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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Christopher Gordon

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  • Name: Christopher Gordon
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  • Age: 43
  • Where: Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 185 Lbs., Contest: 165 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :3
  • Favorite Bodypart: Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Barbell Shrugs
  • Favorite Supplements: Dymatize Xpand and Precision low-carb whey protein.

How Did You Get Started?

arrow My Journey:

It was April 30th, 2003 and I was spending yet another evening on the sofa, watching nothing interesting on television and stuffing myself with potato chips, when all of a sudden it hit me that I would be 40 in exactly one month. "Wow", I said to myself, "I really ought to get to start exercising before I turn into Jabba the Hutt. I guess my birthday is a good time to start." And then I thought about it some more and realized that all I'd just done was procrastinate. There was no real reason to wait one more month, so I got my rear end up off the sofa and did twenty push-ups and twenty sit-ups.

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The next morning I did twenty more before work and the next day twenty more again. I stuck with it all that week and added ten more of each the following week. By the time my birthday rolled around, I had a regular isometric exercise routine each morning and had incorporated light dumbbell work. Over the summer I began researching nutrition and slowly started weaning myself off junk food.

In September 2003 I weighed 154 pounds, walked into the local gym for the first time and picked up a barbell. I made all of the usual beginner's mistakes: overtraining, improper form, not enough protein in my diet; but by December 2003, I'd put on some noticeable muscle and dropped from 16% body fat down to 12%.

In April of 2004, I was amongst the audience of the WNSO West show and said to myself "Hey I'm not much smaller than these guys in the Men's Master's class, I could do this..." and at that moment a circuit clicked in my brain: I was destined to compete.

Throughout 2004, I researched and got my nutrition and eating habits under control, making very good growth gains as a result. By December 2004, I weighed in at 180 pounds and 9% body fat.

On April 30, 2005, exactly two years to the day when I first got up off the couch, I stepped onto the bodybuilding stage and walked off with the third place trophy in the Men's Masters class of the 2005 Western Canadians. I weighed 163 pounds and had 6.3% body fat.

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Determined to do better, I decided to compete again that November and applied all that I'd learned from my first competition. With 90 days of contest prep, I walked onto the stage at 159 pounds and 4.5% body fat and walked off with the first place trophy in the Men's Master's class.

It was a good win and I was pleased with myself for it, but I knew that I could do better. By placing first I was qualified for the 2006 British Columbia Provincial Championships, so I set my sights on entering two classes this time: the Men's Masters and the Welterweight class.

The winter of 2006 was spent in an intensive mass-building program that had me weighing 191 pounds by March and on April 16th, I started my 125 day contest prep.

On August 19th, 2006 I walked on stage one more time. I weighed 165 pounds and measured out at less than 4.5% body fat. I took home third in the Men's Masters and first place in the Welterweight class, making me the 2006 BC Welterweight Champ and qualifying me for the Canadian Nationals.

Throughout my competition history, has been there: with encouragement and support from friends I've come to know in the forums, from excellent advice and knowledge in articles such as Layne's contest preparation essay and in the products available through their online store. In fact it's safe to say that has been there every step of the way.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Over my training years, I've had a couple of injuries that I've learned to work around: a torn rotator cuff and some sacrum damage being the two biggest ones. As a result, I've developed a split that allows these areas to have sufficient recovery time:

arrow Sample Training Week (off season):

arrow Sample Training Week (on season):

    Sunday: Legs
    Monday: Back
    Tuesday: Shoulders & Chest
    Wednesday: Rest
    Thursday: Arms
    Friday: Cardio
    Saturday: Rest

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Over time my eating pattern has evolved into a six meal day:

    Mid morning
    Bedtime shake

My primary sources of protein have been boneless, skinless chicken breasts and ground buffalo meat. I generally go high in essential fats such as Udo's Oil - up to 30% of my diet, in fact - and keep my carbs low... usually no more than 30% of my daily intake off-season and much less when dieting.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

That's not an easy question... certainly my most consistent supplements have been protein powder and CEE Creatine.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Over time, my workouts have evolved from "fighting" with the weights to "flowing" with the weights, so now most of my sets are almost meditative. It's this aspect of bodybuilding that I've come to love most of all - although very little matches the exhilaration of walking off with yet another first place trophy!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I think I will be taking at least a year off from competing, but still training four days a week and keeping my gains. If I do decide to compete again, it'll be at the National level and that's a whole other level of competition!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Only one tip? Hmmm...

Develop a sound nutrition plan and choose lighter weights with good form over heavier weights and poor form.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Anyone who's competed has my respect - regardless of their standing. As far as a Professional bodybuilder who's physique I've always admired, I'd have to say Serge Nubret.

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