- Name: Rev. Dr. Bruce W. Jackson
- E-mail: None
- Age: 44
- Where: Boston, MA
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 150 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :5
- Favorite Bodypart: Calves, but I need improvement everywhere!
- Favorite Exercise: Leg Presses, Vertical leg presses, Incline Bench press.
- Favorite Supplements: Lean Body MRP, Dymatize Super Whey Protein
How Did You Get Started?
I always wanted to try my hand at bodybuilding, dabbling in it here and there over the years. I was a competitive swimmer and that consumed most of my time through college. I competed in a few triathlons before getting married, but eventually settled into a sedentary lifestyle. When I hit 39, I decided that I was getting too soft. I started lifting at the local YMCA, but the weight room was less than ideal. I finally was able to join a more hardcore gym after about two years at the YMCA. I hooked up with a nationally ranked natural bodybuilder who has advised me as a friend and who I now receive training from once a week. I competed for the first time in May of 99 and was hooked.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Currently I train four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). I don't have a set day for each bodypart, but try to mix and match to keep the body in a state of constant flux. For instance, one Monday, I may do chest and arms and then not do chest until the Tuesday of the following week. My typical splits are: Chest, Back, Legs, Shoulders and Arms, though I also do Back/Biceps, Chest Triceps, Legs, Shoulders and either bis or tris. Abs are thrown in 2-3 times a week. I only do cardio when dieting for a contest.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I would have to say that it's a combination of whey protein and eating 6 smaller meals a day. Given the fact that I started bodybuilding in my late thirties, this has helped me the most. Also using EFA's has helped to lower my cholesterol--in a a family with a history of high cholesterol.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I like the challenge of seeing my body shape change and meet my mental image of what I could become. I have always been quite disciplined and the fact that I only have to spend 5 hours a week in the gym fits my busy schedule as an Assistant Dean at a theological seminary. I also like the comraderie of the gym.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I would like to gain overall size (10 pounds at least), especially in the upper body. I also will continue to compete on the masters level and open lightweight class. I enjoy competing --even the dieting!
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Mix things up when you feel stale.