Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Guillermo Escalante

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How Did You Get Started?

I have been into fitness since I was 10 years old watching the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. I always pumped iron as a supplement to my sports: football and track. While I always lifted weights on a consistent basis from the ages of 14-23, it was always for the primary purpose of making me a better athlete on the field. After completing college and collegiate sports, a friend inspired me to try bodybuilding. I dieted down from a small 165 at 12% bodyfat to 141 at 5% bodyfat; that was the start of my bodybuilding career in August of 2000.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I can't say that any specific plan has worked best for me since my workouts are ever evolving. I believe in the scientific training principle of periodization, which has been proven time and time again to be the most effective method of training. Although I have found which training splits (i.e. Mon: Quads, hams, calves, Tue: Shoulder, tris, etc.) work best, those change as my body changes. Upon completing each competition, I evaluate which portions of my body are lagging behind others and focus my workouts around my weak that they will become equivalent to rest of my body. One thing I do believe in is in training hard and intensely with not overtraining; I keep my weightlifting between 40-60 minutes max. I often see guys doing marathon 2 hour workouts wondering why they are not growing.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Creatine, glutamine, multi-vitamins, flax seed oil, whey protein, and a good meal replacement are essential.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I like the dedication, discipline, determination, and desire to succeed that go behind being a successful bodybuilder. To be successful at this game, you have to want to do what it takes to be your best: that means dedication and discipline in your workouts, nutrition, supplementation, and recovery. It also means determination to be better than you have ever been before.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Since I am making a jump to the next weight class this year (from lightweight to Middleweight), I plan on doing some big regional shows in the LA area, culminating at the Cal State Championships. I will also do some local shows at the end of the year such as the MuscleMania World In November and the IronMan/Ironmaiden in December. I plan to peak for the state championship in May and the Musclemania World in Nov. In 2004, I will focus on the 2 biggies: the NPC USA Championships and the NPC National Championships. Although many friends want me to do the USA's again this year (I competed at the 2001 and 2002 NPC USA's), I feel I would be better off growing for another year and gaining more local recognition at my new weight class.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Make bodybuilding a big and important part of your life, but DO NOT make it your entire life! Family, friends, career, and other things must be juggled with your every day demands. Lucky for me, I was able to combine my passion for fitness, sports, and sports medicine with my career as I own a company that performs physical therapy, personal training, and sports medicine services...we all practice what we preach at SportsPros (Check out the website at

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

The Pros: Franco Columbo, Frank Zane, Arnold (the oak), Lou Ferrigno, Ahmad Haidar, Gunter Schliercamp, Jay Cutler, Bob Cicherelo. My bodybuilding peers: Kelly Bautista, Chris Snell, Eryk Bui, Paul Medrano, Paul Ciccone...these are all great guys that inspire me to be better...especially since I sometimes compete against them!

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