Body Transformation: Dean Macriyiannis Cut The Junk And Packed On The Muscle

Teen Dean gave up junk food, soft drinks and video games for the gym. In only a year he gained 20 pounds of muscle while dropping his bodyfat.
Editor's Note: Everyone is different and these results may not be typical for the average person. To achieve these results you need to be willing to put in the work both in the gym and in the kitchen. Use this transformation for motivation for you to make the changes you want!

Before Stats

  • 17
  • 156 lbs
  • 5'10"
  • 15%

After Stats

  • 18
  • 170 lbs
  • 5'10"
  • 11%

Lifestyle Prior To Change

What was your lifestyle like prior to your transformation?

Enjoying fatty foods and junk, drinking lots of soft drinks. Not exercising and spending my day inside playing video games.

What was your low point or turning point?

Just not having the confidence to take my shirt of at the beach or pool.

Dean MacriyiannisWere there any unique challenges or circumstances that made your transformation particularly difficult?

The hardest thing was sticking to a strict diet and cutting out the junk food I once loved.

Please provide a timeline including when you started the transformation, and include major milestones:

  • Transformation Start: My 17th birthday came and I told my parents to sign me up at the 24-hour gym for an 18-month contract.
  • Milestone: Gaining knowledge about training and dieting.
  • Milestone: Following a proper training routine and diet.
  • Milestone: Dropping body fat% and being able to do weighted dips for the first time.
  • Milestone: Gaining muscle mass.
  • Transformation End: January 2012.

Dean's Training Approach

What was your weight training approach and split during your transformation?

Throughout my transformation I changed my workout split around to shock my body a few times but the one I most enjoyed was:

Please add a workout that worked best for you:

Chest and Calves
Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Press 4 6-8
Chest Dip 3 8
Incline Bench Press 3 8-10
Decline Dumbbell Bench Press 3 8-10
Dumbbell Flye 3 10
Seated Calf Raise 3 15-18
Standing Calf Raise 3 18-20
Quads and Hamstrings
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 4 6-8
Leg Press 3 6-8
Weighted Lunge 3 8
Quad Raise 3 8-10
Leg Curl 3 8-10
Biceps and Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Close Grip Bench Press 4 8
Weighted Dip 3 8
Barbell Skullcrusher 3 8
Tricep Kickback 3 10
Chin Up 3 10-12
Barbell Curl 3 6-8
Seated Hammer Curl 3 8
Preacher Curl 3 8-10
Shoulders and Traps
Exercise Sets Reps
Seated Overhead Press 4 8
Military Press 3 8
One Arm Side Lateral Raise 3 8
Dumbbell Front Raise 3 8
Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Flye 3 10
Upright Row 3 8
Dumbbell Shrug 3 10-12
Back and Abs
Exercise Sets Reps
Deadlift 4 6-8
Wide Grip Pull Up 3 6
Lat Pull Down 3 8
Bent Over Row 3 8
Dumbbell Row 3 8
Decline Weighted Crunch 3 15-20
Plank 3 120, 120, 60 seconds
Hanging Leg Raise 3 10

Dean Macriyiannis

Please detail your cardio approach during your transformation?

I didn’t really focus on doing much cardio at the gym because I was trying to gain weight and size but I had football training twice a week which helped with dropping bf%.

Please list 3 things you learned about exercise, weight training and/or cardio during your transformation that helped you succeed:

  1. Compound movements are paramount.
  2. Change your routine every so often to avoid plateauing.
  3. You must have consistency in training intensity.

How are you currently training, and has your training changed since the completion of your transformation?

In terms of reps and sets I’m doing 4 sets on compounds with 6-8 reps and 8-10 on isolations.

Dean's Diet And Supplement Plan

Dean MacriyiannisWhat was your diet/nutrition approach during your transformation?

Eating 6 times a day. High protein, complex carbs and also some good fats.

Can you give an example of what your daily meal plan looks like?

  • Meal 1: Oats with water and 3 eggs.
  • Meal 2: 1 scoop whey protein, 2 serves of fruit,  handful of almonds, canned tuna and one tablespoon peanut butter.
  • Meal 3: 1 cup brown rice with either tuna or chicken and bean mix or spinach, avocado slices and steamed broccoli.
  • Meal 4: (Post workout): 2 scoops whey protein.
  • Meal 5: Kangaroo steak with steamed veggies and 1 cup brown rice.
  • Meal 6 (before bed): 100g cottage cheese or 1 scoop casein protein.

Were there any diet/nutrition mistakes you made that you learned from?

Thinking carbs were bad at the start so I stopped eating them.

Please list 3 things you learned about diet & nutrition during your transformation that helped you succeed:

  1. Carbs are not your enemy!
  2. Good fats must be included into your diet.
  3. Dieting is the biggest key to transform your body.

Did you allow yourself cheat meals?

I don’t like to, once every month or so but nothing over the top.

What supplements did you use during your transformation?

Advice For Others

What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to make their own transformation?

  1. Set realistic goals to achieve.
  2. Food over supplements any day, although supplements are a great addition to your diet.
  3. Get heaps of sleep and rest to recover and GROW.

How do you stay motivated? What advice would you give to someone who’s having trouble staying on track?

Watch bodybuilding motivational videos, setting realistic goals to break every so often and having a mindset that just ok or good is never good enough, you want to be the best.

Your Life Now

What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?

A big increase in self-esteem and confidence. Also an increase in energy levels throughout the day. People ask me for training advice instead of me asking for it.

What motivates you currently to keep improving yourself?

Seeing results makes me want more and more, bodybuilding videos and posters, people asking for advice and THE PUMP!

Anything else you would like to share?

Believe in yourself and you will accomplish what you want.

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Posted Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:05
boutrosdu93

congrat even if it's not natural (given the 1 year time period).

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Posted Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:34
shiv

great buddy! impressive results!!!

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Posted Sat, 08/11/2012 - 16:19
Trevor

Hey nice transformation! How can I apply to enter the transformation of the week?

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Posted Sat, 08/11/2012 - 18:03
Steven
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Posted Wed, 07/18/2012 - 05:04
rajkumar

nice locks

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Posted Tue, 07/17/2012 - 17:32
George

Good job m8!
Your results are impressive!

Also, your surname must be Greek.