Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Danny Chavez

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  • Name: Danny Chavez
  • E-mail: Juldan001@aol.com
  • Age: 44
  • Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 176 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :23
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

While I was in high school I participated in wrestling and football. I enjoyed wrestling because it was an individual sport, same as bodybuilding. It also kept me in good shape. After I got out of high school I let myself go for a few years. I went from 150 lbs up to 210 lbs. My waist went from a 29 inches to 36.

At age 21 I decided to try to get back in shape. I lost 60 lbs and began to build up after that. In 1984 I began training for my 1st contest in southern New Mexico. I entered the Novice division and was allowed to compete in the open, and won them both. Clarence Bass (ripped) was the head judge. He was very encouraging with his comments and advice. I was totally hooked from then on. I have competed in over 40 contests since.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

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I do 35-40 minutes of cardio 4 days a week.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My everyday diet and my contest diet do not change much. I stay at about 7% body fat. I always watch my fat intake. I stay away from fried foods, red meat, sugar and dairy products. Most people live to eat, I eat to live. I have never much cared about food, so eating right is easy for me. I eat 5-6 small meals a day. I can eat the same thing everyday.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Whey Protein is the thing that helps me most. I do 3 servings a day when preparing for a contest. Off season I do only 2 per day. I take a good multi-vitamin daily. During contest preparation I take chromium picolinate.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

The thing I love most about bodybuilding is that is a totally individual sport. Your success or failure is based on your desire. I have been involved in many team sports and the reward is so much greater knowing you did it on your own. I also love being on stage hearing the response of the crowd of a sold out show.

Bodybuilding is not for everyone. People that compete in the sport know exactly what I mean. I have been asked numerous times, "How you can get up there with hardly anything on, and be so confident?" My answer is you need to be sure of yourself and have the confidence that you are a winner. Everything else will come on its own.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I just competed in 4 shows in 5 weeks (ouch). I am ready for a short break. I will probably get ready for a show next September in Phoenix. After that I am sure I will try to compete in a national show. I am sure I will continue to compete for years to come. It's what I love.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

They best advice I can give to any other bodybuilder is to stay natural. The reward has been years of fun and health. The other thing is listening to your body. Everyone is different. Things you hear may not work for you. Try things yourself, and see what works best for you. Set goals and keep them. Never give up!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are local guys Scott Gilmore, and Tim Osking. These guys are real. People I see everyday. Bob Paris is awesome. He has great symmetry.

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