Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Brian Campbell

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  • Name: Brian Campbell
  • E-mail: campbell.1966@comcast.net
  • Age: 44
  • Where: West Lafayette, IN
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :10
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest and Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: Jack3d

How Did You Get Started?

I just recently began to train in a bodybuilding style. After years of being a competitive athlete, a neck injury following a wrestling tournament ended that. I tried distance running but was not satisfied. I still had the need to compete.

I took up powerlifting since I'd always trained with weights for sports. I won several state and national competitions in what seemed to be MY sport! After a few surgeries from old injuries reoccurring (both shoulders, elbow, neck), I decided to retire from competition and focus on bodybuilding and fitness.

There has been a learning curve to say the least, but the training has been very satisfying. I have been gaining size slowly but consistently and plan to gain another ten pounds.

Brian Campbell
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Brian Campbell.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

As I transitioned from powerlifting to bodybuilding I concentrated on lower weights and higher reps. Following a surgery for vertebral fusion in my neck I began rebuilding my body with 25 rep sets. Not only was it a good conditioning workout, it was also a good size building workout.

My normal focus at that time was a 2 day split of upper body/lower body as my body healed. Now I use a 4 day split with a focus on straight progression for strength for the next ten weeks. Following that plan I will shock my system with change. Change is the key to making the body grow. Don't let the body adapt and you will always progress.

Day 1: Chest/Back
Day 2: Squats/Abs
Day 3: Off

Day 4: Arms
Day 5: Deadlifts
Day 6 And 7: Off
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Brian Campbell.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Multiple meals daily with a focus on protein intake and lessening the carb intake throughout the day.

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Meal 6:
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Brian Campbell.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

The simple supplements, the basics. Proteins such as Pro Complex work well for me as they mix well with water (lactose intolerant to some degree) and taste great. Pre workout supplements are a necessity prior to a tough workout. Jack3d is wonderful for a prolonged workout to maintain the intensity.

With 3 Meals Daily:
Packed with all the goodies and high in protein!
Morning & Afternoon:
Pre Workout:

For pre workout supplementation it's hard to beat this for a great surge throughout a tough workout.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

At 44 years old, it makes me feel younger. Our bodies can last as long as we take care of them.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My family and my job are my motivators. I have a wife and children to keep up with and to be a good example for. As a firefighter I must stay in top shape. Not only do I need to be in shape for myself, but for my brother firefighters, as we rely heavily upon one another.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I am a goal driven individual. If I set goals, I know I will work hard to achieve them. That drive is what in turn keeps me in good shape and healthy.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I can't say right now that I will ever step on stage to compete in bodybuilding, but you never know. I can say that I do plan to use bodybuilding to stay healthy and to support my training for a possible comeback into powerlifting.

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Brian Campbell.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Set short and long term goals. Make those goals measureable. Without measureable stops along the way to the ultimate goal, you may lose some of that drive and focus you need to attain success.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Old school! Arnold, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu. These are the guys that were in the magazines when I first began working out over 30 years ago.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

BodySpace is a great way to make connections and stay motivated. The supplements offered by Bodybuilding.com allow for one stop shopping. I can't think of anything they don't have.