by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, July 6th, 2004
I always wanted to get bigger and stronger so when I was 19 years old I finally took a serious approach to improve my physique. I decided to participate in the Bill Phillips' Body-for-Life Challenge 2000. I started at 157 pounds and 12 weeks later finished at 176. With the proper financial backing I could have managed even greater gains. That was the first time I was consistent and averaged six meals a day and along with training 6 days a week.
When I moved to Arizona in the summer of 2000 I switched from fitness to bodybuilding. IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Troy Alves trained me and taught me new training principles and nutritional habits. I also began doing my own research and studying nutrition to continue to improve my physique and maximize my potential.
Consuming 6-10 meals a day, compiling nearly 5,000 Calories with approximately 250 grams of protein per day is what I attribute to my muscle gains, which currently have me at 195 pounds. I am not content with my current size, but I am headed in the right direction. Just a few years ago I was 150 pounds, so with consistency and proper nutrition I've been able to make the gains that have come lately. Motivation, dedication, and determination are also major factors in the success and progress that you make. Many times that means, skipping a party to go train, waking up early to pack meals to last you the whole day, and getting into the gym whether it's convenient or not. You can't just push weights in the gym either. You have to train with intensity with a goal in mind. Goal-oriented people are the ones who find the most success.
When I decide to compete in a fitness challenge, bodybuilding program, or set my own personal goals, I have a specific goal in mind and write down the steps necessary to accomplish what I set for myself. I read motivational quotes and find a physique that I dream of having and post it on the wall. I look at an image I plan to achieve for myself and it motivates me when I'm at the gym and when I'm home. It reminds me of all the nutritional requirements my body needs, and which key elements I need to exceed the typical daily intake to have massive gains. It reminds me to make quality bodybuilding decisions and get enough sleep at night.
It reminds me to train with focus, intensity, and purpose in the gym. Most importantly it gives me hope each day and keeps me positive, competing in a sport that often takes years to see progress.
A body transformation is for everyone. Everyone has a physique that can be improved and as soon as you take the initial steps to change, results are quick to follow. Our website contains training programs, nutrition programs, examples of daily meals, and recipes to help you get you on your way. We also have more than 100 photos of impressive male and female bodies and over 100 motivational quotes that will help inspire you to transform your body.
You can either stand outside the fire, or jump in ready to fight. Challenge yourself and create a new you.
By Robert Cheeke [email protected]
Photos taken in 2000 and 2001 to show a quick body transformation. 2003 and 2004 photos can be found on the image gallery pages and random pages thoughout the website.