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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Scott Hagan

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  • Name: Scott Hagan
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  • Age: 34
  • Where: Lowell, MA
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 235 Lbs., Contest: 211 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :17
  • Favorite Bodypart: Delts And Triceps
  • Favorite Exercise: Laterals, Tricep Pushdowns And Seated Calf Raises
  • Favorite Supplements: Cytomax, Cyto Gainer, and Musclemilk

How Did You Get Started?

I got started lifting weights back in my sophomore year of high school. I had a friend who lifted and he suggested I should lift with him. We had a biology teacher in our high school who kept the weight room open after school for anyone who wanted to lift weights. We joined up and started training.

This is where I caught the bug of training. After we trained there for a couple months we found a very small gym inside of a gymnastics school. This was the first time we started training legs because they had a squat rack and leg press. We trained there for about 6 months and that is when I started getting compliments from people noticing that I had muscles.

At the time I weighed 160 pounds but was very lean. I started reading a lot of books and muscle magazines and now started to call myself a bodybuilder. I had found my passion and just loved it. From there my training partner and I joined a YMCA and kept training. I can remember walking to the YMCA in winter storms a few miles away just to train.

I could not miss a workout and everything else was secondary. I trained at that YMCA for about 6 more months and then we joined our first serious gym. We were training there for about 6 more months when we saw a poster on the information board for a bodybuilding show. The AAU Southern Connecticut Bodybuilding Championships. We decided to train for it and compete.

arrow My First Competition

We did not know much about contest prep except for what we read in the magazines. We drove for 4 hours to the contest and competed and I ended up winning the teenage overall. I met Bob Gruskin there and he said that I had a ton of potential. This gave me a lot of confidence. The very next day we were in the gym to train and decided that I was gonna compete again.

I trained my butt off and entered the 1991 ANBC Colonial Classic. I ended up winning the teenage overall and best poser. I now found my second passion, posing. I just loved it almost as much as bodybuilding itself. I was now qualified for the ANBC USA.

It happed to be in Boston, MA that year so I entered and again I won. I was now the ANBC United States Junior tall class champion and was only 20 years old. I took two years off from competing and entered my first NPC show. It was the NPC New Hampshire State and East Coast Grand Prix. I weighed in at 190 pounds and won the LHW class, the overall and best poser. In the second show, The East Coast Grand Prix, I won the LHW class and lost the overall to a guy that was 33 years old. I was still only 22 years old. I had now won my class in my first 5 shows.

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My confidence was sky high but my finances were low and I needed to focus on getting a career in place. I took five years off from competing. I had a teenage friend who wanted to compete at the NPC New Englands and I said I would train him for it. Well, needless to say watching him get ready it fired me up. That's it I am doing it too.

We first competed at the NPC Mr. Rhode Island show. I ended up getting 2nd place in the heavy class. This was the first time I tasted defeat on a bodybuilding stage. A week later I competed at the NPC Mr. New England Contest. I ended up getting 6th in the LHW class and this hurt bad. I thought I will keep training but I am done competing.

It would be 5 years later when I would come across another friend, National Competitor Craig Torres who suggested I compete again. Craig explained that you don't have to win every show, you just do the best you can and that is all you can ask. We started training to get ready for the NPC Maine and the NPC New Englands in 2003. I won the HW class at the NPC Maine and got 4th in the HW class at the New Englands.

I felt rejuvenated and confident that within a year or two I could win that Mr. New England contest. Craig ended up winning the LHW class at the New Englands and went onto get 9th at the NPC Nationals in Miami, FL. This motivated me to want that sweet taste of victory once again. We trained all-out!! The next year I entered the NPC Maine again and finished a disappointing 4th place in a tough HW class.

arrow Death And Birth In The Family

After this contest I got some awful news, my father had been diagnosed with cancer and was very ill. The one constant at every show was my Dad. He was so proud of me and was at all my victories. That August my father had lost his battle with this horrible disease and passed away.

A couple weeks later I learned that I was gonna be a father myself as my wife Taeyanna was pregnant with our first child. On top of all this I was opening a new business and things were just hectic. Craig and I decided that this was it. I always wanted to redeem my disappointing 6th and 4th place finishes at the New Englands and this was the year to do it.

By now the business was open and we were putting in major hours. I had a newborn baby girl at home and the pain of my father being gone was fresh in my mind. We only had an hour to train per night when we closed up the salon. We had to make every rep count and we started our contest prep 5 months out. We absolutely had some of the most intense workouts of my life.

I would think of my father to reach down for every last ounce of energy I could get and push it as hard as I could. This was my Olympia! I knew this was most likely the last time I would compete and wanted to go out a winner. I knew it was gonna be a tough show as everyone in the area was talking about it.

The hype for this show was unbelievable. The morning of the contest I woke up and could just feel that this was my year. Every time I checked myself I looked better and better. I was peaking just right. After pre-judging I just knew I had won my class. After they announced me as the winner I was so excited.

I had never been more excited and satisfied with winning any other show. I tried to take it in and enjoy the way I felt cause it was amazing. My daughter was in the audience and I could feel my father there with me on stage. It was amazing! I ended up losing the overall to Brian Saltzman, The 2003 NPC Junior National LHW class winner. It came down to a tie-breaker and I lost by one point. I couldn't have lost to a better bodybuilder and it made me feel great knowing I could stand on stage with someone like that and push him to the limit.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Well like I said we only had an hour or sometimes a little longer if the person would stay later for us so all my workouts were short and intense. I read a great article on Mark Dugdale where he said that he was tight for time because he has three daughters and a business to run. He trained very intense with only 3-4 sets per exercise and usually only two exercises.

arrow Training With Mark Dugdale

I really used Mark for motivation when preparing for this show simply because I felt I could relate to him. Besides that I really admired his physique and that is the look I am trying to achieve (really clean lines, very symmetrical and hard as granite). I trained one bodypart per day and then would do either abs or calves with it.

I would end up working out 6-7 days per week with my off day being abs, calves and some cardio. We trained as heavy as possible all the way up to about 2 weeks out. I would practice posing after my tanning sessions for about 20 minutes a day. Everything was kept as simple as possible and very basic.

I added in some concentration curls and flyes as we got closer but nothing out of the ordinary. I really believe that the bodybuilding show is won in the kitchen. Training is the easy part, that is the why we Love it.

Feeling the heavy steel, the pump, the actual sport aspect of it. That is awesome. The measuring of food, the discipline of being regimented in your eating every two hours no matter where you are or what you are doing for months at a time, well that is the tough part. So I believe the diet and of course your god given genetics are what separate the competition. Of course it is a combination of all three but I truly believe that it is the nutritional aspect of the sport that determines it.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

With my time constraints I needed to make the nutritional component of my program very simple and realistic. I started my diet on January 2. This was five months out from the contest. This may sound like a long time and it was but I figured that I would rather be in shape early and glide it in rather than leave it to chance.


I kept my calories much higher than normal for me dieting and basically "Cleaned Up" my diet. What I did was buy a bunch of the Uncle Bens Rice in a bag that you microwave for 90 seconds. This was 70g of carbs per bag. I would also buy a bunch of Starkist Tuna pouches which had in it 50g protein. I would mix them in a bowl, add pepper and eat it. Perfect. I would do this every 2-3 hours and add in a Cytosport Musclemilk every couple meals.

I would have a protein shake with 60-70g protein for breakfast with Steel Rolled oats and Yammits for my carbs. I was taking a multivitamin / mineral, CLA, Hemp oil, L-Carnitine, Co-Enzyme Q10, ALA, Grape Seed Extract, Glucosamine, Chondroitin with MSM, Biosil, Vit. C and Glutamine.

As I got closer to the contest my breakfast stayed the same and I switched the rice to Yams and the Tuna to Lean Ground Turkey cooked in the Foreman grill. I ate a lot of spinach the whole five months and took a greens supplement Pro Greens from Nutricology. I ate 300g-400g of carbs a day all the way thru to the day of the show.

As far as water goes I was drinking at least a gallon a day and cut it down on Friday. On Saturday I just sipped it with my meals and Sunday I did not drink any water until after prejudging. I was eating between 3000-3700 calories a day up to a couple days before show. By being in shape that far out I could really get in tune with my body and adjust slowly without having to make sudden and drastic changes.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I would say that if I had to choose it would be Protein Supplements. I really like Cytomax Muscle Milk. My favorite Protein is Proto-Whey. I take a gainer in the off-season such as Cytosports Cyto Gainer. I really like Glutamine and feel this is an important supplement especially when dieting for a show. I was taking nutritional supplements such as Co-Enzyme Q10, ALA and Grapeseed Extract. I was taking Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM and Biosil for my joints. A greens product is very good for getting your greens when you are tight for time. A real good Multivitamin and mineral is a year round supplement I take.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

This is a question I have asked myself a million times throughout my 17 years of bodybuilding. I really don't know the exact reason why I love it so much, I just know that I do. If I look at the constants in my life bodybuilding has been a part of me for a long time. There is no way you can train at maximum intensity, eat pretty clean year round and diet for 5 months if you did not love it.

Sometimes bodybuilding is a double edged sword where I love it and hate it at the same time. Only fellow bodybuilders can understand what I mean but sometimes I think that life would be easier not being a bodybuilder. I really admire someone like Mark Dugdale who has all the responsibilities of family and business and still presents an amazing physique come contest time. Now that is Love of the sport.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Right now I want to savor in the moment of my win at the New Englands. I treated that show as my Olympia and I am pretty satisfied with that. I am gonna put all my focus into my Tanning business "Mill City Sun." Maybe I will compete at the NPC Team Universe next August in NYC. I have always wanted to do that show.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

It is a marathon not a sprint. Muscle takes time to build. I see a lot of young bodybuilders who get frustrated with the gains they have gotten and they are at such a young age. Just think of what you will look like if you train for five or ten years.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders would be Flex Wheeler, Gary Strydom and Chris Cormier. Of the new bodybuilding stars I like Mark Dugdale and David Henry. These are all physiques that I think are complete. I like Jay Cutler and Big Ronnie Coleman but that level just seems so unattainable I have a hard time understanding it.