Our Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week was...
How Did You Get Started?
I just always wanted to lift weights for as long as I can remember. I must have been bugging my parents at a pretty young age because my Dad bought me my first weight set when I was only eight years old. The night we went to the store, there were no more of the popular 1970's "110 lb plastic coated weight sets" left on the shelves. After some wheeling and dealing, my father talked the sales guy into selling us the weight set that was on display. Well, the display set had about 220 lbs in plates and we got it for the same price as the 110 lbs set. Just what any 8 year old boy needed - 220 pounds of plastic coated cement plates.
I then went out and bought a weight training book. Every day I would go down my cellar and go through this illustrated exercise book. I would perform each exercise of the book from cover to cover. I loved it and was immediately hooked.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I am constantly changing my workout plan around, however it has always been centered around heavy basic movements. I find that heavy basic movements in the 4-6 rep range works best. It is my experience that I get the best results from training everyday. I will very seldom take a day off from training.
I often work out in 3 week training program cycles. I believe that after 3 weeks, your body will accommodate to your workout routine. Therefore, I will change things up at that time.
One of my favorite routines goes something like this:
Tuesday: Abs, Legs
Wednesday: Arms, calves
Thursday: Shoulders, Abs
Saturday: Begin rotation again
I will pick one heavy basic movement for each of the above training days and focus on it and work it hard for about 3 weeks. After 3 weeks I will pick another heavy basic movement to focus on. For example, for 3 weeks, during my chest workout, I'll focus on heavy flat bench presses. I'll push it as hard and heavy as I can go for about 3 weeks, constantly trying to increase weight each workout.
After 3 weeks, I feel that my body has accommodated and will now begin to focus on heavy Incline bench presses. I'll then push this movement hard and heavy for about 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I might switch to focusing my attention onto heavy DB decline presses, etc.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I am currently a Vegan (I do not eat meat and animal products such as dairy). I primarily eat like this because I am against the cruelty that these animals suffer at today's "factory farms." To eat meat and animal products is to condone the inhumane treatment that these animals receive at these farms. Eating meat and animal products would therefore be bad Karma.
I also find that maintaining my Vegan diet allows me to stay very lean in the off season and super lean during my contest prep.
I eat numerous small meals through out the day at approximately 3 hour intervals. A typical day of contest prep for me might be something as follows:
Meal #2: 4 oz oats and a 1/4 package of tempeh
Meal #3: 1/3 block of firm tofu with 1/2 cup brown rice and 8 oz vegetables
Meal #4: 1/3 block of firm tofu with 10 oz vegetables
Meal #5: 1/3 block of firm tofu with 10 oz vegetables
(I will also supplement during the day with various soy proteins)
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Xtend from Scivation, Maximum BCAA Ethyl Ester and Maximum Test (both from Maximum Nutrition Centers).
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I love everything about the sport of bodybuilding. I love the way I feel from eating well and exercising. I have friends my age (and younger) who don't exercise or eat healthy and they look 10 years older than me. They have more aches and pains then you can name. Their back hurts, their shoulders hurt, they're sick all the time, etc. I feel like I have the energy of an 18 year old. I only require about 4-6 hours of sleep each night and I work 12-14 hour days at my gym. I feel fantastic!
I also love the personal discipline that is needed for the sport. I mean, I love getting up at 2:45 AM and being in my gym by 3:30 AM. Why? Because I know that 99.9% of the general population doesn't have the mental fortitude to do it. When days roll around that I don't feel like working out, I always push myself to workout. I NEVER miss a scheduled workout. It's all about self discipline. To be a successful bodybuilder, you have to have it.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I plan on returning to the 2008 Team Universe contest. My 3rd place finish in 2007 only gives me extra motivation over the next 12 months. I also plan on returning to Pittsburgh and defending my NPC lightweight Masters Nationals Title.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Thank God each and every day for all the blessings that he has bestowed upon you. I wake up every morning and thank God for the determination that he has given me. I thank him for the strength and power that he has provided me that enables me to train each day. I thank him for my beautiful family. Every day is a blessing. There are people in this world who can't walk, can't see, etc. Therefore, every day that I can step out of bed, brush my teeth, kiss my wife, hug my kids, prepare my food for the day and workout is a true blessing. Don't take winning or losing a bodybuilding contest so seriously. There is so much more to life. "This is the day that the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."
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