- Name: Nathan Newman
- E-mail: None
- Age: 46
- Where: New York City, New York
- Height: 5' 9"
- Weight: 200 Lbs., Contest: 185 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :6
- Favorite Bodypart: None
- Favorite Exercise: Deadlift or Squat
- Favorite Supplements: Whey Powder, Creatine, Glutamine and MRP's.
How Did You Get Started?
I was a late bloomer, as I started competing at 40. I had quit playing corporate league basketball and needed another way to fuel my competitive fires. As I had a wife and family already, natural bodybuilding seemed like, well, a natural fit.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Heavy compound lifting with plenty of adequate rest and nutrition helped my body to continue to grow even in my 40s. I've always been an instinctive trainer, going by feel, but I do believe in cycling routines every few months to keep the body growing by forcing it to constantly adapt. Increasing the weight is only one variable. Speed, frequency, order, rep scheme and exercise selection are of equal value.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
A 40/40/20 ratio is a good basic strategy but of course an off season diet is vastly different than pre-contest. Off season I include healthy fats like peanuts, avocado and olive oil. A few extra pounds will help the joints in heavy lifting and will also aid in increasing natural GH and test levels.
Pre-contest, I start 3 months out, allowing for about 1-1.5 lb loss per wk. As I cut calories I increase cardio, using the mirror not the scale. I do my bf% as warranted, but I don't get crazy about it.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
The supplements mentioned above have worked very well for me. I use MHP supplements exclusively, as I found they give me that extra advantage that others haven't. I particularly like their TRAC and Macrobolic MRP products.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
What I love most about bodybuilding is the discipline. I'm a bit of a control freak and it's rare in life that what you get out is in direct correlation to what you put in. Though it may not always seem like it, bodybuilding is that way. My workout is like an oasis in the middle of an otherwise often stressful day here in NYC.
Photo from www.femalemuscle.com.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
In addition to my personal training business in which I work w/ everyone from fellow competitive bodybuilders to senior citizens w various health issues, I currently am pursuing print and TV modeling so I have put competitive plans on hold for the time being. Obviously I'd like to come back and win an overall but at my age I also have to be realistic. For me personally, staying natural is a given.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
What I preach more than anything else to fellow bodybuilders is patience. People want instant results in everything they do and life just doesn't work that way. As you get older you come to realize how much hard work it takes to make anything successful, whether it's your career, your family, or a trophy to put on your mantle. Just keep at it, especially on the days that aren't so good. Better ones lay ahead.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
As far as fave bodybuilders I always admired the more symmetrical, from Steve Reeves to Frank Zane to Bob Paris to Lee Labrada. Like many, I prefer the Ancient Greek developed physique to the so-called freaky mass monster.
1999 NGA Nationals - Novice First place
2001 INBF Hercules (Nationals) - Masters 2nd place
2002 INBF Hercules (Nationals) - Masters 1st place
I would like to give a special thanks to MHP for having me on board and treating me so well. A few other people I would like to thank are: Gerard Dente, Steve Downs, Steve Stone, Jim Quinn and Carlos Aldabat.