Becoming a Fitness Model

My Dream Becomes a Reality

By: Steve Kuchinsky

I started lifting 8 years ago at age 18. But, my goal crystallized when I read my first No Nonsense Magazine. Brian Wiefering was featured, and I was hooked. I said to myself, "I want to look like that". I didn’t just "want" to look like "that"; I was willing to devote my life to achieving a physique similar to Brian’s.

Steve Kuchinsky bicep curl

I wanted to learn more about how Brian did it, so my next move was to get my hands on more of the BI No Nonsense mags and newsletters. I read them cover to cover and started applying what I learned. I experimented with the various nutrition and training plans, searching for the best plan to put me on the fast track to success.

And it worked!

My photos first appeared in Exercise for Men. More modeling jobs followed including Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Nike and Under Armour, and the most recent, the front cover of Physique Magazine.

Meal Plan Supplement Schedule Regimen: A Winning Strategy

As an all-natural competitor, supplementation is crucial. Having a quality brand like Beverly International in my corner gives me a winning strategy. My basic approach for competing is the same as prepping for a photo shoot. My arsenal of BI products provided me continuous winning results year after year. Here is the regimen I follow for the weeks leading up to a photo shoot or competition. I believe that this is a great plan for anyone who wants to lean out and build muscle at the same time. Why don’t you give it a try?

(7:30am) Pre-Workout Supplement Stack
2 scoops Glutamine Select, 1 scoop Muscle Synergy powder, 5 tablets Density, 2 scoops Up-Lift

(I take my Pre-Workout stack first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then head directly to the gym. Muscle Synergy helps give me explosive power and awesome pumps. In addition, the therapeutic dose of HMB in Muscle Synergy helps protect my muscles while training on an empty stomach. I take Up-Lift for energy throughout my workout. I sip an additional scoop of Glutamine Select during my workout to prevent catabolism and help spark the recovery process.)

(8:00am) WORKOUT

(9:30am) Post-Workout Shake and Supplements
2 scoops Muscle Provider, 1 banana, 5 tablets Density, 1 Ultra C (Post workout I use 2 scoops Muscle Provider for a fast digesting protein source, 1 Super Pak, 5 Density, and 1 more scoop of Muscle Synergy (for further recovery). Throughout the day I sip on Glutamine Select (2 scoops in my gallon water jug).

Meal #1 (11:30am)
12 egg whites, ½ cup oatmeal, 2 tbsp almond butter, 5 tips asparagus (I take three Mass Aminos and three Ultra 40's with Meals #1-6. This helps ensure I meet my daily protein requirements and stay anabolic throughout the day.)

Meal #2 (1:30pm)
2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein, 1 tbsp almond butter

Meal #3 (3:30pm)
10 oz tilapia; ½ sweet potato; 1 cup spinach

Meal #4 (5:30pm)
8oz lean red meat; 1 cup spinach or asparagus; 3 EFA Gold

Meal #5 (7:30pm)
8oz grilled chicken breast; 1 cup spinach or asparagus; 3 EFA Gold

Meal #6 (9:30pm)
2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein; 1 tbsp almond butter; 5 tablets Density (For my last meal, I have two scoops of Ultimate Muscle Protein. UMP helps feed my muscles throughout the night with its slow release protein delivery system.)

Prior to bed: 3 ZMA 2000
Steve Kuchinsky gym

Workout Arsenal

My training routine consists of a mix bag of workouts and methods to keep my muscles guessing. No workout is ever the same! I customize workouts for my clients and myself and change them frequently. Below is a sample of my workout routine hitting each body part once a week.

1. Incline Bench Press: 5x5
2. Flat DB Press: 5x5
3. Decline Bench Press: 5x5
4. Incline DB Press: 3x20
5. Flat Bench Press: 3x20
6. Decline DB Press: 3x20
1. Deadlift: 5x5
2. Weighted Pull Ups: 5x5
3. Seated Cable Rows: 5x5
4. Deadlift: 3x20
5. Pullups (Body Weight): 3x20
6. Seated Cable Rows: 3x20
1. Military Press Barbell: 5x5
2. Side Laterals: 5x5
3. Arnold Presses: 5x5
4. Military Press DB: 3x20
5. Side Laterals: 3x20
6. Arnold Presses: 3x20
7. Rear Delt Machine: 3x20
1. Heavy Barbell Curls: 5x5
2. Heavy Skull Crushers: 5x5
3. Incline DB Curls: 3x20
4. Weighted Dips: 3x20
6. Cable Press Downs: 3x20
7. Barbell Curls: 3x20
8. Skull Crushers: 3x20
1. Squats: 5x5
2. Front Squats: 5x5
3. Leg Press: 5x5
4. Leg Extensions: 5x5
5. Squats: 3x20
6. Leg Extensions: 3x20
7. Leg Press: 3x20
Every day at the end of my workout.


Monday: Quads

  1. Leg extensions 4x30
  2. Leg presses 6x12
  3. Front squats 4x15
  4. Hack squats 7x7

Tuesday: Hamstrings & Back
  1. Stiff leg deadlifts 4x12
  2. Leg curls 4x12
  3. Reverse leg curls 7x10
  4. Pull-ups 5x10
  5. Bent over rows 3x12
  6. T bar rows 4x10
  7. Reverse grip pull ups 3x12

Wednesday: Chest & Triceps
  1. Bench press 5x10
  2. Incline presses 3x12
  3. Neck presses 3x10
  4. Flat flyes 4x10

Thursday: Shoulders & Bi’s
  1. Side laterals 6x15
  2. Military presses 3x10
  3. Front raises 3x12
  4. Shrugs 5x10
  5. Hammer curls 3x10
  6. Preacher curls 3x10
  7. Concentration curls 3x10
  8. Incline curls 4x8

Kuch’s Oatmeal Delight

Here’s one of my favorite recipes: 2 scoops Ultimate Muscle Protein, ½ cup oatmeal, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp almond butter. Cook oatmeal first, then mix in the remaining ingredients and you’re ready for a healthy, nutritious breakfast!

Continuous Journey
It has been an amazing journey, but one that has brought me tremendous pride and joy. At this juncture, I sincerely want to help others achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. There are times you will be faced with obstacles, but my goal is to help you alleviate those times, the same way Beverly International did for me when I first started out. Personal training, health and fitness consultation to help all achieve their fitness goals.