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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Mike Manibog

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  • Name: Mike Manibog
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  • Age: 40
  • Where: Aliso Viejo, California
  • Height: 5' 4"
  • Weight: 162 Lbs., Contest: 154 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :20
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Reverse Grip Pulldowns
  • Favorite Supplements: Lipo 6X, Niox

How Did You Get Started?

Played basketball, soccer, and ran track all through high school. Played one year of soccer in college (University of Iowa) then gave it up. I felt like I needed to stay in shape some how so I started lifting my sophomore year in college. Was very thin and athletic at the time, probably only 135-140 lbs. I trained and ate (5,000-6,000 cal/day) like an off season bodybuilder for the next 18 years, and eventually got up to 218 lbs. Had no idea what my body fat was, but I had a 1 rep max on the bench of 500 lbs. That's when I decided to give competitive bodybuilding a try.

I dieted for my first competition (2004 Orange County Classic) for 14 weeks and dropped 44 lbs. I competed at 174 lbs in the Novice Middleweight Class and finished a very disappointing 12th. I was so discouraged, that I thought I was done competing. I got the bug again and decided to give it another try.

I targeted the NPC Max Muscle Naturals in Anaheim, CA, in March 2005. This time, I was able to diet down to 162 lbs and compete in the Novice Lightweight class. I won the Novice Lightweight and the Novice Overall. Needless to say, I was hooked! I was reluctantly talked into competing two weeks later at the World Gym Classic in San Diego, but was so glad I did. I placed 2nd in the Open Middleweight class (161 lbs) which qualified me for national competition. In July of 2005, I competed at the Los Angeles Championships as a Welterweight (161 lbs) and placed 3rd.

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For 2006, I again targeted the NPC Max Muscle Naturals, hoping to compete as an Open Lightweight. However, I failed to make weight, and competed at 157 lbs as an Open Middleweight. I did win the Middleweight class and narrowly missed out on the overall. I took some time off looking to improve my conditioning for the 2006 NPC Nationals in Miami. It paid off as I captured 5th place in the Lightweight class (151 lbs) on my first try at National level competition.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Trying to stay lean year round is key for me, so 40-45 min. of cardio 5-6 days/week in the off season is normal. I workout with this schedule:

Monday - Legs
Tuesday - Shoulders/Traps
Wednesday - OFF
Thursday - Legs
Friday - Chest/Tri's
Saturday - Back/Traps/Bi's
Sunday - OFF

Abs are done 5 days a week and calves twice a week.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Again, try to stay lean year round, so typical breakfast is 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ protein powder, 1/4 cup blueberries and banana. Meal two is either a protein shake or bar along with some fruit. Lunch then consists of a salad, some green leafy vegetable, 1/2 cup brown rice or a sweet potato, and either 2 chicken/turkey breasts or fish (salmon, tilapia, orange roughy, dover sole, mahi mahi, seared ahi tuna, or even swordfish). Mid afternoon snack is like morning snack. Then dinner is a repeat of lunch, except I take out the sweet potato/brown rice and have more salad or veggies. I also try to have only fish at night, as I find it much lighter and easier to digest.

Occasionally in the off season, I will have red meat for lunch, but I cut out red meat from my diet at around 8 weeks out from competition. Later at night, if I have a sweet tooth, I will have a small apple w/ natural peanut butter.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Lipo 6X, Niox

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

A person's success is driven by their sole efforts. You don't have anyone else to rely on like in team sports. Your level of effort and drive is what will determine your success.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm competing in the Muscle Beach International Classic over the Memorial Day weekend, in both the Open Lightweight and Master's (over 40) class.

In July 2007, I am competing in the NPC Team Universe in New York.

In November 2007, I will go to Dallas, TX to try my hand at the NPC Nationals again.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Persistence and staying focused year round. It's easy to start "slacking" with training and diet when you convince yourself you are in "off season" mode. Stay lean throughout the year and take your gains slowly, because they will be quality gains... not just that "hidden muscle"!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Past: Shawn Ray, Lee Labrada, Mike Christian, Berry DeMey, Mohammed Mokawy
Present: Dexter Jackson, Darrem Charles, David Henry

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