I first got interested in my freshman year of high school (1960, when Joe Weider's magazines, Mr. America and Muscle Builder were 35¢). Since then I've been in and out of the 'lifestyle' several times, never being able to stick to it for more than six months or so.
This time however, after stumbling on the 'Challenge' sponsored by Bodybuilding.Com and Rocky Mountain Fitness, I've gotten re-enthused, even to the point of outfitting my garage as a gym and putting the family fleet out in the street (much to the chagrin of my wife…).
"Getting started" is usually not the big problem. Sticking to it is!. I think if you can make it through the first four weeks without giving up, that's when you can actually start to see results - and results is what keeps you going.
Bodybuilding is not for everyone. In fact, bodybuilding is not for most people. But once I decided it was for me, I made the commitment to myself and got under way.
What advice would I give to others?
Don't get discouraged (I'll be taking my own advice this time!). As Dave Draper says in his book "Brother Iron, Sister Steel", "It's hard work and it takes a long time". Stay hungry.
What nutritional supplements do I use, and why?
This varies but currently I'm using Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Powder, EAS Myoplex Orange Jubilee, Optimum Nutrition Pre-Load Creatine Complex, and Optimum Nutrition Creatine Glutamine Taurine supplement. I also use a wide variety of 'meal replacement bars', always on the watch for good taste.
Whether my gains are really attributable to all the supplementation or not, the psychological boost is worth it to me. I follow the instructions and watch myself grow. Who can argue with that? More importantly, I really watch my diet. Lots of chicken breasts, tuna, low fat cottage cheese and no-fat yogurt.
Do I compete in Bodybuilding or Fitness contests?
No, unless you call the "12 week challenges" put on by various supplement companies a true contest. I entered the Body for Life Challenge over two years ago and finished in the "Top 2000". A serious leg injury gave me an excuse to quit training - and regain all the fat I'd lost.
What are my future Bodybuilding/Fitness plans?
I plan to stick to my four day per week workouts - from now on. I am in so much better shape than most guys my age, especially in my profession (truck driver). I just can't let myself fall back at this point. Besides, I promised my wife I'd live to 100, and this is the best way I know of to attain that goal.
What do I enjoy most about Bodybuilding?
We all love complements, and there's nothing like a compliment coming from my fellow drivers who remember when I was a lot heavier. I love to look at my 'fat picture' placed next to the full length mirror in my gym. Talk about incentive! My 40-year high school reunion is coming up in a couple years. I just may make this one…
What is my favorite body part?
Chest. For the first time my chest seems to be really responding to exercise far better than it ever has. I'd like to think it's because I've recently treated it to a brand new "Power Tech" power cage and an Olympic weight set (which has always been a dream of mine since high school).
What Are Your Favorite exercise?
It has to be the bench press, especially with the addition of the above mentioned power cage and weight set. I love benching with this combo. Hobbies? Bodybuilding and reading about it. Bicycling, hiking, and RV'ing with my wife. Favorite Bodybuilders? Frank Zane, Dave Draper, Serge Nubret, and Lee Haney. Arnold, of course.