Transformation: Super Skinny Victor Ivankin Puts on Mass
What Was Your Life Like Before Your Transformation?
I was pretty self-conscious throughout most of high school. I played, and was good at, lots of different sports but I was always weak and skinny. I got a lot of Jew jokes thrown my way because I was really skinny and had a long nose.
Overall I was not confident at all when I was talking to girls because I thought that they wanted a guy that was big.
All 3 of my older brothers lifted in high school and afterwards. I was the next one in line to start lifting. Eventually I got to the point where I was not just disappointed with what I saw in the mirror, but also kinda saddened. I decided to start lifting to see how it will impact my life.
What Were Your Major Struggles or Challenges?
Many people assumed since I was super skinny that I was able to eat whatever I wanted to and not gain weight. The reality was I just never had an appetite and wanted to vomit if I tried to force feed myself.
Gaining weight is still a huge struggle for me today. I also for some reason tended to injure myself more than anybody else I knew. Even though I always made sure my lifting was form over ego.
Detail Your Workout and Cardio Plan During Your Transformation
I would do chest and back on Monday and Thursday, arms on Tuesday and Thursday, shoulders on Wednesday, and legs on Friday. If i was feeling good by Saturday, I would fill it with whatever workout I felt like doing that day. My cardio all came from playing sports in school and P.E.
Detail Your Diet/Eating Plan During Your Transformation
I tried to eat as much carbs and protein as possible. I work at a small fast food restaurant and have an unlimited amount of access to free chicken breasts so I took advantage of that. I also ate lots of yogurt and oatmeal for my carbs. When I couldn’t eat anymore I would take mass gainers.
Detail Your Supplement Plan During Your Transformation
I used high caffeine pre-workouts and added in beta alanine. I would change my brand after every container because my body seemed to get used to the pre-workout pretty quickly. Post-workout I would either drink a protein shake or eat a protein bar. Mass gainers where filled
in between meals for the extra calories.
What Was Your Major Accomplishment, or Major Milestones?
When I first start lifting my max bench was 95 lbs and my max deadlift was 115 lbs. after about a year I maxed my bench at 195 lbs (never could get the 200 up…) and 300 lbs for my deadlift. This was all at 135 lbs body weight.
Detail Your 3 Biggest Mistakes
- I needed a better meal plan to make sure I got more meals in.
- Working out through injury instead of allowing it to heal. A shoulder injury that started out minor put me out of lifting for 3 months.
- Not always pushing myself. With a partner it was easier to push harder but when I started to workout by myself I noticed I began to slack off more.
3 Biggest Things You Learned During Your Transformation?
- Diet is more important than supplements.
- Lifting gives you confidence to approach girls but will not get you the girls. You still gotta be able to talk to them.
- Don’t allow outside things ruin your workout.
Final Words of Advice for Others Looking to Make a Change?
Ignore all the naysayers. Let your mirror be your motivation. If you look in the mirror and don’t see something you can improve you never will.
My transformation isn’t a huge one and I debated putting it up here. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far but I know there is so much more potential in my body.
Posting this here only gives me more motivation to push myself even harder. My after pictures are right before I got my shoulder injured and lost some muscle mass and gained fat. Also sorry that the images are kinda blurry. I was flexing to hard.