Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Give It More Okammor

Lifting as a college football player wasn't fun for Emeka, but he did it to stay competitive. When he discovered bodybuilding after college, weights became his life!

Name: Emeka Okammor
Age: 25  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 255 lbs off, 220 lbs contest
Location: Orlando, FL
Years Bodybuilding: 2

How Did You Get Started?

It's funny, I actually hated lifting weights, but as a high school and college athlete I could not avoid the weight room. I used to hide in the parking lot while my team lifted weights in high school! I played football at the University of Central Florida and the weight coaches there were into bodybuilding, so I begin to gain interest as I listened to them talk about the sport.

I still didn't like to lift weights, but I gained an interest in the sport. After graduation, I continued to lift and realized that I loved the weight room I just didn't like football lifting (cleans, dumbbell snatch, squat jumps, etc). I began to research the sport and I learned how to train, diet, and supplement. Two years later, I entered my first competition, Southern Isles Bodybuilding, and placed third in the heavyweight open class and fourth in the heavyweight novice class.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have tried many plans, but I like FST-7 the best. I found that it gives me the biggest pump. While getting ready for my show, I use a mixture of FST-7 and basic volume training.

I train six days per week when I'm getting ready for a competition and 4 days per week in the off-season.

I usually use the sixth day during in-season training as a catch up day to work the muscles I feel are behind. This is not a hard or strenuous day. Mainly, this is a day of mind-to-muscle connection. I usually work about 3-4 exercises for 3-4 sets of 8-15 reps.

I don't believe in "light," I believe in heavy as possible for amount of reps desired. For instance, if I'm doing 4 sets of 12 on incline press, I believe the weight should inflict failure or get you as close to failure as possible by your last 2-or-3 reps. I've learned that lifting light weight will not get you toned, that is what diet and cardio is for.

I keep an eye on the clock always to make sure I'm giving myself adequate rest time between sets. Your body usually tells you if your rest periods are correct.

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Abs/Arms

Day 3: Chest/Triceps

Day 4: Back/Biceps

Day 5: Shoulders/Traps

Day 6: Catch Up

    Work any muscle(s) you feel is behind.

Day 7: Off

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I watch what I eat all year and make sure that I never get more than 30 pounds from my competition weight. I try to stick to basic math for weight loss when it comes to my contest diet: five carb deplete days and two carb refeed days. As the contest nears, I go to six carb deplete days and one carb refeed day followed by an inspection by my coach Paul Revelia.

My foods generally stay the same. I only change the amounts.

Breakfast: 7:30 A.M.
Morning Snack: 10:00 A.M.
Lunch: 12:00 P.M.
Afternoon Snack: 2:30 P.M.
Pre-Workout: 4:30 P.M.
Late Night Dinner: 10:00 P.M.
Late Night Protein: 12:00 A.M.

Protein: 241 grams | Carbs: 153 grams

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I believe the greatest creation in the supplement industry is whey protein! This helped me make great strides in my athletic career. Adding a proprietary blend and your protein selection is critical.

Creatine, no matter what some people say, has been a great supplement for me. It has helped me gain mass strength over the years. I believe in the theory that says "the stronger the muscle, the bigger the muscle."

Last, I have received a tremendous amount of help from thermogenics. They have helped me reach and burn fat in those hard-to-reach areas I couldn't reach with diet alone. The delivery of thermogenic formula is only getting better and better each year.

With Breakfast
Pre-Workout: 4:40 P.M.
Before Gym: 5:00 P.M.
Intra-Workout: 5:30 P.M.
With Late Night Protein: 12:00 A.M.

Why Do You Love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding has served as a home for my competitive nature. After playing football for UCF, I felt a competitive void that bodybuilding has fulfilled in my life. I also love the challenge bodybuilding presents. Unlike any other sport that I've ever played or competed in, bodybuilding requires full 24-hours-per-day commitment. Your commitment turns into sacrifice, and sacrifice can be made visible on stage.

Bodybuilding has become part of my life. I am praying that at some point bodybuilding can begin to create means for me to be able to do it more.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I really enjoy being healthy. I'm more energetic, I don't get sick as often, and I like the look. I spent most of my life overweight and eating whatever I could get my hands on. But pursuing healthiness has been much more rewarding than a double cheese burger could ever be. I want to live a long time and enjoy as much life as possible. Following a healthy lifestyle will help me with this goal.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am really working hard because I expect to enjoy a bright future in bodybuilding and also in the business of health and nutrition.

I am now currently training to make my second on-stage appearance of the year at the Mid Florida Classic. Last, I want to catch a LVLV show sometime at the end of this year. I plan to take next year off and focus on putting slabs of muscle on.

I want to eventually earn a pro card. Even though I know that road is tough, I am already on it. Working hard and keeping my mind on my dream of stepping on stage against the likes of Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren, Jay, Phil, etc. One day ...

I'm currently running a weight management company titled Simple Fitness LLC. It went live last year and has been stirring up quite a little buzz. We help people reach or get on track with their weight management goals, whether it is to lose fat or gain muscle. We operate solely online as of now but we are in the beginning stages of obtaining gym space and launching our first ever gym. This has been an exciting experience and we are looking forward to what the future will bring.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Amateur bodybuilders need to have fun. Contests are short and sweet. Enjoy every moment. Take a ton a pictures so that when you're old and gray you can have proof of how awesome you were in your prime.

Lastly, be the best bodybuilder that you can be and do not become discouraged. Hit the drawing board and continue to learn your body. Unfortunately, there are no classes that teach you about you.

"Be the best bodybuilder you can be."

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I love Lee Haney and what he has done since walking away from competitive bodybuilding. He is truly inspirational to me.

I appreciate what Arnold did for the sport and also how Dorian Yates changed the game, hitting the stage with undeniable mass.

Kai Greene has taken posing to another level; Ronnie Coleman became the definition of big and strong, not to mention successful.

Lastly, Jay and Phil: the new rivalry in bodybuilding. But Branch is lurking in the shadows.

What Features Do You Use On

The question should be what I don't use on I use just about everything within my top 5 features:

  1. Contests: I have to see who's doing what, who's winning what, how this person looked, etc.
  2. Store: The best place to purchase contest supplies (trunks, oil, tan, etc.).
  3. Videos: I love to watch some of the series, especially the webcast.
  4. Training: Great place to find full workouts when I'm feeling too lazy to make my own.
  5. Forum: Last, but definitely not least: The forum, which is flooded with great advice from many experts.
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