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How I Got Started
I grew up a Navy Brat traveling around the world, playing football, basketball, & baseball year in and year out wherever we were stationed. Football was my favorite sport; I never went to college, I went into the Navy instead. While stationed at NAS Norfolk I was worked very hard preparing to try out for a semi-pro football team for when I got out of the Navy.
I trained with a co-worker who was also in the Navy and did play Division 1 football, he showed me several lifts that their strength & conditioning coaches taught them, which really motivated me. I left the Navy in 1994 and tried out for a Semi-pro football team in Colorado Springs and made it.
I played for 8 years and was voted onto 9 all-star teams with 3 conference championships (1999, 2000, 2001) and three National Bowl championships (1999, 2000, 2001). I finished playing football in 2002 and decided to get Personal Trainer Certified to originally help me develop better programs for myself.
I was recruited to work part time as a trainer for a national gym chain where I worked out while working full time for a medical electronics company. I found that I really enjoyed helping people reach their goals. I then began training clients part time out of my home gym or their home gyms.
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I Decided To Get Personal Trainer Certified
To Help Develop Better Programs For Myself.
In 2007 I decided to leave the medical field service position I had to train full time both privately and at Gold's Gym Colorado Springs. I also used this opportunity to prepare myself for my first bodybuilding contest. I joined the Rocky Mountain NPC and competed in the Steel City Bodybuilding & Figure Championships on April 19, 2007. I took first in the Men's Novice Heavyweight, 2nd in the Men's Open Light Heavyweight, & 3rd in the Men's over 35 Masters.
Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?
The hardest part of transitioning from military to civilian life is the lack of discipline and structure in most places of employment. Let's face it, the military is a well oiled company who has the education, training, and detailed processes for everything you do, that even a 6th grader could follow. In the civilian sector, there are too many leaders trying to reinvent the wheel to show their worth.
The Biggest Obstacle Of A Military Lifestyle
The biggest obstacle is learning that first and foremost you are a team and others rely heavily on you to perform your job. Following the rules/procedures you WILL NOT FAIL.
Monday: Quads & Hamstrings
- Leg Extensions: 3x10
- Squats: 3x10
- Leg Press: 20
- Lying Leg Curl: 3x10
- Walking Lunges: 3x10
- SL Deadlifts: 1x8, 1x4, 1x2
Wednesday: Back & Triceps
- French Press: 3x10
- Close Grip Bench Press: 3x10
- Dips: 1x8, 1x4, 1x2
- Lat Pulldowns: 3x10
- T-Bars: 3x10
- Dumbbell Rows: 20
Friday: Chest & Biceps
- Preacher Curl: 3x10
- Straight Bar Curl: 3x10
- Decline Press: 3x10
- Bench Press: 3x10
- Incline Press: 1x8, 1x4, 1x2
Saturday: Shoulders & Claves
- Lateral Raises: 3x10
- Military Presses: 3x10
- Machine Military Press: 1x8, 1x4, 1x2
- Upright Row: 2x12
- Shrugs: 2x12
- Standing Calf Raise: 3x10
- Seated Calf Raise: 1x8, 1x4, 1x2
Monday, Tuesday & Friday:
- 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
- 1 apple/1.5 cup strawberries
- 1 cup all natural low fat yogurt
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Meal 2: Pre Workout
Meal 3: Post Workout
Wednesday & Saturday:
- 2 scoops Muscle Milk
Thursday & Sunday:
- 2 scoops Real Gains Powder
I really find that the BSN products work best for me. I will take 2 scoops of NO-Xplode 1/2 hour prior to my workout with an Animal Pak. Upon completing my workout I immediately take 1 scoop of CellMass, I'll wait about 15 minutes and drink a Muscle Milk. I've tried several different proteins all would apply to different level of training I am in such as mass or pre contest. I take Optimum Casein for a bedtime snack.
Future Bodybuilding Plans
Currently I am working on adding more size and will compete again next June in the 2009 Mile High Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Championships in Denver Colorado. I intend on competing in only one contest per year and spending a whole year preparing and improving myself one show at time. Just like football I watch game film and find my weaknesses and work on improving these weaknesses. My mindset is to shoot for the stars, I would like to compete at the national level and someday earn a pro card.
One Tip For Other Bodybuilders In The Military
The largest obstacle you will have to overcome to be successful in bodybuilding, business, or just life in general is our minds. Our mind will subconsciously set limitations. I was lucky to meet Robby Robison in Venice Beach, July 2007. He told me that "What you believe, you will achieve". This stuck in my head and is very true, recognize when you are mentally setting limits, and visualize yourself being successful and overcome all obstacles one by one.
I came up with a personal training plan just like I would as a business owner putting together a business plan. I would first set my goal then I would design my workout program and nutrition schedule.
Once the basics are in line I would find 5 or 10 things that could possibly prevent me from attaining this goal, whether it is training, nutrition, scheduling, family, whatever could creep up on you.
Once I identified these obstacles I would plan out 3-5 ways to overcome each one. Now, just like a business plan I can execute with total confidence my personal training plan.
The bottom line is to see it, plan it and execute it with desire.
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