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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Rev. Dr. Bruce W. Jackson

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  • Name: Rev. Dr. Bruce W. Jackson
  • E-mail: None
  • Age: 44
  • Where: Boston, MA
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 150 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :5
  • Favorite Bodypart: Calves, but I need improvement everywhere!
  • Favorite Exercise: Leg Presses, Vertical leg presses, Incline Bench press.
  • Favorite Supplements: Lean Body MRP, Dymatize Super Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

I always wanted to try my hand at bodybuilding, dabbling in it here and there over the years. I was a competitive swimmer and that consumed most of my time through college. I competed in a few triathlons before getting married, but eventually settled into a sedentary lifestyle. When I hit 39, I decided that I was getting too soft. I started lifting at the local YMCA, but the weight room was less than ideal. I finally was able to join a more hardcore gym after about two years at the YMCA. I hooked up with a nationally ranked natural bodybuilder who has advised me as a friend and who I now receive training from once a week. I competed for the first time in May of 99 and was hooked.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Currently I train four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). I don't have a set day for each bodypart, but try to mix and match to keep the body in a state of constant flux. For instance, one Monday, I may do chest and arms and then not do chest until the Tuesday of the following week. My typical splits are: Chest, Back, Legs, Shoulders and Arms, though I also do Back/Biceps, Chest Triceps, Legs, Shoulders and either bis or tris. Abs are thrown in 2-3 times a week. I only do cardio when dieting for a contest.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I would have to say that it's a combination of whey protein and eating 6 smaller meals a day. Given the fact that I started bodybuilding in my late thirties, this has helped me the most. Also using EFA's has helped to lower my cholesterol--in a a family with a history of high cholesterol.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I like the challenge of seeing my body shape change and meet my mental image of what I could become. I have always been quite disciplined and the fact that I only have to spend 5 hours a week in the gym fits my busy schedule as an Assistant Dean at a theological seminary. I also like the comraderie of the gym.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I would like to gain overall size (10 pounds at least), especially in the upper body. I also will continue to compete on the masters level and open lightweight class. I enjoy competing --even the dieting!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Mix things up when you feel stale.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Joe Sumrell (NABF National champion); Flex Wheeler; Dave Draper; Frank Zane.