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We have talked with 206 athletes who mention bodybuilding.

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:
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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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