Family Status: Single
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Pounds or Inches Gained: I gained 30 pounds of muscle!
Starting Weight: 145 pounds
Current Weight: 175 pounds
Andrei’s Muscle Building Story!
When did you become unhappy with your physique?
About two years ago, at the age of 17
What made you decide to transform your body?
I had realized not only was I too skinny, but also quite unhealthy. It also a time when I began to eat a lot of junk food, and even though I was not gaining any fat, I was beginning to feel quite unhealthy, both inside and out.
What were the most important changes you made to build muscle?
My poor sleeping habits has to be one of the bigger changes. I was not getting enough sleep and that had to change. I also began eating A LOT more, but at the same time A LOT more healthier.
What was most challenging about building muscle?
Time. It takes time to reach your goal, and if you somehow lose yourself along the way, it’s hard to get back on track.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
Took me a few months to realize I was getting stronger. I began by keeping a log, and whenever I’d increase the weights I was pumping, that’s when I felt stronger.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
Took me about two years, although the first year wasn’t quite as intense. I was just getting started. Essentially, I started working on a regular basis in May, 2006, when I joined a real gym. I was still 143 pounds when I joined the gym. Therefore, took me about 10 months to gain the 30 pounds.
How long have you maintained your muscular gains and how do you do it?
I grow every day. Two weeks ago, I was barely weighing 170 pounds I eat as much as I can, as healthy as I can, as many times a day as I can.
How has your life changed now that you’ve gained muscle mass?
The ladies. They come around more often nowadays, it seems. Honestly, though, it’s made me feel a lot more comfortable with myself. Not only do I feel stronger and healthier, I feel more powerful, body and mind.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your muscle building goals?
ShapeFit has given me a lot of good, informative tips on how to reach my goals.
Andrei’s Muscle Building Tips!
Muscle Building Tip #1:
Dieting. Eat right.
Muscle Building Tip #2:
Motivation. You’re nothing without it.
Muscle Building Tip #3:
Exercise on a regular basis.
Muscle Building Tip #4:
Shock your body. The only way your muscles will continue to grow is if you constantly change your routine; that way, your body won’t get used to it, and continue to grow and develop.
Muscle Building Tip #5:
Concentrate on what you’re doing. Stay on track, and remember to keep looking forward. Time is of the essence.
Andrei’s Muscle Building Eating Plan!
3 raw eggs, mixed with one tablespoon of honey. -3 homemade sandwiches, containing margarine, ham or chicken breast, and Swiss cheese, accompanied by a glass of milk (essential for calcium intake).
Pasta with homemade tuna sauce (prepared with tomato sauce and olives). Or, chicken breast with homemade french fries, baked potatoes, roast potatoes, or, on a more frequent basis, white rice. Or, beef or any other kind of meat that is a good source of protein, essential for muscle recovery.
Same as lunch. Depends.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Can of tuna, sandwiches, tomatoes, cucumbers, 2 fried eggs, sausages, cheese.
Andrei’s Muscle Building Workouts!
Day 1 – chest, abs, cardio. Day 2 – Shoulders, abs, cardio. Day 3 – Biceps, Triceps, abs, cardio. Day 4 – Back, abs, cardio. Day 5 – Legs, abs, cardio.
5-10 minutes on the StairMaster.
Whey Protein, isolated whey protein, weight gainer.