The American born Alex Michael Turner has become known for his rippling abs and incredibly strong physique. However, Alex wasn’t always the picture of strength he’s known as today. In his early years at high school he was bullied constantly.
Wanting to change this, Alex started weight training, and after one short year, he packed on a serious amount of lean muscle. This is when he decided to dedicate his life to fitness and exercise. Ever since that turning point, Alex has gone on to become a world leading Male Model.
He continues to train hard daily and motivate others to do the same while working as a personal trainer.
This is his story:
|Full Name: Alex Michael Turner|
|185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)||5'7" (170cm)||25"||28"|
|American||Bodybuilder, Fitness Model, Personal Trainer||2010|
|Weight||185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)|
|Profession||Bodybuilder, Fitness Model, Personal Trainer|
- Male Fitness Model
- Sponsored Athlete
“I absolutely love the fact that this is an individual sport. I control what I gain, and what I don’t!”
Alex started lifting weights as soon as he left high school after suffering from bullying. He wanted to build a strong and healthy physique as he weighed a total of 112 lbs. He didn’t want to be the guy being picked on anymore. Alex recalls, “I did not want to be the skinny kid anymore, so I progressed quickly in the gym and increased my knowledge of fitness daily.”
After one year of hard training, his weight jumped up by 26lbs and managed to maintain a low body fat percentage no higher than 5%. In total, after a sold years training, he built a lean physique of 196lbs. From that point onwards, Alex has become a highly recognized fitness model and bodybuilder. He continues to motivate and inspire people all over the world while working as a personal trainer.
Alex continues to motivate and inspire people all over the world while working as a personal trainer and brand representative for his sponsors.
Alex Michael Turner before and after
“I feel the HIIT keeps my metabolic rate up, and helps me keep my “shredded” look. It helps me to burn body fat while leaving the majority of my lean mass alone.”
Alex likes to perform cardio every day to keep his body fat low and his heart healthy. he will section his cardio at the end of each weight training session for 20 minutes. On Sundays, Alex will do HIIT as he feels it keeps his metabolic rate up much higher than steady state cardio.
On his HIIT day, Alex will work out anywhere between 30-45 minutes. He’ll use the Stairmaster, wind sprints, or running up and down stadium stairs.
For his world-famous abs, Alex will superset hanging leg raises with knee raises. He will also end each session with a drop set until failure. as Alex says, “This I feel allows me to break down every part of the muscle group I am working while pumping extra blood into that body part for added pump, muscle separation, and hardening.”
- Monday – Chest and Triceps (with abs)
- Tuesday – Back and Biceps
- Wednesday – Quads and Calves (with abs)
- Thursday – Shoulders
- Friday – Triceps and Biceps (with abs)
- Saturday – Hamstrings and Calves
- Sunday – Sundays are my HIIT days!
“When prepping meals, I will generally grill 8-10 chicken breasts at a time. I steam several stocks of asparagus and cook my rice at the same time.”
Alex will primarily use carb cycling or low carb dieting to keep his body fat low. And when he is on his high carb days, he doesn’t go any higher than 250g per day. When he’s on his lower carb days, Alex can really see his abs come out.
“If you are hitting your lifts hard, hitting your cardio diligently and sticking to your HIIT…try dropping your carbohydrate intake.”
- Meal 1 – 8-10 egg whites, 1 cup oatmeal.
- Meal 2 – 6oz lean meat, (normally chicken) with asparagus.
- Meal 3 – 6oz lean meat, with asparagus, and ½ cup brown rice.
- Meal 4 – Protein shake,
- Meal 5 (Generally post workout) – 6-8 oz of lean meat, generally red meat in the evenings to switch it up, with either 1 cup brown rice, or a side of sweet potatoes, paired with asparagus.
- Meal 6 – A snack that is usually a green apple, with another protein shake (1 scoop).
- Before Bed – A small amount of Lean meat, normally left over from meal 5, no carbs or vegetables
Idols and Influences
Alex’s motivation comes from within to become the best version of himself. He continues to grow additional muscle and strength each coming year. He also finds motivation from other athletes and their awesome physiques. This is what drives Alex forward to become one of the best male models in the fitness industry.
What we can learn from Alex Michael Turner
After suffering from bullying in his early years at high school, Alex knew he wanted to better himself and build a strong and healthy physique. He set his sights on weight training and never gave up.
From his first-year weight training, he managed to pack on a serious size of lean muscle. This motivated Alex to continue a life of bodybuilding and fitness. What we can learn from Alex is to never give up, train hard and eat clean. With the same dedication as Alex, you too can achieve greatness.
“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” – Alex Michael Turner