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We have talked with 191 athletes who mention bodybuilding.

Paul Takunda Bako
Paul Takunda Bako (male, 28)
How My Mind Helps Me Train and Become a Master of Fitness
In that same year I competed in a number of bodybuilding and Fitness competitions to test the efficacy of my training method and ideology.
Gabriella Ripepi
Gabriella Ripepi (female, 29)
How Competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Took Me Around the World and Back Home Again
Since when I started combat sport, I always trained bodybuilding at the gym and always used to go running.
Nathalia Basso
Nathalia Basso (female)
How an Injury Took Me from Bikini Competitor to Yoga Teacher
Over the years, I have slowly transitioned from a typical meat-centric, macro-counting bodybuilding diet to an organic whole food plant based diet.
Dan Stephenson
Dan Stephenson (male, 31)
How I Became a Competitive Powerlifter and Performance Coach
Like a lot of lifters, I was drawn to the bodybuilding physiques in the magazines and always wanted to obtain that superhero-like mystique of being jacked, lean, and athletic.
Kristina Angeli
Kristina Angeli (female, 26)
How I Combine Powerlifting and Bodybuilding with a Busy Career
But my fitness achievements are only one aspect of my personality, I’m truly a melting pot of personas; powerlifter, bodybuilder, buddhist, management consultant, model, disney fan, dancer, psychology undergrad, and German-Italian-Irish-Australian!
Karen Plum
Karen Plum (female, 47)
I'm a Sports Performance Coach & Figure Champion. Here's My Plan to Work with Motorsport Athletes
I have had many sponsors throughout my own career in the sport of bodybuilding. Ranging from clothing companies such as Bizee Bodyz Active wear to sports nutrition companies, massage therapists, photographers, etc.
Connan Murray
Connan Murray (male, 28)
How Rugby Got Me into Fitness and Running My Own Gym
I got into bodybuilding through boxing and rugby. I enjoyed the weightlifting side of preparing for the rugby season and the explosive training on the boxing side of things! I caught the bug and never looked back!
Ofentse Boloko
Ofentse Boloko (male, 28)
How I Went from Pro Rugby Player to South African Muscle Model Champion
My current prospect of bodybuilding is more on the muscle modeling side and I do fitness and men’s wear modeling having done tv commercials, billboard campaigns, etc.
Christina Longobardi Paradiso
Christina Longobardi Paradiso (female, 35)
How Losing Everything Helped Me Focus My Strength and Dedication
Hi! My name is Christina Longobardi Paradiso! I am a 35-year-old natural, power bodybuilding vegan originally from the East Coast, currently living in Los Angeles, California.
Yasmine Rawls
Yasmine Rawls (female, 25)
How I Stay Motivated as a Pro Natural Bikini Competitor
The future includes welcoming any opportunities God has for me in and outside of the bodybuilding world. I must say, I used to fill up vision boards with goals and plans for what I wanted to do and accomplish but on my journey I’ve come to the understanding that sometimes no matter what I say the future holds, there’s already a plan designed for me to walk in.
Cru Mahoney
Cru Mahoney (male, 19)
How Discipline and Dedication Helps Me Train My Body and Mind
Though I still love incorporating bodybuilding into my training, I find that CrossFit challenges me in a way that it always feels like I’m giving each workout my all.
David Wang
David Wang (male, 25)
How Fitness Gave Me Confidence and Took Me from Scrawny to Muscular
To train for that, I incorporated a combination of powerlifting and bodybuilding principles to mold my training and to focus on both strength and size.
Maeve Kavanagh
Maeve Kavanagh (female, 29)
How I Stay Strong and Fit Without Having to Suffer and Do Endless Cardio
I like hard work, I think it’s rewarded. I don’t ever encourage quick fixes or short cuts. That doesn’t just apply to bodybuilding, you could say that about most things in life!
Paul Dermody
Paul Dermody (male, 30)
How I Train and Work as a Nomad Personal Trainer and Podcaster
I tend to do weights four to five days per week. I admire aspects from all disciplines and have taken parts from bodybuilding, calisthenics and yoga.
Roo Hamer
Roo Hamer (male, 30)
How I Stay Strong and Explosive Despite Hunger and Broken Bones
I miss the instant thrill of lifting heavy and the endorphins and pump gained from those sessions. However from eating close to 10,000 calories as a bodybuilder I now eat sometimes only twice a day and train randomly, but move every single day. I still skate, kitesurf, surf, snowboard, anything with a board.
Albert Albie Aldahawi
Albert Albie Aldahawi (male, 27)
How I Went from Refugee to Pro Wrestler and Fitness Model
Break down your goals into smaller achievable goals that you can achieve daily. If you want to become a bodybuilder, start by enrolling into a gym, achieve a workout per day, have a logbook and take photos daily to see results.
Kim Bilyk
Kim Bilyk (female, 35)
I'm a Yoga Therapist. This is How I Improve My Life Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually
If you are new to fitness or bodybuilding I would say do your RESEARCH and get a coach to get you started, at least to teach you some basics for diet, training principle, and actual proper mechanics when lifting.
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I believe that training has to evolve with you as you grow and improve and adjust your goals. I started out with more traditional bodybuilding sets and splits in the hypertrophy range but now I’m really into combining strength training with HIIT in my sessions. I find this the best way to maintain my physique throughout the year.
Matt Kouba
Matt Kouba (male, 34)
I'm an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder. This is My Plan to Make it to the Olympia Stage
Over my high school years, I loved football and planned to play division 3 football in College. I committed to Carthage College to play in the fall but a few days before I was supposed to leave, I knew my passion had shifted towards bodybuilding and I needed to explore this new passion.
Justin Andrews
Justin Andrews (male, 36)
I'm a Professional Wrestler. This is My Plan to Get into WWE
Also, take it slow…the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is never more apropos than in a gym environment. I know when I was young, I wanted to look like a bodybuilder right away. But the truth is, it takes years and years of hard, dedicated training to even get close to your genetic potential. Patience is primary!
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
Bodybuilding.com has some great content to guide you through session splits, exercises and techniques. I used to go on this all the time to help plan my weight sessions when I started out.
Emmanuela Pintus
Emmanuela Pintus (female, 45)
This Is How I Have Combined Yoga and Bodybuilding for 15+ Years
One of my training partners is really into Cross Style training so that gives me good dynamic workouts and my other training partner is an old-school bodybuilder so we have some really good classic workouts together.
Nelsi Pamela
Nelsi Pamela (female, 30)
How I Work as a Full-time Personal Trainer While Taking My NASM CPT Certification
What I like the most about bodybuilding is what the human body is capable of, how much we can transform it if we set our mind to it, to what limits this discipline allows us to reach and to respect how perfect it is.
Kevin Lukarski
Kevin Lukarski (male, 25)
How I Love Working as a Physiotherapist and Personal Trainer
A fitness or bodybuilding documentary really helps me refuel my motivation, so I advise people to do the same when they’re not motivated anymore or when they’ve lost their way in the fitness world.
Ilez Badurgov
Ilez Badurgov (male, 31)
How I Got Into a World of Movies After Years of Tiring Training
Most of the time, I have from three to four different workouts a week. The first one is all about strength. I do pull-ups with 100 kilos of additional weight. The rest of the week I train my street workout elements and doing some bodybuilding.
Aaron Charles Mossadeg
Aaron Charles Mossadeg (male, 27)
This is How I Went from Skinny to Muscular and Became an Actor
And that’s probably the most beautiful thing about bodybuilding or working out: It’s You vs You. You can’t buy it, inherit it, borrow it or steal it.
Kara Corey
Kara Corey (female, 36)
I Was the First Bikini Competitor on YouTube. This Is How I Keep Getting Better and Stronger
I have always been a gym rat and at 18 years old I started to get into long distance running. Since then I have ran over 14 marathons including the Boston Marathon. After the Boston Marathon I changed my goals and that is when I started to get more into bodybuilding.
Cody Stover
Cody Stover (male)
How Rocky Inspired Me to Get Fit and Become an Actor and Model
I started training at 18 after I graduated high school. Shortly after that, I became interested in bodybuilding. I have been seriously training as a bodybuilder for about 7 years. I used to play baseball, soccer, and basketball when I was younger, but now primarily focus on bodybuilding and boxing.
Danny Walker
Danny Walker (male, 35)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Stay Fit Training at Home
When I became a PT, I began doing some bodybuilding, I didn’t do it with the intention or dream of competing, I liked it for the mental and physical challenge it presented. That and I grew up watching action movies with Arnie and Stallone.
Nacor Puig Nuñez
Nacor Puig Nuñez (male, 28)
I'm a Spartan Race Winner. This is How I Eat, Train and Maintain Mobility
I love strength and bodybuilding training because it makes me feel stronger and I don’t need to spend as much time as on triathlon training sessions.
Nathan Newman
Nathan Newman (male, 34)
How Martial Arts Opened Up a World to New Opportunities
A traditional bodybuilding split and sprinting isn’t for everyone. In fact both of these things are mundane to the extreme for me personally.
Ivan Polanco
Ivan Polanco (male, 26)
I'm a Singer-Songwriter and Martial Artist. This is How I Balance Bodybuilding and Music
As for my future with fitness, I’ve toyed with the idea of competing as a natural bodybuilder again. I competed in 2014 in a bodybuilding show and placed in the top 5 for the bodybuilding & men’s physique divisions for my height and weight. It was a great experience, and while it felt strange to compete in a new arena like that, I did enjoy myself.
Georgie Massey
Georgie Massey (female, 27)
I'm a Full-Time Primary School Teacher. This is How I Combine Teaching and Weight Training
I have recently started a new job so at the moment my bodybuilding goals have taken a bit of a backseat. I am still training and dieting, but until I get into the new routine I am trying to not put too much pressure on myself.
Alex Crockford
Alex Crockford (male, 29)
I'm the Creator of Crockfit. This is How I Eat, Train, and Maintain Good Mental Health
A whole mixture of things inspire me on a day-to-day basis. When it comes to training, I look up to so many people whether it’s a crossfitter for the fitness or a fitness model bodybuilder for their physique. Often I’ll see something on social media that just pumps me up and gets me ready to train! 
Krzysztof Ćwiertnia
Krzysztof Ćwiertnia (male, 29)
How I Build Muscle Mass Despite Having a Fast Metabolism
I work in a gym where mainly bodybuilders train and I get inspiration from them on a daily basis. The person I learn a lot from is my boss Radek Słodkiewicz, a leading bodybuilder in Poland. He motivates me during training, I assume that if I want to change something I have to do training.
Francesco Pelizza
Francesco Pelizza (male, 33)
This is How I Earned My Recognition in Competitive Powerlifting
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.
Austin Dotson
Austin Dotson (male, 28)
I'm a Hybrid Athlete and Influencer. This is How I Stay Fit After Football Retirement
I like to implement a variety of different styles of training which includes, bodybuilding, calisthenics, yoga, gymnastics, and CrossFit.
Landree Fleming
Landree Fleming (female, 35)
How I Work as an Actor, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and CrossFit Trainer
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).
Amie Behave
Amie Behave (female, 30)
I'm a Vegan Personal Trainer. This is How I Got Stronger After Brain Surgery
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.
Christopher Melancon
Christopher Melancon (male, 23)
I'm a Bodybuilding Coach. This is How I Lost 15 Pounds in Four Weeks
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.
Francesca Esker
Francesca Esker (female, 33)
How Fitness and Bodybuilding Helped Me Win 4 Muscle Beach Trophies
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.
Alessandro Giovanniello
Alessandro Giovanniello (male, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer and Online Coach. This is How I Eat, Train and Recover
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.
Daniel Zagorski
Daniel Zagorski (male, 21)
How I Balance My Day Job with Training Six times a Week
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.
Denise Guidry
Denise Guidry (female, 42)
I'm a Model and Fitness Coach. This is How I Became 4x Overall National Bikini Champion
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.
Chyanne Jacomini
Chyanne Jacomini (female, 34)
How I Became an IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor After Giving Birth
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.
Janusz Kania
Janusz Kania (male, 25)
I'm a Powerlifting Coach. This is How I Plan My Powerlifting Competition Comeback
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:
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq (female, 45)
How I Feel in Love with Bodybuilding and Became IFBB Pro
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.
Kwesi Orr
Kwesi Orr (male, 37)
I'm an Entrepreneur Bodybuilder. This is How I Eat and Train to Become Awesome
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.
Tara Caballero
Tara Caballero (female, 48)
I'm a Fitness Supermodel Cover Girl. This is How Fitness Got Me Countless Magazine Covers
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.
Sebastian J. Flowers
Sebastian J. Flowers (male, 31)
I’m a Transman Bodybuilder. This is How Fitness and Diet Helped Me to Transition from Female to Male
I’m a Transman Bodybuilder. This is How Fitness and Diet Helped Me to Transition from Female to Male
Marco Bauer
Marco Bauer (male, 32)
I'm a Natural Fitness Enthusiast. This is How I Eat, Workout and Push Harder
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.
Adam Kuncicki
Adam Kuncicki (male, 25)
How I Work as a Vegan Bodybuilder and Supplement Ambassador
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.
Ali Burkhardt
Ali Burkhardt (female, 27)
This is How Bodybuilding Saved Me After Struggling Anorexia
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! ☺
Pietro Lauro
Pietro Lauro (male, 23)
I'm a Natural Bodybuilder. This is How Bodybuilding Helps Me Control My Anxiety
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.
Mario Impens
Mario Impens (male, 36)
This is How I Competed in Both National and International Shows
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).
Snir Azoulay
Snir Azoulay (male, 20)
How Superheroes Inspired Me to Become a WNBF Bodybuilding Champion
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.
Antonio Laborte
Antonio Laborte (male, 21)
I'm a Weightlifting Coach. This is How Fitness and Sports Impact My Life
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.
Deon John
Deon John (male, 47)
I'm a Men's Physique Competitor. This Is How I Prepare Myself Mentally for Training
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.
Jennifer Reece
Jennifer Reece (female, 42)
I'm an IFBB Figure Competitor. This is How Bodybuilding Gave Me Transformative Evolutions
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.
Keri Ann Heitzman
Keri Ann Heitzman (female, 37)
I'm an IFBB WP Olympian. How I Kept Going After a Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
Goran Borkovic
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
How I Made a Remarkable Comeback to Bodybuilding After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
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.
Simone Collins
Simone Collins (female, 33)
I'm a Vegan Bodybuilder. This is How I Eat, Train and Compete
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).
Terry Tomlin
Terry Tomlin (male, 29)
How I Keep Moving Towards My Fitness Goals After a Total Car Crash
I have been training for 8 years. I started because I wanted to get in shape, so I could compete in a bodybuilding competition.
Nicolas Cambi
Nicolas Cambi (male, 30)
How I Train, Eat and Recover as a Competitive Strongman
I played football in high school and wrestled for 10 years through college. Besides bodybuilding, I love video editing and production.
Alejandra Estefanía
Alejandra Estefanía (female, 30)
I'm a Fitness Influencer and Lawyer. This Is How I Train and Stay Fit
No bodybuilder started with everything solved, and the road wasn’t easy for any of them.
James Anthony Emmerson
James Anthony Emmerson (male, 35)
I'm a Teacher and Model. This is How I Maintain My Six-Pack Abs All Year Round
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.
Alex Serrano
Alex Serrano (male, 24)
I'm an NPC Bodybuilder. This is How I Plan to Become IFBB Pro
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.
Albert Shao
Albert Shao (male, 33)
How I Plan and Prepare for Bodybuilding Contests
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.
Tony DiNinno
Tony DiNinno (male, 52)
I'm a Competitive Bodybuilder and Fitness Model. This is How I Train, Eat and Recover
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.
Moaad El Maguiri
Moaad El Maguiri (male, 27)
I'm a Fitness Model and Online Coach. Here's My Plan to Get My IFBB Pro Card
I will never sacrifice form over heavy weights after all I am a bodybuilder not a powerlifter.
Lonnie Boe Pedersen
Lonnie Boe Pedersen (female, 44)
I’m a Champion in Body, Athletic and Bikini Fitness. This Is How I Became Strong and Fit.
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.
Martine Warmann
Martine Warmann (female, 36)
I’m a UKBFF Bikini Athlete. This is How I Help Moms to Lose Weight
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.
Robby Gambino
Robby Gambino (male, 30)
I'm a Natural Bodybuilder. This is How I Came Back Stronger After My Injury
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.
Carla Dunlap-Kaan
Carla Dunlap-Kaan (female, 65)
I'm an IFBB Ms. Olympia Champion. This is How I Eat, Train and Stay Strong at 65
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.
Nick Shaw
Nick Shaw (male, 32)
I'm a Bodybuilder and CEO. This Is How Self-discipline Keeps Me Going
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.
Joe Seeman
Joe Seeman (male, 28)
How I Made the Leap From Amateur to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
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.
Francesca Lauren
Francesca Lauren (female, 38)
I'm an IFBB Bikini Pro. This is How Fitness Became a Huge Part of My Life
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.
Jenifer Lee
Jenifer Lee (female, 36)
How I Came Back to Bodybuilding After Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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.
Charlie Seltzer
Charlie Seltzer (male, 43)
How I Went From an Obese Teenager to a Fit Medical Doctor
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. 
Olly Esse
Olly Esse (female, 34)
How I Moved to India and Became a Powerlifter by Day and DJ by Night
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.
Csillag Sulyok
Csillag Sulyok (female, 40)
I'm an Ethical Vegan and Bikini Model. This is How I Eat, Train and Workout at 40
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.
Tamoor Arif
Tamoor Arif (male, 36)
How I Stay Consistent to Reach My Bodybuilding Goals
I have been lifting weight since 18. Actually that was my start of professional and competitive bodybuilding.
Victor Costa
Victor Costa (male)
I'm a Transformation Specialist. Here's How I Build My Muscles Naturally
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.
Jessica Dickson
Jessica Dickson (female, 28)
I'm an IFBB Bikini Competitor and a Personal Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train and Stay Healthy
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!
Maria Lee
Maria Lee (female, 33)
How I Went From Editor to Fitness Entrepreneur and Vegan Activist
What I love most about fitness and bodybuilding or weight training is how it fulfills all my criteria for universal applicability:
Deniz Saypinar
Deniz Saypinar (female, 25)
How I Trained to Become the First Turkish Woman with IFBB Pro Status
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.
Donna McGinn
Donna McGinn (female, 56)
I'm an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. This is How I Build My Muscles and Compete After Age 50
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.
Elisa Pecini
Elisa Pecini (female, 22)
How Recovered from Anorexia and Bulimia and Became Miss Bikini Olympia
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.
Carmen Demske
Carmen Demske (female, 51)
Here's How I Cut, Bulk and Plan My Fitness Training Program
I competed in bodybuilding for six years and retained the top ten national recognition in the figure division during this time.
Anne Navarro
Anne Navarro (female, 40)
How Continuous Self-improvement and Development Helps Me Get Better and Stronger
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.
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe)
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe) (female, 34)
How I Made a Miraculous Comeback in Bodybuilding Following a Horrific Accident
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.
Yaxeni Oriquen
Yaxeni Oriquen (female, 53)
How I Have Trained for 30 Years and Won Both Ms Olympia and the Arnold Classic
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.
Allison Ethier
Allison Ethier (female, 42)
How My Fear of Aging Keeps Me Motivated, Really Fit and Competitive
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.
Matteo Maximilian
Matteo Maximilian (male)
How I became a CEO, Plant-Based Athlete, and Wildlife Conservationist
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.
Melissa Sarah Wee
Melissa Sarah Wee (female, 36)
How Bulimia Got Me into Training and Competing in NPC Women's Physique
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.
Sam Shampanier
Sam Shampanier (male, 66)
How I Decided to Get Fit at 48 - and Keep Going Strong at 66
Back to the subject. What do I like most about bodybuilding? If you have heard from someone that it is lifting weights, do not believe it.
Sharlyn Ooi
Sharlyn Ooi (female, 26)
How I Work and Train as a Freelance Personal Trainer and Record Breaking Powerlifter
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.
Tabraiz Gondal
Tabraiz Gondal (male, 36)
How Bodybuilding Gave Me Purpose and Taught Me to Work for My Dreams
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.
Eric Helms
Eric Helms (male, 36)
How I Work as a Chief Science Officer to Support Lifters Professionally
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.
Nidhi Mohan Kamal
Nidhi Mohan Kamal (female, 35)
I'm a Nutritionist, Strength and Yoga Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train, and Meditate
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.
Emma Hurst
Emma Hurst (female, 38)
From Bodybuilder to Politician. How I Still Keep Fit and Healthy with a Plant-Based Diet
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.
Norma Reynolds
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
How I Went From Car Accident Victim to Natural Vegan Bikini Pro
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.
Stan Efferding
Stan Efferding (male, 52)
I'm the Founder of the Vertical Diet, IFBB Pro and World Record Powerlifter. This How I Eat and Train
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.
Shelby Guillaume
Shelby Guillaume (female, 28)
I'm a CPA IFBB Athlete. This is How I Found My Identity Through Bodybuilding
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.
Daniela Leccisi
Daniela Leccisi (female, 36)
How I Stay Strong and Compete in Bodybuilding Despite Having Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
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!
Sean Harley
Sean Harley (male, 40)
I'm the Founder of Rock Solid Nutrition, IFBB Pro and 12x Cover Model. This Is How I Stay Strong and Fit
For lifting, currently I’m doing a 6 day bodybuilder type split, hitting each muscle group once a week.
Lenda Murray
Lenda Murray (female, 57)
How I Kept Going Strong after Winning Ms. Olympia 8 Times
I started exercising and training as a track athlete and cheerleader. Being an athlete led me to Bodybuilding for which I am forever grateful.
Wendy Broekx
Wendy Broekx (female, 51)
How I Started Competing in Natural Figure Bodybuilding in My Late 40s
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.
Ghia Walker
Ghia Walker (female, 36)
How My Bodybuilding Journey Lead to Creating a Protein Treats Company
I’ve competed in bodybuilding, in both the figure and fit body categories, placing 1st, 2nd and 4th in various competitions.
Tiago Guedes
Tiago Guedes (male, 36)
I Own a Gym. This Is How I Combine My Own Training with Training Clients
I still have typical bodybuilding movements in my routine, but I changed my bodybuilding training “needle” to functional training.
Eve Dawes
Eve Dawes (female)
I'm a WBFF Pro Diva. This is How I Combine Bodybuilding with Running My Own Business
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.
Matt Karstetter
Matt Karstetter (male, 36)
I'm a Competitive Bodybuilder, Builder of Multiple Gyms and Gym Products. This Is How I Eat, Train and Recover
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.
Joel Simmons
Joel Simmons (male, 30)
How I Combine Full-time Work, Bodybuilding and Training at Odd Hours
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.
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson (male, 46)
I'm a CEO of a Supplement Company, Coach and IFBB Pro. This Is How I Eat, Train and Recover
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.
Jake Andersen
Jake Andersen (male, 27)
Eyes on the Goal. This is How I Eat and Train for my First Bodybuilding Competition
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.
Tom Ramsay
Tom Ramsay (male, 33)
I'm a Competitive Bodybuilder. This Is How I Keep Training Despite a Serious Injury
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.
Valentin Bosioc
Valentin Bosioc (male, 36)
This is How I Became the Most Followed Sports Influencer in Romania
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.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson (male, 53)
I’m a 3x World Champion. This is How I Train to Win 3 More World Championship in The Next 5 Years
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.
Cassandra Kilkenny
Cassandra Kilkenny (female, 25)
How I Moved on from Competitive Swimming to Weightlifting and Bodybuilding
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.
Jasa Oslaj
Jasa Oslaj (male, 21)
How I Went from Skinny and Small to Strong and Bulky
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.
Brittany Noelle
Brittany Noelle (female, 30)
I'm a Luxury Personal Trainer. This Is How I Train, Eat and Compete
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.
Derek Duszynski
Derek Duszynski (male, 37)
Here's My Plan to Get on the Arnold Classic and Olympia Stages Multiple Times
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.
Jeff Grant
Jeff Grant (male, 36)
I'm a Bit Fitness/Fashion Model. This Is How I Get Featured in Bodybuilding and Fashion Magazines
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.
Chris Santamaria
Chris Santamaria (male, 36)
This is My Journey as a Bodybuilder and Coach Battling Ulcerative Colitis
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.
Antjuane Sims
Antjuane Sims (male, 46)
I'm a Plant-based Athlete Who Loves Burpees. This Is How Exercise Fuels My Mind and Body
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.
Pat Reeves
Pat Reeves (female, 74)
I'm 74. This Is How I Realized the Importance of Training and Nutrition
During that time I competed as a bodybuilder and triathlete, having acquired a coach whom introduced me to the world of competitive powerlifting.
Brandan Fokken
Brandan Fokken (male, 40)
How I Have Appeared on 31 Fitness Magazine Covers and in over 300 Magazines
I’ve worked with many industry leaders over the years like Dymatize, Bodybuilding.com, 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.
Jason Frand
Jason Frand (male, 30)
How I Became a Fitness Coach for Actors and Performers Who Want to Build Muscle
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. 
Scott Shetler
Scott Shetler (male, 44)
I'm a Vegan Strength Coach. This is How Fitness Has Been Part of My Life for 28 Years
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.
Andrew Chappell
Andrew Chappell (male, 32)
I'm a Bodybuilding Scientist. This Is How I Compete in Bodybuilding Shows
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.
David Liang
David Liang (male, 35)
How I Decided to Improve Myself, Got into Bodybuilding and Fitness Photography
In terms of books, I found Chris Aceto’s Championship Bodybuilding and Mike Mentzers Heavy DutyÇ very useful.
Adam Neth
Adam Neth (male, 26)
How My Training Has Changed and Improved since I Started at Age 12
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.
Terence Bradley
Terence Bradley (male, 21)
How I Learned the Importance of Discipline for Getting Better and Stronger
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.
Rammy Andrei
Rammy Andrei (male, 28)
How I Focus 100% on Fitness and Bodybuilding When I'm Not Working
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.
Shaka Smith
Shaka Smith (male, 32)
How I Became a Vegan Bodybuilder and Host of the Fit Club Podcast
Hi! My name is Shaka Smith. I am an actor, a host and a vegan bodybuilder.
Dave Cunningham
Dave Cunningham (male, 33)
How I Maintain an Impressive Fitness Model Physique after 17 Years of Training
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.
Daz Hallett
Daz Hallett (male, 49)
How I Won Mr. Universe, Got Surgery and Then Won Mr. Universe Again
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.
Kevin Weiss
Kevin Weiss (male, 48)
How I Have Competed in Both Bodybuilding and Powerlifting for 20+ Years
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.
Stu Yellin
Stu Yellin (male, 46)
How I Went from Competitive Bodybuilding to Being an Experienced Coach
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.
Ivan Blazquez
Ivan Blazquez (male, 40)
I'm a Vegan Bodybuilder and Triathlete. This Is How I Compete in Both Sports at the Same Time
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.
Caleb Blanchard
Caleb Blanchard (male, 32)
How I Went from Being Undersized to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Online Coach and Personal Trainer
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.
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler (female, 46)
How I Earned My WNBF Fit Body and Masters Figure Pro Cards in Less than Half a Year
Additionally, I work with pro bodybuilder and promoter, John Nickerson, to learn the exact poses necessary for INBF competitions.
Tyrone Bell
Tyrone Bell (male, 38)
How I Went from Stuntman to Full-Time Bodybuilder and WBFF Fitness Model Pro
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 Bodybuilding.com, appear and contribute in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and other major main stream health and fitness publications.
Nigel St Lewis
Nigel St Lewis (male, 39)
How I Don't Make Excuses and Compete on the Highest Level as a Natural Bodybuilder
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.
Nick Staro
Nick Staro (male, 26)
How I Came Back Strong after a Motorcycle Accident and Placed 2nd in Mr. Hellas
I love bodybuilding and everything about it: Diet, training, coaching, etc. When I have any free time I produce music. 
Eli Bernard
Eli Bernard (male, 25)
How I Combine Fitness and Bodybuilding with Nursing and Modeling
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.
Helge Nilsen
Helge Nilsen (male, 20)
How I Went from Gamer to Aspiring Bodybuilder and Got Really Fit in Just 2 Years
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.
Antti Plaami
Antti Plaami (male, 35)
How I became a Natural Vegan Powerlifting Ultra-Endurance Athlete and Coach
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.
Rishi Kunal Joshi
Rishi Kunal Joshi (male, 29)
I'm a Supercomputing Engineer, Vegan Powerlifter, Bodybuilder and Fitness Coach. This Is How I Work, Train and Eat
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!
Alex Buffone
Alex Buffone (male, 24)
How I Train, Eat and Prepare to Be the First Male Vegan Athlete on the Mr. Olympia Stage
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.”
Brian Dobson
Brian Dobson (male, 62)
How I Train Hard, Set Lifting Records and Keep My Abs at 62
Dealing with this knee has been a challenge for sure, if I could get my legs back decent I would consider bodybuilding again.
Chad Havunen
Chad Havunen (male, 40)
How I'm Gonna Comeback to Pro Bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia and Battle of the Godz after a 5 Years Hiatus
I am a professional bodybuilder and have competed in 27 bodybuilding contests, I have 3 different pro cards with natural federations.
Ingrid S. Clay
Ingrid S. Clay (female, 39)
I'm a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Plant-Based Chef. This is How Fitness Has Become My Meditation
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.
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy (male, 40)
I'm a Busy Medical Doctor and Bodybuilder. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover
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.
Eva Tretjakova
Eva Tretjakova (female, 42)
How I Juggle Being Mom, Wife, Fitness Instructor and Bodybuilding Champion
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.
Zack Belknap
Zack Belknap (male, 27)
I'm a Vegan Bodybuilder. This is How I Build Muscle with Plant-Based Diet
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.
Tshireletso Madibo
Tshireletso Madibo (male, 30)
How I Made the Choice to Keep Training Even When Things Get Difficult
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.
Rishiraj Kapur
Rishiraj Kapur (male, 40)
How I Went from Being Overweight to Living the Bodybuilding Lifestyle and Becoming a Fit Dad
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.
Jae Griggs
Jae Griggs (male, 37)
At 237 Lbs, I'm One of the Biggest Vegan Bodybuilders. This Is How I Eat, Train and Get Big
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.
Beth Castell
Beth Castell (female, 31)
How I Compete in Bodybuilding to Prove You Can Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet
I have competed in five bodybuilding competitions in the last two years and was fortunate enough to take away a stack of hardware.
Samantha Shorkey
Samantha Shorkey (female, 37)
I'm the Host of Jacked on a Beanstalk. This Is How I Became the First-ever Vegan WNBF Bikini Pro
My biggest “client success story” was a meat eater turned vegan who won Bodybuilding.com’s $200,000 12-Week Transformation Challenge, beating out 345,000 contestants worldwide. Read the full story on how we did it here.
SuzAnne Llano
SuzAnne Llano (female, 49)
How I Started Competitive Bodybuilding at 40 and Fell in Love with the Discipline and Commitment
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.
Nick Wright
Nick Wright (male, 28)
How I Moved on from Bodybuilding and Got into Serious Powerlifting
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.
Taylor Patterson
Taylor Patterson (male, 34)
How a Back Injury Forced Me to Focus on Mobility and Flexibility in the Gym
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.
Kristyn Mahoney
Kristyn Mahoney (female, 25)
How I Went Vegan, Replaced 50 Lbs of Fat with Muscle and Became a Pro Bodybuilder
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.
Eric Leto
Eric Leto (male, 33)
How I Became a Vegan WBFF Pro Fitness Model and European Vice Champion
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.
Ric Drasin
Ric Drasin (male, 75)
How I Stay Strong and Keep Training at 75 (after 59 Years of Training)
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.
Fábio Veras
Fábio Veras (male, 42)
This is How I Stay Fit and Motivated After 25 Years of Competitive Bodybuilding
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.
Lars Besand
Lars Besand (male, 43)
How I Trained to Become the Strongest Man in Denmark at 105 Kg
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.
Amine Aminov
Amine Aminov (male, 29)
How I Finally Started Bodybuilding after Quitting 3 Times
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.
Dani Taylor
Dani Taylor (female, 33)
How I Lost 90 lbs in 18 Months by Going Vegan and Lifting Weights
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.
Ben Palocko
Ben Palocko (male, 31)
How I Gained 45 Lbs, Became a Fitness Model and Promix Nutrition Ambassador
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.
Carla Hampshire
Carla Hampshire (female, 58)
I'm 58, Pro Bodybuilder, Author, and Grandmother. This is How I Stay Fit
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?
Alex Carneiro
Alex Carneiro (male, 31)
How My Motivation Has Changed the Way I Train, Eat and Recover
3rd IFBB Pro Physique in the History of the Division 1st Overall CA and CO Physique Champion in History 1st Latin IFBB Pro Physique Top 10 Mr Olympia Physique Finisher 55+ International Fitness Ads 5 International Fitness Covers I have been training for 13 years now and the reason I started was because I was passionate about the world of bodybuilding.
Victor Egonu
Victor Egonu (male, 30)
How I'm Planning to Win the Drug-free Bodybuilding World Championship next Season
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.
Rick Ryan
Rick Ryan (male, 62)
I'm 62. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover for a Contest Body Fat Percentage of 4.9%
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.
Anthony Catanzaro
Anthony Catanzaro (male, 48)
I'm the Superman of Fitness. This Is How I Keep Training after Getting Parkinson's Disease
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.
Giacomo Marchese
Giacomo Marchese (male, 25)
I Co-founded Vegan Proteins and Plant Built. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover
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.
Francesco Grezza
Francesco Grezza (male, 25)
How I Trained, Lost 45 Kg and Got Ready to Open My Own Gym
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.
Michael Habibi
Michael Habibi (male, 27)
How I Went from Skinny Fat to Vegan Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach
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.
Shane (male, 35)
How I Prepare for the Classic Physique Division after 20 Years of Training
The best thing about bodybuilding to me is how I can sculpt my body and the discipline it take to reach certain goals!
Klaudijus Simutis
Klaudijus Simutis (male, 19)
How I Got a Very Aesthetic Physique (It All Started with Dragon Ball Z)
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.
Faisal Ali
Faisal Ali (male, 20)
How I Lost 30 Kg and Got Lean by Dieting and Doing Smart Gym Workouts
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.
Marko Drobac
Marko Drobac (male, 18)
How I Gained 25 Kg of Muscle Mass by Training 5 Days a Week
I wish I had a bodybuilding/fitness company, maybe some gym stuff, supplements or even my own sweatshirt and shirt company.
Dennis Okello Mbira
Dennis Okello Mbira (male, 25)
How I Gained over 15 Kg of Lean Muscle Mass by Going to the Gym
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.
Deniz Yozkan
Deniz Yozkan (male, 18)
How I Choose Fitness over Martial Arts and Professional Fighting
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.
Michael Gamil
Michael Gamil (male, 25)
How I Work Full-time, Study and Still Go to the Gym 5 Days a Week
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.
Loued Capisinio
Loued Capisinio (male, 31)
How I Moved from the Philippines to Be a Personal Trainer at the Oxygen Gym in Kuwait
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.
Easton Elliott
Easton Elliott (male, 25)
How I Stopped Smoking 35 Cigarettes a Day, Became a Personal Trainer and Got Really Fit
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.
Mohamed Radi
Mohamed Radi (male, 25)
How I Trained Hard, Gained 34 Kg and Stopped Being Too Thin
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.

Hacks and Routines

The most mentioned hacks and routines amongst the bodybuilders we have talked with.

Rest Days
Foam Rolling
Leg Day
Fasted Cardio

Diets and Diet Hacks

The most mentioned diets and diet hacks. Some are negative. For example alcohol mentions for most athletes mean mentioning no/very little alcohol 👍

Cheat Days
Ice Cream
Fast Food
Gluten Free


The most mentioned supplements amongst the bodybuilders.

Whey Protein
Plant Protein
Fish Oil
Beta Alanine
Protein Bars
Energy Drinks
Casein Protein

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