- Name: Andre Marriott Bland
- E-mail: DOG4U@msn.com
- Age: 20
- Where: Williamsburg, Virginia
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 155 Lbs
- Years Bodybuilding :2
- Favorite Bodypart: Eyes?! Well as far as major muscle groups go, I'll say the serratus.
- Favorite Exercise: Bench Press
- Favorite Supplements: Muscle Milk, Cytogainer
How Did You Get Started?
I've always had this determination to stay in the best shape possible my entire life. I guess it was just like a fire in me that can't be put out. It all started about my junior year of high school I believe. My mom was working out in a gym. A trainer approached her and introduced her to bodybuilding.
She started the sport on a pretty good road winning several competitions and getting much stronger in the process. She would constantly give my brothers and I feedback on her bodybuilding training and successes. Now I've seen many of the magazines and knew that I was already pretty much built naturally for the sport. As an active child in the school, I was not able to go to the gym with my mom at all really. So, after my junior year of high school I was introduced to the trainer and my mom gave him a breakdown about how I wrestled, ran cross country, and so on, and how I was very defined in my muscle development for my age.
This trainer, named Mr. Rudy, checked me out without a shirt on and realized that I could actually give some tough competition if I learned the basics! Well, my senior year of high school, I start doing some slight bodybuilding training, but nothing serious. Well I lifted a lot as it was, so this wasn't too much different for me. I starting going to a few of my mom's competitions and realized that I'd win a good portion of them how I was.
Eventually my mom quit competing and starting judging competitions for the North American Sports Federation(NASF), an all natural organization in the southeast. As she started judging, I would help expedite, and wipe oil of the stage, and even help with the set up and breakdown if need be just so I could see the competitions still. Well I eventually went off to college out of state and wrestled, completely dropping all means of bodybuilding work. After my first year of Division I wrestling not working out too well, I left the school and worked on getting into a community college and working.
Upon my arrival back in town, I was asked if I could help at a few other competitions. I accepted the offer and worked some competitions. A few judges saw me with my shirt pulled up one time while I was working a competition and urged me to compete! After several months, I entered my first competition on the spur of the moment. I was entered into the NASF Nationals two weeks prior to the competition unexpectedly.
I wasn't upset at all, but rather excited and nervous at the same time. Within that two week period, I had done some quick spray tanning, a slight diet change, and a very brief posing breakdown. I won 2nd in the Young Men's Class! But the story doesn't end there! Although satisfied with how I had done, I still had a passion for wrestling.
I had worked for months on attempting to transfer to another Division I school to wrestle again but stuff just didn't seem to be working out. After 8 months of not competing in any competitions, I decided to enter another one just to see how I'd do. But this time I entered every category. I cleaned house. Ever since then, I've been very involved in the sport and I'm now a two time National junior champion, one by the NASF and one by the OCB.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
- Weighted Wide Grip Pull-Ups
- Back Squat
- Narrow Grip Seated Row
- Standing Calf Raise
- Seated Calf Raise
- Decline Sit Ups
Light Cardio and
Crunches (Rest day)
- Prone Leg Curl
- Bench Press
- Leg Extension
- Pec Fly
- Hip Abduction
- Decline Press
- Hip Adduction
- Incline Press
- Abs Work
Row Machine/Bike/Slow Long Distance Jog
Focus on God! "Even in the pain, pray through it!"
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I personally am not on a meal plan. But as far as meals go, I try my best to fit in 4 meals. I try to work in about 35 grams of protein in each meal. I personally need to gain a little bit of mass, so I do eat a good amount of carbs as well.
As far as pre competition goes, I stick to a low carb, no salt/sodium diet. I usually sip on fluids, and I may eat some carbs the day of the competition to not look super flat. The day before competing, I'd suggest greens such as broccoli and maybe some rice, since rice expands during digestion! But other than that all I can say is eat healthy and don't kill yourself!
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
The supplement that gives me the greatest gains...That's a really good question. Honestly I've tried Muscle Milk and love it. I didn't gain much, but I still love it. I've tried Cytogainer, and got tired of mixing it, but it tasted pretty good too! In all honesty, I'm on no supplements. All I do is eat, work out, and pray!
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I love the feeling of knowing that somebody is looking up to me. And I know I'm making a positive impact in somebody's life. The posing and routines stuff on stage is fun. I also love to keep myself in shape. It's just a good habit.
I'm not going to lie, lifting is not for everyone. But, I would suggest that everyone at least try to do some form of exercise everyday to stay healthy, if time permits! For me, I like promoting the fact that a person can look good naturally as well! You don't have to be on drugs, enhancers, or anything to be fit! The first step is taking the initiative to get up and push the extra step!
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I plan to continue winning competitions. I hope to win a couple more national shows. Hopefully, in the next couple years, I would like to have achieved my pro card naturally. While currently modeling and starting up acting stuff, I plan to continue a career in that as well, and possibly pick up some music along with it! I also plan on continuing to inspire people everywhere to do something, even if it's just 25 push-ups or 50 crunches a night!
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
The one tip I'd give to other bodybuilders would be to keep it healthy, and trust God and focus on God no matter what! If they do that, then they will always remember the reason everybody originally started to sport, to stay fit! There will be neither over self-indulgence, no lustful desires, no anorexia, no gluttony, and no performance enhancing drug use nor anything of the sort.
I'm not saying anything against anybody who's committed any of these crimes. I can honestly say I've had a slight anorexic period during college wrestling season so I could make weight. It's not healthy at all, and I would never do it again! If you trust God, you can endure those last few reps when you feel burnt out and about to give up!
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
How I see it, I really don't have a favorite or collection of favorite bodybuilders. I don't have any bodybuilders I idolize or anything of the sort. If anything, I'd say that all of the NASF and OCB competitors that I've competed along with are my favorites. They always bring the back stage to life with all the stories, advice swapping, joking, and mutual feelings we all get before stepping on stage together!