Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Travis Newton

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How Did You Get Started?

Throughout my entire life I have been very active in sports and fitness. I loved football and wrestling and once I got into high school and started training in the off season for them I found a new passion for lifting weights. By having my mom as a personal trainer and a dad who was into bodybuilding I had all the help I needed to become the best athlete my body would allow me to be.

They pushed me to become better and I thank them every day for that. Training for wrestling and football was entirely different than bodybuilding as I wanted to be quicker, faster, and more explosive. After I ended my high school career in sports I wanted to start something new that involved physical fitness. That's when my journey in bodybuilding started.

In high school I was very strong and athletic for my size but was not the biggest. I graduated at a weight of 145 but that would soon change as my lifting routine changed from just working out to serious training. After about a year I improved a lot and was told I should enter into the 2009 NPC Oregon State Championships.

After a receiving a 5th place finish in the Junior Men's class I was satisfied in the fact that I had competed in my first show but being as competitive as I am I wanted to be the one who received the first place trophy. I made a commitment that day to myself to stay focused and dedicated to my training and nutrition and come into the 2010 season with the biggest, fullest, and leanest physique that my genetics and body would allow.

Since that day I have competed in the Junior Men's under 20 class in the 2010 Emerald Cup, 2010 Vancouver Natural, 2010 Oregon Ironman, and the 2010 Seven Feathers Classic taking 1st in each show in that division. I also took first in the novice middleweight class at the 2010 Seven Feathers Classic. This was a very successful year as you can see but I know I have a lot of work to do to stay at the top.

I only plan on getting better and better each and every day so that I can one day become a professional natural bodybuilder. With the help of my mom training me in the gym to get bigger and helping preparing my meals and my other coaches Kristi and Uepati Tauti of Team I-Physique I will continue to get competition ready!

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Travis Newton

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I like to keep things simple and get as much blood to the muscle as quickly as possible. My workouts never go over 45 minutes unless I have cardio that day. My body is naturally lean so I find that I get the most gains doing a higher rep range.

Day 1: Chest/Calves
Day 2: Quads/Hamstrings/Abs
Day 3: Back
Day 4: Shoulders/Abs
Day 5: Biceps/Triceps
Day 6 And 7: Off

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Travis Newton

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

This is my typical bulking diet during my off season. I am only 20 and a hard gainer so I need plenty of carbs and protein with each meal. Usually I will allow myself a cheat meal once a week to reward my body for a great week of gains.

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3:
Meal 4: Pre Workout
Meal 5: Post Workout
Meal 6:
Meal 7:
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Travis Newton

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

One of my good friends and coaches Uepati Tauti introduced me to Hany Rambod's Evogen line. I have never been more satisfied with a product than his! All his supplements are amazing and I will continue to use them. I am sensitive to caffeine and his pre workout EVP contains none so I can still get the amazing pump but without the jitters. And the foundation of my nutrition comes from the protein products by Optimum Nutrition. They are proven to work. Lastly, I just started taking Carnivor by MuscleMeds and so far I am impressed.

With Meal 1:
Pre Workout
Post Workout
With Meal 7:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Throughout my life I have had a passion for individual sports. To my days as a wrestler I loved the feeling knowing that whatever I achieved depended on how hard I worked at it. With bodybuilding it is the same way. From what you eat to how you train is all your hands!

It teaches you a great deal of responsibility and dedication that carries over to your personal life from school or work. Also, you meet great and friendly people in this sport. At the Vancouver USA I met lifelong friends in Kristi and Uepati Tauti of I-Physique. They have helped me in becoming a great bodybuilder. I have tremendous respect for them.

I also love bodybuilding because it relaxes me when I get too much going on in my life which seems to happen a lot lately with going to school and working at the same time. But it gives me the therapy I need to continue to get better and keep a strong work ethic so I can achieve the things I want to in life and not worry about the stresses that come my way.

I also like seeing the transformation your body can make from being in the off season to competing. It's almost like an art form that I am trying to critique and shape to become better and better. The work I put in adds effects that in previous weeks I never had. To me bodybuilding is a lifestyle change. Each and every day I strive to get bigger and better than the previous day. As a good friend once told me, "If you're not getting better, you're getting worse."

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

My grandpa always told me to do something amazing! Something that makes the people in attendance remember what they just witnessed. By seeing the struggle he went through to come to my sporting events put a desire in my heart to do something amazing for him.

Whenever I thought I couldn't work harder or push myself in the last round or last set of an exercise I remembered him and what he goes through every day. This helped me achieve my goals in being a 3 time all-state wrestler in high school and winning several contests in bodybuilding.

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Travis Newton

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Right now I just got done competing at the 2011 Vancouver USA in the open middleweight class. Now my focus is getting ready for the 2011 Emerald Cup. I feel with the way I am gaining I should bring a physique that will be competitive. My main goal is to one day earn a natural pro card and become a mentor to kids who want to become bodybuilders.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Bodybuilding is a journey not a race. Take the time you need to allow your body to grow naturally and make every rep count. And it is not about the amount of weight you lift, it is how you lift the weight. Make sure you squeeze the muscle as you reach your peak of every rep. Consistency is key in becoming a better bodybuilders. Make sure you get your meals in at the right times and get plenty of sleep to recover.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are Travis O'Connor, Justin Young, Cody Lewis, Uepati Tauti, and Dan Simpson. Cannot forget about figure and bikini competitors, as Traci Newton, Kristi Tauti, and Kiana Phi have also been very inspirational. I also have an appreciation for guys like Mark Dugdale, Dorian Yates, Branch Warren, Phil Heath, and of course Arnold who paved the way. Can't forget the monster that is Ronnie!

What Features Do You Use On

Forums and BodySpace. Both of these have helped me pick up new tips that have helped with my success.