Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Peterson Charles

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  • Name: Peterson Charles
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  • Age: 35
  • Where: St.Maarten Netherlands Antilles
  • Height: 6' 1"
  • Weight: 220 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :17
  • Favorite Bodypart: Quads and Back
  • Favorite Exercise: None Listed
  • Favorite Supplements: Creatine, Glutamine, Weight Gainer Multivitamin's

How Did You Get Started?

I started training when I was 18 years old. I joined a gym for eight months and then quit because the owner made fun of my skinny legs. After feeling sorry for myself, I built my own gym behind my Mom's house. I read articles on how to build huge legs that's when I came across Tom Platz in the magazine. I would squat three times a week, and before I knew it my legs started growing and I never looked back since.

Competition History:

Mr. St. Maarten
1997 - 2nd at 187 Lbs.
1998 - 3rd
2000 - 1st at 194 Lbs.

Eastern Caribbean Bodybuilding Championship
2000 - 5th in the light heavyweight
2003 - 1st in the heavyweight

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Here is my workout plan.

Mondays - Legs And Calves

Tuesday - Chest

    I alternate between dumbbell and barbell. I do 3 warm-up sets.
    Bench press 3 sets of 4 to 6 reps
    Incline press 3 sets of 4 to 6 reps
    Dumbbell pullovers or Dips 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps. I add flies and crossovers when I am training for competition.

Wednesday - Back

Thursday - Arms

Friday - Shoulders

I train abs three months before a show every night at home. I have never worked my abs in a gym. I think if you diet right your abs will show.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat everything because I have a fast metabolism. I basically have to eat anything that's not bolted down. My diet consists of ground food like yams, figs, sweet potatoes. Cream of wheat and oats is a must, lots of fruits and vegetables. I also drink four weight gainer shakes a day I use creatine twice a day, glutamine three times a day with multi-vitamin.

I also drink a lot of water; it helps me to stay hydrated, keeps me lean and keeps my muscles full. I also use B12. I start my diet 7 weeks out. I basically eat the same; I just lower my sodium intake and use fat burners. 9 days out I add sodium to my meals for 3 days, carb deplete for 3 days and use a lot of protein. I carb load for three days. When I carb deplete I drink a lot of water.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Creatine, Glutamine, Weight Gainer, and Multivitamin's

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it's an individual sport. I also love the challenge. It's cool to see how the body can change knowing that all of your hard work has paid off. I just love the feeling of my muscles when they're pumped. If I don't go to the gym I won't have a good day. It took 7 years & a baby to get my girl to stop complaining about my real love... gym!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I Plan on competing this summer and then doing the Antillean show. I would really like to be a pro but it's very hard to do living on an Island. We don't have the resources readily available, or the recognition.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay focused and determined, and never compare yourself with anyone else. Instead set short term goals and be consistent. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle that requires a lot of discipline. Personally, I'm never satisfied with the way I look. That's what keeps me going. Stay Hungry!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Tom Platz for the inspiration that got me started. I had the chance to meet my idol Ronnie Coleman. He was the guest poser at a show that I did in St, Croix. Arnold for being so hardcore, he is a great inspiration to the sport of body building. Lee Haney, small waist and great lats. Dorian Yates, Kevin Lavrone, Flex Wheeler and Shawn Ray.