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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Fred Scalese

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  • Name: Fred Scalese
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  • Age: 40
  • Where: Willoughby, OH
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :24
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs, Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Bench Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Nitric Oxide, Optimum Whey

How Did You Get Started?

My brother was working out when I was 16 in our family's basement and I started watching him and eventually stated working out with him. About 10 months later I entered my first body building competition against men (no teen division existed then) and I was hooked from then on.

I began training my son in the last 5 years and he competed with me in the NPC Natural Ohio show in 2004 (in the teenage division). I am now training my son and he is working out and preparing for his eventual deployment to Iraq which is expected by June, 2009.

Fred Scalese
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Fred Scalese.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My workouts vary depending upon the time of year and my goals for the period. For example, I just competed (Oct, 2008) in the NPC Northern USA's and my workouts as I prepared for that show in the final 8 weeks were far different from my current mass and strength building phase I am currently in. My mass/strength phase will run through January 31, 2009 after which I will begin prepare for a bodybuilding show in April.

My current Mass/Strength Training Program looks like this: after a thorough warm up of light weight movements:

arrow Mondays:

The rest of the week is similar.

  • Tuesday focuses on Back with a few extra sets for biceps.
  • Wednesday focuses on Legs and ONLY legs. This is a major/heavy workout and nothing else can be done that day.
  • Thursday focuses on Shoulders and Triceps.
  • Friday is an off day.
  • Saturday is Dead-lift and Biceps.
  • Sunday is "played by ear" based upon family obligations but typically I would do light cardio, abs and extra calves (they always need extra work).

I vary the selected exercises each week but the rep range remains the same throughout the mass/strength phase with the ultimate goal of gaining the most strength and mass that I can in the next five months.

Fred Scalese
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Fred Scalese.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

In the current mass/strength gain phase, my meals generally consist of the following:

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I use Optimum Nutrition Whey and cycle on and off of an NO product. In the spring/summer months I also add a fat burner to my supplementation. I also use a multi-vitamin twice per day.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is my escape from the rest of the world. In my gym, I control everything that occurs and I am directly responsible for the results that I gain (or do not gain) based upon my own personal effort, consistency and dedication. There is no one to blame (or praise) but myself.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I won second place in the 40 - 49 Year Old Division of the NPC Northern USA show in October of 2008. I intend to compete again in April, 2004 in the NPC Natural Ohio show and WIN this time around!

Fred Scalese
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Fred Scalese.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The one tip I can offer to anyone that is considering the sport of bodybuilding or that is half-heartedly in it already….there is no magic pill. There is no magic exercise. Bodybuilding success comes from one place... your heart. The only things you must bring the table are: discipline, consistency and the right attitude. If you manage your bodybuilding lifestyle with those three elements in mind at all times... success will be yours.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I generally prefer the "old school" bodybuilders and Arnold is the KING in that department. But I also admire Shawn Ray, Flex Wheeler. As far as today's bodybuilders, I admire the intensity of Branch Warren.