budget film and TV shows. It also opened the doors to work with, appear and contribute in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and other major main stream health and fitness publications.
Tyrone Bell (male, 38)
Nigel St Lewis
Admittedly, I was incredibly naive but bodybuilding excited me and training was never a chore. Find something you love doing, you’ll never work a day in your life, unfortunately despite my success as a natural bodybuilder, I do have a full time job as a business owner, but you get the point.
Nigel St Lewis (male, 39)
Nick Staro
I love bodybuilding and everything about it: Diet, training, coaching, etc. When I have any free time I produce music. 
Nick Staro (male, 26)
Eli Bernard
When it comes to what I like most about fitness and bodybuilding is the fact of how much work you can put into it. It teaches you to be patient, and work hard from a physical and mental standpoint. A sculpted body cannot be bought, which is another aspect that makes it more meaningful.
Eli Bernard (male, 25)
Helge Nilsen
Hello! My name is Helge Nilsen. I am a 20-year-old Norwegian aspiring bodybuilder and I have been working out since January this year.
Helge Nilsen (male, 20)
Antti Plaami
Some what of a fascination to the image of the golden years ”Silver-era” bodybuilding before steroids and upgrading that including endurance and all around strength.
Antti Plaami (male, 35)
Rishi Kunal Joshi
For bodybuilding competitions, I take somewhat of an opposite approach and may take certain movements out as my body fat drops. This isn’t to “bring out the cuts” or some other bro reason, it’s a leverage issue – it gets hard to squat properly when the belt breaks your lower ribs!
Rishi Kunal Joshi (male, 29)
Alex Buffone
My love for fitness and bodybuilding started when I was 13 or 14 on my way to Italy. I saw an issue of Muscular Development in a magazine stand, with the famous quad stomp picture of Jay Cutler and thought to myself: “Wow. I want to look like that.”
Alex Buffone (male, 24)
Brian Dobson
Dealing with this knee has been a challenge for sure, if I could get my legs back decent I would consider bodybuilding again.
Brian Dobson (male, 62)
Chad Havunen
I am a professional bodybuilder and have competed in 27 bodybuilding contests, I have 3 different pro cards with natural federations.
Chad Havunen (male, 40)
Ingrid S. Clay
I am a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and plant-based chef. In addition, I am a bodybuilder and aspiring triathlete. I’ve been training for over ten years.
Ingrid S. Clay (female, 39)
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy
Whether a patient is a housewife or a bodybuilder, we offer solutions that can be done specifically for their cases with the purpose to give each one the chance to become the best version of themselves.
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy (male, 40)
Eva Tretjakova
Since May 2018, I have competed in five federations and nine shows: Nifma, PCA, RIBBF, NABBA/WFF, PURE ELITE. I placed four times in first places, two second places and one third place in bikini masters +35, and obtained my Pro Cards, with the NABBA/WFF and PURE ELITE.
Eva Tretjakova (female, 42)
Zack Belknap
I trained for fun until I was about 22 years old and then I really began training with the intent of becoming a bodybuilder. I first started competing in bodybuilding in 2017 and by 2018 I had earned my professional status with the WNBF, and in April 2019 I won my pro debut.
Zack Belknap (male, 27)
Tshireletso Madibo
When I was 17, I fell in love with fitness and bodybuilding so that’s 13 years of consistency and hardships. I totally fell in love with the physique. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the inspiration. I just loved how big and ripped he was.
Tshireletso Madibo (male, 30)
Rishiraj Kapur
Bodybuilding/Training is not just limited to the gym, it’s a lifestyle for me. The sport has helped me to cultivate a better environment not just for myself but for everyone attached to me. Weight training gave me purpose in life and this passion of mine distinguishes me from the crowd.
Rishiraj Kapur (male, 40)
Jae Griggs
Lifting was always a part of the sports I was involved in — football, track, and even boxing. But it wasn’t until about five years ago when I made choice to start competing in bodybuilding. I fell in love with the challenge of pushing my body and doing something that I only dreamed of as a kid.
Jae Griggs (male, 37)
Beth Castell
I have competed in five bodybuilding competitions in the last two years and was fortunate enough to take away a stack of hardware.
Beth Castell (female, 31)
Samantha Shorkey
My biggest “client success story” was a meat eater turned vegan who won’s $200,000 12-Week Transformation Challenge, beating out 345,000 contestants worldwide. Read the full story on how we did it here.
Samantha Shorkey (female, 37)
SuzAnne Llano
I have a partner who is super health conscious, vegan, bodybuilder, tennis player, skier, etc., you must have a supportive mate who understands your quest for health and wellness and be on the same playing field or it will never work.
SuzAnne Llano (female, 49)
Nick Wright
I went on to become the FIRST drug-tested teen bodybuilder on the COVER of a fitness magazine in 2010 at 19! I even had Converse recognize me and send their support with free shoes for a long while.
Nick Wright (male, 28)
Taylor Patterson
I also welcome everyone to join the Powerplantbody Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness Facebook group. It’s full of other people just like you looking to achieve their goals on a vegan diet.
Taylor Patterson (male, 34)
Kristyn Mahoney
I had a few amazing coaches between 2015 when I started my journey, until about 2018 when I finally decided to get serious. I signed up with a competition coach and began prepping for my first bodybuilding show.
Kristyn Mahoney (female, 25)
Eric Leto
My passion was always Fitness/Bodybuilding since age 19 after playing eight years of basketball. I had my first competition then where I got first in Junior’s National Bodybuilding. Since then I haven’t stopped training and competing.
Eric Leto (male, 33)
Ric Drasin
Besides bodybuilding, I have been doing pro wrestling. I did wrestling along with bodybuilding from 1965 to 2001. Had to retire after I tore both quads in 2001.
Ric Drasin (male, 75)
Fábio Veras
I started as a competition bodybuilder and as a personal trainer and now I’m the CEO of Center of Physical Excellence where I manage a team of professionals including medical doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists and personal trainers.
Fábio Veras (male, 42)
Lars Besand
I think that my major accomplishment in this sport of bodybuilding is getting up everyday and never giving up, and making sure that all my students keep developing into the happiest Vikings in the world. Besides that – I’ve won Denmark’s strongest man -105 kg and Masters, Jutlands.
Lars Besand (male, 43)
Amine Aminov
My first bodybuilding training was in 2007, when I was looking to gain more weight because I was skinny. My first experience was not too long (just for three months and then I left) and I returned in summer 2008 and I left again.
Amine Aminov (male, 29)
Dani Taylor
I am a competitive natural bodybuilder in the figure category, so my training changes whether I am in preparation for a competition or if I am in the off-season.
Dani Taylor (female, 33)
Ben Palocko
Seeing the improvements first hand and especially hearing compliments from family and friends just kept me pushing harder and wanting more. Hockey led me to bodybuilding, and although it will always hold a place in my heart, bodybuilding is my new passion and something I will do for the rest of my life.
Ben Palocko (male, 31)
Carla Hampshire
I had a voracious appetite for everything related to bodybuilding and nutrition. I learned and progressed quickly. My trainer mentioned to me one day that if I continued training this way, that he could see me competing as a bodybuilder in a couple of years. He had just lit a fire inside of me. Could I? Should I?
Carla Hampshire (female, 58)
Alex Carneiro
I have been training for 13 years now and the reason I started was because I was passionate about the world of bodybuilding.
Alex Carneiro (male, 31)
Victor Egonu
Also, competing as a drug-free pro bodybuilder having to train the way I do, as great as it is, it takes a serious toll. My CNS (central nervous system), joints and overall energy takes hits from the level of training I have to do to reach my goals.
Victor Egonu (male, 30)
Rick Ryan
So I guess running and wanting to improve my body was what drove me to bodybuilding later in life – it is never to late to start. In my younger years I water skied.
Rick Ryan (male, 62)
Anthony Catanzaro
I have won numerous fitness and bodybuilding championships, but my biggest challenge has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the last 7 years. I was diagnosed in 2015, and since then my life has changed dramatically.
Anthony Catanzaro (male, 48)
Giacomo Marchese
Not only is veganism not hurting my gains, I feel that it only serves to bolster performance and recovery. A vegan bodybuilder tends to gravitate to more nutritionally dense foods which is an obvious win for both their health and their athletic endeavors.
Giacomo Marchese (male, 25)
Francesco Grezza
Bodybuilding has become a fundamental part of my life, it has led me to improve not only physically but also mentally, it has shaped my character through pain and suffering.
Francesco Grezza (male, 25)
For an experience bodybuilder make sure you plan and track your work outs, increase your volume over time. Stay away from drop sets, and incline sets.
Michael Habibi (male, 27)
The best thing about bodybuilding to me is how I can sculpt my body and the discipline it take to reach certain goals!
Shane (male, 35)
Klaudijus Simutis
I would recommend that the main source any new bodybuilder should use is YouTube as it is where I got a lot of information from when I was starting out.
Klaudijus Simutis (male, 19)
I keep myself motivated by watching bodybuilding videos and looking at my pictures when I was so heavy (126 kg). I think about how I managed to lose all that weight.
Faisal Ali (male, 20)
Marko Drobac
I wish I had a bodybuilding/fitness company, maybe some gym stuff, supplements or even my own sweatshirt and shirt company.
Marko Drobac (male, 18)
Dennis Okello Mbira
However, we hope that within 5 years we will be in a position to compete in the local bodybuilding contests. To achieve this, we always try to beat our own personal records and set new ones.
Dennis Okello Mbira (male, 25)
Deniz Yozkan
I started reading about bodybuilding and fitness every single day. I was reading scientific researches, I was watching tons of videos of youtubers like Jeff Nippard, David Laid, Dylan McKenna, Layne Norton and a few more.
Deniz Yozkan (male, 18)
Michael Gamil
I have been training for about five years. I was very thin, and that always bothered me, so I decided to get my body in shape. Besides bodybuilding, I also do swimming, ping pong and play guitar.
Michael Gamil (male, 25)
Loued Capisinio
I’m tall and I’m not good at playing basketball, but now I’m the tallest Filipino bodybuilder in Kuwait and maybe in all of Philippines.
Loued Capisinio (male, 31)
Easton Elliott
Eventually I’d like to compete in a bodybuilding show in the next 5 years, just to see if I can do it. Don’t care what place I get, it’s just something I’d like to do. Last year I said to myself I wanted abs by Christmas. Well, I did whatever I could and got abs by Christmas (two weeks early too). Setting and achieving goals are the bread and butter of my life.
Easton Elliott (male, 25)
Mohammed Radi
What prompted me to start bodybuilding was seeing my friends go to the gym, feeling good and strong. I also imagined how I would look myself with a beautiful body and more muscle.
Mohammed Radi (male, 25)