Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Dr. Joseph Raley

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How Did You Get Started?

I was at the gym one night and a member and I were discussing weight lifting. He was thinking about doing a bodybuilding show and stated that "real men" do bodybuilding. I did not care for his attitude or tone and then my wife joined in on the conversation and mentioned that she thought that I'd never be able to do the diet. I have been doing both bodybuilding and powerlifting since and LOVE IT!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I work out three times a day. While this may sound like a lot it actually is not because I divide it out during the day. I begin with cardio in the morning after I drop my children off at school and before I go to work. At lunch I work out for about an hour and then in the evening (while at the same gym as my children do karate). I'll work out at night for about an hour. This way it does not interfere with spending time with my children.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Over the past three years I have been on several nutritional plans. Most are all about the same. I am now working with a nutritionist to help optimize my diet and work outs taking into consideration my age, job, and nutritional needs. This sport is truly a science on body chemistry which is another reason why I love it!

At the present time all I can say is that we are working on which protein works best for me (tuna, chicken, eggs), and how my body will react to each. We are doing this for the carb and fats too. The best nutritional plan that will work best for me "once we find it" will leave me leaner, harder, and more defined since I usually come in heavy and a little bloated which is not what you want.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

For me the best supplements have been the Beverly International aminos and vitamins. Everything seems to be truly complete. The other product that works best for me is the NO-Explode. It seems to be fast acting in my body.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I was a thin track star in high school and began lifting weights off and on in college. I personally did not like the way I looked physically. After several years I finally found someone who would regularly go to the gym. This is when I started powerlifting. I was getting really big and strong and loving it!

However, after the challenge from the guy at the gym and my wife, I started to get comments like" Hey, what happened to your fat face and big gut" and "Hey you lost weight and look great!" I am now in a transition where I am back at lifting what I did at 225 lbs w/out the excess fat.

My business has increased because patients see that I work out and make no excuses that I am too tired to get to the gym or I do not have time. As a business owner and father of two children do not tell me about being pressed for time or being too tired! There you have it. Why I love bodybuilding: the great way you feel, the complements you get, being good for my business. How great the sport is!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to become a pro bodybuilder in the NANBF organization and someday win the Olympia.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I would say whether your young or old (like me) STICK WITH IT, no matter what! You've got to be driven and know your purpose. If you do not place well in a contest find out why and do better the next time. Do not get discouraged. Your day will come. Anything worth having in life is worth working for.

I would like to thank the guy in the gym who was picking on me and my wife for getting me started in the sport. If they had not done what they did. I'd never know what I was capable of doing and achieving. I have been very blessed by the sport and have learned humility. I am very grateful.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorites are from the old school. Tim Belknap, Bob Birdsong(KY), and Frank Zane( we have similar builds). These guys were truly pioneers of the sport.