The Story of a Dedicated All-Natural Bodybuilder: Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving a Masters Pro Card

At a Glance: Brian Lutz, OCB Natural Pro

Age: 49

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Family: wife-Jenna, son-Jordan and daughter-Abby

Current Residence: Tallmadge, OH

Years training: 33 years

Height: 6'0"

Weight: Off-Season: 240, Contest: 198 to 202

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Ground deer, hot sauce, Jasmine rice, and spinach, along with Beverly UMP shake mixed with 2 tbsp of coconut oil in almond milk.

Favorite Supplements: Provosyn (my favorite) tastes great and mixes easily (off-season/bulking), UMP, Lean Out, Up-Lift.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before? Depending on their goals, one of their great-tasting protein supplements – UMP, Provosyn, Mass Maker Ultra, or Muscle Provider.

Music: Ranges from Sam Cooke to Guns and Roses, anything from hard-core 80s rap to country music. I like it all.

Most inspiring book: Semper-Fi by Dan Carrison and Rod Walsh.

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: Spending time with family and friends fishing, camping, and hiking.

Words to live by: “You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.” – Pavel Tsatsouline.

 

I became interested in bodybuilding when I was 12 years old. As a kid playing football in Akron, I used to walk past an uninviting, nameless building. Occasionally, the side door would be ajar, and I’d catch a glimpse of the men inside lifting weights. They were built like the superheroes on TV. I would stop and watch them; they never said anything to me, but a seed was planted. I asked my parents
to buy me some weights. Coming from a family of 12, there wasn’t a lot of money for unnecessary purchases. So, I began using anything I could get my hands on to lift buckets of water, rocks, you name it. Eventually, my parents bought me a used weight bench and weights from the local flea market. You know, the gold plastic ones filled with water or sand. I’d go to the grocery store with my mom just to get tips on training from the magazines in the checkout aisle. I read about supplements and dieting, but we didn’t have enough money for things like that. But I remember, in the early eighties, after watching Rocky down 4 raw eggs, my dad took all six boys to the refrigerator and pulled out a carton of eggs. I remembered the look on Rocky’s face. He was unfazed by the task at hand. That look would stick with me for the rest of my life. I was the only boy who drank those eggs that day, setting a new standard for how I took on new challenges in and out of the gym.

In 2009, I started nursing school at Kent State. This had an effect on my body and my appearance. I began to overeat and stress about school, and before too long, I put on the freshman 5, 10, 15, okay, 40 lbs! I ballooned up to 280 lbs. It was time to start going to Buckeye Gym. There were guys and girls there that reminded me of the ones I saw when I was a young boy walking home from football. I began mimicking their workouts, always trying to work harder. It wouldn’t be until much later in my adult life that I would start taking supplements.

I knew I wanted to be an all-natural athlete, and I was very cautious about what I put in my body. I researched the different products and tried many before meeting Joe Toth at the local rec center in 2011. Joe was training for bodybuilding shows and would mention his diet, supplements, and workout routine. My only response was, “You look miserable, and I am not wearing a pair of panties on stage with a bunch of other men to be judged by my peers.” He would laugh as I continued with my training. Over the years, Joe and I became friends through community events and our children. He would talk to me about bodybuilding, training, and supplements. I eventually gave in and started using the supplements he recommended. That is when I was introduced to Beverly International products through Buckeye Gym.

I graduated from nursing school later that year. Finally! I could now focus on my training. I met up with a couple of powerlifters at Buckeye. Their lifting style and diet fit my current lifestyle. Eat, sleep, and work out. I started coaching pee-wee football that same year. I was an offensive and defensive line coach, and my son was on the team. UMP and Muscle Provider were godsends at this time. We would make a pudding by adding a little water to the protein and mixing it to a pudding consistency. My son would say it tastes like cake batter. We would also mix it with almond milk and MCT oil; it tasted like a malt. When my son was old enough to go to Buckeye, he weighed over two hundred pounds and was our best defensive player. We continued this regimen until 2020 when my son informed us he'd like to get leaner and didn’t want to play football anymore. I was crushed. I did the only thing I knew how. I started meal-prepping with him and researching healthy ways to diet and lose weight while maintaining a healthy physique. I lost my first 30 lbs, and my son lost 25 lbs. Eventually, my daughter asked for help. We all got memberships to Buckeye again and began training together.

This caught the eye of Buckeye owner Ryan Propst and my friend Joe Toth. They encouraged me to diet and train for my first show in April 2021. At this time, my son and daughter were working out and dieting independently. My son lost sixty pounds, while my daughter lost thirty pounds. This made my decision a little easier. I began training and dieting for my first show in November 2020. Then I got COVID in January and had to stop my prep. I was back at it four weeks later, training six days a week. Joe officially became my coach and designed my diet. I went on to take second in the masters and third in the open. My desire to compete in all-natural events led me to the OCB. I began training for their 2021 Battle of The Great Lakes in August.

I became a machine. I was focused and began to set goals. I placed first and second in the Battle of The Great Lakes that year. However, I had a new goal to become a professional natural bodybuilder, and I set my sights on the next show that would take place in April 2022.

In November of 2021, I suffered a season-ending injury. I tore the extensor tendon in my elbow and had multiple tears in my biceps and triceps in the same arm. They were non-operable and painful. I tried to power through with my workouts and training but was forced to take a break. After two failed rehab sessions, I resorted to doing one-armed exercises for three months.

I was finally able to start prep for a pro qualifier in June of 2023, the 2023 Battle of The Great Lakes. I won my pro card in Masters 40 to 49 years.

Diet Plan

 

Meal One

  • Six egg whites, two yolks, mix in 1 cup spinach
  • One cup of oats with Sweet'N Low or one tsp of sugar and cinnamon
  • 1 scoop UMP with almond milk

Meal Two

  • 4-6oz chicken breast, fish, or turkey
  • 4oz red skin potatoes or ½ cup beans
  • One cup green vegetables
  • 2 scoops Provosyn with 1 cup of almond milk

Meal Three

  • 6oz turkey or 93% lean beef
  • ½ cup rice (brown or white) or one baked potato with low-fat butter
  • One cup green vegetables

Meal Four

  • 4-6oz chicken/beef/fish or 4 scoops Provosyn in 14-16oz water or almond milk
  • One cup green vegetables

Meal Five

  • 4oz chicken breast
  • ½ cup rice or 4oz potato (sweet, red, or white) or ½ cup beans
  • One cup green vegetables

Meal Six

  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Supplements

UMP is the staple of my off-season diet and part of my pre- contest diet because it tastes great and has quality ingredients. I also recommend Lean Out for those wanting to lose weight
and get in shape …Lean Out will definitely help get you there. It does not give me the jitters and definitely gives me an advantage. 7-Keto MuscLean is another product that I used to get in top-notch condition. Beverly International Products have given me an advantage to crush my fitness goals. Provosyn is another favorite. It is great for adding and retaining muscle, mixes easily, and tastes great!

I use Up-Lift pre-workout as a non-stimulant workout enhancer.

Training Routine

I had to adjust my workout routine over the past year due to various injuries. I trained 5 to 6 days a week, focusing on one body part daily. For each exercise, I completed 4 to 5 sets with a goal of achieving 30 to 50 reps per set. Additionally, I did 150-200 reps of abs exercises daily and spent 15-45 minutes on the treadmill at a speed of 3.5 for 5 days a week.

For illustration, here’s a sample of my pre-contest chest day.

Incline DB Press 5 sets, 50 reps (25lbs), 40reps (30lbs),
30reps (35lbs), 25 reps (40lbs), and to failure (50lbs)

Incline Flye 5 sets 40reps (25lbs) 30reps (30lbs), 25 reps (35lbs),
20 reps (40lbs), and to failure (50lbs)

Machine Flye 4 sets, 30 (90lbs), 30 (90lbs), failure (180lbs),
failure (180lbs)

High Cable Flye 2 sets to failure (25-35lbs)

Low Cable Flye 2 sets to failure (25-35lbs)

Crunches 200

Treadmill 45 minutes

Posing 15-30 minutes

 

Final Adjustments

My first four meals on Friday before the show were 1 scoop of UMP, 1 cup of cooked oatmeal with almond milk, and 96 ounces of water with electrolytes. If I felt full after my third meal, I skipped meal four. If I was still hungry after meal four, I had one more meal of carbs (oatmeal or 1 cup of cooked rice). On Saturday morning, I had 1.5 cups of cooked oatmeal with almond milk, 2 cups of electrolyte water, and 2 rice cakes with honey. Protein was not necessary at this point. Between 9:30 and 10:00, I had honey with rice cakes (2-3) and 1 bag of Skittles. I sipped water until I hit the stage at 11:00.

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