Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Darryl Stein

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  • Name: Darryl Stein
  • E-mail: DarryljStein@yahoo.com
  • Age: 42
  • Where: Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 147 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs and Tri’s
  • Favorite Exercise: Reverse Weighted Crunches and skull crushers supersetted with close-grip bench press
  • Favorite Supplements: Superpump 250, SizeOn, Vitargo-CGL, Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Gold Standard Chocolate

How Did You Get Started?

Last year on May 9th 2005 our 9 year old St. Bernard had been sick for weeks so after a long discussion with the vet and realizing she had an inoperable tumor in her throat, we decided that that the best thing to do was to put her down. If we didn't she would have eventually suffocated from the tumor as it was growing larger every day uncontrollably. So my ex-wife and I did the hardest thing we ever had to do and put her down.

Later that afternoon when our kids came home from school we told them what happened and we were all very sad.

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And since exercising put endorphins in your brain and makes you feel better we decided that day to go join the local health club. I weighed in at 157lbs w/ 21% body fat.

Then a few weeks later I was taking my 7 year old son to his little league baseball game and I had just come from the gym and I was wearing a body-armour kind of tight shirt. Anyway one of the other dads there had made a comment how my stomach was hanging over and I looked a little too plump to be wearing that shirt. Not that he wasn't right but he shouldn't be talking with his big beer gut and chain smoking his cigarettes.

Now I had 2 hours to sit there and be self conscious thinking I was fat and couldn't go home and change my shirt. (what a horrible day I still remember it.)

That night when I got home I asked my ex-wife if she thought I was getting fat and she let me know in a very subtle way that my stomach had gotten larger and I didn't look like I had when we first met...


So I turned and looked at my profile in the mirror and realized that I had to make a change in my body and lifestyle. In the past I had tried The Atkins Diet and that didn't work too well for me and with so much bad talk about low carb and no carb I didn't want to go that route.

Well, I had been receiving emails from Mens Health Magazine about their Abs Diet and decided that I wanted to lose my fat around my gut and have abs like the models in all of the magazine layouts so I ordered the book. As soon as I recieved it I read it in about 3 days and made the diet a way of life and followed the diet and workout to the T.

I brought the book to the gym with me for every workout and logged my weights in it in order to keep track of my progress.

By the end of August I had dropped about 20lbs of fat and started gaining muscle. I was the neighborhood nut case telling everyone about this great diet I was on and how they had to try it. It seems like the local mantra is "It's the best" and I do believe it really is.

By this time I was taking my protein before and after my workouts and also using Nitric Oxide (Gaspari's Super Pump 250) and really enjoying the pumps I was getting.

Around mid September during a Saturday morning workout a few young guys asked me if I was preparing for a competition and I thought wouldn't that be fun. One of them had made a comment that I was ripped like a bodybuilder ("Dude you're chest is all striated"). I guess from taking the nitric oxide I was all dilated but I had never really thought about it seriously at least not any more than thinking about how cool it would be but I could never do that I'm to small...

I did some research and realized that at my size I stand a pretty good chance at winning my class. Then I found a few of the local federations and saw the pictures of the guys that competed the prior year. And my ex-wife said that I'm as big and cut as they are so I decided like to give it a shot. I asked around to people if they new any local bodybuilding trainers and after interviewing a few, by December I had found 1 to use. He had competed in the 90's and was training another bodybuilder and I thought we were a good match.

He wrote my workouts and I followed them. We'd meet once a week for body checks and he showed me how to pose. I decided to join the NGA and compete in their Mr. Natural Philadelphia Competition. At that time I weighed about 140-142 lbs. and realized I didn't have enough time to gain enough mass to compete against the lightweights, nor did I really want to gain a lot of weight, so I signed up to compete in the Novice Bantamweight (135.5lbs and under).

Then I decided that since I was competing I may as well cross over to the open Bantamweights if I win and I'd also go in the Mens masters (40-50 year olds).

My ex-wife shaved my entire body 4 days before the competition and the Friday before the competition my ex-wife applied the tanning agent (Jan Tana Show Tan) and then the morning of the show she applied 1 more coat of tanning.

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The morning of weigh in I was very nervous since this was my first competition and I weighed in at 131.5lbs.

Well I placed 1st place in the novice bantam weight, 2nd place in the open bantam weight and 5th place in the mens masters.

I am very satisfied with my first contest and my kids are very proud of me. A few weeks ago at my 5 year olds T-ball game he made a comment "Aren't my daddies muscle big?" I was embarrassed but I know he is proud of his daddy and my kids are more important to me than anything else in the world and if my kids are proud of me then that's the best trophy I could ever win.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I am on a new program now. It changes every 2 weeks and I like how that will shock the system and make it grow. It seems very complicated but it feels really good when I'm done and isn't that all that really matters.

Stage 1: Phase 1
    Weeks 1 & 2

Monday/ Thursday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Quads Smith Squats 4 6-8 3
Leg Press 4 6-8 3
Chest Incline Bench Press 4 6-8 3
Db Bench Press 4 6-8 3
Shoulders Db Shoulder Press 3 6-8 3
Db Lat Raise 2 6-8 3
Seated Db Front raises 2 6-8 3
Triceps Close-grip Bench press 3 6-8 3
Triceps Bench Dips 3 6-8 3
Calves Standing Calve Raises 4 6-8 2

* = Thursday do seated calve raises.
Thursday do Chest before Quads

Tuesday/ Friday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Back/ Hams Deadlift 4 6-8 3
Romanian deadlift 4 6-8 3
Lat Pull Down 4 6-8 3
T-bar Rows 4 6-8 3
Biceps Barbell curls 3 6-8 3
Incline alternating db curls 3 6-8 3
Abs Weighted crunches 4 6-8 1

Stage 1: Phase 2
    Weeks 3 & 4

Monday/ Thursday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Quads Squats 4 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Leg Presses 4 4-6 3
Chest Bench Press 4 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Incline DB Press 4 4-6 3
Shoulders Barbell Shoulder Press 3 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Upright Rows 3 4-6 3
Triceps Close-grip bench Press 3 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Dips 3 6-8 3
Calves Leg Press Calve Raises 4 6-8 2

Thursday do seated calve raise.

Tuesday/ Friday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Back Deadlift 4 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Romanian deadlift 4 4-6 3
Chest Barbell Rows 4 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Underhand grip Pulldowns 4 4-6 3
Biceps Barbell Curls 3 3-5 3
repeat 1 25
Preacher curls 3 4-6 3
Abs Cable Rope Crunch 4 6-8 1

Friday - Do weighted reverse crunches.

Stage 2: Phase 1
    Weeks 5 & 6

Monday/ Thursday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Chest Incline Bench Press 4 8-10 2
DB Flyes 3 15-20 2
Cable Crossovers 3 25-30 2
Shoulders Barbell Shoulder Press 3 8-10 2
DB Lat Raises 3 15-20 2
Bent Lat Raises 3 25-30 2
Traps Barbell Shrugs 3 15-20 2
Triceps Reverse Grip Bench press 3 8-10 2
Lying triceps Extension 3 15-20 2
Triceps Pushdowns 3 25-30 2
Abs Hanging Leg Raises 4 6-8 1


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Quads Squats 4 8-10 2
Leg Presses 3 15-20 2
Leg Extensions 3 25-30 2
Hams Romanian Deadlift 3 15-20 2
Lying leg curls 3 25-30 2
Calves Standing calve raises 3 15-20 1
Seated Calve raises 3 25-30 1


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Back Pull-ups 3 8-10 2
1 Arm DB rows 4 15-20 2
Straight Arm Pushdowns 4 25-30 2
Biceps Barbell Curls 3 8-10 2
Preacher curls 3 15-20 2
Concentration Curls 3 25-30 2
Abs Crunches 3 25-30 1

Stage 2: Phase 2
    Weeks 7 & 8

Monday/ Thursday

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Chest Incline DB Flyes 4 8-10 2
Inclined Press 3 15-20 2
Bench Press 3 25-30 2
Shoulders Cable Lat Raises 3 8-10 2
DB Overhead press 3 15-20 2
Smith Mach o/head press 3 25-30 2
Traps DB Shrugs 3 25-30 2
Triceps Skull/crushers 3 8-10 2
Bench Dips 3 15-20 2
Close-grip bench press 3 25-30 2
Abs Reverse crunches 3 25-30 1


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Quads Leg Extensions 4 8-10 2
Leg Presses 3 15-20 2
Smith Mach Squats 3 25-30 2
Hams Lying leg curls 3 15-20 2
Romanian dead lifts 3 15-20 2
Calves Seated Calve raises 3 15-20 1
Standing calve raises 3 25-30 1


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Back Straight Arm Pushdowns 4 8-10 2
Pulldowns 4 15-20 2
Bent Rows 4 25-30 2
Biceps Cable Concentration Curls 3 8-10 2
Incline DB curls 3 15-20 2
Barbell Curls 3 25-30 2
Abs Cable Crunches 3 25-30 1

Stage 3: Phase 1
    Weeks 9 & 10


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Chest Triset Incline DB press 4 6
DB bench press 4 12
Cable cross overs 4 25
Abs Triset Cable crunches 2 6
Reverse crunches 2 12
Crunches 2 25


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Legs Triset Squats 5 6
Leg Extensions 5 12
Leg Curls 5 25
Calves Triset Standing Calf raises 2 6
Leg-press calf raises 2 12
Seated Calf Raises 2 25


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Shoulders Triset Barbell Shoulder Presses 3 6
DB Lat Raises 3 12
Bent Lat raises 3 25
Back Triset Barbell Rows 4 6
Pulldowns 4 12
Straight-arm Pulldowns 4 25


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Biceps Triset Barbell Curls 3 6
Seated Incline Curls 3 12
Cable Concentration Curls 3 25
Triceps Triset Close-grip bench press 3 6
Seated Triceps Extensions 3 12
Rope Pushdowns 3 25
Abs Triset Machine crunches 2 6
Hanging Knee Raises 2 12
Oblique Crunches 2 25

Stage 3: Phase 2
    Weeks 11 & 12


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Chest Giant Set Pec-Deck Flyes 4 30
Decline DB Flyes 4 20
Incline DB Press 4 10
Bench Press 4 5
Abs Giant Set Crunches 2 30
Reverse Crunches 2 20
Decline Crunches 2 6
Hanging Knee Raises 2 10
Hanging Leg Raises 2 5


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Legs Giant Set Leg Extension 5 30
Leg Curls 5 20
Leg Press 5 10
Squats 5 5
Calves Giant Set Seated Calf Raise 2 30
Donkey Calf Raise 2 20
Leg-Press calf Raise 2 10
Standing Calf Raise 2 5


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Shoulders Giant Cable Lat Raises 3 30
Bent Lat Raises 3 20
Upright Rows 3 10
DB Shoulder Presses 3 5
Back Giant Set Straight Arm Pull Downs 4 30
Seated cable rows 4 20
Pull-ups 4 10
Bent Rows 4 5


Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Bicep Giant Set Concentration Curls 3 30
Cable Curls 3 20
Preacher Curls 3 10
Barbell curls 3 5
Triceps Giant Set DB Kickbacks 3 30
Triceps Pushdowns 3 20
Lying Triceps Extensions 3 10
Close Grip Bench Press 3 5
Abs Giant Set Oblique Crunches 2 30
V-Ups 2 20
Reverse Crunches 2 10
Cable Crunches 2 5

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I like eating 6 meals a day; it just makes sense to me.

    6:30-7:00 AM
    Breakfast 1/2 cup oatmeal and 3 whole eggs w/1/2 cup of egg whites cooked in olive oil
    And 2 slices of whole grain bread with Polaner all fruit sugar free strawberry preserves.

    Protein shake- 1 1/2 scoops optimum Nutrition Protein Gold Standard Chocolate with 8 oz. Soy milk (I'm lactose intolerant)
    4 frozen strawberries
    1 frozen banana
    1/2 cup raw oatmeal
    1 tsp Crazy Richards All Natural peanut butter

    3 scoops of Superpump 250 in 12-15 oz of water and off to the gym I go.

    Workout and start drinking Vitargo CGL about 1/2 way through my workout

    Get home around 10:45-11:00AM and have another protein shake

    1:00PM Lunch

    3-4 oz grilled chicken
    1/2 cup sautéed string beans in olive oil with almonds/ raisins/ and fresh garlic
    1/2 small sweet potatoes

    3:30-4:00 Late snack

    3-4 oz grilled chicken on whole grain with mustard with either spinach on it
    1/2 cup sautéed string beans in olive oil with almonds/ raisins/ and fresh garlic

    6-7:00 Dinner
    Same as lunch but no carb

    small protein shake w/strawberries and peanut butter

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Gaspari's Super Pump 250, SizeOn/ Vitargo CGL.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it really is the only sport that I am competing against no one else but myself. To me it's about making myself the healthiest I can be and getting my body into the most physically symmetrical shape it can be in.

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It's not about competing against other the guys I believe that's just getting the opportunity to show off the finished product after weeks, months, and years of hard work.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

After the NGA show I was going to stop but I decided to compete in the OCB show in Newark NJ Aug. 26th but I am not competing in the bantam weights again. Dieting down to get that lite really made me feel weak and sick and I don't want to feel that way again. I'd rather be a little bigger and not be sick.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stick to the old school of training. Any pills or machines being sold are all just for profits. If you can't afford to join a gym or hire a trainer then find an old set of weights and start there.

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If your still can't afford it start doing pushups every day just keep maxing out the reps, you'll get a great pump and a great core workout after 3 months there will be a huge change and you'll also burn a great deal of calories at the same time.

The final outcome is definitely worth it.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Jay Cutler, Darrem Charles, Gunter Schlierkamp, Shawn Ray.