Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Ken George

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How Did You Get Started?

Unlike many other bodybuilders I was the first bodybuilder in my family. I was not familiar with weight lifting until at the last couple of years of high school and then it was a very vague experience. I played high school and college basketball so my goal was much different than now. I used weight training more for the cardiovascular benefits rather than the bodybuilding or muscle building elements.

I began weight training in my college town of Morgantown West Virginia, the home of the Mountaineers. I have a friend (Brian Fellers) which really made me motivated and realize my true potential in bodybuilding. He basically showed me the ropes and began my training experience. As most know, being in college getting up at 5:00 AM is not an ideal idea of fun. This is truly how I began training. I trained 4-5 days a week at 6:00 till 8:00 and later in the evenings did cardio, power pacing, and/or abs. This seemed to work very well until I graduated college and moved to a small town, Elkins WV with a population of about 10,000. I had to adjust to working out alone and trying to keep myself motivated.

After awhile I did pursued a few friends into working out with me and eventually became good workout partners, a key to success. I then joined a local gym, Ultimate Fitness Center and began to kick things in high gear. I began to train for my first competition to be held in Oct 2001. I trained very hard and earned 4th in the men's Middleweight division. This only made me hungry. I proceeded to train harder for the upcoming year. I then competed again in Sept 2002 in the Erie, PA NPC show and won the Middleweight division. I then competed two weeks later in the Pittsburgh, PA NPC show and placed in the 4th. I feel that my better days are still ahead, and with continued hard work anyone can achieve their goals.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I try to keep things changing. I do not like the same routine week after week. I try not to stray too far from my general routine but do like to mix it up a bit and shock different muscle fibers. I do like the training heavy and light reps to make those hard muscle gains. My weight when I started training was about 160 and off-season currently I weigh around 210-215. So need that extra edge in muscle gaining. Here is an example of a typical week.

  • Mon: Chest - Triceps
  • Tue: Back - Biceps (Abs)
  • Wed: Cardio
  • Thu: Shoulders (Abs - Cardio)
  • Fri: Legs (Abs)
  • Sat: Cardio
  • Sun: Off

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I do not generally take many supplements with the exception of protein, some energy drinks, and glutamine. I do feel that taken properly supplements can help achieve your goals a little faster. Just one thing to remember there are no miracles, only supplements.

  • Whey Protein
  • Glutamine
  • Multi Vitamins
  • Speed Stack
  • Ripped Force
  • Occasionally Chromium Picolinate

    Why do you love Bodybuilding?

    I simply love the physical aspect and the mental toughness it takes to be great. This sport requires a lot of mental toughness as well as a lot of self-discipline. I feel this is one of my strong points, the ability to exude self-control, especially when it comes to dieting. I realized after reaching goal after goal that there is nothing you cannot accomplish when you are mentally tough, focused, and are willing to put forth the effort and time required. I feel very blessed to have people around me to support me and push me when I need pushed. I thank god everyday for the abilities I have and for the health to share those with others and share in the knowledge I have received from so many in the past.

    What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

    I currently work as an investment and insurance advisor and love my work. This does consume much of my time, but I will be back on stage in 2003. I love to compete and will start my intense journey once again Jan 1st. I am currently packing on the weight since my last show about 2 months ago. I will continue adding pounds (good pounds) for another 3-4 months, then start my diet for the shows in 2003. Cannot wait.

    What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

    The key is to be consistent. Eating right, training, and keeping a good frame of mind is key, all with consistency. Find something that works for you and keep the routine. Don't get discouraged and always, always stay metally tough. You will look good with the proper diet and consistant weight training, I promise.

    Keep telling yourself this…over and over…

    Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

    Shawn Ray, Flex Wheeler, Kevin Levrone.