There’s always a reason why guys (and girls) turn to fitness and weight training. More often than not, that reason is being too skinny and/or being picked on by others because of their weight. Nate Tebow is an American fitness model who also used to be skinny. His weight loss was due to a “pretty severe bout of depression”.
His decision to gain weight and start working out was as a result of him being hospitalised due to his weight. Find out how he turned his life around and became a fitness model.
Would you introduce yourself, please?
My name is Nate Tebow. I’m 22 years old, 6’0 and 180 pounds. I’m currently finishing off my degree in Business Management.
When did you start your body transformation?
When I was a teenager, I went through a pretty severe bout of depression and lost a lot of weight. I was literally numb to any kind of emotion—merely existing as opposed to living.
I hit my lowest point when I went in to a routine physical and weighed in at 115 pounds at 6 feet tall. I had a severe electrolyte imbalance and was admitted to the hospital that night. That’s when I decided it was time for a change.
I found solace in weight training, which I started merely to regain strength and weight. It gave me a goal and a purpose, and since then, I’ve never looked back.
What keeps you motivated?
I don’t need to be motivated, because this is simply what I love to do. I view being able to live the fitness lifestyle as a privilege rather than a chore, and I behave accordingly.
How many days per week you workout and your normal weekly workout schedule?
Currently, I’m in the gym 5 days per week, hitting each muscle group twice per week. My workout schedule is like this:
- Saturday: legs
- Sunday: chest/shoulders/triceps
- Monday: back/biceps
- Tuesday: rest
- Wednesday: legs
- Thursday: full upper body workout with heavy basic compound lifts
- Friday: rest or cardio
What is your favourite muscle group and your favourite exercise for it?
My favourite muscle group to train would be my chest, as I am constantly trying to improve and add size to it. My favourite exercise would have to be the incline bench press, as I’ve developed a great mind/muscle connection with that exercise.
What is your diet like?
I follow a system of set macronutrients rather than a set diet. While cutting off, I stick to 250-300 grams of carbs, 275 grams of protein, and 80 grams of fat per day, only depleting carbs a few days prior to a photo shoot.
When trying to add lean size I stick to around 3,500 to 4,000 calories—sometimes more. I keep my fats more or less the same, and just add carbohydrates to make up the calorie surplus.
Chicken breast, lean steak, eggs, sweet potatoes, rice, and oatmeal are all staples whether bulking or cutting.
As for supplements I’m currently using:
- Cellucor C4 pre workout or DS Craze
- Fish Oil
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Creatine Monohydrate
- Iforce Hemavol
What is your advice to anyone who wants to gain weight and build muscles?
Focus on the basic compound movements. Isolation lifts have their place, but the majority of the size that people carry can be attributed to bench presses, squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses, etc.
If you have barbells and dumbbells, and enough weight to keep the movements heavy enough; you essentially have all you need.
What are your ambitions?
I plan to continue to improve my physique – mainly my chest—and continue to pursue fitness modelling and making a name for myself within the industry. Essentially, I’d like to be able to make a career out of fitness and helping others.