Amateur was challenged, refused to be weak, stripped down and ripped up!

An interview with Amr Wahba.
Facts: Amr is a practicing dentist and a passionate dancer.

How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

Sports weren’t in the cards for me growing up because my chubby physique deemed me useless in any activity that required so much as lifting a finger. Sports were my worst nightmare and I was always picked last for football practice. Having me on the team almost guaranteed an easy victory for the other team.

My weight problem grew into bigger, more serious issues as I grew older. I was overly insecure, shy, unsociable, and generally thought little of myself. I hit rock bottom and went on a severe diet where I only ate one protein meal per day and sipped on water when I felt thirsty. I didn’t think about the possible health risks that I could run into and lost 90 pounds in four months at age 15.

Later that year, my cousin and I checked out some local gyms. It was the first time I ever set foot in one. I met some trainers and was escorted by one who showed me around and explained what every machine did. Before I left, he told me “the gym wasn’t for the weak.” I went home with lots on my mind and knew I had to get back in there to prove I wasn’t weak.

I saved my allowance for a one-month membership and started going to the gym regularly. I wasn’t eager the first few months, but the changes to my body had a great impact on my mind. Working out affected other areas of my life. I became more sociable, my confidence rose, and best of all, I did something I loved for the first time in my life; working out felt good. The only downside was that the gym was only open for a limited number of hours per day. I wasn’t happy about it, so I had my own set of keys made, woke up at 6 a.m., went to the gym, locked the doors behind me, and worked out until I had nothing left.

Now, at age 24, I’ve been lifting for eight years and can say that bodybuilding helped me reinvent myself from the ground up. People tell me I’m obsessed with my looks, which is true, but that’s not it. Changing the way you look is just the visible part of the iceberg. What happens beneath the surface is where major change takes place; mindset, goals, willpower, control, and self-discipline.

It feels good to be in charge of your life and have the guys who were popular in high school stare at you in utter disbelief and ask for advice. It’s a joy that I can’t explain. I get calls from friends every day who say that everyone at work thinks they’re crazy for carrying around an extra bag of healthy food. They reply with “see that guy” and point to an image of me stored in their phone. They say I’m the reason for their “madness.”


What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

My training generally stays the same during the same year-round. I like intense workouts and incorporate supersets, rest-pause methods, and dropsets. I work my abs two days on and one day off performed in a circuit. I do cardio every day and alternate between steady state on the treadmill for 45 minutes and 20-30 minutes of HIIT on the Stairmaster.


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