I feel really great. I am just happy to be back competing and mixing it up with those other Pro athletes. I was not at my best. But considering how out of shape I was, I am very pleased. Now, my complete focus is to continue to make my improvements and win the Pro Universe next year.
The feedback that I received from all the judges was that I would have done very well if I was about 4 pounds lighter and tighter, so needless to say I am not getting fat again.
[ BB.com ] Tell us a little bit about your prep going into this show? When did you start the diet?
Actually, I started my prep when my wife began her prep for the NPC Jr. USA's. in late March. I started working out with her after a 2-year layoff or retirement as I called it. I was training here and there, but never anything serious. I knew I needed to support my wife as she trained and prepped for her show.
Soon, I found myself dieting along her side and I slowly began seeing positive results. At that point, I decided that I wanted to come back and compete in the natural Pro ranks. In July my wife, Krissy Chin, won her IFBB Pro Figure Card at Figure Nationals/Team Universe in NYC.
Dave Palumbo who does Krissy's prep, started giving me advice and helped me all through my prep. It was a positive journey for me because I also prefer a keto diet like Dave.
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[ BB.com ] What type of training do you do? Is training for a contest for you different then how you take the off-season?
I have tried just about every training system available out there over my pro career. I have done HIIT, Power/Rep/Shock from Eric Broser and even Author L Rea's "Chaos training." However, I am now currently very pleased with DC style or Dogg Crapp training. I followed DC style training up into my show this year. By the results that I am seeing, I wish I had started it earlier in my youth.
I basically train the same year round. Over time I have learned to train very instinctively and to train with more feel. I have a saying, "I focus on training my tissues, not my joints." I feel that is the real secret to my natural success at my age, which is 42. I check my ego in at the door, no need to impress anyone but the judges! I have never once had a judge ask me how much I bench. LOL!
[ BB.com ] Hey, let's back up. Tell our readers how you got started in bodybuilding?
This is a funny, but true story. When I was in college, I was 6'2 and 154 pounds. I was very thin. My nickname was Greyhound. Then one night at a party, a girl asked me if I was sick. Puzzled by her question, I asked her why she thought that. She replied, "Because you look so sickly and pale."
Needless to say, the next day I was buying about 500 dollars worth of weight gainers and then I was off buying a gym membership. Heck, I even hired a personal trainer. I can remember this down to every little detail.
On my first day of training, my trainer actually told me to eat lots of simple carbs because they turn fat into muscle. After about 10 months of following this terrible advice, I was fatter and thinner than the day I started. Then one day I walked into a gym and saw a contest poster. I attended that contest and after seeing the show- I was hooked! I wanted to be one of those guys up on stage competing. I began doing my own research and found
Beverly International - the rest is history.
[ BB.com ] Where do you call home? Where did you grow up?
I currently am residing in Miami, Florida. I have lived in Florida for about 8 years now and I currently work for ALR Industries as the company's Sales Director. Working for ALR Industries is a very rewarding job. However, I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas. Two totally different places as you might expect.
Going back home is nice at times; I enjoy the slower pace and the more relaxed environment of the Midwest. I still enjoy the city life as well... so I am lucky to get the best of both worlds.
[ BB.com ] Did you play any sports in high school?
I tried out for all of the sports. Unfortunately, I was cut from each tryout. I was 6'1 and 140 pounds in high school and I gave up on sports and began focusing on other things. Looking back on it now, I would not change a thing. I truly feel that it has helped me to be more intense on sports and not failing.
I can still remember watching from the stands as all my friends played sports in the field. I also remember that girls at that time wanted jocks, not skinny guys. LOL!
[ BB.com ] Troy please tell our readers what DC style or Dogg Crapp training is! And give us your favorite workout.
First, I must say that I am a huge advocate for trainer Eric Broser. I have utilized his training system for years and I still do at times. However, in bodybuilding things need a mix up from time to time and I was in dire straits for something new this year.
For me personally, I needed this change being at the pro level. I always knew high volume was never truly my thing. Being taller (6'2") and more of an ectomorph by nature, I needed something to really "fill me in." This year, I met someone named Tracy Bodner on the MD board and she actually peaked my interest into Dante's Dogg Crapp (DC) training. Looking back now at all my previous obtained knowledge, Dante's philosophy and DC style training just made sense.
In my earlier years, I had become brainwashed from reading too many magazines on training. It is quite funny how we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to our own training and diet. I have now learned that an open mind makes the greatest gains in bodybuilding. Dogg Crapp is pretty simple once you understand it, but it is not for the meek of heart.
DC style is best described in an overview as training with heavy progressive weights, lower volume but higher frequency of body parts hit, multi-rep rest pause training, extreme stretching, carb cutoffs, cardio, high protein intake and blasting & cruising phases (periodization). Now for the first time in awhile, I wake up excited to hit the gym. I have my training log and I look forward to beating myself into a coma. LOL.
My favorite DC training workout is
Tri's. In the past, I was always known for my
leg development, but this year I placed more emphasis on my upper body. WOW! The improvement was radical. I was asked by everyone back stage this year about my shoulders.
I have to admit that once I dropped the volume and incorporated DC, I grew serious caps. I went from 12-16 working sets to 3. It really took a lot for me to free my mind from the shackles of typical high volume, but in the end my results were outstanding. Thank you Dante, who I have not had the wonderful opportunity to meet yet. For those interested they can visit www.intensemuscle.com for more on Dogg Crapp.
I also have to admit another thing, which made a huge difference in my training, is Versa Grips. My wife turned me onto Versa Grips after she trained with
Jenny Lynn in NYC. Now, I will never use
wrist wraps again. That was just a free tidbit for your training advancement.
[ BB.com ] Troy what is your supplement regiment like? Does it change from off-season to prep and what changes if there are any?
- Creatine Monohydrate
- Controlled Labs: Purple Wrath
- Muscleology: Myofiber
- USPLabs: Supercissus Rx
- Nutrabolic's: Anabolic Window
- All ALR Industries products
- Multivitamins with Minerals
- SciVation Xtend
- Udo's Oil
- Creatine Monohydrate
- USPLabs: Supercissus Rx
- All ALR Industries products on rotation
I love sports supplementation. I actually read a lot of the information on boards. I do subscribe daily to Layne Norton, Danny (Deserusan) and Will Brink's posts. I find these gentlemen very insightful and fair when they discuss the science and the effectiveness of products. Plus, I know how very complex chemistry is when designing formularies.
Actions and reactions do vary from product to product, so I am careful when choosing what to use in my personal arsenal. These gentlemen help decipher my choices since I personally don't have the time anymore to keep up with all the product research coming out daily.
I would also like to address that sports supplementation simply means it supplements one's whole food intake. It should never replace any clean foods. I have been around this sport for a long time but one constant remains the same... whole clean foods build muscle. Here is a list of what I use daily off-season and pre-contest.
Since I work for Author L. Rea, I get to utilize the ALR Industries products for personal use. I am a freak about everything that goes into my body so I get blood work done on a regular basis. I like to see how my body responds to the supplements that I utilize. I have also recently been performing blood glucose tests on myself with use of a glucose meter to see my body's response to certain foods and to see how GDA's affect me.
[ BB.com ] How did you hook up with ALR Industries?
I first met Author back in 2001 at the Arnold Classic. I told him that I was a huge fan of his writings. It was a few months before Author and I spoke again. It was not until Toney Freeman and I were speaking one day about dieting. Toney then advised me to hire Author for my contest prep.
Author had just taken Toney to the Overall win at NPC Nationals. I then e-mailed Author and inquired about his contest prep services. I was sitting at work when I sent that e-mail and 15 mins later, my phone rings. This guy on the other end is talking and I said, "Who is this?" He replies, "You should know, you just e-mailed me!" We both laughed. I was so impressed someone of his status was so real and down to earth.
Needless to say Author prepped me for my first NGA pro show, in which I placed top five. I then followed my top 5 finish with my first NPC class win (heavyweight class). We developed a tight friendship over the years and he then offered me a job. Needless to say, it was an offer that I could not refuse.
I am now his National Sales Director and a member of his marketing team. I honestly love working for Author and the company. We have some big projects coming down the line and we look forward to the Arnold Classic 2008 as we release new product. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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