David Knowles


I was born June 7, 1980 near Atlanta, Georgia, and raised right outside of Atlanta. Currently, I am in my senior year as a premed student at the University of Georgia. I will graduate in December, 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in Exercise Science. My ultimate goal is to start medical school in 2003, and eventually become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

Initially, I competed in powerlifting during highschool and college. I had always wanted to be a bodybuilder, but never wanted to risk losing any muscle that I had worked so hard to gain. After doing some extensive reading and talking with other bodybuilders, I decided to prepare for my first bodybuilding show. The process of training like a bodybuilder was slow, but I adapted, and training at high intensity eventually became second nature.

I started training with a friend of mine, Johnny McGinnis after spring semester in May, 2001. Finally, after endless sets of forced reps, I was ready to enter my first bodybuilding contest on September 8, 2001. My parents and friends were there to support and aide me in prejudging and the night show. It was an SNBF show, and I'm proud to say that I won my novice class, the novice overall, and my open class. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the unbelievable help and support from my family and friends.


  • 3 Pieces Of Basic Equipment For The Expert Lifter

    Wrap, strap, and cinch your way to safe and effective lifting with the best equipment!

  • Utilizing Fiber In Your Diet

    When you think of dieting, you probably either think about cutting calories, fat, carbohydrates, or eating substandard tasting foods. However, few consider the advantages to incorporating fiber into their diet. Find out if it can help you!

  • What About Vitamin E?

    Today, however, vitamin E is being termed a wonder vitamin due to its positive effects that are being seen in a vast number of health areas. Learn how it can help you and why you need more!

  • So, You Wanna Get Shredded?

    Many people have inquired about getting ripped, so I'll give you readers some insight on how I dieted and conditioned in order to cut up for my past contests.

  • Obtaining The V-Taper!

    You could easily make three different workouts that will work your back differently. Since this is the largest muscle group in the torso, you'll really need to work hard in order to build it.

  • Strictly For Beginners!

    Recently, I have been getting an extensive number of messages with questions about what to eat, what to do in the gym, how much to much to eat, what supplements to buy, etc. Here, I will include a workout plan and a diet to follow.

  • Muscle Injury And Overtraining!

    Most serious weight lifters have been injured before and are familiar with the drawbacks of injury. On another note, many beginning weight lifters, and even those with experience, fall into the trap of overtraining.

  • Top 5 Mass Building Exercises!

    I can't tell you how many times people have asked me for the best exercises to do in the gym to get big. Well, before I go any further, listen up. I'm going to tell you five exercises that have great potential for helping you build muscle.

  • The Facts On Fatigue!

    Fatigue: a failure to maintain required or expected force due to muscular activity. Many of us know this as failure during a set, but a majority of people don't know the source of fatigue. Discover more!

  • Fat Loss Through Mental Strength!

    The keys to success are staying focused, establishing discipline, and preventing a relapse into old, bad habits.

  • Fat Loss Through Nutrition!

    Cleaning up your diet will increase the effects of fat loss and give you more vitality. Learn how to eat smart with fiber, carbs and protein in your diet.

  • Cannon-Ball Shoulders!

    The deltoids can be separated into three different individual muscles. Similar to the triceps, in order to effectively train the shoulders, you need to do the appropriate exercises to hit all three groups or muscles...

  • Scientific Proof That CLA Has Fat-Burning Properties!

    Conjugated linoleic acid is an omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acid (EFA) which is formed from linoleic acid in bacterium via a specific isomerase (a type of enzyme).

  • Scientific Proof That CLA Has Fat-Burning Properties

    Conjugated linoleic acid is an omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acid (EFA) which is formed from linoleic acid in bacterium via a specific isomerase (a type of enzyme).

  • A Nutrition Lesson!

    That's right, if you're not eating enough carbohydrates, your body will start breaking down precious muscle tissue for glucose.

  • Huge Gains In A Short Time!

    Stuck on a plateau? Learn how to get off of it and get gaining!

  • Build Monster Quads!

    Having to actually think about a quad workout always sends chills up my spine. I guess this is why many people steer clear of this aspect of training and, instead, focus on bench press and biceps curls.

  • Training Log 3/18-3/25 The Saga Continues!

    It's officially Spring Break at the University of Georgia. I'm definitely looking forward to the gym being empty since I am staying at school to study for the MCAT. Our schedule was off this week because of school being out.

  • Training Log 3/11-3/17 The Saga Continues!

    Here's yet another week of intense training. Right now, I am a little less than 4 months out from my next contest. Enjoy!

  • Training Log 3/11-3/17 The Saga Continues!

    Unfortunately, it was Monday, so every frat boy was using every incline, flat, and decline bench in the gym. We decided to do abs first instead.