How Did You Get Started?
I was first introduced to weight lifting by my father, I was pretty young but I can still remember the sound of him screaming coming from the garage. I know he always wanted me to catch the bug but I never did really. I didn't see the point I guess.
In high school, I was a pretty good athlete and especially at football, I was small but I still hit like a truck, speed made up for a lot. I was always told I had a future in football but I never took it seriously.
I ended up getting in some trouble when I was a junior and got suspended for the first 4 games of my senior season of football. They said I could serve the suspension then or serve it during baseball, I couldn't hit a ball for crap so it didn't really hurt my feelings too much. The baseball coach ended up being the weightlifting coach, so he pretty much dogged me everyday till I finally gave in...And it was awesome. I lifted throughout the rest of the year and into the next season. I kind of fell off working out after football ended.
Ever since I got deployed though I decided might as well get into it again, and now I'm in the best shape ever! My buddy Stone taught me a lot about how to lift correctly. How form and failure are the true keys to developing size and strength.
Also my biggest inspiration has been my girl friend. She has always shown encouragement in everything I have chosen to do. Being able to wow her is such an amazing feeling because she is so beautiful. Whenever she sends pictures it motivates me to want to look better for her. Having someone like her is truly a blessing. I love you Timber and miss you very much, be home soon!
What Is The Hardest Part Of Making The Transition From Civilian Life To Military Life?
I would say the hardest parts were just following orders. Being pretty much fresh out of high school you really don't want rules or too much structure in your life. You kind of feel invincible during that time. I learned very quickly to be on time and do what you're told. If you can do that, it will go a long way.
Just being away from the people you love can be very hard. You just have to keep them in your heart and thoughts.
What Is The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle?
I think it would have to be being away from the ones you love. Family is something that keeps you balanced and not having them there is very hard. Going a year without seeing your family and loved ones truly shows you just how much you value them. Family and friends is and always will be the most important things in my life. I will always have them there for the support and encouragement I may need.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Day 1: Chest
- Bench Press: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Dumbbell Press: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Cable Crossovers: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Incline Dumbbells: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Decline Bench Press: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
Day 2: Back
- Seated Rows: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Wide Grip Pull Ups: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Smith Machine Rows: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Lat Pull Downs: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Close Grip Lat Pull Downs: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
Day 3: Shoulders/Traps
- Machine Shoulder Press: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Shoulder Press: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Front Raises: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Upright Rows: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Behind The Back Barbell Shrugs: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
Day 4: Biceps/Forearms
- Seated Machine Bicep Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Standing EZ Bar Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Dumbbell Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Rope Hammer Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Seated Wrist Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Behind The Back Wrist Curls: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
Day 5: Triceps
- Tricep Cable Pressdowns: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Skullcrushers: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Bent Over Cable Extensions: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
- Cable Pushdowns: 4 sets of 12-10 reps
Day 6: Legs
- Squats: 5 sets of 5-6 reps
- Lunges: 5 sets of 5-6 reps
- Leg Curl: 5 sets of 5-6 reps
- Seated Calf Raise: 5 sets of 20 reps
- Toe Presses: 5 sets of 5-6 reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
Meal 1: 7:00 AM
Meal 2: 12:00 PM
Meal 3: 5:00 PM
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Honestly what supplements helped me the most was just straight up protein and creatine. I have seen the most gains from those two things. I also take BSN NO-Xplode, its gives me the energy to get through my workouts.
For creatine I have been stacking it with the Cell-Mass. I am never sore when I take this stuff so this way I can get the most out of my workout the next day. Protein I got to stick with Optimum Protein, ranked number 1 on Bodybuilding.com.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
The future for me is simple to keep working hard and keep trying to reach my goals. To me perfection for self will never be possible but I know I can come damn close. I would like to get into fitness modeling and maybe someday also compete. I know I always want to be in the best shape possible for myself, my loved ones, and maybe someday my kids. I always want to be able to set a good example and maybe be an inspiration for some people like people in my life have been to me.
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I Always Want To Be Able To Set A Good Example
And Maybe Be An Inspiration For Some People.
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
I don't have very many but if I were to choose I would have to say Jay Cutler and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jay Cutler in one word is just plain astonishing. The man is crazy huge and ripped. The fact that he is a human amazes me. The man is truly an inspiration.
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Jay Cutler At The 2009 Olympia.
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Arnold, well the man revolutionized the sport and is a big part of what it has become today. You could almost say he invented muscles. He was the biggest and the best of his time. He truly was and is a god of this sport.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger At The 1980 Olympia.
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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders In The Military?
My tip would be to stay motivated and never give up. I know how hard it can be being away from family and friends because I'm going through it right now. I know the stress and anger that can come with everything we go through.
Bodybuilding has become almost a therapy and a way channeling the bad into something that is good. The sense of accomplishment you get from putting hard work into something and seeing the results is truly a priceless feeling. Just remember that you can do anything you want to do, you just have to have the mindset to do it. Believe in yourself and you can do anything.
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