A native of Japan, Stan is one of the most popular and talented Asian bodybuilders of all time. He credits his success to eating clean year-round, training intelligently and supplementation. I recently had the opportunity to query Stan on his life and future plans.
[ Q ] First Stan, tell me about your recent NPC showing. Did things go as planned, and when will you compete next.
A: I just competed in the
NPC Nationals held in Dallas, TX. I was runner up for the second year in a row. Things did not go as planned as I was hoping for a win this time around.
Last year I was off and lost to a very good Jimmy Canyon. This year I felt I was on, but the judges decided to go with a different look. Hey, you win some and you lose some... back to the drawing board.
[ Q ] What did you think of the recent Olympia?
A: I enjoyed this years
Olympia. I felt the quality of competitors was average, but I still enjoyed the show.
I thought the new format was interesting but was disappointed to see Dexter Jackson lose out a placing because of it. I don't feel it made the show any better.
[ Q ] Please give me some background on yourself Stan. What inspired you to become a bodybuilder?
A: I got into lifting weights to try and put on some more size so I could play college
football. I was recruited by a few schools but lacked size.
As I started to lift I was told by many that I had great potential to do well if I ever decided to compete. I entered my first competition as a dare and here I am now!
[ Q ] How would you describe the training and diet programs you used at the beginning of your bodybuilding career. How do these compare to your current training and diet strategies?
A: Believe it or not, my diets in the beginning of my career were much more hardcore than they are today, very bland, very plain and very hard to handle. I am still very, very anal about my
dieting as I never cheat, but the foods I eat today are much more diverse than they were lets say 5 years ago.
My training has changed a bit as well. I used to lift very old school and very heavy with everything I do. Today I have learned much more about my body and what works for me. I still need to lift heavy, but I lift much smarter now. I am all about angles and different techniques.
[ Q ] What are your current bodybuilding goals?
A: My current bodybuilding
goal is to earn my IFBB Pro card. It was never really a dream of mine but now it is just something I am itching to get that has slipped from my fingers these last two years.
My ultimate goal however would be to help bring the sport of bodybuilding back to an age of aesthetics. The look of Greek gods not freak gods.
[ Q ] What would you consider to be your greatest bodybuilding achievement?
A: I would have to say that one of my greatest bodybuilding achievements would be that I am one of the very few fully sponsored amateur bodybuilders on the circuit today.
There are even many PRO athletes out there who don't have a contract with a major supplement company. I feel grateful to be able to compete and make a living at it and still be an amateur bodybuilder!
[ Q ] What are your non-bodybuilding-related goals?
A: My first non-bodybuilding-related goal for 2005 is to become an active stunt man. I plan on bursting into the movie industry as a stunt man this coming year. I also plan on starting a new clothing line by the summer of 2005 and even open up a new training facility.
There are more goals for me, but these are the ones on the top of my list.
[ Q ] You appear to have an exceptionally well-conditioned physique, with few weak points. What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses from a physical point of view?
A: I will start off with my weak points since I feel the judges are trying to put a point across out to me... I need more muscle to add to this frame of mine.
I have been a middleweight far to long and it is time to make my natural progression to the light-heavyweight class. I don't feel I have very many weak points except for the fact that I lack overall mass. As I grow everything else will follow and I believe will still flow.
[ Q ] In your experience, is supplementation worth considering? If so, what supplements would you recommend and why?
A: Supplementation is definitely a consideration. There is now way the average person can consume enough protein in solid foods to make the kinds of progress one should.
This is why protein powders are essential in my book.
[ Q ] Who on the bodybuilding stage today impresses you most and why? Are their any past bodybuilders you admire and for what reasons?
A: Dexter Jackson has the complete package in bodybuilding. Hands down an exceptional physique.
[ Q ] What advice would you give to a beginning bodybuilder wanting to add a tremendous amount of muscle size before refining? Do you recommend this mass-gaining approach?
A: I for one have never been big on packing on tons of weight just to work your ass off by trying to melt if off. I believe in putting on quality muscle each year without getting out of shape. I want to look good most of the year, not like some fat ass.
[ Q ] It seems that bodybuilding is all consuming for many people. What would you consider to be of greater importance to you than bodybuilding?
A: I agree. Bodybuilding is not my life, it is my hobby. Too many of these guys let bodybuilding consume their life and get lost on the dream of being Mr. Olympia or somebody like that. Get real!
A greater importance to me other than bodybuilding would be my health, my family and my friends.
[ Q ] In your view, what is the value of aerobic exercise? How much emphasis do you place on aerobic training off-season and pre-contest?
A: For the first time in my career I implemented
cardio training into my diet. It has helped out quit a bit more I would have to say.
It helped me to tighten up just a bit more and still keep mass.
As for off-season cardio... like I said before, I don't like to let myself become a fat ass in the off-season, so I don't eat too crazy. No cardio for me in the off-season.
[ Q ] Is there anything you would like to add that hasn't been covered in this interview?
A: Yes, please come by my website and check out
www.stanmcquay.com and also check out my forum at
http://stanmcquay.proboards32.com/ where anybody can come by to ask questions and get answers on anything that has to do with bodybuilding and more!
Thank you very much for your time Stan
It was a pleasure David