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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Joey Decaminada

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  • Name: Joey Decaminada
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  • Age: 30
  • Where: Columbus, Ohio
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 240 Lbs., Contest: 205 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :3
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
  • Favorite Supplements: Glutamine, creatine, taurine, BCAA's, weight gainer, Beverly's Ultra size, Stemerex

How Did You Get Started?

I started working out in the 8th grade to get bigger for football. My parents had a DP Gym Pack 2000 in the basement. That's what I started with. Then in high school I lifted with the football, wrestling, & track team. I actually did a teenage bodybuilding show in 1992, the Mr. teen Tuscarawas. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had fun & I knew it was something I wanted to try again someday. I played football in college, so I concentrated on training for my sport. Then after college I got into strongman comps. & I got pretty good.

In 2002 I finished 2nd in the nation in the lightweight division of the NASS (North American Strongman Society). I set 2 national records at the National Championships that year, that still hold today. I deadlifted 400lbs 26 times in 75 seconds & I cleaned and pressed a 2" 200lb axle 19 times in 75 seconds. In 2003 I was ranked 3rd Nationally.

Then in December of that year I ruptured my patella tendon & had to have surgery. I had another one in May of 2003. In August of that year I decided I wanted to get into bodybuilding, so I contacted Mike Davies of the Fitness Factory. I knew Mike from the gym and watched how he trained his clients. I knew if I was going to be successful in bodybuilding Mike would get me there.

I told Mike I wanted to win the Mr. Ohio contest in 2004. We started training & I did the spring shows that year and did pretty good. Then in the fall of 2004 I won the overall at the Tri-state Championship as a heavyweight and then a week later I won the Overall and the Mr. Ohio title as a light-heavyweight. Since then I have competed in LA, Pittsburgh, Jr. Nationals this year, and I will do the LA show again and the USA's.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Mike Davies is not only my trainer, but my training partner. Mike along with my other training partner Brian Yersky, are always pushing me to be my best. Mike is a genius when it comes to this sport. I leave everything up to him. Training, diet, and supplementation. But basically we train 5 days a week, 1 body part per day. We stick to the basics during the bulk phase of our training, 3-4 heavy exercises, and 5-6 exercises with some sexier movements during pre-contest training.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Bulk phase I eat a lot, 7000-8000 calories a day. But all clean food. A lot of red meat. I cheat twice a week. Pre-contest: fish, chicken, flank, green vegetables, and oatmeal are my staples.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I still do the basics. I love glutamine and creatine. Taurine helps me retain muscle, especially when dieting. I use shakes and weight gainers in the bulk phase, and I love to make peanut butter protein pudding during my bulk phase with Beverly's Ultra Size.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I enjoy the discipline that bodybuilding brings to my life. Diet and training must stay consistent if I want to make gains. But I try not to let bodybuilding consume my entire life. There was a time that I put training above all else, God, family, work. Now I try to keep balance.

I know my faith and my family and loved ones are what is going to be here when I'm done competing and my life as a bodybuilder is over. I try to stay very well rounded now and keep everything in its proper perspective. I have 2 beautiful children, Joey 6 and Maria 2. They need a lot of my attention. I also have a girlfriend, Tamara Amend, who is a very talented figure competitor. I love spending time with her as well, away from the sport. I am strength and conditioning coach at a high school, which takes a lot of my time, and I have personal training clients that I work with. Life is busy, but very interesting.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I love training and I love competing. Just about every bodybuilder at one time or another dreams of being a pro. I plan to train as hard as I can and just follow Gods plan for me. If that means being a pro, or a great amateur competitor, or even just helping others compete, then that is what I will do. But if you're asking me what my dream as a bodybuilder would be, it definitely would be to stand on the stage at the Arnold classic as a Professional bodybuilder. But the way I see it, I have nothing but time. I've only been at this for a little more than 3 years now.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay consistent year around. I hate the term off-season. There is no off-season. There is a bulk phase and a pre-contest phase. Even when I take some down time, I eat clean, just reduce your calories. I generally take about 4-6 weeks off from the gym a year. But you still have to eat right. This allows me to make gains and stay in shape.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I admire Jay Cutler a lot. Not just as a bodybuilder, but as a business man. He has done a great job with his investments and marketing. I would like to pattern my business philosophy after Jay. But along with Jay's physique I admire the bodies of Darrem Charles, Melvin Anthony, and I think Phil Heath has the best new physique in the business. He has big round muscle bellies and very pretty lines.