Our Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week was...
How Did You Get Started?
After 18 years as a competitive cyclist, I was both mentally and physically burned out. A conversation with a co-worker, also a bodybuilder, got me interested in bodybuilding. With a lean, muscular 139 lb. physique suited to cycling, I set a goal of increasing my muscle mass. After 2 years of hard training in the weight room and focused attention to my diet, I am now at 176 lbs.
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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Although I have experimented with many workout plans, I seem to respond best to a fairly high volume training routine. The movements I use each workout are changed frequently, but I generally hit each body part one day per week, 3-5 exercises per body part, 3-6 sets per exercise, and 8-15 reps.
I rarely repeat a workout and am constantly changing some aspect of my routine. Like many others, I feel the body responds best when it has to adapt to something new. The one thing that does not change are my reliance on the basic three: Bench Press, Squat, and Deadlift. These exercises or some close variance of them are in my routine week in and week out.
Tuesday: Quads and Hams, Abs
Wednesday: Shoulders and Traps, Calves
Thursday: Biceps and Triceps, Abs
Friday: Off or Make-up
Saturday: Back, Calves
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I follow a high protein, moderate carb, and moderate fat diet. I eat clean year round, rotating the foods I know my body responds well to. I allow for an increase in calories in the off season, but stay away from junk and focus on quality protein and carbs.
Pre-contest I strictly monitor all aspects of my nutrition closely, checking my condition frequently and making adjustments. I have had great success getting very lean by cycling my carb intake with a rotating pattern of high, medium, and low days. I feel this system keeps my energy levels high, muscles full, and still allows optimal fat burning.
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Why do you love Bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding is more than a sport, it is a way of life. The discipline required to be successful has carried over into all aspect of my life and made an impact on my ability to set goals and work towards them.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I am going to continue to improve my physique and go into each contest better than the one before. I hope to compete in 4 contests in 2007 in both the Open and Masters classes.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Set goals and be willing to make sacrifices to achieve them. Be consistent with both your training and nutrition, there are no shortcuts.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
Thank you to: My wife, Gina, and children Evan, Zoe, and Ian. Zach Barnard at Rockhard Formulations. JJ Rennie at Innovative Nutrition. Lance Johnson. Jim and Karen Anderson. Gold's Gym Amarillo.
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