Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Alexius Lezama

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How Did You Get Started?

It wasn't until my son turned five months that I started to seriously think about my exercise. I weighed 168lbs and was tired of complaining. I didn't want to continue to use my pregnancy as an excuse for the weight gain.

In March 2008, I began training after becoming familiar with Oxygen Magazine. One day I flipped to the back and saw results of a bodybuilding competition. At first, I wanted to compete in the bikini division, as I thought there was absolutely no way I would ever look like a figure competitor. I kept training, and even entered in an INBA 12-week Body Challenge Transformation Contest. I didn't win, but I did complete the contest and transformed my body. In doing so, I surpassed my goal and believed I could compete in the figure division. I actually entered in a competition last minute, about three weeks to be exact, drove myself insane, and walked the stage! I left my first competition with my first win and a great experience. The rest is history!

Alexius Lezama.
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Alexius Lezama.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I always like to adjust my workout plan to avoid hitting any plateaus. I pride myself in being a natural competitor, but in doing so, I need to train heavy often. I usually stay within a range of 6-12, and sometimes I will try to exhaust my muscle by dropping weight and bumping up the reps. I train 6 days a week and on my rest day I do Zumba as my active rest! Zumba is so much fun and keeps me a bit sane, since I absolutely hate doing cardio, lol. Cardio is 4 days a week, and I make sure I stick Yoga into my schedule. Flexibility is just as important as the weights!

My cardio usually doesn't go past 30-35 minutes. When I hit crunch time about 10 weeks out from a competition, I will do 30 minutes High Intensity and then add in some steady state for another 10 minutes. I never, however, go past 45 minutes. I alternate abs and calves on every training day, and I always train to failure for both. I also use Hany Rambod's FST-7 training method with my calves and hamstrings. On my heavy leg day, Friday, I train twice - once in the morning and the other in the afternoon - dividing my workout in two so that I can really focus on each muscle fiber in my leg!

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.
Rest-Pause - Do a set to failure. Rest for 5 to 10 seconds then do a few more reps with the same weight. Do this once or a few times depending on your energy levels and how far you wish to push. With this technique you can take a weight you can only do for a certain number of reps and increase that amount.
Drop Sets - Also known as strip sets, drop sets involve the immediate reduction of weight between sets with no rest. This will thoroughly burn out a muscle.
Add Sets - An add set is the reverse of a drop set in that as you progress the weight used increases with each set.

Monday: Delts/Traps/Abs

Tuesday: Glutes/Calves/Yoga

Wednesday: Abs/Triceps/Back

Thursday: Active Rest

  • 60 min ZUMBA class

Friday: Calves/Quads/Hamstrings

Saturday: Back/Biceps/Abs

Sunday: Chest/Triceps/Calves

Alexius Lezama.
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Alexius Lezama.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

When I am getting ready for a competition, 10-12 weeks out, I keep everything pretty strict. If I have more time to get ready, then I allow for little pleasures and once a week cheat days. I love almond milk in my oatmeal and I have a weakness for ANYTHING Reese's and Cashews. I ALWAYS I drink 1 1/2 -2 gallons of water a day!

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3: Preworkout

  • 5oz Chicken Breast
  • 200g Sweet Potato

Meal 4: Postworkout

Meal 5:

  • 4 oz Tilapia
  • 85g Asparagus

Meal 6:

Meal 7: (Before Bed)

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

All of Gaspari Nutrition's products have had the best effect on my gains and strength. I take other products as well, but I am a loyal user of Gaspari. If it aint broke-dont fix it!

Upon Rising:

After Meal 1:

Preworkout (30 min prior):



After Meal 5:

  • Optimum Nutrtion Fish Oil: 2 caps
  • Gaspari Nutrition Anavite: 3 tabs
  • Garlic: 1 cap

Before Bed:

  • GNC ZMA: 2 tabs

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Fitness has given me a sense of freedom. I don't mean to sound so dramatic, but it has literally lifted my spirits. I have more confidence, and I look exactly how I feel! I work as a Military Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer inside of the Navy Pearl Harbor Bloch Arena Gym, and everyone seems to have a common bond: to improve themselves. Whether it be for a competition or for overall well being, fitness brings people together. To some this may sound a bit much, but I believe it.

"Whether it be for a competition or for overall well being, fitness brings people together."—Alexius Lezama
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Alexius Lezama.

I love my lifestyle and will continue to improve on myself for as long as I am able. I love the bodybuilding aspect of my lifestyle because we all get each other. We speak the same language; we understand our struggles of climbing our personal ladders of success. Most of all, if not the most important, bodybuilders of any level support one another...and I love that! These are all the reasons bodybuilding and fitness will be close to my heart-literally!

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Competing would be a motivating factor in my life, but is definitely not at the top of my list. I enjoy being healthy...and who wouldn't? My biggest motivator in following a healthy lifestyle would be, and yes it's about to get cliché, my life and my son.

I am a huge believer on taking care of your body, and not just for looks alone. Yes, of course, looking great is a perk of our lifestyle, but I want to look my best from the inside out and not the outside in. So, like I said before, competing is awesome, but if I had to choose between my health and my dream of the Figure Olympia title, I would have to happily put that dream to the side.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Everything I do is all about "bettering" myself. I always try to improve and most of all remain humble through my progressions. Striving toward my goals only seemed natural to do, but I was nervous in the beginning. Now, don't get me wrong, there are times when some people doubt me, so much that I want to make sure I excel so I can shut them up! What can I say, I'm a bit competitive. Other than that, it's all about gettin' good!

Alexius Lezama.
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Alexius Lezama.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My immediate goal is to earn my Pro Card. I am currently training for my first NPC National show, Team Universe in New Jersey. We, bodybuilding competitors, know exactly how expensive competing can get. This is why I am actively hunting for sponsors (**cough,, please!!).

Aside from the competition, I wish to become a fitness model and grace the pages of the top fitness magazines and web sites (I would love to be in magazines like Flex, Oxygen, Status Fitness, Fitness Rx, and know...just naming a few). My biggest goal is to walk the Olympia Stage. One year though, I truly wish to be the next Figure Olympia!!! I always set my goals high, if you don't...what is the point? Like I always say, "GO HARD OR GO HOME!"


Contest History:

  • 2009 INBF U.S. Armed Forces Europe Bodybuilding and Figure Championships: 1st Figure Division
  • 2010 INBA Hawaiian Islands Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships: 3rd Open Figure
  • 2010 NPC Paradise Cup: 1st Open Figure Medium Division

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay true to yourself, stay driven, determined, and most of all-consistent. If you are going to do this, don't ever do it for someone else and ALWAYS give it your all. Don't forget that we are only human. We make mistakes, but mistakes make us stronger. Learn from them, listen to your body, change it up, and make it better!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

There are so many awesome competitors and bodybuilders out there! My top 5 would have to be Monica Brant, Ava Cowan, Phil Heath, Larissa Reis, and Tanji Johnson!

What Features Do You Use On

I absolutely love using the progress picture feature on BodySpace. There are times when I feel as if I am getting nowhere with my training, so I will take a picture and compare to a month before and VOILA--instant reassurance!! Who does love that?!

I also take advantage of the store on the site. has absolutely EVERYTHING you need, it is truly a one-stop fitness shop. The super low prices also make it hard to turn away from!

Lastly, I love using the site to visit the forums and discuss training with the other members or reading the articles from the SuperSite. It's amazing all the information you can take away from this place! I recommend to everyone I talk to!