Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Lonnie J. Gunter

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  • Name: Lonnie J. Gunter
  • E-mail: lonnie@ida.net
  • Age: 65
  • Where: Arimo, ID
  • Height: 5'11''
  • Weight: 165 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :0
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Flat Bench Press
  • Favorite Supplements: 100% Whey Protein, L-Glutamine, Creatine

How Did You Get Started?

I started working out in the Navy, mainly to meet the physical fitness requirements. After retiring in 1992, I started driving a truck for a living. I was not doing any kind of fitness by this time and soon my weight was up to 240 pounds. Sometime around 1999 or 2000 I realized that I better start to do something before my health deteriorated. I started running/walking, doing body weight exercises and lifting weights. I got my conditioning back and my weight down to 170 pounds. I have been on a regular fitness program ever since.

Lonnie J. Gunter.
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Lonnie J. Gunter.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I try to lift 4 days a week and do cardio 6 days. Cardio is mostly walking or running and sometimes I use an elliptical machine. In addition to the following routine, I sometimes do 1 set of 50 reps for each body part. Since most of my sets are done to near failure I rest 2 to 3 mins between sets.

Monday: Chest/Triceps/Cardio
Tuesday: Back/Biceps/Cardio
Wednesday: Cardio/Abs
Thursday: Shoulders/Cardio
Friday: Legs/Cardio
Saturday: Cardio/Abs
  • Cardio: Walk/Run 6 to 9 miles
  • Situps: 4 sets of 50 reps
  • Ab wheel (constant tension, partial reps): 3 sets to failure
Sunday: Off

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Lonnie J. Gunter.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I try to eat 4 to 5 small meals a day. I try to drink 3 quarts to a gallon of water each day. One day a week (usually Sunday) I eat what I want including junk food.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
  • 1 can of tuna (in water) drained, mixed with salsa and bite size shredded wheat
Meal 4
  • 1 scoop whey protein in water
Meal 5

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Post workout:
Two Meals Daily Plus Pre and Post Workout:
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Lonnie J. Gunter.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I feel good when I'm fit. I enjoy working out and like the way I look. It's a wonderful way to work off stress and keep the stress level manageable.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Better health, I like to be active. I'm finding out that with age you don't have to slow down, when I am fit and eating right I can still do the physical things that I could when I was younger.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I went from "fit to fat" in my 50's. I did not like the way I looked or felt. I went hunting with my brother one year and couldn't make it up the mountain side without having to rest every other step. I realized this was not the way I wanted to live my life and made a commitment to get back in shape. Once I did, I knew I never wanted to go back.

Lonnie J. Gunter.
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Lonnie J. Gunter.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I would like to compete someday. But for now, I want to maintain the best conditioning I can.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never give up.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Frank Zane, Larry Scott and Corey Everson.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I have started using the store and supersite. I like the articles on nutrition and fitness. I also use BodySpace.