An nguyen


An Nguyen is an American professional bodybuilder who competes in the IFBB division. Originally from San Jose, California, An Nguyen was an avid American Football player growing up.

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Although An initially planned on making football his full-time job, his goals started khổng lồ shift when he entered the gym for the first time. After seeing progress on his physique from weight training, An was ‘sold’ to the bodybuilding lifestyle.

By the time he enrolled in college, An completely replaced football with his newly-found passion for bodybuilding. Looking up to lớn the likes of Kevin Levrone và Flex “Kenneth” Wheeler, he went on to sculpt an awesome physique, creating a booming career in bodybuilding competitions in the process.

This is his story:


Athlete Statistics

Full Name: An Nguyen
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
225 - 235lbs (102.1 - 106.6kg)5"8" (172.5cm)35June đôi mươi, 1985
AmericanIFBB Pro Bodybuilder2010, 2000

Weight225 - 235lbs (102.1 - 106.6kg)
Height5"8" (172.5cm)
Date of BirthJune đôi mươi, 1985
ProfessionIFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Era2010, 2000




California Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding, 3rd placeTampage authority Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding, 5th place


Ferrigno Legacy Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding, 12th placeCalifornia Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding, 7th place


California State Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 5th place


Europage authority Phoenix, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 8th placePBW Tampa Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 12th placeWings of Strength Chicago Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 4th placeGolden State Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 6th placeEuropage authority Dallas, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 5th placeEuropage authority Show of Champions Orlanvày, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 7th place


Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 16th placeThành Phố New York Pro, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 11th placeFIBO Power Germany, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 8th placeAustralian Pro Grvà Prix XIII, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 8th place


Dallas Europa Supershow, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 12th placeWings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza, IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding – 3rd place


National Championships, NPC Men’s Bodybuilding – 1st placeNational ChampionshipsNPC Men’s Bodybuilding – NPUSA ChampionshipsNPC Men’s Bodybuilding – 2nd placeLos Angeles Bodybuilding & Figure ChampionshipsNPC Men’s Bodybuilding – NP


USA Championships, NPC Men’s Bodybuilding – 4th placeCalifornia State Bodybuilding, Figure và Bikini Championships, NPC Men’s Bodybuilding – 1st place


Collegiate Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, NPC Men’s Bodybuilding – 3rd place


NPC Contra Costa Bodybuilding, Figure và Fitness Championships, NPC Men’s Bodybuilding – N/A


Orange County(CA) Classic, NPC Light-Heavyweight – 4th place



American Football vs. Bodybuilding

An Nguyen was born and raised in San Jose, the biggest city in Northen California. Throughout his early childhood, An developed a svào connection lớn sports, particularly American Football.

When An first entered the gym at the age of 12, it was lớn help hyên improve his performances on the football pitch. Initially, An planned on becoming a professional football player.

However, as An progressed in the gym, he became more and more interested in lifting weights. Eventually, An started questioning his decision to pursue American Football – instead, he grew an interest in becoming a bodybuilder.

“I started weight-training at the age of 12 for sports & I saw the gain I was making and it felt good.”

Bodybuilding Beginnings

Coming inlớn college, An had lớn choose whether he wanted to continue playing football or take a ‘leap of faith’ into bodybuilding. Ultimately, he went with bodybuilding.

Wanting to lớn build a muscular & well-rounded physique, An set his sights on the likes of Kevin Levrone, Flex Wheeler, & Shawn Ray – using their physiques as a benchmark for his goals.

Devising his first training & nutrition plan, An began exercising with weights five sầu days a week. In addition, he’d do 30 minutes of cardio each day, alongside practicing posing for one hour, once a week.


Early Competitions

After several months of training and dieting, An was ready lớn compete in a bodybuilding show. Entering the teenage INBA Oaklvà Silver and Blaông chồng Muscle Classic contest, An went on khổng lồ clayên ổn his first victory that day.

Here’s An talking about his experience competing for the very first time;

“I really didn’t know what I was doing. I competed in the teenage class và placed first due to I was the only one but the audience và the people working the show was amazed at how built I was for a teenager. I did everything by myself, a lot of online retìm kiếm.” – An Nguyen

From there on, An became a regular bodybuilding contestant. He began competing in amateur shows across America, gradually moving up in the competitive ranks.

Earning the Pro Card

After several years of competing, An set a whole new challenge for himself – winning the Pro Card. Although this wasn’t an easy task, An was confident he could accomplish his goal in the following conkiểm tra, the U.S. Nationals.

Here’s An talking about his preparations for the contest; “My training was intense every day, I had so many people supporting và pushing me I couldn’t half-ass.

I did 50 minutes of cardio in the morning on an empty stomach every day và 4 days out of the week I would bởi vì 30 minutes cardio post workout và on top of that I was doing 30 khổng lồ 60 minutes of posing a day.” – An Nguyen

Then, in early 2011, the competition day came. Stepping on the USA Nationals bodybuilding stage for the first time, An came in his best version yet to lớn take trang chủ the 1st place, along with his Pro Card.


Pro Circuit Competitions

Returning victorious from the USA Nationals Championships, An didn’t wait long to lớn make his IFBB Pro debut. His first Pro appearance took place at the 2012 Wings of Strength Chicago Pro, where An claimed an impressive 3rd place.

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By 2017, An had 17 professional competitions behind hyên ổn. Some of his more notable results from this period were the 3rd place at the 2014 Wings of Strength Chicago Pro, 5th place at the năm trước Europa Dallas Pro, & 3rd place at the 2017 California Pro.



Training Like a Bodybuilding

An Nguyen trains similarly to lớn other pro bodybuilders. He starts his workouts with heavy multi-joint exercises which induce the most muscle growth.

As his workout progresses, An will move on khổng lồ isolation exercises to lớn target a specific muscle group. He’ll vì chưng 3-5 sets per exercise, & 8-12 reps per phối.

An’s favorite and strongest muscle to train is his chest. On the other hand, a body toàn thân part which An would like lớn improve sầu is his back.

An Ngyuen’s Cardio Training

An says, the amount of cardio he does depends on whether he competes or not. When he’s not competing, An won’t vày cardio very often – perhaps two times per week.

However, when there’s a competition coming up, An will bởi cardio every day, for about 60 minutes.



Changes in the Diet

An’s bodyweight fluctuates between 220lbs during condemo preparations, và around 260 during the ‘off-season.’ This means, his diet changes significantly between these two periods.

When preparing for a show, An greatly reduces his calorie intake from carbohydrates & fats. To preserve his muscle tissue in a caloric deficit, An increases his protein intake khổng lồ consume about 1.6-2 grams of protein per pound of toàn thân weight.

On the other hvà, during the ‘off-season,’ An’s diet is much more relaxed. Throughout this period, he’ll allow himself more calorie-dense foods which help to grow his muscles.


Idols và Influences

Bodybuilders that influenced An Nguyen the most were Kevin Levrone, Flex Wheeler, và Shawn Ray.

Here’s An talking about his bodybuilding idols; “The Pro’s I looked up khổng lồ when I first started were Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, & Kevin Levrone. I looked up lớn them because they were the bodybuilders I wanted lớn look lượt thích. Great shape, round muscle with that athletic look.” – An Nguyen


What we can learn from An Nguyen

Although An Nguyen initially wanted lớn become a professional American Football player, his interests changed once he discovered bodybuilding.

After years of training in the thể hình, An became certain that bodybuilding was his ‘calling.’ As a result, he abandoned the football pitch và replaced it with the weights room.

The main takeaway from An Ngyuen story is this; don’t be afraid to lớn abandon certain things in order lớn try new ones. As you grow in experience, your interests might change, & that’s completely normal.

Once you start following your intuition, everything else will fall inkhổng lồ place – just lượt thích we’ve sầu seen with An Nguyen.

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