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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Graham Reay

Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Graham Reay! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

It all started when I finished my freshman year in college, I was home for the summer and decided not to play baseball anymore in favor of working. But I knew I didn't want to be that "use to" guy, such as I "use to" do this or that. I wanted to be working toward a goal and I found myself in the gym pretty much every day working hard but it then took a few years to really get hooked and decide to compete. I really made up my mind to compete when I heard friends talking about competing and I thought, "There it is. There is my something," and from that point forward it was nothing but focus and determination on one goal, which was to compete and look my very best in a bodybuilding contest.

Graham Reay.
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Graham Reay.

Once I started my training I was sort of clueless on the diet portion. Being a personal trainer I knew how to get the necessary work done in the gym, but the kitchen was very foreign to me. So I enlisted the services of a trainer to help me with my diet and posing and I must say it was the best thing I ever did. My trainer, Brad Steere, helped me cut the necessary weight to look absolutely peeled on stage and he helped me get my posing right.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I did not stick rigidly to this set and rep scheme, many of my workouts were based on how I felt that day and I used the priority principle to focus on areas that really needed improvement.

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

Monday: Back & Biceps

Tuesday: Chest & Triceps

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Shoulders

Friday: Back & Biceps

Saturday: Chest & Triceps

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Graham Reay.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Regular Competition Diet

7:30 AM

9:30 AM

Noon (Pre-Workout)

2:30 PM (Post Workout)

4:30 PM

7:30 PM

9:30 PM

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Graham Reay.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

The sport of bodybuilding is my way to earn respect from others and from myself. I love starting the day knowing I get to continue my journey for a more fit physical appearance. Everyone has their something they wake up in the morning for and this is my something. I love the way I feel while I'm training, and I love the comments I get about my body. If you want the ultimate sport, give bodybuilding a shot.

For a long time I thought wrestling was the hardest sport around, until I started bodybuilding. The sport of bodybuilding is incredibly mental as well as physical. In order to be the best you can be in this sport you have to be completely focused and driven toward looking your best on that stage. In bodybuilding you have to be able to look at the refrigerator and say no to the junk food and stick to your diet because sure maybe one bite won't make you gain any weight or fat but you just stopped yourself from losing fat.

I love that it is a 24 hour a day, 365 day a year sport, when you are in season you are constantly competing and in the off season you are even competing to put on quality weight to prepare for the next competition.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I want to provide a great example for my friends and family to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I am so happy to know that I have influenced many of my friends and family to start exercising and eating to achieve a healthy lifestyle. I never want to look my age. I know I am young now but I want to keep myself looking that way.

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Graham Reay.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I wanted to be able to say I achieved something. I work in a gym and every day I see people come in and run through the motions of exercise, using the fact that they exercised to make bad eating decisions later that night. As a personal trainer that aggravated me to no end so I wanted to set an example of how to stay motivated and focused on exercise and nutrition goals.

The entire process of preparing for this contest was an incredible learning experience for me as a personal trainer as well. I now have a better understanding of how the body functions and the great things that a proper diet can do for the human body.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Right now I plan to wait a year until I compete again. I am graduating from college soon and starting my personal training business so many changes in my life are taking place but my diet and workouts will not suffer. My first competition I was a middleweight at 6' 1" so I was not as thick as I should be so I will take the next year to put on a solid 10 to 15 contest pounds before I compete again. I hope to compete next at 180-185 pounds.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Be consistent! Find a diet and nutrition plan that works for your body and is tailored to achieve your goals and stick to it. If you are working hard and doing things correctly in the gym but you still aren't seeing the changes you want to see in your physique, start making small changes in your diet and you will be amazed at how your body will react.

Also if you are planning to compete for the first time I highly suggest finding an experienced trainer to help you through the process. Not only will you look better on stage but the entire preparation process will be much less painful than it already is.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

David Henry, Jay Cutler, Brad Steere, and Flex Wheeler.

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Graham Reay.

What Features Do You Use On

I use for many reasons I love the articles posted from like-minded individuals and experts in the fitness world. I also purchase all of my supplements from because they are cheap and they get to my home very quickly. But the feature I utilize the most is BodySpace. I have found it to be very inspirational and motivating. I joined the group "Team Pain" and met some really cool people that are driven and helped me stay on track with my goals in bodybuilding.