Men's Physique Competitor And Ex-BMX Pro Steve Byrnes Talks To Muscle & Strength

Steve Byrnes
Quick Stats
  • Steve Byrnes
  • Westland, MI
  • 25
  • 6’0”
  • NPC Men’s Physique as of August 13th, 2011
  • Top 5 in 2011 Fitbody Contest
  • Nearly 2
  • 192 lbs
  • 200 lbs
Steve Byrnes is an ex-professional BMX bike racer who is now gunning for a Men's Physique pro card. Learn more about his amazing abs and training style!

What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with bodybuilding?

I used to be a professional BMX rider, so I pay a lot of my being conditioned to that. It was like working out with a 30lb weight 8 hours a day for 11 years. As far as getting into bodybuilding, in January 2010 my girlfriend started going to the gym and I followed. My passion for lifting weights became very strong once I saw I could control the way my body looked with proper diet.

What were the major milestones that gave you that "extra" motivation boost?

After completing the schoolcraft college fire academy and winning the fitness award for the program it was the perfect push I needed to really keep me motivated.

What keeps you motivated?

Stay lean year round so I always see improvement. It really keeps the fire burning.

Steve Byrnes Abs and QuadsWhat are your future goals, dreams and plans?

To just keep up what I’m doing and become a Men’s Physique pro cardholder. Stay healthy and natural!

What does your current training and split look like, and what do you like most about it?

  • Monday Workout 1Chest - upper concentration, Back, Legs - Quads concentration.
  • Tuesday Workout 2 - Shoulders, Lower Back, Arms - Triceps concentration.
  • Wednesday Workout 1Chest - decline concentration, Back, Legs - hammies concentration.
  • Thursday Workout 2 - Shoulders, Lower Back, Arms - Biceps concentration.
  • Friday Workout 1 – Body weight day, cardio of some sort.
  • Satursday Workout 2 - Shoulders, Lower Back, Arms.
  • Sunday - Off

What are some of the biggest training mistakes you’ve made?

Not paying attention to my whole physique for the first 6 months.

What are some of your best training tips for someone who wants to look good and get ripped?

Eat healthy and figure out what works for you’re body.

Steve Byrnes leg raises

What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to build muscle and/or get ripped?

Some people don’t workout every part of there body and it will throw off there whole physique.

Do you have any gym, muscle building or fitness pet peeves?

People who drop weights and scream. Sorry there’s no reason to throw 40lb dumbbells.

Steve Byrnes Men's PhysiqueWhat are your best tips for getting ripped and shredded abs?

Weighted ab training.

What advanced training techniques work well for you?


What does your post-workout nutrition and supplementation look like?

2 scoops protein, 5 eggs, 1 cup fruit.

What are your favorite cheat meals and foods?

Double cheeseburgers.

What are your favorite meals and foods?

Fish, turkey, veggies.

If someone wants to connect with you, where can you be found?

Movies and TV shows you’ve enjoyed recently?

The Glades.

Which college or professional sports teams do you root for?

Michigan Wolverines baby!

Posted on: Wed, 10/12/2011 - 04:33

Great workout routine i may have to give it a try. Good luck on your future goals. And as a fellow Michigan ill say good luck this weekend... GO SPARTY!!! SORRY I HAD TO DO IT

Posted on: Tue, 07/12/2011 - 17:59

2-3 times a week

Posted on: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 23:36

how often do you perform ab workouts?

Posted on: Wed, 07/06/2011 - 19:32

when do you perform ab workouts?

Posted on: Tue, 07/05/2011 - 12:04

how often do you perform ab workouts?

Posted on: Mon, 07/04/2011 - 17:58

Insane abs, absolutely shredded...

Mike Baldridge
Posted on: Thu, 06/30/2011 - 22:08

Not only is Steve an awesome young athlete and physique competitor, I'm also very lucky to call him a friend as well. His support and encouragement inspire me every day and make me want to achieve more. I have absolutely no doubt that with his determination and committment Steve will soon be one of the greatest physique competitors ever! Thanks for the interview and rest assured this is just the beginning of a great career. I'm really looking forward to following all his future success!!

steve byrnes
Posted on: Thu, 06/30/2011 - 20:17

Kids a noob ha.