Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Brad Allen

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  • Name: Brad Allen
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  • Age: 31
  • Where: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 190 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :4
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Flat Bench Press
  • Favorite Supplements: ISO XP and NO2

How Did You Get Started?

I got started into bodybuilding with the idea that I just wanted to get in-shape and look good for the summer, however it just never seemed to end there. With the continuous support and pressure from my brother, I pushed onward and made significant gains through his refined training and dieting methods.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I got started by jumping into my brother's routine of training two muscle groups per day, and as I got stronger, the weights that I used just kept getting heavier.

    Day 1: Chest and Triceps
    Day 2: Back and Biceps
    Day 3: Abs, Quads, and Hamstrings
    Day 4: Shoulders and Calves
    Day 5: Off

I now train on my own, with occasional partners that spot me along the way. My workout routine has also been changed up so that I now train only one muscle group per day. I do train calves with shoulders, but that is because one does not affect the performance of the other during the workout.

    Day 1: Chest
    Day 2: Arms
    Day 3: Quads and Hamstrings
    Day 4: Shoulders and Calves
    Day 5: Back
    Day 6: Off

I will quite often mix up this order as well, so that my body does not get too used to a set routine. I hit my abs every other day, and therefore aren't on the above list.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I have generally followed the simple rule of eating as much protein in a day as I can pack in. This has consisted of eating approximately 8-10 meals/day in my off-season, and increasing to 15-18 meals/day during contest prep.

I have generally divided the meals up so that half are protein supplement, and the other half is solid protein food source. This has helped me to better afford higher quality protein sources, but also to have my meals easily stored/transported (especially for work).

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have been mixing up the protein supplements a bit lately, considering that each manufacturing company claims the latest and greatest products. The product that I have had continuous results with is the ISO XP by NxCare. The chocolate and orange flavors are the best.

I have also been using a product called NO2, which helps in increasing blood flow and oxygen to your muscles. This helps in the repair and recovery time for muscle growth.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It has become a lifestyle choice for me, one of being and living in a healthy and active environment. I also enjoy the friendships that I have made, and continue to make, through meeting others that share my interest in promoting a more active way of life.

Bodybuilding has given me a venue to which I have been able to learn more about myself, and even apply that knowledge in other aspects of my life... yes, I can do it, and I can do it well.

I have also had the opportunity to help others develop and achieve their own fitness goals, through giving them the same type of encouragement and support that I got when I started.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I originally had the hopes of competing this year, however due to other developments in my life, and the realization that my diet would cost nearly as much as a house down-payment, I have decided to take this year off from the competitive aspect of bodybuilding.

I am looking at this as an opportunity to also further develop my physique and concentrate on presenting a more competitive/professional package for 2006.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay focused, eat lots of good foods, and keep a positive attitude toward your training... and in your life.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Shawn Ray. He presents a professional package both on and off of the competitive stage. I also cannot forget to mention my brother Brian (also a competitive bodybuilder); his continuous support and help in every aspect of my training, dieting, and contest prep has helped me to get where I am today... thanks Bro!