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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: James Adams

Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: James Adams! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I got started in bodybuilding from a suggestion of a trainer at a local gym. He asked had I ever competed before, and I told him no and he said that I should. I thought he was joking but he wasn't. I said well I don't want to make myself appear foolish on stage if I wasn't ready and he said trust me. If you would, I never would have mentioned it. That was my first show and placed in the top 5 of the over 35 Masters class in the SC State Bodybuilding Championships at the age of 50 and have been hooked ever since.

Jim Adams.
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Jim Adams.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I currently use 3 on-1 off-2 on split doing one body part per session. I train calves and abs twice a week. I try to employ the push-pull method when setting up my training sessions as I feel training opposing body parts is most beneficial for me and gives time for the opposite muscles to recover and grow.

Drop Sets - Also known as strip sets, drop sets involve the immediate reduction of weight between sets with no rest. This will thoroughly burn out a muscle.
Pyramids - Increasing the weight with each new set while decreasing the number of reps. The weight is then reduced and the reps increased.

Day 1: Shoulders

Day 2: Biceps/Triceps

Day 3: Chest

Day 4: Abs

Day 5: Back

Day 6: Legs

Day 7: Abs

Cardio is for this show is currently 7xs a week, 2 sessions of 30-45 minutes each. Abs are usually done on the two rest days from weights.

Jim Adams Posing

Masters Amateur Bodybuilder Jim Adams takes a moment to practice his posing in the gym.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I am currently training for a show on September 18, 2010 and am using a 5 medium and 2 low days for my diet. The carbs change of course on the medium and low days but am taking in 300 grams of protein per day. This is supplemented with glutamine in the morning and before bed along with Instantized BCAAs with my workout drink before and after my session. This seems to be working well as I am losing body fat but so far have maintained my size and strength which is the goal for the show. The following is my current meal plan for this show. My trainer for this show is not allowing protein shakes at all. He wants me to get all my protein from whole foods.

The following meal plan is a contest prep diet and is for a medium day since this consists of 5 days currently. The medium days consist of 50 grams of protein per meal with 140 grams of carbs consumed in the first 3 meals of the day.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

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Jim Adams.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

SuperPump250, Dymatize Xpand. I have also stacked SizeOn with the SuperPump prior to starting dieting for this current show. It gives me energy, awesome pumps and great muscle size. BCAAs and glutamine I also take. The BCAAs prior to and right after training.

The glutamine first thing in the morning and before bed. These have helped me maintain my muscle mass and recover for the next workout. I am currently not taking any additional creatine due to contest prep, but when not prepping for a show I also supplement with creatine. It helps add size and for muscle recovery as well. I use Optimum Nutrition's GlycoMaize as it helps to provide a good nitrogen balance as well as supplying the body with excellent carbs to feed and grow on. This is taken prior to workout and immediately afterwards.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it builds character in you. You have to be dedicated not only to your workout sessions, but more dedicated in the diet and nutrition aspect. It promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as making you look and feel better. My father died at the age of 42, and I am doing what I can do ensure that I stay healthy and bodybuilding does that.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Looking and feeling good, but most importantly staying healthy for my wife and my family.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I became extremely ill and sick in the summer of 2004 and dropped down to 165 pounds. After that crisis was over, I dedicated myself to exercise and bodybuilding and have built my body back up to an offseason weight so far of 220 pounds.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I hope to continue competing. I would like to add more size, and if possible eventually would like to compete in the Masters Nationals. That would be such a rush.

Jim Adams.
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Jim Adams.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay true and humble. Don't think that because you win a show, that makes you above everyone else.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Flex Lewis, Cedric McMillan, and Cody Lewis.

What Features Do You Use On

BodySpace. I have ordered from as well. I use the contest results page as well as the articles on nutrition and exercise. I use the features in the SuperSite as it provides a wealth of information from beginner to advanced bodybuilders.