After a great showing at this year's New York Pro Show, nationally recognised personal trainer and nutritionist, Brian Chamberlain, is gunning for even greater honors at the upcoming Colorado Pro.
On the New York stage Brian captured eighth place, beating both King Kamali and comeback man John Sherman, with leg development from another planet comprising and supporting a ripped, well-balanced physique. Known as the new giant killer, the five foot three inch Brian packs a lot of balanced mass on his frame.
In 2005 he came close to winning The Wild Card Showdown at the Olympia Weekend (won by a ripped to shreds David Henry) and had the audience on their feet with his entertaining posing display. Looking at the physique of Brian it is hard to pick any flaws - he is that well put together.
However, in a sport dominated by mass monsters he is often overlooked. One thing is for sure though: if the judging guidelines were based on shape and balanced mass Brain would be a frontrunner in any show he entered. His time may come. Bring on Shawn Ray's Colorado Pro.
[ Q ] You looked amazing at the recent New York Pro. What did you do you achieve that level of conditioning?
[ A ] Thank you for the compliment. I basically dieted for 10 weeks. I kept my carbs between 26 grams and 110 grams. I ate six meals a day and I added a protein shake in the middle of the night. Non-training days would be my lower carb days while on leg and back day I would take in around 100 grams comprised of one cup of oats in the am then 60 grams of Vitargo, post workout.
On chest and biceps, as well as shoulders and triceps days, my carbs were around 50 grams from a 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 30 grams of Vitargo. I am currently following a four-day split, while giving abs and calves their own days. Quads and hams fall on day one, chest and biceps are on day two, calves and abs day three, shoulders and triceps day four, back and rear delts on day five and calves and abs again on day six.
Non-training days I do cardio two times a day, while on training days I do cardio once in the am for 40 minutes. Leg day I do cardio on the stepper right after training legs.
The last week from Saturday till Wednesday, I kept my carbs at 26 a day using 1/2 cup of oats in the am. I also salt everything Saturday till Wednesday, stopping all salt in take at 5pm on Wednesday. On Wednesday I brought my carbs up to about 230 grams and the same for Thursday backing off them on Friday - I only took about 200 at this time. 5pm Friday I stopped my water. I plan on doing this years Keystone Pro then going off to the Colorado Pro. For the Keystone, I may try coming in a little heavier, as I felt I was a little flat at the New York Pro Show. All in all, it should be a good learning experience.
[ Q ] How did your New York Pro training and nutrition plans compare to those used for previous shows? Did you make any changes?
[ A ] I kept my carbs a little lower this year because the judges told me last year to be shaper which I think is what contributed to my flatness. I also followed a different training split. Last year I followed a three-day split with one day off then I would repeat this.
In an eight-day period I would hit each muscle group two times. This year I went back to a more traditional four-day split, hitting each body part once a week.
[ Q ] Many feel you were overlooked at the New York Pro. How did it feel to receive eighth place?
[ A ] Well of course everyone wants to win when they compete, so from that standpoint, sure I was a little disappointed. I do feel as though I got overlooked, especially last year, but at the NY pro this year I can't say that I was unfairly judged.
But I will say that with the letter that the IFBB sent out in regard to big growth belly's and big waist lines and how they would not be tolerated - as they would like the athletes to have a more symmetrical look with a tight waist line - I believe that the top five should have been different. You know what they say about opinions though, they are like @ssholes, and everyone has one!
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At The 2007 New York Pro.
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[ Q ] How do you think the show was run overall?
[ A ] Smooth. I felt that we were treated well and taken care of.
[ Q ] What do you need to do to break through to the top spots at you next show?
[ A ] I believe I can break the top five as long as I am full and hard. The New York Pro was not my best showing. We will see with the next few shows coming up if I am right or not.
[ Q ] I hear you will be competing in this years Colorado, Europa and Atlantic City pro shows - quite a busy schedule. What is your game plan for each show?
[ A ] The game plan is to win, my friend. Easier said then done, with the athletes that I will be competing against. My game plan is not yet set in stone, as I am looking to use each show for a learning experience to get my timing down perfect.
[ Q ] You took second to David Henry in 2005 at the first ever Olympia Wildcard Showdown, beating some good guys in the process. What are your thoughts on this show?
[ A ] I wish they would bring it back. The Wildcard added some excitement to the Mr. Olympia Weekend. And that is exactly what this sport needs, more excitement.
I am committed to making a better stage performance in an effort to add some excitement, as well as draw more attention to myself for being an entertainer, as well as an athlete. Dave was the harder guy that night, so I believe that they made the right call, although I would have liked to win.
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[ Q ] What are your long-term bodybuilding goals?
[ A ] To compete at the highest level possible. Also to be able to make a living at what I love to do. I am currently not under contract. I was under contract after winning the over-all at the North American in 2004 with a company called Cell Basics - however last May of 2006, they went under. I also train a group of athletes made up of bodybuilders and figure/fitness competitors, which I would like to build on.
[ Q ] What are your main strengths as a competitor?
[ A ] Onstage my legs, back and symmetry are my best attributes. I feel that I am more approachable than some of the guys as well. I will always take time to speak with fans and people who approach me.
[ Q ] You do have some of the meanest looking legs around. How do you train them?
[ A ] Hard! Basic compound movements using lots of heavy weight is how I train legs. Squats, leg presses, barbell lunges, sissy squats, leg extensions and one-legged squats. My legs just seem to like the big weights.
[ Q ] For those who do not know you as well as some of the more "high profile" guys give us some background? What got you started in bodybuilding and why did you decide to turn pro?
[ A ] I began competing when I was 17 years old. I have always been active and played different sports as a kid and teen. I played football briefly, ran track briefly, wrestled briefly, hunted since the age of 12, skate boarded for 10 years, snow boarded for six years all the while lifting weights on and off.
I was always known for being built and strong for my size and age. At about the age of 16 I began to lift five-days-a-week and continued until this day. As of now that's 16 years I have been training. Holy sh!t that's a long time but I still love the feeling of getting stronger each week.
Above and beyond everything else, the best part about weight lifting is pushing myself during every workout. The feeling after a workout of knowing I gave it my all, literally to the point of getting sick, seeing stars, or having a standing eight count made me feel good about my self.
The high I would get after a kick-@ss workout is what kept me going back. It was the one thing that was always there not no matter what was going on in my life. It was a release, a way to deal with anger and stress at times. Bodybuilding also taught me patience, persistent, and perseverance.
I competed my first time at the age of 17 in an AAU bodybuilding contest at the request of a friend at the gym. I won my weight class and the overall in the teenage category, thus the beginning of my bodybuilding career. With the thirst of wanting to win and better myself as a bodybuilder, I began reading everything I could get my hands on to become better.
I competed my first time as an adult at the age of 20-years-old at the New Jersey 1995 NPC Muscle Beach where once again I won my class and the open Overall as a light weight. Six weeks later I won my class at the NPC Classic and was encouraged to go compete at the Nationals by Gary Udit; PA chairman.
I knew one thing and that was there was no way in h*ll I was going to the nationals as a lightweight! I needed to grow. I took off from competing from 1995 till 1998 and moved up to the middleweights, winning my class and the overall at the NPC Pittsburgh Championships.
Six weeks later I competed in my first national level competition, the Jr. Nationals, where I took second to the over all winner Kevin English who later that year turned pro by winning the middle weight class at the NPC Nationals.
In 2004 I won the IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships earning my pro status. I took 7th at the Charlotte Pro in 2005, than took second at the Mr. Olympia Wildcard Showdown. In 2006 I placed eighth at the Montreal Pro Classic and sixth at the Atlantic City Pro.
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[ Q ] What do you do career-wise other than bodybuilding?
[ A ] I previously owned a gym, Fitness Extreme, for six years, closing it last May of 2006. I moved my client base to a local Gold's after closing my gym, and made a deal with the owner giving the house a very small percentage of my earnings.
I have an office where I do weight management consulting and personal training for the average person. I also train athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness and figure competitors.
In addition I write a question and answer column for Muscle Mag International, which can be found in the sets and reps section of the mag, which has been fun. Just recently I have begun working for BSN writing both training and motivational articles, along with editorials, which I am very excited about.
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[ Q ] What has been your greatest bodybuilding moment so far?
[ A ] I would have to say winning the 2004 Mr. North American overall, along with my second place at the Wildcard. The audience at the Wildcard was awesome. They were pumped full of energy and really into the show. It was one of the best times I have ever had onstage while doing my routine. So much so, that I threw my routine out the window part way through and started playing to the audience, it was a great feeling.
[ Q ] Who has had the greatest impact on your success as a competitor?
[ A ] My Family has been there and backed me from day one. Without them I would not be where I am today. Now my wife Julie has been an even bigger supporter of my training and competing, as she is a national champion cheerleader and a gymnast. She has also competed in one fitness competition were she placed second to new IFBB Pro Christy Green, before the birth of our son Brian Junior just seven months ago.
We are both happy to announce that baby number two is on the way. Aside from my family I have a very loyal and hard working, and slightly crazy, training partner, Eric McGee, who just won the overall at the Mountain Valley as a light heavy weight.
[ Q ] Any final words?
[ A ] Yes, Thank you for the opportunity for this interview. If there is anyone interested in contacting me for seminars, guest appearances, training or if there are any companies looking for a solid athlete to sponsor I can be reached through my website via e-mail at www.brianchamberlain.net. Or call 610-348-5524.
[ Q ] Thank you Brian, it was all my pleasure.
[ A ] Thanks David for your time and consideration.