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.

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  • 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!

  • The Skinny On Aerobic Training!

    In this article, I am going to present my thoughts on optimal intensity, duration, frequency, and modality. At the end, I will give you information on the best way to achieve both fat-loss and health benefits via aerobic training in terms of each topic.

  • Overtraining Revisited!

    As previously stated, quality experimental research is still warranted in this area of overtraining and staleness. However, the present evidence suggests promising ways to prevent staleness and maximize performance in athletes while overtraining.

  • 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.

  • A Quasi-Comprehensive Definition & Explanation Of Intensity

    I am almost certain that 99.9% of you have come across the term

  • The Lowdown On Antioxidants

    Free radicals are produced naturally by the body as we obtain energy from our food in a process called oxidative phosphorylation.

  • 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.

  • Bring In The Fats

    A diverse and moderate intake of fats is the way to go!

  • Losing Weight For The Non-Bodybuilder!

    For you inquiring readers, here is another great approach to reach your goals.

  • Hardcore Precontest Training Journal 2!

    Unfortunately, yesterday's day-of-rest was not a very restful one. However, I feel good enough to start this last round of workouts. This schedule was perfect because I am finishing this round on Saturday, which puts me one week out from the contest!

  • Hardcore Precontest Training Journal 1!

    However, the workouts weren't that long, and they were only once a day. Although I am not able to train at that intensity by myself, I am making up for the this deficit by going to the gym 3 times every day and hitting the weights, balls out...

  • Supplementing For Size

    So, you're looking to gain some weight, but don't know what to buy. Well, search no further; you have come to the right place for the information of which you are seeking.

  • Hardcore Precontest Training Journal!

    I had a relaxed weekend, and had a lot of fun, so I just decided to skip out on the gym for an extra day.

  • Positive Lifting!

    Have you ever heard someone say to his training partner 'get your mind right' before a set? That's what I mean by having a certain mindset.

  • My Precontest Preparation!

    After I decided not to do the contest, I went back to my normal routine, eating whatever I wanted while training as hard as ever. I met with Phano less than three weeks before the contest. He felt that I could, so I decided to resume my preperation.

  • The Road To The 2002 NPC Georgia!

    For me, the precontest preparation was nothing short of a roller coaster ride! I started out preparing to do this contest about 9 months ago. But, things never work as planned.

  • David's Latest Training Journal - 6/09/02 - 6/15/02!

    I am not positively sure that postponing the contest was the right decision. Of course, it will free up a lot of time, but it would also be great to win that contest. I have been able to spend a lot of time with my grandfather during this hard time.

  • 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.