Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Travis O'Conner

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  • Name: Travis O'Conner
  • E-mail: toconner@uoregon.edu
  • Age: 21
  • Where: Eugene, Oregon
  • Height: 6'1/2"
  • Weight: 192 Contest, 218 Off
  • Years Bodybuilding :3
  • Favorite Bodypart: All Of Them
  • Favorite Exercise: Bench Press
  • Favorite Supplements: N-Large, Optimum Whey, Kre-Alkalyn

How Did You Get Started?

My father was into bodybuilding during his younger years, and his knowledge and passion for not only weightlifting but physical fitness and sports passed right onto my brothers and I. My older brother was into a bodybuilding when we was my age, and I watched him transform from a real lean tall kid to a huge but still very defined 6'3" or 6'4" 235lb monster. I'm not as tall as him, but I wanted to challenge myself to be the best that I could.

In high school I was always strong for my size but not necessarily that big. I worked out consistently, but I was only working out, I was not training. I began to train with my brother, who taught me a great deal of what I have learned about the sport thus far. Soon I was addicted to bodybuilding. After about a year and a half I was seeing some serious results.

When I first began to train I weighed about 170lbs, I currently weigh about 218-220 while still lean around or under 10% body fat. I have very good genes to build muscle and stay lean, and the more I trained the more I improved. Eventually, I was told I should try competing in bodybuilding. So I decided this past year to do just that. My first competition was in May of 2009. It was the 2009 NPC Oregon Ironman.

After my first taste of competition, I was hooked. I since have competed in the Oregon State Championships, winning 1st in the Under 21 Division and the Seven Feathers Competition placing 2nd in Light Heavyweight to the overall winner.

Travis O'Conner.
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Travis O'Conner.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

This is just a sample workout. I believe firmly in adding and subtracting exercise to confuse muscles. I do not like to be bogged down in a "routine" where you always do the same thing. For most exercise I do 1 maybe 2 warm-up sets, followed by 3-4 work sets till failure.

Day 1 - Back And Hamstrings

Day 2 - Chest, Triceps And Abs

Day 3 - Biceps And Quads

Day 4 - Shoulders, Traps, Abs, Calves

Travis O'Conner.
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Travis O'Conner.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

This is just a sample meal, I eat a variety of foods as most people do but on any given day my diet may look like this.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Travis O'Conner.
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Travis O'Conner.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have always had to use weight gainer proteins. Gaining weight and mass doesn't come easily; I'm naturally very lean and thin. I used Prolabs N-Large a great deal. I also experienced good gains from Kre-Alkalyn and USPLabs Prime. NO-Xplode or Buzzerk from the M.A.S.S. Project has always been a good energy supp for me as well.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is an individual activity. It's not that I do not like team sports, but I love how the only person I have to rely on and hold accountable is myself. If I win 1st place or get last, it is all up to me. (And the judges but you know what I mean) I also enjoy seeing the progress made and how one can change their body into just about whatever they want, as long as they are committed to do so.

I also enjoy bodybuilding because it is a therapy session for me. I feel at home when I'm in the weight room. All the stresses and bullsh*t life throws at me seems to disappear when I am training. The gym is my "happy place" and the worst part about it is when I have to leave, knowing I have 24 more hours before I will be back.

Bodybuilding isn't just a hobby; it is an entire lifestyle requiring one to push yourself to improve every day. I always try to remember, if your not getting better, your getting worse.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I have had a healthy lifestyle engrained in my life for many years. But I simply want to get better, bigger, stronger, more defined, and I want to win.

Travis O'Conner.
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Travis O'Conner.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

My brother, Luke was and still is a huge inspiration to me. He really pushed me and showed me what I could be if I wanted it. He had created an impressive physique which inspired me to do the same. He once told me "Every day is a battle, and I love to fight." My younger brother, Jesse, won the 2009 Oregon High School 6A Football State Championship.

This was really motivating for me as well because he played 6 games including all of the playoffs with a severely fracture wrist. Even with his injuries that attempted to set him back, he was a dominating force at nose guard on one of the toughest high school defenses ever seen in the state of Oregon. All around me I witnessed people push themselves to be great, to continually get better, and to never settle or accept mediocrity.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am not entirely sure about the future. I do know I love the sport and I know I want to keep competing. I'll just have to see how successful I can be, and where this takes me. I have to at least win a sword and a battle ax at some point though. Let's get that battle gear Kevin! After the 2010 competition year, I plan to take some time off to step up into the heavyweights. When I am confident with my physique to compete at that weight, I plan to compete in natural competitions and once day earn a natural pro-card.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Good biceps make good arms, good triceps make great arms.

Quality, not quantity.

If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.

It is not about the weight you lift; it is about how you lift the weight.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are Alex Moan, Kevin Anderson, and Luke O'Conner. I also like Cedric McMillan, Frank Zane, Tom Platz, Serge Nubret, Porter Cottrell and of course Arnold. Can't forget about Ronnie either.

Travis O'Conner.
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Travis O'Conner.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I really enjoy the height, weight, and measurements tools. It is nice to have a platform to record and track progress and gains. Also, communicating with others who share the same love for fitness helps with motivation and training. Bodybuilding.com users have provided me with advice, criticism and compliments that have been helpful.