Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Jose Mendieta

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  • Name: Jose Mendieta
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  • Age: 23
  • Where: Aurora, IL
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Pull-Ups
  • Favorite Supplements: Respect and Ammunition by Pride Nutrition

How Did You Get Started?

When I started college I was at my highest weight of 275lbs at 5'7". I was obese and not happy with myself. I did not like the fact that I wasn't comfortable in my own skin. Big clothes started to fit tighter and tighter and I was starting to need even bigger clothes. I would go up some stairs and get out of breath. That scared me; I was only 19 years old! Once I realized I had to change my life, I joined a gym close to my house.

Once there, I would (like most beginners) do all the machines that were in one row, every time I went; which at the time was 3 times a week. After a while I met a great guy, who would become my mentor, a retired bodybuilder, who put me in the right direction. We trained together for some time until a shoulder injury took him out of the gym.

Training at this fitness center for a couple of years gave me a good foundation and what I thought was a good idea of what bodybuilding was. But somehow I felt that being in that place limited my ability to train the way I wanted, intense. That's when I made the switch that would change my life. I found out about an old school gym located about 10 minutes from my house.

Jakked Hardcore Gym said the sign outside. It looked like a warehouse but nothing too intimidating. I walked in and I was welcomed by the nicest couple of Rottweilers and a big guy who happened to be the owner. Since I stepped into Jakked, I realized I knew absolutely nothing about bodybuilding. Once there I met competitive bodybuilders, both local and national level, record breaking powerlifters, and competitive strongmen.

Once I started training there, I had great guidance and learned how to train and feel my muscles being trained. Also, being in this environment was the push I needed to train with a goal in mind and get ready to compete for the first time.

Jose Mendieta
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Jose Mendieta

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I currently train a body part every day. My workout plan looks like this:

Day 1: Legs
Day 2: Chest
Day 3: Back
Day 4: Off

Day 5: Shoulders
Day 6: Arms
Day 7: Off

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My body responds best to a high protein and low carb diet with small meals every 2.5 hrs.

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3:
Meal 4:
Meal 5: Post Workout
Meal 6:
Meal 7:

Once or twice a week I change the protein source to steak or lean ground beef. Usually on my days off from lifting. When I eat lean ground turkey I do not add the oil.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

All the supplements I take are from Pride Nutrition.

With All Meals Containing Carbs:
Post Workout & Before Bed or Middle Of The Night:
  • Pride Nutrition Respect: 2 scoops
Post Workout:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is a way of life. To the true bodybuilder, we live, dream, and breathe the sport. My passion for this sport is very hard to describe. It is my life. I love how demanding it is both offseason and while dieting for a show. It is demanding both mentally and physically. I love how it is a sport and also a performing art. I love the art of posing, moving with grace on stage, and showing your hard work.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

The mirror is what motivates me the most. Being able to see the process of shaping my body from a vision into reality. You cannot hide from the mirror and it will never lie to you. Also, my past. Coming from a completely unhealthy lifestyle, staying fit, in shape, and healthy is my biggest motivation to continue. Plus, I feel much better!

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I am a very passionate person and once I set my mind on a goal I focus all my attention, determination and drive to achieve it. I was tired of being out of shape and lazy so I promised myself I would change my life. A nice addition was having people around me who didn't think I could achieve it. Who thought I would fail. Those people fueled me even more when taking a step forward was tough.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I recently competed in a local show and was very happy with how I looked so now it is time to take some time to make improvements and step on stage next fall. I want to step on a national level show and look like I belong on that stage! But I have to qualify first, and I plan to do so next time I compete.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Surround yourself with positive people, especially when dieting for a show. Having a positive mindset will have a huge effect on you, both mentally and physically. Wake up every morning and tell yourself: today is a good day. Say it over and over again until you smile, and you will have a good day! (My prep coach told me that when I started doubting myself during my first diet for a show.)

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Since I started bodybuilding I have had tremendous admiration for Kai Greene. His mental approach to this sport is what motivates me the most. When I am getting ready for a competition and I practice my posing, I study the way he moves and it has helped a lot. His approach to training is also quite unique and it is something I try to use myself on daily basis.

What Features Do You Use On

Definitely the BodySpace profile to stay in touch with other people who follow this lifestyle. And the store, great selection and awesome prices!