Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: John Lee

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  • Name: John Lee
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  • Age: 25
  • Where: Stephenville, Texas
  • Height: 6' 1"
  • Weight: 225 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :7
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Incline Barbell Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Purple Wraath & RED ACID (Controlled Labs), Activate (designer supps), whey protein isolate (anabolic innovations), X factor (molecular nutrition), and Symmetry (USPlabs).

How Did You Get Started?

Freshmen year in college, I walked into Gregory gym at the University Of Texas in Austin thinking I was somebody important.. I had worked out very casually a few months before that in highschool, and at 5'11" 160lbs, I thought I was pretty big.

The minute I stepped into the gym, my whole outlook on fitness and health changed. I had never entered a gym before that day and never knew the possibilities years of lifting would achieve. From that day on, I was hooked and impressed.. Hooked with the lifestyle, and impressed with the kind of changes one's body can go through with enough dues paid.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I always work out hard and heavy. Whether it's winter or summer, I keep my reps low and my weight stacked high. I rarely think too much about exercise selection, as I think that this is something akin to "all roads lead to Rome". As long as the weight is heavy and the reps are low, I believe any exercise is a good exercise. From incline barbell to decline dumbell, I do them all. I believe it's the way you do them that matters, not what exercises you do.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I keep track of my calories meticulously. This enables me to manipulate calorie intake at will and gives me total control over protein/fat/carb ratios. When bulking, I increase calories by 200 every two weeks. When cutting, I decrease calories by 200 every 2 weeks. This might be slow and tedious, but it is the way I have found that maximizes my management skills. Yes, I am a control freak.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I rely on BCAAs and EAAs during my cutting phase to keep my body from being in a catabolic state. One of my favorites is Purple Wraath made by Controlled Labs. I have also used Xtend by SciVation with great success in this area.

Since cutting is so hard, I rely on a fat burner called Red Acid to boost my fat burning potential. It is a very comprehensive fat burner and I have used it repeatedly with great success.

The last phase I try to address is natural testosterone elevation. To this end, Activate (Designer Supps) have allowed me to push past some natural barriers in the past and I will continue to use that during my bulking phases to address my needs. There's also a product called Symmetry made by USPlabs that is quite interesting to say the least.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It is the ultimate reflection of who you are inside. Nothing brings your personality to the surface the way bodybuilding can, since this is the ultimate 24/7 endeavor that requires both teeth-pulling pain and hair-splitting attention to detail. It is also a grind-it-out, suck-it-up kind of sport that really demands you to give it your all in terms of blood, sweat, and tears. If you can gut this out for a few years with enough success to produce a body worth it's weight in gold, then you can really take a deep breath and say "wow, look what a man can do with his hands and brain."

Don't get me wrong, I do not envy those who revolve their lives around weight-lifting. To me, this is just one piece of puzzle in the grand scheme of life. If all you are is a bodybuilder while the rest of your life is a sham, there's no respect or admiration in that. When I see a successful bodybuilder, and learn that he has taken care of his family and friends, along with every other responsibility a MAN is supposed to handle, then I can respect and admire that person.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to bring lifestyles of fitness and health to areas where there is none, and continue enlightening people with the knowledge that the years have brought me. I am currently a Fitness Director in the only gym in town, and I know being in this position brings me a unique and great opportunity to do just that.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Be patient. Pay your dues. Greatness comes with time. Do not flash what you've accomplished in the gym in the faces of people hoping to get recognized for something that should speak for itself when the time comes. Always remember to stay true to yourself and never let bodybuilding consume you so much that you can no longer function as a part of society and community.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Ronnie Coleman and Phil Heath.

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