Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Chad Mickley

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  • Name: Chad Mickley
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  • Age: 32
  • Where: Unknown
  • Height: 6' 0"
  • Weight: 187 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :6
  • Favorite Bodypart: Triceps
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats, Incline Bench Press, Deadlifts.
  • Favorite Supplements: EAS Phosphagen, EAS MyoPro Whey Protein, MuscleTech.

How Did You Get Started?

I started weight lifting when I participated on the track and field team in college. I was on a scholarship to run the 400-meter dash and I was looking to develop a little more upper body strength to help me have a stronger finish at the end of the race. I would show up several hours before each practice and spend time watching and learning from the others that were training in the gym. By the time I was a junior, I was finally starting to notice some good results with my body.

As I started gaining some additional mass on my body, my times on the track started to decrease. The coach informed me that I needed to stop training in the gym and he gave me an ultimatum - stop lifting or lose my scholarship with the track team. That was the last day that I ran in a competitive meet.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I try to stick to a 5-6 day a week workout schedule at the gym. Generally I work out in the following manner

  • Chest / Biceps
  • Legs / Calves
  • Back / Triceps
  • Shoulders / Abs
  • Aerobic Workout
  • Light Legs / Light Chest / Calves / Abs
I workout using 4 sets of 4 exercises (6 - 8 reps) for the larger muscle groups and 3 sets of 3 exercises (6 - 10 reps) for the smaller muscle groups.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I wish that I had realized the importance of nutrition and weightlifting when I first started. Of course, there were not as many avenues of media as there are today (such as During contest season I try to stick to the following diet:

  • 50% grams- Protein (Tuna, Chicken Breasts, Protein Shakes)
  • 40% grams- Carbohydrates (Brown Rice, Potatoes, Oatmeal, Vegetables)
  • 10% grams- Fats
  • *1 gallon of water I try and lose weight slowly in order to eliminate the loss of muscle. If I start to lose weight too quickly I slightly increase my protein and carb intake.
  • What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

    Protein is the supplement that has helped me make my biggest gains. I consume 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. Of this amount, approximately 70% comes from protein shakes or meal replacements.

    Why do you love Bodybuilding?

    I enjoy bodybuilding because it has given me a chance to help a lot of individuals. I have had the opportunity to assist co-workers, friends and others with their diets, workouts and overall exercise programs. Seeing people not only increase their self-esteem but also their health is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction.

    What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

    My future plans are to compete in a bodybuilding competition in Spring 2004. I really would like to participate in an all-natural event within the next several years. My ultimate dream would be to do some fitness work for a magazine.

    What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

    There are so many tips that I wish someone had shared with me. I guess the one thing that I would share with a young bodybuilder is that he or she should make leg training a priority in their workouts. For years, I would neglect leg training with any intensity - sometimes I would just skip the workout. This was very obvious in the first several shows that I participated in - I had very little definition on my quads or hamstrings. I am still trying to catch my legs up with my upper body.

    Remember one thing, when you go to a show, most of the bodybuilders on stage will have a defined upper body. But, you will be able to tell the "complete" bodybuilder by the size and definition in their legs. Legs are not the flashy muscle group like the bicep or chest, but it will help you bring home the hardware at the next show you are in.

    Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?