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We have talked with 206 athletes who mention bodybuilding.

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.
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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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