Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Adrian Garcia

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  • Name: Adrian Garcia
  • E-mail: None
  • Age: 31
  • Where: Chimayo, New Mexico
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 165 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :7
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest and Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: None
  • Favorite Supplements: Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein, Creatine,

How Did You Get Started?

I started working out in High School, I lifted weights all the time with friends but back then I knew nothing about nutrition. It was amazing when you're in School how you can manage to eat so much junk food and not gain weight. Back then it was Burger King, Pizza, Taco Bell all the time. After I graduated from school the weight lifting slipped away until I finally stopped all together but I always had that fascination with bodybuilding and was always looking at Flex, MuscleMag, Muscle and Fitness etc.

Of course with no longer having the fast metabolism I had in school I soon found myself weighing about 195 lbs. mostly fat. It was about 7 years ago that some friends and I started lifting again. This time was more serious. I started taking Protein shakes, Creatine and any supplement I could afford at the time. I slowly started learning the importance of nutrition and eating several meals a day. I started watching what I ate and drinking lots of water. I soon found myself at 150lbs. what I weighed in School. I was excited and since then weightlifting and bodybuilding is always on my mind, I'm hooked.

I finally entered my first bodybuilding show 2 years ago with the help of a good personal trainer, Stefan Anderman in Santa Fe, NM who helped me prepare a diet and monitored my body fat levels. I did my first show in the ANBC 2003 Forever Natural Southwest Classic where I placed 3rd place in the Novice Short Class and 5th in the Open Short Class (a tough class that year). I was excited with my placings being my first time. This year 2004 I again did the 2004 ANBC Forever Natural Southwest Classic, where I moved up in my placings and took 2nd place in the Novice Short Class, and 4th Place in the Open Short Class. It has been a great experience.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I currently workout 4 days a week and take Fri, Sat and Sun off to recuperate. I try and let my body tell me what's needed. You need to recuperate in order to make gains. A lot of people think you need to workout everyday and have the no pain, no gain attitude. If you have this attitude you will soon be over-trained and prone to injuries. 1 hour a day for 4 to 5 days is all you need and train each muscle group no more than once a week, is what I've found best fore me. Everyone is different though find out what works best for you. I lay off the Cardio in the off-season and come contest time Cardio is important in achieving the low body fat levels. I usually start implementing cardio slowly about 15 min. 2 or 3 times a week as contest gets closer I do about 30 to 40 min. of cardio first thing in the morning every other day along with Sprint intervals up a steep hill

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

During the off-season I don't really monitor my carb intake. My protein stays the same; I try to take in 1.5 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. I get my protein from Whey, Chicken, Steak, Tuna, Eggs, and a little bit of skim milk and yogurts. My carb sources include, some fruit, oatmeal, yams, whole wheat bread, pasta, baked potatoes and brown rice. Of course off-season there's also the pizza and burgers, you need to enjoy life a little, usually on the weekends. I love the off-season. Come contest time I use the same protein and carb sources however my carbs start to decrease and the potatoes, bread and fruit get eliminated and replaced with lots of vegetables and good fats such as avocados, Flax Seed, and all natural peanut butter. During contest time my diet is the same for the 12 to 16 weeks, same food day in day out. No cheat meals unless I'm really ahead of the game.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I would have to say that Whey Protein, and MRP's are the most important and have helped me put on the size I have today. You don't need all kinds of fancy supplements. Creatine has also been good in giving me those much-desired pumps. And I also use a good fat burner. I have found Zantrex-3 to work well now that Ephedra is banned.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It's a sport that has given me a lot of discipline and focus. It's not a sport for everyone; you have to want it in order to be able to succeed. I love to see how my body changes in those twelve weeks and see the progress I've made over the off-season. Not to mention the complements you receive are wonderful and keep you going. Bodybuilding comes 2nd to me.

My family always comes first. My wife and 3 kids are priority and they determine if I will have the time to compete. Depending on what they have going on, I have kids in sports and all kinds of activities and it can become hectic trying to keep up with their activities while trying to diet for a show. They have been fantastic and very supportive of me and put up with a lot during my contest prep

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I hope to compete in the 2005 ANBC Forever Natural Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, NM where I hope to once again move up in my placings and place 1st in the Novice Class and go for the Novice Overall. But only time will tell and time is all we have.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Find what works best for you. There is so much information out there and a lot of times it's very confusing and can get frustrating. Listen to your body and go for it. Stick to your diet and be consistent and you will succeed.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Lee Priest has always been my favorite. I've always admired Arnold, and Kevin Levrone. I also have my local favorites from Santa Fe, New Mexico who I admire, my personal trainer Stefan Anderman, local bodybuilder Ralp Lopez, and Daniel Rocha.