Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Tony McCurty

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  • Name: Tony McCurty
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  • Age: 44
  • Where: Moses Lake, Washington
  • Height: 5' 6"
  • Weight: 180 Lbs., Competition: 154 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :12
  • Favorite Bodypart: None, just enjoy training
  • Favorite Exercise: None, love training
  • Favorite Supplements: Flax seed oil, Glutamine, Nitric Oxide

How Did You Get Started?

Lifting weights for football and wrestling and reading the old Iron Man magazine articles that featured guys like Chris Dickerson, Casey Viator, Mike Mentzer, Arnold and so forth. The guys back in those days had physiques that I felt were attainable.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I would say semi-heavy weights and low volume 4 times a week. Meaning, heavy enough that you have to push (not strain) a little harder for the last 3-4 reps in the 10-13 rep range for upper body and 10-15 range for lower body.

I try to stay at 6 sets (not including warm-up) per body part off-season and then increase my sets during pre-contest. I feel guys my age are unable to recover faster and more susceptible to injuries when working out with massive weights and high volume than their younger counterparts. I also incorporate some form of cardio 2-3 times a week to keep my heart strong and my body fat under control.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat brown rice, whole wheat noodles, whole wheat bread as my main carbohydrates sources year round. These are good carbs. The only thing that I do differently is during my precontest is to measure out my servings of carbs.

If I have 2 cups of brown rice for a couple of days, I might then drop to a half cup of rice for several days to help my body drop a little more body fat during the course of my diet. Off-season if I want to add a little size I increase my carbohydrates and protein intake with flax oil and instead of eating 5 times a day. I will add in 2 protein meals with flax seed oil. I continue to avoid eating carbs at night to control my body fat (I try to stay at 10 percent) along with my 2-3 day a week cardio.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Flax oil (you need good fats to put on muscle), glutamine, protein powders, nitric oxide and BCAA's. Also don't forget whole foods.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love to compete and even if I wasn't, I would still go watch competitions. I have met some fantastic people thru the years. I also like the way weight training has made me look and feel especially for a person my age. Most people in their forties use their age as an excuse not to lift until they find out that I am 44 years old.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

To compete at either the 2006 Masters Nationals or the Juniors Nationals or both. I keep telling my family that next year will be my last year but no one believes me. They feel that because of my competitive nature, I will probably be competing in the Masters over 80 division someday. Ha!

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

This is a sport that very few make it in even if you feel your physique is phenomenal. The powers to be decide who they want to push ahead. That's life. Have fun with this sport. There is life outside of bodybuilding.

Don't risk your health to gain some recognition that is only short lived. I have seen a lot of good bodybuilders devote their entire life to this sport only to find out that the return was small or nothing at all with regards to making a living at it.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Washington State's (my home state) own Mark Dugdale, that guy has a beautiful physique. Mark is one of the most approachable people in the sport.

Troy Alves, Chris Cormier, Dexter Jackson and Melvin Anthony. These guys are not risking their health to be the biggest bodybuilder. Their physiques are representation of the next generation of bodybuilders. They have size with that Greek God look. That is what is more acceptable to the general public.