How Did You Get Started?
By entering military shows here in Hawaii (i.e. Hawaii Armed Forces Championships at Pearl Harbor-1994/5). The local bases (MWR) and NPC authorities (downtown Honolulu) are extremely supportive of military bodybuilding.
Civilian Life To Military Life
What Is The Hardest Part?
This question is good, but it has been a while for me. I went to the United States Air Force Academy for college in 1986 (Graduated in 1990). Ironically, the separation from family and the "familiar" home environment is commonly more difficult than adapting to the disciplined lifestyle.
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The Separation From Family And The Home Environment Is
More Difficult Than Adapting To The Disciplined Lifestyle.
This lifestyle begins with basic training, progresses with making increased rank, and is punctuated by answering our country's most significant calls to combat duty. The latter has been particularly exacerbating to all military families in the political-military environment since September 11th, 2001. I've personally deployed 3 times (to the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan) since then.
The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle
It is virtually impossible to be discretionary about diet in such situations. However, the military certainly instills a discipline factor which counteracts the negative aspect by reinforcing and practically teaching time management and priorities.
The best combination for maximum lean muscle growth is a powerlifting-like routine and a nutritious diet with sufficient protein. I recently applied a routine recommended by IFBB power house Johnnie Jackson (w/some modifications) as follows:
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Monday - Heavy Chest/Biceps
- Bench Press: Pyramid, 5 Sets Of 10,6,3,6,10 Reps
- Incline Dumbbell Press: 4 Sets Of 10,6,4,10 Reps
- Smith Machine Press: 3 Sets Of 8,6,10 Reps
- Machine Presses: 3 Sets Of 10,6,8 Reps
- Barbell Curl: 3 Sets Of 10,6,8 Reps
- Dumbbell Curl: Pyramid, 5 Sets Of 10,6,3,6,10 Reps
Tuesday - Heavy Legs
- Squats: Pyramid, 5 Sets Of 10,6,3,6,10 Reps
- Seated Leg Curls: 5 Sets Of 10,8,6,4,10 Reps
- Standing Calf Raise: 3 Sets Of 35,40,55 Reps
- Seated Calf Pushes: 3 Sets Of 35,40,55 Reps
- Seated Calf Raises: 3 Sets Of 35,40,55 Reps
Rest and/or some cardio only depending on my look.
Thursday - Heavy Delts/Triceps
- Military Press: Pyramid, 5 Sets Of 10,6,3,6,10 Reps
- Lat Raises: 3 Sets Of 12,12,12 Reps
- Shoulder Presses: 3 Sets Of 10,6,8 Reps
- Overhead Triceps Extension: 3 Sets Of 10,6,8 Reps
- Lying Triceps Press: 3 Sets Of 10,6,8 Reps
- French Dumbbell Curls: Pyramid, 5 Sets Of 10,6,3,6,10 Reps
Friday - Heavy Back
Rest and cardio as required.
This workout allowed me to separate heavy back and legs days which I used to do consecutively. This was vital for growth/injury (to lower back) avoidance. Stretching and warm-ups are not all included here but are necessary. Abs and calves were done each day in alternating fashion. Cardio also done for 20 minutes in conjunction with morning workouts.
First, diet does not mean cutting calories the majority of the time. Proper caloric intake with proper timing (i.e. post workout) is vital. My normal diet is about 2500 - 3000 cals. per day.
My cut diet is as follows:
- 2 Scoops Protein With Creatine
- 1 Banana
- 1 Apple
- 3 Eggs With 1.5 Cups Brown Rice
- 2 Packages Oatmeal With Water
- 4 Ounces Turkey Chili With Brown Rice
- 1 Package Tuna In Water With 7 Whole Wheat Ritz
- 2.5 Ounces Turkey Chili With 0.5 Cup Brown Rice
- 10 Ounces Chicken Breast
- 3 Cups Salad With Olives, Cucumbers, And Celery
Timing is everything! I eat little to nothing before morning cardio during my cut phase , but take in a good mix of calories afterwards. In addition, I primarily focus on eradicating low-quality carbs (some whole form fruit in the morning is OK for me), and saturated fat from my diet. I don't worry about sodium intake until 1 week out from a show.
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I Primarily Focus On Eradicating Low-Quality
Carbs, And Saturated Fat From My Diet.
I primarily take multivitamins, creatine, and L-glutamine with my protein shake every day within 15 minutes of my workout. I increase supplementation significantly coming up on a contest to compensate for reduction of calories. Some add-ons include thermogenics, tribulus, and chondroitin/MSM/glucosamine-sulfate as required.
Future Bodybuilding Plans
I wish to maintain an extremely healthy, natural lifestyle with as much additional muscle as I can get for as long as I can keep it! I also plan to model sports attire and do niche training as part of my side business post retirement.
My training focus will be military bodybuilders and the retired elderly. I will consequently compete in the NPC amateur ranks for the next few years. I am not shooting for any titles but feel they will come as part of persistence, if I am consistent.
Old-school bodybuilders Ed Corney & Clarence Bass. Also, recent pros - Phil Heath, Clifton Torres, and Chris Faildo. Everybody knows and appreciates the first two, but Clifton and Chris are unique due to their size, structure, and weight class. Chris has set a phenomenal example as a natural competitor who rose to the IFBB pro ranks.
One Tip For Other Bodybuilders In The Military
Make small improvements in diet, cardio, and resistance techniques each year. These will have an immense cumulative benefit over the long-term, especially if they are consistently incorporated into your lifestyle!