Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Kerry Lind

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  • Name: Kerry Lind
  • E-mail: thelindgym@aol.com
  • Age: 47
  • Where: Columbus, Ohio
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 200 lbs off season, 176 lbs co
  • Years Bodybuilding :17
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest and Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Incline Barbell Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Glutamine and Whey protein

How Did You Get Started?

In 1991 I started having problems with my lower back. I had ruptured my disc at the L-4 & L-5 & S-1 location. This caused some major sciatic nerve pain that would not subside. So, after many diagnostic tests my doctor felt getting in shape should be my first course of action not surgery.

I controlled the pain with meds for a month or so. Then I started my own weight training program. I worked at getting in shape and strengthening my mid-section for the next several years. Not really having much of a clue as to what I was doing. I kept starting and stopping programs.

Winter seem to be the only time I was training. Summer months were for out doors fun not basement training. By 1995 I started to understand I needed to train year round and focus on 1 or 2 body parts per work out. That's when I started to see changes in my physique. In 1997 I got involved in EAS get in the Best Shape of Your Life in 12 weeks program.

I went from a chubby 170 lbs to a lean 150 lbs. I dropped my body fat from 21% to 11%. From that point forward I started rebuilding by body, never letting my body fat get over 12% to 14% again. Year after year I kept gaining a few more pounds of lean mass. So, by 2000 I entered my first body building show at a very ripped 165 lbs.

Kerry Lind
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Kerry Lind.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

During the early years of spinning my wheels training with plastic weights I was doing a lot of reading and learning about body building. It became clear to me I had to train year round and could not take the summers off from training. Something else I learned with my type of build (mesomorph) is that my body responded very well to single body part training with heavy weights.

Out went the plastic weights and in came the iron. I set up a very nice home gym in my basement and continued to train and make gains year after year. It seems many people have issues with home gym type training. I cut me teeth in this setting and made good gains. I did not see the inside of a commercial gym until the late 90s.

Even to this day, I'm training at home 3 or 4 days a week. When I do prepare for a contest I train with others in a commercial gym for the motivation needed during the intense dieting phase.

Sample workout plans: The following plans are just a sample of a day in the life of my training.

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Sunday: Legs:
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Monday Off: Recovering From Leg Day Often.
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Tuesday: Chest Day:
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Wednesday: Back Day:
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Thursday: Shoulder Day:
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Friday: Off:
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Saturday: Arm Day:
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Sunday: Abs:
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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

A well balanced meal plan day in and day out is essential.

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Kerry Lind.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I would have to say two products are very important to me. Whey protein and Glutamine powder. Protein powders are good to have when on the go and you need to get some good clean calories in.

I take glutamine before and after I workout to help with recover also.

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Kerry Lind.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I never dreamed this sport would grow on me like it has. As I said before I started training to get in shape. Then I started to go to body building shows with my wife. Many years later at a show Debbie (wife) says to me "You look as good as most guys up there. Why don't you give it a shot?"

I said I would wait till I was a master (40yr). I was not ready to be almost buck naked on stage just yet. She said "why wait you look good enough to compete in the open class now." So, she started telling people I was going to do my first body building show. At some point I had to commit and start the process, never realizing just how BIG a process it would become.

Fast forward to my first show: The Power House Classic 2000 in North Royalton, Oh. Long running big show. 22 middle weights in my class, I told Debbie that after getting my number at the weight in. We were like "What heck are we doing here?" My friend and trainer Mike Davies of www.mikedaviesfitness.com said to me "Hey, you will find out real fast how you stack up."

So, prejudging begins. Debbie says to me later "K, I watched one guy after another walk out on that stage and through they all look good and there was so many. Then I walked out and she realized I was looking just as good and maybe even better then most before me."

This was my first experience to any of this. Making the "First call outs" is what prejudging is all about. Yep, sure enough I was in that first top 5 guys called out. I was pumped. OK, fast forward to night show. Night show routine was fun and went well. Now back on stage for awards.

5th place number called (not me) 4th place number called (not me) 3rd place goes to Kerry Lind. I was shocked. So, the 39 year old who has been training in his basement for the last 9 years just beat 19 other younger guys? Why you ask do I love this sport? Need I say more?

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Kerry Lind.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I was asked this question in the Fall of 2005. I had just competed in the North Americans & placed 5th in men's middle weights open class and 4th in the men's middle weight masters class. Two weeks later I competed in our Ohio State Championships and won the overall. I figured at that point I was done. I had reached the best I could be at 45 years of age.

At the National level the top level middle weight guys are 5'2" to 5'4" tall or so. I'm a 5'6" guy that looks like a swimmer standing next to them. Remember we are all right at 176 lbs. Everyone says you got to move up in weight class. Yea, right easier said then done. It took me 7 years or so to net a real solid 10 lbs of good lean mass.

Do, I really have a chance to net another 10 lbs any time soon? No, I don't think so. I really need 20 lbs to be a top level light heavy. So, I did not have my sites set on anything and just keep training and doing what I do. Not getting too out of shape and keep training 4 to 5 days a week.

Well, 2007 came in and I did have the itch to be on the Master National stage at least once. So, with the support of Debbie I started what is now know, as the "longest diet" to man kind. Yeah, it was close to 6 months. If I have learned nothing else in this sport I learned this, start dieting early and you have to come in stupid, sick, and freaky ripped. No question "conditioning" rules on stage. I won't bore you again with too much detail.

We got to Pittsburgh July 19 & 20, 2007. I was in the BEST SHAPE of my competition life. The biggest I could have been and still be a middle weight. Full and, say it with me, "Stupid, Sick, Freaky Ripped." Prejudging went with out a hitch. Night show the next night was fun and I was feeling good about the show.

Time for the awards: 1st place Master National Middle weight goes to... Kerry Lind. WOW, my biggest victory ever. Then it kinda dawns on me I'm in the overall for two pro cards. Well we all know 176 lbs guys have a hard time beating the 3 monsters on stage beside him. I was not going to lose for lack of trying trust me.

Back to the pump up room. Then out to see the wife quick kiss and back to get my game face back on. All other classes finish and the 1st place guys back on stage. We hit our poses hard, did that crazy long pose down till we just about dropped. Line back up. Runner up card goes to the Light Heavy. (ok, dream over) 1st pro card goes to the Super Heavy. Both were good guys.

I will say JM took all final overall poses from center stage so yours truly was right there I can compare pose for pose. From my view I was sooooo in the hunt. I love these pics. I got all of the score cards back from all the men's 40 year old classes. In all of the weight classes there was only one competitor that had 100% first place votes from all the judges in his class.

Yep it was me. I thought what else could I have done? Nothing, I did my best and was rewarded well for it. Would I have taken one more perk such as that runner up card?... let me think. Oh, Hell Yeah! So, what are my Future Body Building plans? Let's just wait and see. It would be nice to be on stage again when I'm 50. Could be sooner, could be later and yes I could never be on stage again. In posers anyways. Time will tell.

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Kerry Lind.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

First and foremost, keep balance in your life. Bodybuilding is a Hobby. Not your job. If special things are meant for you in this sport they will happen. Just don't let the rest of the world crumble around you during your quest for greatness.

Should greatness elude you, it's kind of nice to still have family and friends that still love you. Enjoy the journey and the process it takes to compete. Then have a job to go to on Monday.

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Kerry Lind.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

From days gone by: Frank Zane, Lee Labrada, Bob Paris, Vince Taylor, Porter Cottrell.

Current guys: Dexter Jackson, Darrem Charles.

This is a quick list of guys I could go on and on. I liked these older guys from back in the day. I would much rather see smaller guys with symmetry that is perfect & a fullness in the muscle with conditioning that is down right freaky. No big bellies or over grown body parts. This sport should be all about a balanced look. I mean from head to toe. No exception. I have total respect for all athletes that get up on stage to be judged. I have a real good understanding what these pro guys go through to get to the big dance looking their best or at least hoping to. It's not all fun and games it's months and months of hard work.

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