Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Sean Sullivan

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  • Name: Sean Sullivan
  • E-mail: SULCOP96@aol.com
  • Age: 41
  • Where: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Height: 5' 5"
  • Weight: 178 Lbs., Contest: 164 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :26
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Deadlift And Chins
  • Favorite Supplements: Anything by Beverly Int. I also like SciVation Xtend, sesamin, fish oils (SAN fish fats) and Labrada Supercharge!

How Did You Get Started?

In 1978 I got suspended from school for playing hooky. I was walking the streets of Columbus Ohio and I saw this big guy in a store talking to a bunch of people. The guy was huge and there were a bunch of other huge guys sitting with him. I went and listened to him speak.

He spoke about training and this show he was promoting that Saturday. I went to him after and we talked for a few moments. He could tell I was a troubled youth looking for an outlet, so he hooked me up with two tickets to the show he was promoting. To make a long story short, his name was Arnold and the show was the Mr. Olympia.

That Saturday I watched Frank Zane win Mr. Olympia and Arnold introduced me to Mike Katz, a school teacher. After that day I never missed another class and not only went to collage but became an officer in the Army and an Aviator to boot!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have done them all! I was lucky to have been stationed in CA and spent the whole time doing research. I worked with Vince Gironda, the late Don Ross, Charles Glass, Ray Mentzer and many others. So I can say I have done every conceivable workout plan and split. Currently I am working all full body workouts as outlined by Chad Waterbury. At my advanced training age this seems to work far better then split routines for me.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Off season I eat 90% clean on a 40-40-20 macronutrient split and try to take in around 15 calories per pound of body weight. As the show gets closer I slowly drop carbs thus adjusting the macronutrient slowly down to an almost CKD type diet. Adjustments are made depending on the speed of fat loss so it varies diet to diet.

The first thing I always do is set a baseline diet before I start my fat loss. This gives me an exact macronutrient and calorie breakdown for current maintenance so I have a reference point. The second is periodic refeeds. I firmly believe the need to increase calories and carbohydrates to prevent metabolic drops. One of the best books on contest diet I have found is Lyle McDonalds UD 2.0.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Beverly Ultra size, Glutamine Select and Ultra 40's. In fact the whole Beverly line is fantastic. I also love SciVation products and AST has an excellent line. I always make sure I have the basics, antioxidants, BCAA's, creatine, Protein Powdersprotein powders and healthy fats like Udo's blends and fish oils.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I had the opportunity to get a departing glimpse of what bodybuilding was "back in the day." There was a camaraderie in the sport back then. It was a discipline, like the martial arts and it was more about being the best you could be. Everyone helped everyone back then.

I remember meeting Don Ross for the first time. I was an 18 year old Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. We spent two hours talking about the Corps. He was as thrilled to speak to me as I was speaking to him. After that he never charged me a dime! Vince's gym was the same. I would spend all day Saturday talking to the staff, getting tips and writing it all down in my journals. It was a great time in my life. Now I just try to be that mentor and hope and pray the sport comes back around again someday.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Currently I promote the OCB "Spirit of America" her in MA. This year will be my third year and my how it's grown! My first year I had around 35 in the show and now I am up to 100! I also do a ton of guest posing, and always do a skit or theme with it. I don't just pose I become a character.

Last year I was Conan, Batman, GI Joe and Phantom of the Opera with my nine year old daughter Kayla. As for shows, I have competed 65 times over 25 years and done quite well, but I have one more show I want a crack at, the NPC Team Universe. Perhaps this year?

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Read widely, but wisely. Everyone has something you can learn, and NO ONE knows it all. Be courteous to the new guys, you were there once too!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My all time favorite is Mohammed Makkawy, but the current crop of natural bodybuilders inspire me the most: IFPA Pro's Doug Miller, Philip "Rico" Ricardo, Earl Snyder and the man who lives bodybuilding more then anyone I know, John Puskarich.