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Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ruling With An Iron Fist Past 40!

Don't interpret James as cocky, enjoy his rare views on bodybuilding, and realize that he doesn't need recognition to justify his hardcore lifestyle!

Name: James Howard
E-Mail: jch1469@yahoo.com
BodySpace: jch1469
Location: Athens, Georgia
Age: 44  Height: 6'2"
Weight: 280 lbs off, 255 lbs contest
Years Bodybuilding: 30 total, 2 competing

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I was a large kid with the personality of a peacemaker, raised by my grandparents. My grandfather wasn't a confrontational person. I never saw him raise his hand or voice to another person, including me and my grandmother. I'm not saying he never disciplined me. When I did something that warranted a beat down, he laid down historical whippings (within reasonable means).

I grew up in the country and learned quickly that kids will be kids. I got beat up really bad and missed school for two days. It was so bad that my grandfather bought me the Weider bench press set made of plastic and concrete, gave it to me, and said "Work out and never let that happen again. Now go get 'em."

I started working out at age 14, hit the weights religiously, and noticed my body change quickly. Then an iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger hit the scene in Commando. I was blown away. I was hooked and thought I had to look like Arnold. I became obsessed and have been in love with bodybuilding and training since.

My passion for bodybuilding and training led me to my career and I've owned a personal training service for several years. I have 35 clients from all walks of life and can't see stopping until the sun goes down on me forever. But somehow, I think I'll still be hitting the weights then.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

My favorite workout routine was developed by the legendary Reg Park's—the 5x5 Program. It's eight weeks of ball-busting, high weight, mental warfare. I use 85 percent of my one-rep max.

I love training alone, so the power rack became my best friend. It's my objective to increase weight by 5-10 pounds each workout. This is the cornerstone of my off-season growth training. The warm-up sets are simply that: warm-ups. For working sets, load the bar with 75-85 percent of your max. Consistency over intensity!

Day 1: Full Body


Day 2: Cardio/Core/Calves
Day 3: Full Body


Day 4: Rest

Day 5: Full Body


Day 6 & 7: Rest

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What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I get hungrier as the day progresses and am especially hungry at night, so my arrangement of meals reflects what my body asks for. This is a building phase diet where I consume food in quantity and quality to grow. On a cutting phase plan, many of the carbs are eliminated and the proteins change.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6

What Supplement Schedule Gave You the Greatest Gains?

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

There are no limitations. In the weight room, I'm a god. I shape, mold, build, destroy, rip, tear and bring it all back together again. What other athlete can look at their image in the mirror and change their physical form through hard work and dedication? Bodybuilding is the sport of gods. I'm like putty in my hands.

What/Who Motivated You?

I'm motivated by myself. If you look to others for motivation, the well will run dry. You can only find absolute inspiration within yourself. If I don't have an obstacle to overcome, a war to fight, or an imagined enemy to oppose me, I become depressed. To my enemies: salute! Real and imagined, without you, I wouldn't have things to overcome. I love you all.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

It's deeper than just bodybuilding. The need to excel and overcome hardship and physical obstacles is a primal human trait. My love for bodybuilding is the vehicle I use to define my passion. What motivates me is hardship and overcoming odds, and beating back the days and nights that eventually claim my life. Most call it age. I find joy in it.

I'm sorry if this comes off as cocky; it's not. I'm a realist. If this engine is running, it's a simple matter of hitting the gas in my head. Those feelings make me angry. You can run out of music, people, and things to temporarily motivate you. It's you against you. I want to survive that encounter and that's my inspiration.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I'm on the hunt for an IFBB pro card in 2014. At age 44, I won the 2013 Europa Eastern Seaboard Super Heavyweight Men's Open and qualified for nationals. I actually qualified in my first year of competition in 2012 in the men's open and masters at the NPC Coastal USA contest. We elected to forego the rest of this season and prepare for the following contests: NPC Masters Nationals, Team Universe, and the IFBB/NPC North American Championships. Wish me luck!

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Be consistent! Never give in and never give up. It takes structure, discipline, and sacrifice. If you cannot understand or embrace such a lifestyle, I'm afraid it's not for you.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder/Fitness Athlete?

Everyone is my favorite; even the guy who never set foot on a bodybuilding stage. To know what each and every one of my brothers in arms has suffered and been through makes them favorites. I leave the decision making to the fans and judges. They all kick ass in my book.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com is directly responsible for the notoriety that provides bodybuilders with a platform to bring what they do and who they are straight to you, the fans. The site has contest news, interviews, event information. The list goes on and on. I find some of the best priced supplements on Bodybuilding.com with helpful and informative reviews. The forums can't be beat for quick advice on any topic.

James's Top 5 Gym Tracks
  1. "Mouth For War" by Pantera
  2. "Can't Be Touched" by Body Head Bangerz
  3. "King Kong" by Gorilla Zoe
  4. "Hungry" by Rob Bailey and The Hustle Standard
  5. "Rock & Roll Jesus" by Kid Rock

Thanks: To my coach, IFBB pro Jonathan "Jay" Rowe of Team RFS.


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WannaGetYoked27

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Love the Rob Bailey shout out in the music list!

Jul 12, 2013 5:56pm | report
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Great Job and continues Success ! Nice variety playlist !!
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iambpj

unreal 30 years well spent!

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jwethall

Dude's upper body is MASSIVE!

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i like the simple straight up program

Jul 13, 2013 2:29am | report
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Me too, cut down on gym time w/ that one. Might do that a few weeks

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ABasher

sick physique !!

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sick physique !!

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"There are no limitations. In the weight room, I'm a god. I shape, mold, build, destroy, rip, tear and bring it all back together again. What other athlete can look at their image in the mirror and change their physical form through hard work and dedication? Bodybuilding is the sport of gods. I'm like putty in my hands."

inspired :)

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heckofarush

"I'm motivated by myself. If you look to others for motivation, the well will run dry" Truer words were never spoken. Carry on brother.

Jul 14, 2013 1:59pm | report
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braincake

eating 36 oz of chicken and 10 oz of steak in a day would put my *** in the poor house

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MrLean317

lol u aint lying bro

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RobbyKrapfl

I wonder how beneficial this program would be. I mean, it's pretty basic but you're hitting all your core lifts 3x a week which is a huge bonus. Might have to give it a try!

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Portgas

I like his choice of words... Great man

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LOL Crackin up at Roy Jones Jr. being on there....nice lol

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JohnButz

Nice Job!

Jul 15, 2013 2:37pm | report
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MrLean317

Ppl look for this epic drawn out routine but the truth is if you work hard you will get great results and you are living proof. simple but effective routine. Great job

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Agreed Mr Lean
Work HARD and you will get GREAT results!!!

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figgy1331

This is bad ***....heavy compound movements are the way to go

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figgy1331

This is bad ***....heavy compound movements are the way to go

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cbeamon1289

I dont remember but I had the chance to meet you at my first Georgia NPC competition. You gave me words of encouragement and I've been pushing ever since. thank you.

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wow, the positive feedback from all of you is amazing! i salute you all. i hope that each and every one of you are successful in pursuit of you goals . i hope that you all stay tune and join me in my quest for an ifbb pro card at masters nationals 2014. i plan on keeping you all updated on my progress. again thank you all.

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sick traps !

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sick traps !

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