Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: John Carter

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How Did You Get Started?

Currently, I'm a published fitness model, international fitness columnist and fitness consultant, but going back I have always been into sports since an early age. My fitness career started when I graduated high school and decided to transform my physique from the "scrawny" look to the "brawny" look.

After a few months of intense training and dedication, I accomplished this goal while adding 40 pounds of solid muscle, going from 130 pounds to 170 pounds. After this transformation, I began to inspire and motivate people by providing up to date blog posts about my progress and routine, documenting my continuing journey.

Shortly after the popularity of my blog surged, I decided to submit my first real article to World Physique Magazine, which landed my first official magazine publication in their "Premier Issue" and a gig as a columnist.

I continued training and improving my physique - because in this industry there is always room for improvement. I have always had a passion for writing and I am now involved with four different magazines worldwide, with a monthly column for each. With diverse locations such as Dubai, Belgrade, Serbia, and the US, they produce a variety of articles targeting Health & Fitness.

I've had the fortune of being published in 10+ magazines, visiting local talk shows, and providing interviews with various fitness websites. I recently completed work on my first fitness infomercial which will be aired nationwide.

I believe that hard work, determination and consistency will bring you success. No matter what your goal is, stick to it and results will come. My goal is to keep inspiring, motivating and helping anyone stay healthy and live a better lifestyle. My career is ever evolving with endless goals on the horizon; the fun part is planning the route to achieving them.

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John Carter

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have three primary movements that I don't stop doing and they have been an amazing asset for my physique and taking it to the next level. These exercises have also helped me build strength, endurance, obtain muscle growth and definition. However, I change my work outs on a daily basis to avoid hitting the wall, or the "plateau". The human body tends to remember what you do, so by shocking it with a different routine, reps and sets, you will have more chances of improving and obtaining quicker results.

Deadlifts:

I usually change my reps and sets according to what I feel like doing that particular day, if I'm lifting light or heavy weight.

Leg Presses & Squats:

Training legs: it's a love/hate relationship but I am starting to get the feel of training legs and loving it while training them. Squats are my primary exercise to hit hard to get good size in my quads and build strength on my upper body also. Usually the momentum of my squats changes on either heavy or light days, it depends on how I feel.

Dumbbell Chest Press:

Dumbbell Chest Press is one of my favorite exercises to do and it has helped me big time on building my chest and increasing size. My strength has gone up insanely and I usually lift heavy when doing this type of exercise. As I mentioned before, the weight is constantly changing.

Aside from those primary movements, here's my current program which has helped me put on solid muscle mass and also increased overall definition. Remember, while lifting heavy it's important to focus on your form, a lot of weight isn't always better, so don't sacrifice your body and be in danger of risking injuries. Build your strength and move up on weight as you feel stronger and more comfortable with the routine you are doing.

NOTE: Keep in mind that I change the weight management as well from heavy, to light. My reps and sets change as well.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Shoulders/Biceps
Day 4: Back/Cardio
Day 5: Legs/Triceps
Day 6: Abs
Day 7: Off


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John Carter

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Like everyone says, diet is very important and my diet is strict and straight as an arrow, but don't get me wrong. I squeeze in a cheat meal occasionally (usually Sunday). I have about 6-7 meals a day every 2-3 hours max. Plenty of egg whites, chicken, veggies, tilapia, salmon, sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, and protein shakes.

I believe that diet plays a big role during your training and having that down will make it easier for you to achieve your results quicker. I have about 4 protein shakes a day including morning, pre/post workout, and before bed. My carbs/calories are constantly changing depending on my photo shoot schedule and overall goal that I'm focusing on at that time. My cheat meal is usually a nice turkey bacon burger or pizza!

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3: Pre Workout
Meal 4:
Meal 5:
Meal 6:
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John Carter

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I use my supplements - to supplement my nutrition and diet. Keep in mind that supplements aren't everything during your fitness journey but they definitely help in giving you those extra nutrients and boost that you don't get from your meals. However, I cycle my supplements daily to avoid having my body get used to the product.

This is my list of daily supplements that I take on a regular basis; they are my primary source of use.

Morning:
Pre & Post Workout:
Before Bed:
Daily:
Pre Workout:
Intra & Post Workout:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Fitness is a lifestyle. I learned this when I was in the process of getting into the industry, cooking up my meals, preparing my work outs and stepping into the gym each day it's like stepping into my playground. The adrenaline rush, pump, and overall natural high I feel while lifting is incredible.

Reaching goals, passing plateaus, fighting through each rep and pushing through every set is something that sets the tone right away and motivates me to keep challenging myself and improving. Furthermore, the friends I have made in the industry are unforgettable, the people I have inspired keep me training hard and striving for the best. "Living Healthy and Staying Healthy, It's My Lifestyle."

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Living a healthy lifestyle is a great feeling, there's none greater than being in shape and being healthy. Waking up every morning to train and improve my physique motivates me to keep training hard while focusing on my diet and work out regime. I'm able to do many activities without feeling gassed out or out of shape.

The mark of an athlete is living life day by day and feeling great while doing it. "Your Health is your Wealth, you only live once, make the best of it and make it count."

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have had a fair amount of success since I started in the fitness industry, but the first thing that motivated me to keep going after my goals is the thought of being the best I can be while giving 100% on everything I am doing. Transforming my physique was one of my goals and it was achieved.

Now, being an International Fitness Columnist and Published fitness Model motivates me even more to know and hear from people all over the world starting to care and take action to improve their lifestyle from my training and educational articles. Every day is a new challenge and I see it as a new opportunity to become a better human being and achieve my goals.

Current accomplishments in the Fitness Industry throughout the 2011 year:

  • NutraGuys Team Member Writer - 2011
  • Muscle & Strength Columnist Writer - 2011
  • FitnessX Magazine Columnist Writer - 2011
  • FitnessX Magazine February Issue Publication - 2011
  • FitnessX Magazine March Issue Publication - 2011
  • FitnessX Magazine April Issue Publication - 2011
  • FitnessX Magazine June Issue Publication - 2011
  • FitLife Magazine Columnist Writer - 2011
  • FitLife Magazine February Issue Publication - 2011
  • ExtraFit Magazine Columnist Writer - 2011
  • ExtraFit Magazine May Issue Publication - 2011
  • ExtraFit Magazine June Issue Publication - 2011
  • Physique Magazine Columnist Writer - 2011
  • Physique Magazine May Issue Publication - 2011
  • Physique Magazine June Issue Publication - 2011
  • X-Fitness Magazine Columnist Writer - 2011
  • X-Fitness Magazine May Issue Publication - 2011
  • X-Fitness Magazine June Issue Publication - 2011
  • Fitness & Physique Magazine Publication - 2011
  • Nation Wide Fitness Infomercial (Abs Product) - 2011
  • NutraGuys.Com Spotlight Feature June Issue - 2011
  • Maniac Fitness Interview Feature - 2011
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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am thinking about stepping on stage in the near future and competing in the new division called "Men's Physique". This would be my first competition ever and I'm excited to announce when and what comp I will be competing in. Besides stepping on stage in the new division that targets the Fitness Models, I will continue my passion of writing for a variety of magazines, and expanding my knowledge worldwide to educate, inspire, motivate and help others live a healthier lifestyle.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

As an aspiring published Fitness Model and soon to be a competitor, I believe that you have to stay consistent throughout contest prep or even before photshoots, believe it or not consistency and determination will make the difference in your results. If you have the passion to achieve your goals, anything and everything is possible.

Furthermore, it's key to have a plan of action in regards what is working for you, what's not working for you, and what needs to be added and changed in order to maximize your results. However, your diet should be your number one priority, that's where the abs are made and where the physique gets dialed in.

Knowing how to carb and water deplete the right and healthy way will make the difference in your body. And last but not least, stay committed and great things will happen.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Ronnie Coleman, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, and Jay Cutler.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

BodySpace, Workout Tracker, Nutrition & Supplementation Articles.

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