Brandon Gerdes with his arms crossed, doing a photo shoot

Brandon Gerdes

Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Personal Trainer

Brandon Gerdes is a competitive bodybuilder, powerlifter, and training coach from the U.S.

Having originally started out as a powerlifter, Brandon quickly became fascinated by the changes in his physique from lifting heavy weights.

It was this fascination that gradually made him switch to competitive bodybuilding.

One decision led to another, and Brandon soon started competing in bodybuilding shows; taking home 2nd place in his debut contest, and also, winning shows such as the 2014 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic, and the 2016 NPC Los Angeles Championships.

This is his story:


 

Brandon Gerdes taking a selfie of his ripped and aesthetic upper body and quads

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Brandon Gerdes
HeightNationalityProfessionAlias
6' (183cm)AmericanBodybuilder, Powerlifter, Personal TrainerDirty Gerdy
 
Era
2010, 2000
Height6' (183cm)
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionBodybuilder, Powerlifter, Personal Trainer
AliasDirty Gerdy
Era2010, 2000


 

Brandon Gerdes flexing his ripped and muscular back

Accomplishments

Competitions

  • 2016 NPC USA Championships, Men’s Physique Class C, 9th
  • 2016 NPC Los Angeles Championships, Men’s Physique Class C, 1st
  • 2014 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic, Overall, 1st
  • 2014 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic, Men’s Physique, 1st
  • 2012 NPC Los Angeles Championships, 4th
  • 2011 NPC Los Angeles Bodybuilding and Figure Championships, NP
  • 2008 NPC Excalibur Bodybuilding And Figure Championships, 6th
  • 2008 NPC Los Angeles Bodybuilding, Figure & Fitness Championships, 2nd

 

Brandon Gerdes flexing his legs and abs on the stage, looking down

Biography

Beginnings in Bodybuilding

Brandon Gerdes first took on the bodybuilding lifestyle as a teenager, and he quickly became passionate about it. He’d lift weights several times per week at his local gym, gradually transforming his physique.

By the age of 19, Brandon took part in his first bodybuilding show; finishing in at 2nd place. He then competed in two more shows, this time in the Men’s Physique division.

However, Brandon didn’t have it easy competing on the stage when he started out. Standing six feet tall, it took him years of training and dieting before he began to be a posing threat for other top bodybuilding competitors.

This was Brandon talking about his weight when he started competing on the stage; “I am a taller competitor standing at 6 feet tall, and competing as a heavyweight.  I am planning on taking some time off to grow into the super heavyweight class.”

Success on the Stage

With time, Brandon’s physique improved so much so, that he started placing further up the ranks in every show he took part in.

Between 2012-2016, Brandon participated in four major shows; winning two of them, and placing among the top five in others.


 

Brandon Gerdes posing with a sword on the stage


Powerlifting

Alongside competitive bodybuilding, Brandon is also a big powerlifting fan. He sees the sport of powerlifting as a means to achieving his goals as a bodybuilder.

“I originally planned on competing in powerlifting for motivation to get stronger and, in turn, build more muscle for bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding is my first love, but powerlifting is a necessary means to achieve my goals as a bodybuilder, and it’s damn fun!”

During his professional career in powerlifting, Brandon competed in one raw weight lifting contest.


 

Black and white photo of Brandon Gerdes showcasting his ripped and muscular physique

Training

As both a powerlifter and bodybuilder, Brandon combines the best out of the two sports in order to maximize his results in the gym.

During his weeks training, Brandon has one day where he trains his muscles with heavy weights and low reps. And also, one day where he trains for hypertrophy; doing 8-12 reps.

In terms of the specific exercises that Brandon does, he tries to change things up all the time.

This means there are times where he’ll train using only compound movements, and also, times where he’ll only use isolation exercises to target a specific muscle.


 

Brandon Gerdes doing a shirtless side chest pose in the gym

Nutrition

Brandon’s diet revolves around eating high calorie, and protein-rich foods that help him build muscle.

This means that most of the time, Brandon will stay in a slight calorie surplus in order to ensure muscle hypertrophy.

However, if there is a contest coming up, Brandon will consume fewer calories to burn fat more efficiently.

He’ll also make sure to consume enough protein during this period, in order to prevent muscle tissue breakdown.


 

Brandon Gerdes performing a most muscular pose on the stage

What we can learn from Brandon Gerdes

Brandon Gerdes has shown us that you can be successful in more than just one area of your life. In Brandon’s case, he was successful in both bodybuilding and powerlifting.

Don’t be afraid of having more than just one goal, or passion in life. As we saw from Brandon Gerdes example, it’s possible to achieve greatness in multiple areas of your life.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You might like...

Bret Contreras

Personal Trainer, Researcher, Author, Inventor Gym Owner

1916 Views

See Profile

Chad Waterbury

Doctor, Physical Therapist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist

2516 Views

See Profile

Paulo Muzy

Doctor, Bodybuilder, Fitness Model

19741 Views

See Profile

John Meadows

Professional Bodybuilder, Entrepreneur

82317 Views

See Profile
0

10 Meal Planning Mistakes to Avoid: Get Shredded the Right Way

Preparing food in advance is a tool used by pro athletes and bodybuilders to stay lean, strong and aesthetic all year round. Avoid these meal planning mistakes and sail to single-digit body fat in no time at all. 

Read article

Sergi Constance

Bodybuilder, model, entrepreneur

92747 Views

See Profile

Johnny Steinbach

Bodybuilder, Fitness Model

7381 Views

See Profile

Conor McGregor

Professional MMA Fighter

39996 Views

See Profile

Luke Sandoe

Physique Coach, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Entrepreneur

23613 Views

See Profile
0

10 Protein-Rich Foods for Vegetarians

If you're a vegetarian who's serious about strength training, you need to know how to optimize your diet to get the best results. Check out our guide to protein-rich foods to help you on your way - a completely new fitness level is just around the corner.

Read article

Ernane Guimaraes

Classic Physique Athlete

3926 Views

See Profile

Rasmus Wisbech Andersen

CrossFit Pro Athlete

14538 Views

See Profile

Garret Fisher

CrossFit Athlete, Personal Trainer

12695 Views

See Profile

Neal Maddox

CrossFit Athlete, Trainer, Entrepreneur

17492 Views

See Profile
42

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - He's been named the Austrian Oak, The Terminator, John Matrix, Mr. Freeze, The Governator, and to many of his fans just Arnie. Not only is he known as one of the greatest bodybuilders in history, but also as an action movie star, and an American politician.

Read article

Mojtaba Notarki

Professional Bodybuilder

12275 Views

See Profile

Ben Mudge

Fitness Model, Cystic Fibrosis Trainer, Online Coach

19578 Views

See Profile

Dan Mazzola

Trainer, Posing Coach, WBFF Muscle Model, Director

14876 Views

See Profile

Majid Jameh Bozorg

Professional Bodybuilder

8665 Views

See Profile
0

90 day Muscle Building Workout Plan

You just can’t beat that feeling of knowing that your physique is one you’ve worked hard for. Noticing the appreciative stares from envious strangers, and knowing that every time you hit the gym, you’re pushing the boundaries of what you once thought was impossible - makes it all worthwhile.

Read article