Iron Man Magazine's
BodySpace Physique Of The Month: Kelechi Opara
"If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life!"
And BodySpace member Kelechi Opara, "MadTitan", has been living that way all along. A skinny kid born here in the USA, his Mom raised him in Nigeria as a youngster. He recalls that his dream of being something more kind of started when his Mom gave him his first comic book "Captain America". Reading comic books became his fascination. Later, joining a gym for the first time in 1996 was followed by joining the United States Marine Corp in 1997.
Kelechi found himself part of the elite helicopter Expeditionary Force "Evil Eyes" ultimately finding his way, first on the ground, in Afghanistan at the start of the war right after 9/11. He often worked out with sandbags and eating nothing but lots of MRE's! And a shower after a workout, or at all, never happened. Now working in the Aerospace Industry, Kelechi is a specialist in Aviation Electronics working primarily in helicopter systems and taking him around the world.
But back in 1996 this "MadTitan" could not even do one pull up at the gym. Boot Camp helped him out on that and pretty soon, lifting in the gym became natural for him. His first real gym training came from a free week with a personal trainer back in 1998 and Kelechi started reading Iron Man Magazine and others to learn about diet and more workout ideas. Actually he attributes much of his current conditioning, which is obviously fantastic, to his reading.
Kelechi's workouts are different than many, if not most, of the people I interview. He works out 5 days per week but builds each days routine around heavy compound movements like squats, overhead presses, chin-ups, and others. He adds individual body-part workouts like biceps and such around those compound exercises. He also wears a heart rate monitor while working out to keep himself from "slacking off", keeping his heart rate above 85%. Kelechi describes his diet as "non-linear" and eating more carbs on days he will be doing heavier workouts.
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Kelechi Attributes Much Of His Current Conditioning,
Which Is Obviously Fantastic, To His Reading.
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