Alex Silva

Alex Silva
Quick Stats
  • 6’ 0.5”
  • 200lbs
  • 182lbs
  • Chest, Glutes
  • Quad sweep, Triceps
  • Legs
  • Kabobs
  • Gluten
  • Doug Miller, RJ Perkins
My philosophies is essential, vary training techniques, and pay attention to weak points. I am proof you can build serious muscle as a vegan bodybuilder!

Bodybuilder Alex Silva

I was born in Burtonsville, Maryland to the most supportive family anyone could ask for, and raised in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  I played basketball and soccer in local youth leagues, and only excelled until competition increased at the high school level.  In high school, my athletics shifted to sports including wrestling and lacrosse, where I was not especially skilled either.

By the time college rolled around, I knew it was time for me to make a change as far as athletics went, so I joined the University of Maryland Crew Team.  Through working harder than I ever had at any sport, I became a decent rower, and got in fantastic cardiovascular condition.  As a supplement to rowing, I began lifting weights to improve for rowing and because it was the “cool” thing for freshmen to do.

Eventually, around September 2007, I began seeing growth beyond a rower’s physique, and liked what I saw.  Though I didn’t have the best athletic genetics, I soon decided to put a hold on rowing and pursue bodybuilding.

I began researching methodologies and philosophies of the lifestyle.  Soon, I had become engrossed in a subculture I never knew existed.  Over the next year, I used a variety of training programs in an attempt to bring my physique to the levels I saw in the magazines, not yet truly realizing the importance of diet.  I still saw noticeable gains, the first “preset” program I used being the weightlifting aspect of Hugo Rivera’s Body Re-Engineering program.  In fact, my transformation during this time period earned me “Transformation of the Week”.  However, I still was not as dedicated as I should have been.

Then, just before summer of 2008, I became familiar with Derek Charlebois, Mark Lobliner, and the Team Scivation program.  To make a long story short, I ended up being accused of steroids at the gym and at school because of the muscle I had put on while getting noticeably leaner.  Summer of 2008 is, in my mind, the time period that truly marks the beginning of my dedicated bodybuilding journey (especially because I’ll never forget eating raw green beans until they were practically coming out my ears!).

In August 2008, I was introduced to Universal Nutrition and its Animal Pak brand, which turned me to the more “hardcore “ view of bodybuilding, and really helped me to go beyond “gaining size,” toward really embracing crushing some heavy weights and going until I couldn’t go anymore.

Since then, a number of experiences have moved my bodybuilding journey down its own path, including attending three Arnold Sports Festival weekends, attaining my ACSM Certified Personal Trainer certification, and moving to Arlington, Virginia, to a gym where there are a lot of serious weightlifters and bodybuilders, and the energy I get from the gym is great.  I have found my own bodybuilder-friendly balance between hardcore and reasonable, and look to pursue a lifetime of bodybuilding and fitness.

As for my day-to-day life, I work a 9-5 job in membership communications for a non-profit.  Between that and the gym, weekends are really the only time I get to breathe a little—which makes them so much more worth it!

A summary of my philosophies:

  • Diet is essential.  Because of my food intolerance issues, I can’t take any protein powders, and many other supplements, so I rely heavily on good old fashioned whole food to get me through.
  • Vary training techniques.  Especially when I train a body part twice a week, I use different training styles on each respective day to ensure maximal output for both workouts.
  • Pay attention to weak points and muscle imbalances.  When I start paying attention, I often notice that I’ll always lean one way when doing a press, or one foot is always pointed outward more than the other.  I feel it’s important for me to correct these imbalances in order to ensure symmetrical development of every muscle.

Alex Silva's Content

My Journey As A Gluten-Free/Low-Allergen Bodybuilder Part 4
Gluten-free bodybuilder Alex Silva heads to the grocery store and details the best products to add to your shopping list.
78.6K Reads 13 Comments
My Journey As A Gluten-Free/Low-Allergen Bodybuilder Part 3
Gluten-sensitive bodybuilder Alex Silva presents a list of carbs to avoid along with alternatives and product manufacturers.
29K Reads 4 Comments
My Journey As A Gluten-Free/Low-Allergen Bodybuilder Part 2
Gluten-free natural athlete Alex Silva tells the hypoallergenic bodybuilder about the best fast food choices, restaurant foods and adult beverages.
16.9K Reads 4 Comments
Hypoallergenic: My Journey As A Gluten-Free, Low-Allergen Bodybuilder
Bodybuilder Alex Silva talks about his gluten allergy, and shares nutrition and supplementation tips for the gluten-free athlete on how to help build muscle.
17.1K Reads 10 Comments
Posted on: Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:53

Hey Alex,

I am absolutely amazed with your bodybuilding journey being gluten free and low allergen! Im honestly amazed and this has helped me because I am currently making a bulking meal plan for my boyfriend who found out he has celiac last year. He's 6'7, used to weight 260 lbs with 15% body fat. He now weights 235 lbs and he wants to build a lot more mass. Would you suggest an intake of over 3000 cals? thanks

Charles Dunn
Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 17:35

I really enjoyed the article. It gives me plenty of information to where I need to make changes. Not just in exercising, and workout nutrition but in total health. I have a gluten intolerance I also have or was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It sucks but diet is also a factor among other things. So thanks for doing an article such as this. Thanks.


Posted on: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 01:15

I am lactose intolerant and have a terrible allergy to all products bovine. I read your articles that you use Goat Whey, Where can you find this?

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Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2013 - 17:53

Hey Edward! Check out the Mt Capra brand, as they use goat whey in their products:

Specifically, feel free to take a look at their Double Bonded Protein, as well as Deep2 30.

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2012 - 20:43

Hey Alex,
I have a gluten intolerance so it is difficult for me to find good post-workout supplements. I am 6'3" 183lb and I am trying to get up around the 200lb range by spring time so I was wondering if you could recommend any gluten-free supplements?

Louis Hetherington
Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 07:33


I'm also Ceoliac and around about the same height & weight as you but my diet is not good at all, would you be able to help me out at all with Meal plans & recipes?