Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Chris Tuttle

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  • Name: Chris Tuttle
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  • Age: 23
  • Where: Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 210 Lbs., Contest: 184 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :3
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs, Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Front Squats And Incline DB Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Vitargo and Lipo 6, NOW's maltodextrin and dextrose, Protein Factory's BCAA and protein powders and MRM's smart blend.

How Did You Get Started?

I always loved fitness and athletics since I was in elementary school, but it really all started because of motocross. I have been riding dirt bikes since about the age of five and when I turned 11 I wanted to race. My parents hired a trainer, and he had me do sport specific exercises. I was in the 6th grade at the time and started to notice a difference in my physique. From then on I was hooked.

When I got into high school my older sister dated a bodybuilder who had won shows and was sponsored by Prolab. His name was Chris Cianciulli. I looked up to him and wanted to get bigger and compete one day, and here I am doing what I have always wanted to do. I contacted Chris, which at the time he was living in New York and asked for his help. He got me on the right track and helped me get ready for my first contest in 2005. I ended up competing at the 2005 East coast classics where I had placed 4th in the middleweight novice.

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After my first show I was hooked. This year I entered the Gold Gym Classic and Won the light heavy weight novice class and took the overall. I also placed 2nd in the open. The week after I placed 2nd again in the open light heavy weight at the 2006 East coast classics. This is just the beginning provided that I stay injury free.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I follow a six day split routine with two days on, one day off. Taking the day off assures me that I my body's glycogen stores are close to full, which will allow me to hit each muscle group to my full potential. I also feel more mentally focused. I find that working out three of four days in row leads me feeling physically and mentally tired were I am not able to perform at 100%.

When I go to the gym I like to feel like a had a full weeks rest. Since this has worked so well in the off season on keeping me fresh and motivated I follow the same format leading up to a show. Nothing really changes except the addition of AM cardio. I start with 20min intervals three days a week and work up from there, but it never exceeds 40min intervals 4 days a week. My cardio training in the off season is kept to a bare minimum.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

In the off season, I eat between 4000-4200 calories per day, 250-270g of protein, 580-625g of carbohydrates, and 60-78g of fat. My carbohydrates are made up of 30/70 ratio of simple/complex which are divided into six meals. The protein sources come from egg whites, whey protein, white fish, some chicken, and flank steak. Most of the protein consumed are high biological value. My dietary fat comes from mostly natural sources, however I do add almonds and olive oil to some of my meals. I have two cheat meals a week were I mostly pick high fat meals like burgers, French fries, and pizza.

My contest diet believe it or not, remains the same, minus the cheat meals. All the food is exactly the same except I reduce total carbohydrate intake and replace the simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are cycled with low and high days and are adjusted each week to achieve the desired result.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Nutrex Vitargo

In the off season consuming Vitargo post workout mixed with a little of NOW's maltodextrin and dextrose have worked magic on my ability to replenish glycogen stores. Also the creatine in Vitargo is like no other and improves my pumps and overall strength. Then during my dieting phase for contest I use Protein factory's BCAA to help me recover from my workouts. When energy gets low from the reduction of calories I add in Lipo 6. which gets me through the day, especially AM cardio.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding for a few reasons: First being, that it takes an unbelievable amount of dedication, self discipline, and determination - There are not many sports out there, if any, that require a whole lifestyle change in order to do compete and do well.

Competing in bodybuilding teaches you that you can accomplish anything that you really want to do. Think about it. Here you are training twice a day on a calorie reduced diet, working a 40 hour work week, taking night classes, paying bills, weighing your food, tanning, working on your posing, having to explain to people why you are eating broccoli and flounder at 10am, and dealing with a girlfriend who just happens to be dieting too. If you can survive that, you can do anything, and most important is that being muscular just feels good.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to bodybuild for the rest of my life and take it as far as I can. Next year, I plan to do Eastern USA's in New York. It is a big jump for me, but you always have to move upward not forward. I would also like to become more involved in the bodybuilding industry whether it is promoting a product or even running a show one day. We'll see.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Number one is listen to your body. If something doesn't feel right during a lift either stop the work out, or find another exercise for that body part. Its not worth getting hurt. Stop slamming weight off your chest, swinging weight, using momentum to lift weight you can't, and don't work the movement, work the muscle. There is a difference. I have seen to many injuries in the gym from stupidity. A torn peck or ripping your bicep tendon off the bone is no fun.

Anything worth having does not come easy or come quick. Never give up. It took Stan Mcquay ten years to turn pro, but you know what he did and with no major injuries. Congrats Stan!!!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I would have to Say Stan Mcquay because he shows that you don't have to be 300lbs to make a living in bodybuilding plus he has made quite a name for himself. I also like Shawn Ray and Dexter Jackson for their eye pleasing physiques; and of course Ronnie Coleman for having an unbelievable work ethic and for being a super nice guy.

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