An Interview With 2007 Colorado Pro Competitor Tricky Jackson.

First time Colorado Pro competitor, Tricky Jackson, is no stranger to the bodybuilding stage and with around eight pounds of new muscle, 2007 is looking to be a good year for Tricky. Learn more about him here!

First time Colorado Pro competitor, Tricky Jackson, is no stranger to the bodybuilding stage having competed as an amateur in the bantamweight through to middleweight classes since 1988.

In 2005 Tricky, who has competed as pro twice - at the 2006 Europa and 2007 Keystone shows - won the NPC Nationals as a middleweight and he is currently establishing himself as one of the better balanced "smaller" IFBB competitors around and one of its most entertaining posers.

A busy man with a full schedule - he also works as a contest promoter and consultant, makes regular appearances onstage and on behalf of his sponsor MPH, maintains a website, and helps to raise his three children - he has somehow found the time to make some significant improvements to his physique.

With around eight pounds of new muscle and overall improvements in balance and shape, 2007 is looking to be a good year for Tricky. At the Colorado Pro he promises to impress with both his physique and brilliant posing skills.


[ Q ] Please provide some background on yourself. How did you become a pro bodybuilder?

    I pride myself on being the only NPC athlete to ever win all of the NPC national events - the 1996 Junior Nationals and Junior USA lightweight champ's, 1997 USA lightweight champ, 1998 Team Universe Lightweight champ (also 2001 welterweight champ, and 2003,2004 middleweight champ).

    I am also the only athlete to win in three different divisions - I am the 1998 North American Lightweight champion (also 2005 middleweight champ) and the 2005 Nationals Middleweight Champ - this is where I earned my pro card.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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[ Q ] When did you start training for the Colorado pro and exactly how is your preparation going?

    I started training 11 weeks ago and I am just coming off the Keystone Classic Pro show (editors note: Tricky placed 15th at the Keystone Pro and blew the audience away with his posing). So, I will have been on the diet a total of 12 weeks. Prep is awesome- body fat is down to a little under 4%. I have had some trouble getting rid of the water since putting on over 15 pounds of muscle since I turned pro.


[ Q ] What are you doing to prepare for this show, training and nutrition-wise?

    My training regimen stays close to the same year round in terms of weights, reps, and sets. About the last two weeks when the body fat is low and the carbs are low I drop the weight by around 20% and push out higher reps.

    My diet is close to the same as an amateur but more of the same foods because I have added muscle. The last four weeks are the most crucial, I go to all fish and egg whites and high/low carbs for about four days then carb up on the 5th day.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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[ Q ] Have you a supplement strategy for this show? What products do you use and what results have you been getting from them?

Probolic

    I use a lot of protein powder in my diet. I use Probolic by MHP and I also use MHP's Trac (sustain released creatine) pre-workout and their glutamine formula post workout.

    Last but not least- I add MHP's Leukidrol that last four weeks before the show for its anti-catabolic and muscle sparing effects.


[ Q ] What is your strategy for the final week before this show?

    I try to be ready for a show at least a week ahead of time. The last week is just a matter of coasting in. I started cutting water and sodium about two-days-out and I only carb up the day before because of carb sensitivity.


[ Q ] What has been the hardest challenge in preparing for this show and why?

    I am also a show promoter- I put on the NPC Bluegrass Novice Championships and have also added the NPC KY State Championships as well. The show is August 25th, but I have had a lot of early preparation to do for this event. Add in a full-time job, maintaining a website, three kids, consultation, and appearances for MHP and you can see time is of the essence for me. Also I just recently relocated to Louisville KY and have had some trouble keeping good training partners.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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[ Q ] What can the fans expect to see from you when you hit the stage?

    Well I plan to be six to eight pounds bigger than last year and tighter. I will still have my classic lines and symmetry. Also expect a kick ass routine - look out IFBB.


[ Q ] What improvements have you made since your last competitive outing?

    I have brought up my shoulders as well as my arms to help improve my overall balance/aesthetics. I have also begun to learn how to bring back the conditioning with my added size.


[ Q ] What are your competitive plans for the remainder of this year, after the Colorado Pro?

    My next show will be the Europa in the 210lb and under division. I really want to support this division- I would love to see it added to all pro shows. It will add some interest to the sport. I also think that the winner of the division should get an Olympia bid.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2007 IFBB Keystone Pro Classic.
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[ Q ] What are your long-term bodybuilding goals?

    I would like to eventually place in the money at a couple of shows, to qualify for the Olympia, and I would also like to compete in the Masters Olympia if they bring it back in the next couple of years. Not as concerned with winning - placing would be great. I would also like to establish myself as one of the all time best posers to ever hit the IFBB stage


[ Q ] What do you like most about being a pro bodybuilder?

    The opportunity to get to compete as well as build bonds with the best in the world.


[ Q ] Would you like to thank any sponsors or other support people?

    Thanks to Gerard Dente of MHP for their support and to all my family and friends. I also thank God for bringing me so far in the sport of bodybuilding.