Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Herb Biesinger

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How Did You Get Started?

I have always been intrigued (and jealous) of the motivation it takes to be a bodybuilder. Finally when my bodyweight hit 185lbs, I decided to do something about it. I weighed 175 lbs all through high school and was constantly participating in sports so I was in good shape. I maintained a high activity level for several years after that until my mid thirties when my weight went up to 185 lbs.

I started by changing my diet, staying away from bad fats. A few years later I joined a gym and started an exercise regimen. That eventually led to a motivation to put forth the additional effort to concentrate on bodybuilding. At 53 years old one of the personal trainers at the Gold's Gym, where I workout, suggested I try competition; so I entered my first competition at age 54.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I workout 5 days a week, if schedule permits. If I can only find 4 days in the week I double up on one day and decrease sets by about 33% but do more supersets. I always rest at least 2 days a week. I also try to change the types of sets I do for each muscle group every 4 weeks to keep the muscles guessing (or change the weight, to vary the reps needed to reach fatigue). Bodybulding.com articles are a great resource for ways to vary these exercises.

Typically, I do 4 to 6 different exercises, doing 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps for each exercise, for each muscle group. I always start with a warm up set before doing any heavy sets, and I also concentrate on the negative portion of the reps, especially the last 2 or 3 reps.

Here's a typical weekly workout:

Day 1 - Chest:

Day 2 - Back/Abs:

Day 3 - Shoulders/Traps:

Day 4 - Legs/Abs:

Day 5 - Biceps/Triceps:

Days 6 And 7: Rest

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Herb Biesinger.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I enjoy food so my diet isn't extremely strict. However, I do make sure my meals always avoid the bad fats and contain plenty of fruits and vegetables. I also try to watch my salt and sugar intake. I always drink water with my meals.

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Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Pre Bedtime:

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Self confidence, and the compliments I receive. Getting a compliment from someone who thinks your body, or a part of your body, looks great is such a natural high and you feel like the hard work and disciplined diet is all worth it. I am constantly getting asked "If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?" And then they express their amazement and say "I hope I look half that good when I am your age". Hopefully I can help inspire others to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I still enjoy staying very active - playing softball, basketball, playing with my 14 grandchildren, fishing etc. A healthy lifestyle helps me avoid injury (my mind still thinks I'm 30 so I participate in my activities accordingly), and soreness when I play hard. I also participated in my first ever mini triathlon last year and look forward to being able to that some more.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I want to hold back Father Time as long as possible. I really enjoy an active lifestyle and want to have the health to do that.

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Herb Biesinger.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to continue working hard at the gym and eating properly, but my future competition plans are on hold until such time that I can find a local "Masters 50" division.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Consistency, consistency, and consistency. Make note of your progress and take pride in it - it will help keep you motivated. Make several friends at your gym (most of them are very friendly) - you can inspire each other to continue to be there and complete your workout 100% while you're there. And don't forget that diet is the other half of the equation - you don't want to waste all the hard work at the gym.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I'm old school - Arnold

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

The supplements I take were all decided upon after reading and studying the many articles on supplements available. The SuperSite also has numerous articles that help keep me motivated, and there are several new exercise regimens suggested that help me vary my workouts so I can keep shocking my muscles. I love the service I receive from Bodybuilding.com. I place my orders in the afternoon and they are at my home when I get home the next day.

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