Abe Cruz – From Incarceration To Transformation By Altug Kop · May 26, 2017 Abe’s roller-coaster story saw him land in hot water but through faith and fitness, he’s turned his physique, and life around. Here is the inspiring Abe Cruz transformation. Abe Cruz transformation – from humble beginnings I was raised by a single mother in LA County (East LA) with my brother and sister. My family struggled to make ends meet, but my mom did the best she could. I developed a love for sports at an early age and by 7 years old people started noticing my talents, especially in American football and basketball. Fast forward to college and I helped my football team at the University of Wisconsin to their first ever conference championship. At the same time I was involved in network marketing and bringing in $5000 a month at only 19 years old, leaving my difficult upbringing in my rear view mirror. To take my income to the next level, I left college and my love of football to pursue my business full-time and unfortunately, that’s when things started to crash and burn, starting with the network marketing company. I moved back home and got 3 jobs, while trying to building an acting career. This took a toll on me and it culminated with me falling asleep at my wheel one night, crashing into another car. This started major money troubles for my family and I, which lead to me making a terrible mistake that landed me in prison for 4 years. I hit rock bottom with depression – my mom told me to pray and not lose faith. I also turned to my love for fitness, but this was difficult since weights were removed from the prison due to inmates using them as weapons. Using my creativity with trash bags, water and inmate shirts attached to brooms, I worked around this alongside 1000 pushups a day, 200 pullups, lunges and squats with someone on my shoulders. Zero to hero – after prison I always felt like god was watching over me and I planned my comeback while still in prison. When I got out, I was going to start a clothing line, land magazine covers, work on TV/movies and become a motivational speaker to inspire millions. I’m happy to say I’ve achieved these goals but always striving for greatness and continue to serve as many people as I can. I even have my own fitness TV talk show airing soon but, most of all, I’m just grateful for every day and enjoying the little things I didn’t have while incarcerated My meal plan I stay on a strict, ‘clean’ diet almost all of the time. The foods stay very similar across all days including lean meats (chicken, turkey and fish), minimally refined carbs such as brown rice and sweet potatoes. Green veg are also a staple of my diet – I rotate brocolli, green beans, asparagus, kale, spinach and others. If I wake up at night hungry, a protein shake hits the spot. My cheat day, I only have once every 10 days to 2 weeks but when I do, I go big time – pizza, sodas, Reeces peanut butter cups and ice cream. Then it’s back to my normal diet. Supplements Morning : Fat burner (specific?), glucosamine/condroitin for my joints Post-workout : Whey protein shake Pre-workout : TC1 topical pre-workout gel (stimulant free) Bedtime : Healing supp (specific?), testosterone booster (specific) Vital stats Before Height 5’9 Weight 165lbs Body fat 9% After Height 5’9 Weight 180lbs Body fat 9% The Abe Cruz Workout I use the principle of training each body part hard once a week, providing plenty of rest and recovery before the next time I hit that body part again. I believe in using strict form, so will opt for more reps over heavier weight. Daily I do fasted cardio and ab training. My ab routines are intense and varied – anything you can think of, I’ll do it for abs. Some of my favorites are: 4-5 Sets each, 25 to 30 Reps each Set Hanging Knee Raises Dip machine knee raises Good old fashioned sit-ups Scissor bench kickouts etc. Monday – Chest Bench Presses (flat/incline/decline) Dumbbell Incline Presses Pec-Deck Flyes Cable Flyes Push-Ups 2 warm-up sets 4 working sets at 80% of max weight 9 to 12 reps per set Tuesday - Back Wide-grip seated pull downs Close-grip seated pull downs Seated rows - narrow width grip Reverse flyes Optional : Bent-over barbell and dumbbell rows 2 warm-up sets 4 working sets at 80% of max weight 9 to 12 reps per set Wednesday - Leg Day / Traps Day Squats Leg press Lunges Hamstring curls Leg extensions Superset db and bb shrugs between sets of leg exercises 2 warm-up sets 4 working sets at 80% of max weight 9 to 12 reps per set Thursday - Shoulders Smith-machine behind-neck seated press Smith machine front presses Seated db Arnold presses Dumbbell lateral raises Dumbbell front raises Cable upright rows 2 warm-up sets 4 working sets at 80% of max weight 9 to 12 reps per set Friday - Biceps / Triceps superset Bench close grip press | standing wide grip barbell curls Seated db overhead extensions | standing close grip barbell curls Decline bench skull crushers | dumbbell hammer curls Rope pull-downs | standing cable curl Seated 1-arm overhead extension | 1-arm concentration curl 2 warm-up sets 4 working supersets at 80% of max weight 9 to 12 reps per set Saturday – smaller details (Calves, forearms, etc) Sunday – Rest (Jacuzzi Day!) For more stories like the Abe Cruz transformation, click here for more in our Transform section Written by Altug Kop TRAIN Digital Editor, contest prep coach and WBFF Pro fitness model. You may also like... Your Guide To Picking The Right Pre-workout Powder The Tobias Harris Interview – Detroit Pistons Power Forward Training and Nutrition Revealed How Many Calories Should I Eat to Gain Muscle and Stay Lean?