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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Chuck Maciejunes

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  • Name: Chuck Maciejunes
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  • Age: 40
  • Where: Levittown, PA
  • Height: 5' 8"
  • Weight: 215 Lbs., contest: 195 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :25
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: Designer Supplements Melting Point, Designer Supplements Lean Extreme, Designer Supplements Xceed, SciVation Xtend, Professional Supplements Vitargo

How Did You Get Started?

I first started training in my basement as a teenager with an old bench and a 110 lb sand filled weight set I got for Christmas. Like most newcomers I didn't know really how to train so my initial workout revolved around lots of bench presses and curls. As I made progress I eventually joined a gym, started to read some of the magazines, and learned as much as I could about training. That education eventually evolved into a certification as a personal training and sports conditioning specialist and the ability to help others meet there fitness goals as a personal trainer.

As I continued to make progress in the gym, my competitive drive grew stronger, and a desire to compete emerged. Over the past years I have competed in numerous bodybuilding contests and have placed fairly well. Even after over 20 years in the gym, every workout is still like those in the basement of my home, lifting those sand weights, looking to improve and progress. I have always lived by the credo "If Better is Possible, than Good is not Enough!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Over the years I have experimented with pretty much every training program that has come along. Body part splits, fully body programs, HST, 5X5 etc. I even had phases where my focus was training for powerlifting. I have also tried to educate myself by reading the works of such trainers as Charles Poliquin, Ian King, Dave Tate, Etc. I found that low volume, focusing on compound exercises, work best for me.

I feel there is a direct correlation between a muscle becoming stronger and hypertrophy. I have grown best since I stopped doing body part splits of numerous exercises for multiple sets. I also vary my repetitions in 2-3 week intervals. As a way to keep the workouts fresh and continue growth. My plan is basically TRAIN-RECOVER-REST-REPEAT UNTIL DESIRED RESULTS ACHIEVED.

A typical work week might be:






    3 times per week during off days or post workout.
    ******** Sets are post warm-up only

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My current nutrition plan focuses on high protein, moderate fat, moderate carbs with the carbs being focused post workout. I have had a lot of success with a ketogenic diet in the past for fat loss. My current plan is more in line with my desire to add some additional lean body mass. I am not an advocate of "bulking up" and I feel individuals can still make gains without having to consume massive amounts of calories, as long as training and supplementation is in order.

arrow Typical Off Season Plan:

    Meal 1: 8-10 egg whites, 1 cup oats with a banana, handful of walnuts

    Meal 2: Protein Blend Shake with Flax Seed Oil

    Meal 3: 8 oz Lean Protein (chicken, ground turkey, salmon) 1 cup brown rice, broccoli

    Meal 4: Protein Blend Shake with Flax Seed oil

    Pre-workout: 1 serving Designer Supplements Xceed mixed with BCAA's post workout: 1 serving Professional Supplements Vitargo mixed with 1 serving SciVation Xtend 30 minutes post workout: Whey Isolate

    Meal 5: Lean Protein (chicken, ground turkey, salmon) 1 cup brown rice, broccoli

    Meal 6: 8 egg whites prior to bed.

Of course I am less rigid in the off season and will certainly indulge in a cheat meal or two (or more) during the week. But the key is to eat clean the vast majority of the time pre-contest not a lot changes other than a slight lowering of carbs, an increase in cardio and the addition of some thermogenic supplements like Designer Supplements Melting Point and Basic Cuts.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have found Designer Supplements Melting Point and Basic Cuts to be excellent in lowering body fat. I was able to come into my last contest leaner than ever before. I use Xceed pre-workout and the pumps, as well as increase in strength and work capacity are quite noticeable.

Professional Supplements Vitargo is excellent for post workout glycogen replenishment.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I enjoy bodybuilding because it is very individualized activity that requires tremendous focus and dedication. Also growing up I was not a great natural athlete so I had to master things over time. Bodybuilding is ideal for me since the more you put into it, the greater the results. I have been training for so long that it has just become part of my weekly routine. Something that I have been doing for the past 25 years and expect to continue for the next 25 and longer.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future bodybuilding plans are to continue to compete in Master's and Open Contests within my area. I am now focusing on the PA State Championship. Ultimately I would like to compete at the NPC Masters Nationals if I can make the necessary improvements I feel I need to compete at that level.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay Consistent and Enjoy the process... and avoid the Paralysis of Analysis. Stop searching for that miracle supplement or perfect program. Train hard, eat well, supplement wisely, and you will get progress. Most importantly "self improvement" needs to be the primary goal. Compete within yourself and continuously look to improve and you will be a winner, no matter what!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

From the past - Lee Labrada. Not only did he have a balanced physique but he had balance within his life as well and achieved success both in bodybuilding and business. He is an individual I try to model myself after. Within today's current crop of bodybuilders I admire Mark Dugdale for the very same reasons. The ability to balance training at an elite level with career, family, etc!