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Our Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week was...
Alain Petriz

  • Name: Alain Petriz
  • E-mail: alain@alainpetriz.com
  • Age: 49
  • Where: Talant, Dijon France
  • Height: 183cm (6' 0")
  • Weight: 103kg (226 lbs)
  • Years Bodybuilding :17
  • Favorite Bodypart: Arms, shoulders
  • Favorite Exercise: Crouch down, while at the beginning I hated them
  • Favorite Supplements: Creatine, Bcaa's, Protein

How Did You Get Started?

I discovered bodybuilding by chance and very late in my life... After I had quit rugby, I felt the need to exercise. A friend of mine had just subscribed a gym membership.

He asked me to go there with him and I did. I didn't quite like the idea to go to a gym. However that was my first time in a gym. I was 33 years old. My weight was 85 kilos (187 lbs.) and my height was 183 cm ( 6 feet). Believe me, I have never been really skinny.

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I must admit I was not very much impressed by the gym. I thought it was stupid to struggle with a barbell and two 10-kilo ( 22 lbs .) plates on the sides. I am honest. I kept on for several months. Eventually, I bought a gym-set to work out in my basement.

Lonesome and in my basement - that was the very starting of my career as a bodybuilder. I had no knowledge. I didn't read bodybuilding magazines. I had been training insanely for three years. I had not been following any special training program. My only goal was to acquire a noticeable size.

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Later on I started to read bodybuilding magazines and got interested into any bodybuilding champion. I subscribed to a brand new gym in Dijon. It was the Athletic Gym and the owner was Jacky Biondi. The ambiance and the people were wonderful. There I started to work out hard and to diet properly.

One year later, Jacky began to talk me into entering for a regional competition. The idea had never crossed my mind before that day! He pressured me so much that he got me persuaded. So I got it started!

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Thanks to his advice I won my first competition at Macon in 1994. I was 37 years old! My height was always 183 cm ( 6 feet ) but now my weight was 83 kilos (183 lbs)! Today I can barely realize what I was able to do and the results I got...

  • 1993 - Debut in the FFCPAS/WABBA category
  • 1993 - Novices at Macon
  • 1993 - Champion of Bourgogne in the Light Heavyweight class at 183 Pounds
  • 1994 - Champion of Bourgogne
  • 1994 - 3rd place at the French Championship's semi-finals
  • 1995 - Champion of Bourgogne
  • 1995 - 2nd place at the French Championship's semi-finals
  • 1995 - 3rd place at the French Championship's finals
  • 1996 - French Champion of the Super Light Heavyweight class at 195 pounds
  • 1997 - 1st place in the final of the French Champ. in Bastia in the senior heavyweight class
  • 1997 - 5th place at the World Championship WABBA in Castres (my first international competition) in the Senior Heavyweight class
  • 1999 - 1st place at the Final UFSH in Strasbourg, France (Senior Heavyweight)
  • 2001 - French Champion APF/WPS Senior over 210 pounds and Senior class in Argeles
  • 2001 - Vice-Champion WPF of Europe in Gijon, Spain
  • 2001 - Withdrawal from the Mr. Universe contest, due to injury.
  • 2002 - WPF European runner-up in Italy
  • 2002 - Vice-Mr Universe in La Grande Motte
  • 2002 - 4th place at the Grand Prix Pro Weider in La Grande Motte
  • 2003 - 6th place (finalist) at WPF Mr. Universe (a poor showing...)
  • 2005 - 3rd place (finalist) at WPF Mr. Universe in Perpignan (France)
  • 2005 - 4th place at the Grand Prix Pro Weider in La Grande Motte (intern. over 195 pounds)

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Off-season I work out each muscle once a week. My training is based on a four-day-per-week schedule. I will add one more day when I need it. I work out on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are days off. My weekly exercise plan:

As you can see, my training program is not revolutionary. I believe that all year round cardio is extremely important to stay fit. I usually do 3-5 exercises by body part with 6-15 reps. It is always a matter of feeling. Off-season I train relatively heavy with low reps.

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Sometimes I will go for higher reps. When I am on a diet before competition, I try not to reduce the amount of weight for an exercise. I will take shorter rest periods between sets.

From time to time, I will use lighter weights and train to failure. I will also do more cardio workouts. Off-season my weight goes between 100 and 115 kg . I went to a maximum of 125 kg once, without conclusive results. Pre-contest: between 98 and 100 kg.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I have balanced nutrition habits all-year round. Off-season I usually take more carbohydrates. Here is my nutrition plan: rice, pasta, fruits, white meat, fat-free red meat, fish (a lot of tuna), skimmed milk, fat-free white cheese, colza or olive oil. I also drink up to 3- 4 litres of water daily, more before competition. My daily protein intake is 250-350 gr.

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

My supplements are Proteins, BCAA, Creatine, Glutamine, Vitamins & Minerals, Antioxidants, and Omega 3 & 6.

There is not in particular a supplement, but rather a set of supplements allies always has a food controlled, I think that all supplements have their importance and that nothing must be disregarded. I am looking for a sponsor, I have not a specific products Sponsor at the moment.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I always made a lot of sport, but the bodybuilding brought me a real feeling of fullness... to really feel in his/her/its head and in his/her/its body that to want besides.... the pleasure also to challenge the time that passes, the years that the other take for a fatality, whereas it is not anything of it... one can have the limits moved back always... with will!

I would like to be an example for the other... a source of incentive for all those that say themselves, "Is it too late for me? Am I too old?"

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I was WPF Vice-Mr Universe (runner-up) in 2002 and 3rd in 2005. 2006 is the year to become Mr. Universe! I never had a sponsor or a trainer and I still got these results... I always did just fine by myself! I would love to find a sponsor because I know that the title is in my hands with their help...

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Advice to young bodybuilders: Be patient and perseverant... without work and sacrifice you can't do anything!

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Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Favorite Bodybuilder: Arnold sure! Shawn Ray. Kevin Levrone. Milos Sarcev
Favorite Bodybuilder (Today): Ronnie because he is the number one. Darrem Charles. Ahmad Haidar
Favorite French Bodybuilder: Serge Nubret

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