Introducing Stay-Fit Bug Progress And Transformation Stories

August 27, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug


I’m changing up my routine again folks!

I’m introducing something new here on the site.

Transformations stories from everyday people… like you,

And not the ‘Pro’s’ that you’ve seen in the video interviews in recent months.


Well, I believe that you should be introduced to individuals that come from both sides of the coin. This way, you can see that the results portrayed by people like myself and the ‘Pro’s’ really can be reproduced by just about ANYONE!

Besides, I think this is where the true inspiration will come from.

Any how, without further a due, let me introduce you to our first transformation and progress story guest.

Mr. Lee Rankin

1: Who is Lee Rankin?

I am a high student and a dedicated hard working person, who is highly active, fit, strong and who enjoys bodybuilding/power lifting as a sport and hobby.

2. Before and After

In this photo i am 15 years old, 5’7, 124 pounds and 7 percent body fat.


In these photos I am 17 years old almost 18, 5’9″,190 pounds and 10 percent body fat.

3. Why did you get started in bodybuilding and how did you actually lose the weight/bulk up? How long did it take until you reached the level portrayed in the ‘after’ picture posted above?

I got started in bodybuilding/power lifting for a few reasons. First, I had a pretty stressful child hood, so bodybuilding/power lifting has helped me let out a lot of steam and has kept me away from getting into trouble.

I was always a highly active kid, doing competitive gymnastics, and I got into MMA when I was 14 years old. I was always the smallest person for my age all the way up to grade ten in high school. I got picked on a lot! Between my older brother and I, we were both very competitive in everything we did. We’ve both done the same things. My brother got some good results when he hit the age where he was old enough to lift weights. I wanted to join him, but I had to watch in envy as I am 4 years younger than him. But once I hit the right age I was in there!

After a year of lifting weights I got to twice the size and strength of my older brother. However, he eventually gave up on lifting weights, yet I continued to move on which allowed me to get to the stage where I am at now. People no longer pick on me or even think about picking on me except for my close friends who are just playing along. Also when i was a little kid I remember my step dad used to randomly flex his big biceps by showing them off to me and my brother, because he use to do bodybuilding and I kept on thinking ‘I want that’, and more. Through out my childhood Arnold Schwarzenegger, was my big time fan and every time I saw his big muscles on TV or on magazines I kept in the back of my mind I wanted to look like that.

I was able to bulk up by eating right and training hard and sleeping right… and real dedication. It took me about 18 months until I started to notice good results.

4. Did you take any supplements along the way?

Yes, I have taken supplements along the way and still do take them. I have taken whey protein powder, different types of creatine and multi-vitamins.

5. What has your diet been like throughout the whole process?

My diet has been pretty crazy throughout the whole process, my diet changes depending on if I’m cutting or bulking, but most of the time I spent bulking so I made sure I ate enough for my bodyweight, which consisted of protein and carbohydrates and overall, healthy foods.

6. How did you train throughout the whole process. Was there a balance of both cardio and resistance training activity?

My training has been very weird and is still weird. I have many friends who are bodybuilders/ power lifters who have different workout methods so sometimes I follow theirs or I make my own, but it pretty much changes every week. Some days I’m as strong as an Ox, but I don’t look like a bodybuilder so I lift heavy on other days. When I do, I look like a little Arnold Schwarzenegger who obviously can’t lift as heavy… and it depends on what stage I’m at. If I’m bulking, I wont do as much cardio and if I’m cutting then I will do more cardio… and I try to listen to my body. Not many people listen to there body and that’s when they face injuries.

7. What are your short/ long term goals?

My short term goals?

I want to hit 6% body fat, which I’m really close to. I’m cutting right now and I currently at 8% body fat. Then I will start bulking back up again. My long term goals is that I want to win a few bodybuilding competitions and maybe some day a Mr Olympia.

8. Finally, what is the one, most important and valuable piece of advice that you would give to those who want to mimic your dieting and fitness success… so far?

My biggest advise, would be train hard and make every work out count so that the next day of your work out you feel sore. Eat right depending on what your goals are and sleep a lot.

Do you have a transformation story to tell? If so, be sure to email me or leave a comment and you to can be featured here.

See you in the comments.

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