Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Charles Norman

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  • Name: Charles Norman
  • E-mail: cnorman169@gmail.com
  • Age: 48
  • Where: Brunswick, GA
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 215 Lbs Off, 185 Lbs Contest
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Triceps
  • Favorite Exercise: Lying Triceps Extension
  • Favorite Supplements: Muscleology Nitro-Pro

How Did You Get Started?

I have trained for a number of years trying different types of emphasis from a total immersion into power lifting and also running two marathons. I had always been interested in bodybuilding but had never explored it in depth.

I joined Bailey's Powerhouse Gym in Brunswick, GA approximately two years ago. At that time I met Shari Duncan, the manager of the gym, and Kalvin Barnes. Both were already OCB Pros. Each of them told me I should try competing and they would help me. After about two months of them bothering me every time I walked into the gym I decided in November of 2008 to start seriously training to compete.

Charles Norman.
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Charles Norman.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I believe bodybuilders that have achieved the age of 40 should pay close attention to the muscle recovery process. Most of the time a six day a week training regimen can cause atrophy rather than hypertrophy because of not allowing enough recovery time.

In the off-season my training consists of one day weight training followed by an off day consisting of cardio and core training. During contest season I go to two day weight training and one day off consisting of cardio and core work.

The specifics of the training are simple, stay at three to four sets with your last set being to muscular failure. This failure should be between 8-10 reps. if you are able to achieve more than 10 you did not use enough weight. This will necessitate a workout log be kept but you only have to log the last set to gauge for the next time that exercise is performed. Here is an example of my typical week for pre-contest.

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Chest/Biceps

Day 3: Cardio/Core

Day 4: Back

Day 5: Shoulders/Triceps

Day 6: Repeat Day 3

Day 7: Repeat Day 1

Charles Norman.
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Charles Norman.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

An example of a day for me would be:

Meal 1: 5:30 AM

Meal 2: 9:00 AM

Meal 3: 12:00 PM

Meal 4: 3:00 PM

Meal 5: 4:30 PM

  • 1 Scoop Vaso-Charge

Train: 5:00 PM

Meal 6: 6:30 PM

Meal 7: 7:30 PM

Charles Norman.
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Charles Norman.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I found Nitro Pro protein powder by Muscleology works better into my macros. I also take Vasocharge by Scivation for added energy prior to a workout and Opti-Men multivitamin.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is the ultimate in dedication and perseverance in the pursuit of an unattainable perfection. In this sport all components must be trained and practiced to achieve the results. You must adhere to a strict set of dietary guidelines for months prior to stepping on stage. You must push your body beyond its limits in your training to achieve improvement. This training is done a lot of times when your body is so depleted from your diet every set and rep feels as if you can't go on, but you do. Then you have to practice and practice your presentation or all your work will not be seen.

This to me is the ultimate challenge. You are trying to achieve the unattainable perfect physique. Even though we know it is unattainable we continue to work to get it.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I enjoy the competition for one thing. Not only with other competitors but especially with myself. Being able to achieve something I thought I couldn't do is gratifying.

Also as I get older there are many things my wife and I would like to do after we retire I want to be healthy enough to enjoy them.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

My wife Judy told me I could achieve this and she also inspired to be a champion for healthier living. This is probably one of the most enjoyable facets of this sport. I have had numerous people ask me, after they saw me on stage, how old I was. After they hear the answer they make a comment about getting back in the gym. If I can inspire people to get healthier by doing this it makes imminently rewarding.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I would like to continue to compete and possibly achieve professional status.

Charles Norman.
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Charles Norman.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Focus, focus, and focus. Whether it is your training, diet or presentation, what you do or don't do today will or will not show up on stage.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Frank Zane and Tony O'Connor

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I get a wealth of info from the articles, but I use the store also.

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