Military Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Month - Ian McHugh!

Ian got turned on to weight training while in high school in order to prepare for Marine Corps boot camp. Here are sample training, nutrition, and supplement plans he uses to build mass and stay in great shape!

Ian McHugh

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Ian McHugh
  • Email: Ianjmchugh@yahoo.com
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 205 lbs, 180 lbs dieted down
  • Years Bodybuilding: 2 years
  • Additional Info: Full-time student and trainer, planning on competing on the future.

Military Background:

  • Branch Of Service: United States Marine Corps
  • Years Of Service: 4
  • Rank: E-5
  • MOS: 0311, Infantry Rifleman

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How I Got Started
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I got turned on to weight training when I was a senior in high school. I did it in order to prepare for Marine Corps boot camp. I really had no idea how to train properly, but I did see some great results. While I was in the Marines I still trained but I had no intention of pushing my body to any extremes. My main goal was just to maintain some strength for my job as an infantry scout.

When I left the Marines I decided that I wanted to put on a bit more weight, since I no longer needed to stay within military regulations. I started using a training theory called "power bodybuilding", which uses both compound movements as well as dynamic movements. My intention was to grow larger and increase my strength, both of which I did. Since then, I haven't looked back.

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Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?
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The hardest part has been transitioning from a military mindset to a civilian mindset. No longer were there orders to follow, or people checking up on me. I have to rely on myself.

I no longer have a squad to fall back on if I need support. Also, the way I address my civilian employees is completely different. In the Marine's we were a bit more blunt about things, but in the civilian world you have to be careful how you address someone.

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Ian McGugh Performing Presses At Camp Pendleton.

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The Biggest Obstacle Of A Military Lifestyle
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The hardest part of leading a military lifestyle is being away from family. I think any service member who has been deployed overseas can attest to this. It is just hard to know that your family is so far away, and you can not be there for them if they need you.

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Workout Plan
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When I was in the Military I used weight training sparingly. I was really big into more body-weight movements and cardiovascular training.

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When I Can't Get To The Gym...

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Nutrition Plan
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Supplements
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Future Bodybuilding Plans
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Once I graduate from school I plan on competing in bodybuilding. It is too much right now for me to focus on training, school, and work all at once. I also plan on using my competition experience to help aid a personal training company that I would like to start. I think I could inspire others to get into shape or just improve their health.

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Favorite Bodybuilders
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I am a fan of Lee Priest, because of his no nonsense attitude and great personality. I am also a fan of Johnnie O. Jackson, Dorian Yates, and Skip La Cour.

Lee Priest
I Am A Fan Of Lee Priest.

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One Tip For Other Bodybuilders In The Military
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It is tough to maintain a regular workout schedule while in the military. Stay focused and get to the gym when you can. If you miss a day, don't sweat it. Chances are you need the time to rest anyways.

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Ian McGugh Performing A Humvee Pull At Camp Pendleton.

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