Andre Smith is an IFBB professional Men’s Physique competitor from the USA. He won almost every amateur show he participated in, prior to winning his Pro Card.
Growing up, Andre was a highly competitive individual; taking part in every sport his schools had to offer; excelling in all of them.
However, after finishing high school, Andre’s life took a different turn – he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving on three different continents as a Military Policeman.
After his days in the Army were over, Andre started a new career in fitness; becoming a bodybuilding competitor. During the 2014-2016 period, he participated in over 10 shows, winning his Pro card at the 2015 Nationals.
This is his story:
“Remarks of others never changed my view.”
Full Name: Andre Smith Weight Height Nationality Profession 165 - 175lbs (74.8 - 79.4kg) 5'9" (175cm) American Men's Physique Professional Bodybuilder Era 2010 Weight 165 - 175lbs (74.8 - 79.4kg) Height 5'9" (175cm) Nationality American Profession Men's Physique Professional Bodybuilder Era 2010
- 2016 IFBB Eastern Seaboard Pro, Men’s Physique, 10th place
- 2016 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro, Men’s Physique, 7th place
- 2016 IFBB Grand Prix, Men’s Physique, 5th place
- 2016 IFBB Karina Nascimento Pro, Men’s Physique, 5th place
- 2015 NPC National Championships, Men’s Physique Class B, 1st place – Earned Pro Card
- 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone, Men’s Physique Class A, 1st place
- 2014 NPC National Championships, Men’s Physique Class B, 9th place
- 2014 NPC Body BE 1 Classic, Men’s Physique Fort Benning, 1st place
- 2014 NPC Clash at the Capstone, Men’s Physique Class A, 1st place
- 2014 NPC Clash at the Capstone, Men’s Physique Uniform 1st place
- 2014 NPC City of Champions, Men’s Physique Class A, 1st place
From Playing Sports to Serving in the Army
Born in the United States, Andre Smith spent the majority of his childhood playing competitive sports. In Andre’s own words; “I spent most of my life as a student athlete that loved to compete.”
However, after finishing high school, Andre decided to serve his country in the Army; leaving sports behind.
During his service, Andre traveled all around the world, including Europe, Asia, and Africa; serving through three different Military Operations as a Military Policeman.
Because of his excellent service, Andre was awarded a Bronze Star after his last deployment.
Men’s Physique Competitor
Upon his return home, Andre realized his competitive nature was still very much alive, and as a result – he decided to enter the world of competitive bodybuilding.
He started working out daily, curious to see how he would fare against other bodybuilding competitors.
After almost one year of ‘hardcore’ training and dieting, Andre built an impressive physique.
Shortly after, in the Spring of 2014, he made his debut on the bodybuilding stage; surprisingly, winning the contest.
However, winning his debut show was just the beginning of Andre’s impressive streak on the stage. For the next two years, he took part in five amateur shows; winning four of them.
Moreover, one of the shows Andre won was the 2015 NPC National Championships; a result which saw him earn his Pro Card.
Soon after winning his Pro Card, Andre participated in his first IFBB professional show – the 2016 IFBB Karina Nascimento Pro. He came in 5th place.
By 2017, Andre took part in three more IFBB Pro shows – the 2016 Grand Prix, 2016 Europa Orlando Pro, and the 2016 Eastern Seaboard Pro; finishing in 5th, 7th, and 10th place, respectively.
Sticking to Basics
Following a standard 5-6 time-per-week workout program, Andre says there isn’t much to his training that separates him from other physique competitors.
It’s his work ethic, discipline, and commitment to his bodybuilding quest that make him outshine his opponents on the stage.
All in all, Andre’s workout sessions last anywhere from 60-90 minutes, with an additional 15-30 minutes of cardio every other day. He trains heavy, and with a lot of volume; taking as much rest between the sets as he feels is necessary.
Chest and Biceps Workout
- A couple of sets of shoulder warm up exercises (stretching with elastic bands, shoulder rotation with light-weight dumbbells, etc.)
- Incline Dumbbell Press, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Bench Press, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Flys, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dips, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Cable Crossovers, 3 sets of 12 reps, last set dropset
- Ez-Bar Biceps Curls, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Concentration Curls, 3 sets of 10-12 reps
- Hammer Curls, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Cable Curls, 3 sets of 12 reps
Andre likes to change his diet up often; sometimes eating extremely clean and healthily, or sometimes, following an IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) approach. It all depends on which stage Andre is in, as well as what his goals in fitness are.
For example, if Andre is several weeks out of a competition, he’ll only eat lean foods and drink a lot of water to lose body fat and preserve as much lean muscle as possible.
However, if he doesn’t have any particular event coming up, Andre will give himself more freedom in terms of his food choice; allowing himself cheat meals, and also, a drink or two.
What we can learn from Andre Smith
Andre Smith spent his childhood and teenage years excelling in a number of sports. Later, after high school, he decided to change the direction in which his life was going, and join the U.S. Army.
When he came back, he realized fitness and competitive lifestyle was something he couldn’t live without, so he started a career as a Men’s Physique athlete. It wasn’t an easy process, but with enough dedication and hard work, Andre made it into the elite league of the IFBB.
Looking back at Andre’s story, it’s clear that road towards success is all but straightforward. It includes many moments of ups and downs, and also, turns away from the main goal.
However, if you can keep going despite the obstacles you come across, then reaching your goals, be it in fitness, or something else – is always possible.