A Day in The Life of a Bodybuilder

December 18, 2020

A Day in The Life of a Bodybuilder

A Day in The Life of a Bodybuilder

I tried to eat how I used to eat when I was competing... it did not quite go according to plan. See what a day in the life looked like for me when I was competing and eating... A LOT. I currently only eat two meals a day… so a jump from 2 meals to 7 will be interesting, to say the least!

The Night Before : MEAL PREP

Eating like a bodybuilder means prepping and measuring out your meals. I aim to get 4oz of protein per meal, and getting a total of around 1700 calories when I’m looking to lean out before a competition.

6:00 AM :

Wake up, Feed Animals, Check Emails.

7:00 AM : Cardio

8:00 AM : Meal 1 

When I’m bodybuilding, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. In a diet packed full of chicken & rice, the cream of rice oatmeal is a welcome change of pace. I would normally add onions and peppers, but I was crunched on time, so I just added some ketchup for extra flavor. Let’s get shredded!

9:00 AM : Photoshoot

For our Black Friday collection, I designed a super comfy Dolman Crop & Joggerset. Part of my daily work is modeling the clothes we design, and it’s always exciting showing off our newest collections!

11:00 AM : Meal 2

A low fat, high protein and energy boosting meal of chicken, rice & broccoli is a staple of any bodybuilding diet. I tend to eat every 2.5-3 hours to keep the energy coming in, and to keep my body in a metabolic state. It’s kinda rough though — I’m not even hungry yet!

1:30 PM : Meetings & Meal 3

I meet with my clothing designer Brittany to discuss new arrivals to the warehouse and upcoming designs. I force down my next meal — a delicious medley of shrimp, rice and veggies. I throw in a scoop of ONWARD off camera for a little afternoon pick-me-up, too. 

3:00 PM : Work & Meal 4

At this point, I’m just eating for the challenge! It’s my pre-workout meal, so I add a little extra carbs for the energy I’m going to need to really push myself. After my meal and a little office fun with the crew, I’m on my way to the gym! 

4:30 PM : Training

Bloated as heck, I walk into the gym and down some pre-workout supplements : REL’s STW and EWP to get myself charged up. Arm day, here we go! 

6:30 PM : Post-Workout Meal (Shake)

If I was actually competing, I would just make a simple mixture of protein of water post workout and 25 minutes later a bottle of Gatorade and creatine. But today, I made myself a tasty Vegan Pro Shake. 

9:00 PM : Meal 6 (Final Meal)

SPOILER ALERT: I couldn’t finish this meal! After trying to stuff myself with all this food, I was only able to eat about half of my final meal. Now that I think about it, this is probably why I stopped competing — meal prepping and eating 6 times a day isn’t as fun as it looks! 


My calorie total and macros for the day are as follows:

Carbs: 166g
Fat: 25g
Protein: 198g
Calories: 1697

So if bodybuilding is something you are interested in, I recommend following a similar plan. Bodybuilding is 90% diet, and timing your meals is highly recommended. Hopefully you found my day of eating like a bodybuilder insightful and interesting.

Thanks for reading!

-DLB <3

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