Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Mark Campbell

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  • Name: Mark Campbell
  • E-mail: soupmusic@comcast.net
  • Age: 44
  • Where: Westminster, Maryland
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 205 Lbs., contest: 188 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: T-Bar Rows
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein, Creatine, & Multivitamins.

How Did You Get Started?

I always have enjoyed lifting from the time I was a teenager of about 13 or 14. My dad had some dumbbells and a straight bar with some plates. We didn't have a bench so my dad would show me and my younger brother some basic lifts like curls, military press, rows, etc. It was during my middle school years that I started to develop a pretty decent muscular body. Also, I remember watching The Olympia and other bodybuilding competitions with Arnold, Frank Zane and Tom Platz on a regular national network. Those were the days! When I got to high school I ran track and included weight lifting into my training. Even though I had been lifting for some time and admired the bodybuilders of the time, I still had not caught the bodybuilding bug. Lifting was just a way for me to stay in shape at the time.

After high school and some unfortunate decisions, I ended up with a hernia. I was around 26. Well, the first thing I wanted to do after I recovered was to join a gym and get back into shape. As luck would have it, a bodybuilder was now employed at the company I was working for. His name was Bill Lucas but everybody called him Luke. He was in his 40's, about 6' 1"... a big muscular guy. When I met him I was impressed by his size. When I told Luke I was looking to join a gym, he said, "You'll join my gym." And join I did. This gym was hard-core wall to wall. Loud rock music, weights dropping, guys yelling, chalk everywhere. It was great! At least half the people in that gym competed, as well as a pro bodybuilder (I don' t want to be a name dropper). Luke took me under his wing and taught me and pushed me and educated me in proper diet. I'll never forget Luke.

I made great gains in a short period of time. In roughly 6 months without any drugs, I went from 169 @ 9% bf to 186 @ 6.5% bf. I was feeling good and looking good. But, as soon as I was thinking about competing, I injured my back. That put me out of the gym for least 3 to 4 months. And in that time period I again made some bad decisions that would keep me out of to gym for some time longer. I'll spare the details. Let's just say my bad decisions have usually involved women. In that time frame I also started smoking. It wasn't all bad. I was able to pursue another passion of mine, music. It was a blast!

Good fortune smiled on me in about 1997 when I met my future wife, Roberta. There was an instant connection. Roberta has been so supportive in anything I wanted to pursue. So, one morning I woke up and decided that it was time for me to quit smoking. Roberta was thrilled. Three days later I joined Gold's Gym in Westminster. Four months later I stared thinking that I could compete. Again, I was making good gains. So that November I did The NPC Maryland. I only placed 4th but I was hooked. I went into this years Maryland 20lbs. more muscle and placed 2nd in what turned out to be a very close decision. I am determined to place 1st next year. I just want to thank my training partner Blake Allgood (22 yrs. younger than me), Greg White, trainer at Gold's and competitor, and most importantly, my beautiful wife Roberta!

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I pretty much stuck to what I learned from Luke. One body part a day.

My sets were 3 to 4 sets at 8 to 12 reps. I did sit-ups on back and leg day (forward 2 sets of 25, leg raises: 3 sets of 15). Cardio this past year was left untouched until 12 weeks out starting out at 30 minutes 3 to 4 days a week. 6 weeks out I bumped cardio up to 1 hr. 5 to 6 days a week splitting it into two 30 minute sessions. This off-season I'm starting a new completely different training routine. I'll be starting a BodySpace account soon so anybody that is interested can check out my progress can go there.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Off-season I'm pretty disciplined. I'll have a few cheat meals here and there. Nothing outrageous. I up my carbs to around 550 a day (oats, brown rice, baked potatoes, whole grain bread). Protein I keep around 290 (chicken, fish, eggs, tuna, turkey). Fats I keep fairly low to moderate and get them from the foods I eat including all-natural peanut butter. Contest time; 8 weeks out I switch out white potatoes for yams, cut out bread and start lowering my carbs overall. My proteins: I bump up to 330 as well as my fats such as olive oil, and EFA supplements. Off-season this year I'm shooting for 4000 calories.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Because of the type of work I do I depend a lot on protein shakes to keep me going. I use creatine after training sessions and also multivitamins.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

For me that is a pretty deep question. It's more than just looking good and feeling good. After a bad day I can lose myself in a training session. It also reminds me of my dad who first taught me how to curl and my friend Luke. I do love the feeling of benching 315 for 8 reps and the vein popping pumps I get from every workout. I love being asked for advice on diet and training. I love the drive and direction bodybuilding has given me.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Come in bigger and badder and more shredded for next years Maryland. I want 1st! I do want to compete on the national level and take it as far as I can go!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

There is so much I have say about advice, but the one thing I would impart to anyone is to stay focused. Not only on bodybuilding but anything in life. Stay focused on the task at hand. Don't let bad decisions, bad advice, wrong type of people deter you from what it is you know you need to do. Stay Focused!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Past- Arnold, Frank Zane, Dorian Yates, Kevin Levrone. Present- Victor Martinez, Branch Warren, & Dennis Wolf.

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