Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: James Hopkins

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  • Name: James Hopkins
  • E-mail: musclemaker21@aol.com
  • Age: 20
  • Where: West Islip, NY
  • Height: 5' 8 3/4''
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Quadriceps
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: BCAAs

How Did You Get Started?

At the start of the millennium an idea was born. A fine young man had a dream. The goal was simple: to improve a physique in order to become a better football player. Seven grueling years of hard work and exercise gave him a great foundation as he trained for football. After his final seventh year he took his life path in a different direction: BODYBUILDING. The love of the sport was natural to him. He dedicated the majority of his life to working out as it was, and he appreciated the discipline which came with the sport.

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James Hopkins.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Day 1: Off

Day 2: Chest/Tris/Cardio

Day 3: Legs/Cardio

Day 4: Off

Day 5: Back/Bis/Cardio

Day 6: Shoulders/Calves/Abs/Cardio

Day 7: Off

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James Hopkins.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

  • Egg sandwich with 4 whites and 2 yolks on whole wheat w/tomato, mayo, pepper
  • 1 1/2 scoops whey protein

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 scoop casein protein

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Post Workout:

With Meal 1:

With Meals 3 and 6:

With Meals 1 and 4:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I like feeling and looking the way I do. It is a way of life that releases endorphins to ease the mind and make the body and spirit as one.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

You feel 100 times better and can only maintain a clear mind if the body is in good health.

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James Hopkins.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Passion from the flame that burns within. How it all began!

I remember way back when I started lifting it was during a time in my life when I was anticipating playing my first year of football, very excited, wasn't popular by any means, had a lot of energy, loved sports, and took it upon myself to begin lifting. My bedroom was kind of crammed but I made the best of it, all I needed was floor space. At age 10 I started spending endless hours doing hundreds and hundreds of push-ups, crunches, and dumbbell curls. It was inevitable and completely natural to me, and I haven't looked back since.

That year in football I was a starter on defense and our team won the Championship, next year was a different story. This time period was crucial; at the time I was introduced to bullying as I was two years younger than the two bullies. These insecure, unhappy individuals made the first two years at Junior High a torturous experience for me. It got to the point where my Grandmother and Mother had to meet me halfway home to make sure I wasn't being bothered, but I have grown much from this time and am thankful for this experience because this set the flame off in me. Something spontaneously combusted within my soul - a hatred toward another.

Fortunately for me I harbored my anger into something I consider positive: working out. Bottom line is that it really affected me; it's stuff like this that promotes growth in our lives, so for me I look at everything including this experience as a blessing!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Competing at the pro level, hopefully getting a sponsor and publicity so that I can train at an even higher level. To continue to bodybuilding and at the least work out for the rest of my life, promoting wellness in others as well as earning my pro card in the near future.

Competition History:

    Dan Lurie Presents: Mr. & Ms. Jones Beach 2009:
    1st Place Teenage
    3rd Place Men's Open Middle
    FAME Atlantic City 2009:
    3rd Place
    2009 Long Island Experience VII:
    1st Place Teen Men
    5th Place Heavyweight Novice Men
    2009 INBF New York State Championships:
    Teen 4th Place
    OCB Mid-Atlantic Battle for the Belt 2010:
    Men's Debut 2nd Place
    Men's Novice 4th Place
    Men's Open 3rd Place

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Be humble and grateful for the experience of bodybuilding and be natural.

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James Hopkins.

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