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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Ashish Patel

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How Did You Get Started?

I started lifting weights in my senior year of high school. It was about October of 2004. At the time some of my friends were into lifting weights so as a result I started and wanted to get a little bigger too. Eventually most of my friends stopped, but I became very attached to lifting weights and wanting to get bigger. Initially my goal was to get as much muscle mass as possible but over the last couple years I have altered that to gaining as much lean muscle as possible and getting ripped up. Due to my change in goals I have been concentrating on doing more reps per set and intense abs and cardio every day.

Ashish Patel.
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Ashish Patel.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have had multiple workouts plans from the time I started to workout. Initially my workout plans were all about gaining large amounts of muscle mass. As a result, most of my workouts were high weights-low reps workouts. Also I didn't do as much cardio because I wanted to gain weight. As time went along my goals have changed. I achieved my goal of getting bigger and being able to do heavy weights (ex: got up to repping 315lbs on bench).

I wanted to get ripped up and just keep lean muscle. I started to do lower weights and increase my reps per set. Also I do intense cardio and abs every day to maintain a very lean look. Basically there is no set plan that will work. Use different plans as a starting point and then adjust the plan based on your goals. Everybody has a different body type and genes so you have to make your own adjustments based on your observations from your workouts.

Day 1: Chest

Day 2: Back

Day 3: Arms

Day 4: Shoulders

Day 5: Legs

Day 6: Chest/Arms

Day 7: Back/Shoulders

If you are trying to gain weight you might want to consider taking day 6 and 7 off. If you are just concerned about gaining lean weight or getting ripped then I recommend those days.

Ashish Patel.
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Ashish Patel.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Your diet is just as important as working out no matter what your goals are. If you want to gain weight you obviously have to eat more and if you want to lose weight you still have to eat a good amount to be healthy and keep a good metabolism. I also believe no matter the end goal you have to maintain a very clean diet. I personally never have a cheat day because I like what I eat and don't feel the need for one. Liking what you eat is also another big key when constructing a diet.

So the plan that has worked best for me is broken down in my daily meals section. I basically had the same meal plan for gaining weight, but I would just eat more and take in more calories and protein. The final thing I will say about eating well is to not over eat. After every meal you should feel full, but also you should be able to eat more if you wanted to (but you won't).

Meal 1:

Pre Workout:

Meal 2: Post Workout

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

If you are hungry in between meals you can eat a couple raw almonds and drink a protein shake. Adjust your meal plan based on how your body feels. For example if you eat this meal plan and feel really tired then maybe you need to increase your carbs. If you feel like you aren't growing then take in more protein. Your diet is key and you need to tailor to fit your body and workout goals. This meal plan is to stay very lean and get ripped. It will not work as well work growing a lot of muscle. If you want to do that you will have to increase your protein intake and food intake, but make sure it is proportionate to your current weight.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have tried many supplements out to get to my goals. I have used all kinds of proteins, vitamins, and pre-workout drinks. I feel that my greatest gains came from the whey isolate protein that I use from True Science Protein. It's a very clean protein and I have seen the lean gains I have wanted when using this product. All of the pre-workout drinks I mentioned above work well.

In addition, I have seen faster recovery when I started taking the ON BCAA caps. I would still recommend that if you should always eat real food (egg whites, chicken breasts, etc.) if possible instead of taking a lot of different shakes and gainers if you are trying to gain weight.

Ashish Patel.
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Ashish Patel.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it gives me a way to relieve stress along with something I can be competitive in. In addition, it just feels good on a mental and physical level because it promotes me to eat healthy and live a lifestyle that I enjoy. I think that being fit is always a good thing and everyone should do some type of exercising 4-5 days of the week. I think that a lot of people really get into being fit or bodybuilding once they start seeing results.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I am motivated to live a healthy lifestyle because I am always conscious of my weight and how my body looks physically. It really drives me to workout hard every day and also eat healthy. I don't see myself changing my lifestyle for a long time. I am going to try to do it as long as I physically able to.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

When I started I had some friends who were also into lifting weights and as a result I wanted to gain some muscle mass too. When I started I couldn't bench the bar! That shocks me when I think about it now, but sadly it's true. Also, I hate being told that I can't achieve something so this drove me hard to achieve my bodybuilding goals. So it really came down to myself wanting to get bigger and ripped while others doubted if I could.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to enter a couple competitions this year for my weight class and experience level. I would like to see how far I can get and then make the necessary improvements to move up to a higher class next year. Maybe eventually I can be a sponsor some products.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

As I mentioned earlier, your diet is the key to becoming a bodybuilder. Of course the obvious is you have to lift weights, but having a clean diet is equally as important to achieving your goals. In addition, you should do bodybuilding for yourself first and the other perks will come along with it. If you do it for other reasons such as to impress others, I don't think you will achieve the best results.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilder is Ronnie Coleman. I know he is very popular among others, but he is the person who really got me into bodybuilding after I saw some of his contests and videos.

What Features Do You Use On

I buy most of my supplements from the online store and I also use the forums. The forums have a lot of good information and reviews about past and current products. It's a great source of information about bodybuilding information and product information for me.