Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Peter Cusson

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  • Name: Peter Cusson
  • E-mail: plcusson@hotmail.com
  • Age: 41
  • Where: Boston, MA
  • Height: 6'3''
  • Weight: 226 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs and Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Smith Machine Squats and Incline Dumbbell Presses
  • Favorite Supplements: Nutrex Hemo-Rage Black

How Did You Get Started?

I started weight training in High School while playing basketball and baseball. I continued my basketball career into college and had a weight training program there as well. After college I continued training.

Peter Cusson
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Peter Cusson.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Although I've switched my routine up quite often over the years, the routine that always seemed to work best for me was the 4 day on, 1 day off split. This is the one I currently use. I train one major body part and one smaller body part each day for 4 days. Take 1 day off to rest, then repeat the 4 day routine, etc. This allows me to hit each body part every 6 days. At my age, this seems to work well.

I do cardio 5 days per week. I typically do HIIT cardio either on the treadmill where I will do a brisk walk/job for 2 minutes, then sprint for 1 minute, and repeat. This can be done on both the treadmill and elliptical. I also take MMA training classes and Krav Maga training classes each once per week.

Monday: Chest/Triceps

Tuesday: Shoulders/Biceps

Wednesday: Back/Abs

Thursday: Off

Friday: Legs

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

Peter Cusson
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Peter Cusson.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Here is a sample day for my nutrition plan:

Meal 1: Upon Rising

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

  • 1 Labrada Lean Body Carb Watcher MRP
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 Larabar

Meal 6:

Meal 7: 15 Min Before Bed

Peter Cusson
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Peter Cusson.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have used several supplements in the past few years. I get the most out of the current preworkout drinks, i.e. Jack3d, Hemo Rage Black, etc. I am currently using Bullnox Androrush which combines the typical preworkout ingredients like caffeine, argenine, and beta-alanine with natural testosterone boosters like tribulus terestris. I have used glutamine in the past as well with good results. I have tried glucosamine with chondroitin for sore elbows, shoulders, and knee joints.

I always get excellent results from creatine supplementation. I typically do a 6-8 week cycle and take 4 weeks off.

My current supplementation looks like this:

Upon Rising:

Preworkout:

  • Betancourt Bullnox Androrush: 2 scoops

Post Workout:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the adrenaline rush I get from hitting the heavy weights. I love the endorphin rush after an amazing workout. I love the attention I get from people who recognize my efforts and drive. I love the healthy impact it has on me, my family, and the people around me. The people within the fitness community inspire and motivate me every day to the point where I actually have to force myself to take days off. This lifestyle is a privilege and an honor to me NOT something I dread or have to force myself to do.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My family has a history of serious health problems. I try to use this lifestyle to fend off those aspects of my family history. I love setting the example for those around me to follow and see that it CAN be done. It just takes discipline and consistency.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Seeing my gigantic gut and flabby pecs in that beach pic. I was ALWAYS the "athletic guy" through High School and College. Then let myself go. After seeing the results it fed on itself to the point where I now CRAVE going to the gym.

Peter Cusson
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Peter Cusson.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Last year my goal for turning 40 was to get in the best shape of my life and memorialize it with a professional photo shoot. I have now done a few different shoots. This year I am contemplating doing my first amateur bodybuilding show in the spring/summer.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

You have to have the mindset that you can do this. Not one second goes by in any day where I don't believe I can achieve what I want. Someone asked me what my mindset was when I first knew I was going to make a change. I said, "I don't wanna just be another guy who lost some weight and hey good for him. I want to blow people's minds!" Not one second has gone by in the past two years when I didn't believe this would be the case. You have to believe that you can do it and that you are worth doing it.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I personally admire those everyday people who have transformed their bodies. The people with great genetics and who grace the stage with amazing bodies are fantastic.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I use the workout tracker to track my daily workouts. I use the progress pictures to track my visual progress. I have posted a workout video with myself and my two daughters. I also like to play guitar and sing so from time to time I will post music videos of my LAME performances. I use the BodyBlogs from time to time as an outlet to spew my verbal ramblings and have fun with other BodySpace members.