Need Help? Customer Support 1-866-236-8417

Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Mr. Michael Johnson

Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Mr. Michael Johnson! - Pics and info and more!

  • Name: Mr. Michael Johnson
  • E-mail:
  • Age: 26
  • Where: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Height: 5' 11"
  • Weight: 225 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :8
  • Favorite Bodypart: Quads
  • Favorite Exercise: Barbell Curls
  • Favorite Supplements: MHP TRAC and Twinlab Gainers Fuel 2500

How Did You Get Started?

I really got into weight training when I was in the U.S. Marines. I was onboard ship and all I had to do was eat, sleep, train, and work. The ideal training conditions in my opinion. The food was prepared and available 24 hours a day and the gym was open 24 hours as well.

Everything was uncomfortably close so there was little unnecessary calorie expenditure. I gained about 20lbs in that six month period back in 2000. Before I exited the Corps I was one of four Marines selected to do a photo shoot for Men's Health Magazine. This issue was October 2002. Hitting the stage didn't come into play until I had been out of the Marines for about a year.

In 2002 I exited the Corps and moved to York, PA. I had been training at Gold's for quite some time and one day in the spring of 2003 the bodybuilding idea was presented to me. One of the employees at Gold's working behind the counter was a competitor and competed in the WPF Mr. Universe in 2002 and asked if I ever thought about hitting the stage.

He pulled out an album with some of his contest photos and noticed my interest so he called the U.S. promoter for the contest and he and I spoke. Arrangements were made and I went to Philly the next day to meet the promoter. He said I was close to contest condition as I was and decided I should do the NPC East Coast Tournament of Champions in Alexandria, VA.

I prepared for the show with a two week diet and won the Novice Heavyweight class and the Novice Overall.

I then took two weeks off and then began preparing for the WPF Mr. Universe contest that took place in Terracina, Italy in November of '03. I placed fifth in the Heavyweights there and I was content with the placing being my second show.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The best plan that works really depends on the goal I am trying to achieve. If its strength and mass low reps and heavyweights, usually one body part a day. If it is contest prep the routine has to change being on a restricted diet and going for a lean and hard on stage appearance.

During contest time I like to train 3 days on 1 day off with high intensity and high rep range. I do interval training and posing on the off day so there really isn't any off time. In the off season I usually train 4 days a week and even on the off days stretching exercises are still done. Once again depends on the goal and the time of the year.

magnifying glass Click Image To Enlarge.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

The best nutrition plan once again depends on the goals. You cannot have an extremely high carb intake if you are trying to be lean. I prefer to maintain a clean diet all year round. This makes it easier during contest time because the urges and cravings are not as strong versus have a sloppy off season diet.

I try to average about 20-30 calories per pound of bodyweight during the off season. "Must Eat to Grow". During contest prep, carb intake is dropped drastically put protein stays right around 400 grams a day.

Twinlab Gainers Fuel 2500

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Twinlab Gainers Fuel 2500 would have to be a must have for me when trying to gain mass. Quality caloric intake is hard to achieve and with Twinlab's Gainers Fuel it makes a clean high calorie diet easier to obtain.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is such a personal challenge. I think the individual bodybuilder is usually their hardest critic. The ability to sculpt the human body is amazing and something I love pushing for. The closer I can get to the appearance of an anatomy chart on stage the better.

There really isn't another sport that demands such physical and mental focus. It is also a good stress reliever and it is great to see your gains and accomplishments and have others notice as well.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future plans for 2006 are competing in the NPC John Sherman Classic in Houston, TX and my goal is to qualify for Nationals. I also plan in competing in the WPF Mr. Universe which takes place in Lithuania in 2006. My ultimate goal is to get my pro card either IFBB or WPF or both.

magnifying glass Click Image To Enlarge.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The only tip I can give other bodybuilders that don't already know, is to take your diet serious. Whether it is contest or off season. Diet is the foundation for everything and a poor diet will reflect and show through, especially on stage.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I am my favorite bodybuilder, but besides me Dennis Wolfe and Branch Warren are right at the top of my list.