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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Shawn Wilson

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How Did You Get Started?

I grew up watching "HE-MAN" and "The Incredible Hulk" as a kid and remember always wanting to look like those characters. All the power, sheer muscle mass, symmetry, and that unforgettable super human v-taper, looked so awesome to me. It was amazing how you could see every fiber of muscle in their bodies and their waists were so small they looked like they were going to snap from supporting all the muscle mass. It was my ultimate dream to look like those characters.

I decided to pursue that dream when I took a weightlifting class my junior year in high school. That is where my Bodybuilding legacy began. I put my heart and soul into working out. My senior year, I set the school record for max bench press and received an award for being the strongest kid in school.

I joined the Navy after high school and continued working out. After my hitch in service was up, I got a membership at the local gym in my home town. This is when things started getting really serious for me. Over time, I became good friends with an NPC Competitive Bodybuilder and started training as his young apprentice. I was amazed at the rapid results I made under his guidance and told him that one day I wanted to compete. I remember saying to him, "I don't care if I finish in last place, I just want to step on stage!"

I realized that if I looked good enough to step on stage that my childhood dream of looking like a super hero would become a reality. I gave it my all and the training and dieting was so difficult, I literally thought I was going to die at times. I persevered through the pain and difficult times and pushed myself to the brink, even though my body wanted to shut down. All of the hard work and determination paid off in the end. My childhood dream finally came true as I transformed my body into a super hero physique and stepped on stage in 1998 as a real NPC Bodybuilder. To my surprise, I did quite well with Bodybuilding and have brought a trophy home from every competition that I've entered.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I've always had great results from working each body part once per week, with an exception to abs and calves which can recover quicker. An example of a typical workout week for me would be:

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I put so much intensity into my workouts that it takes an entire week for my muscles to fully recover. When trying to add mass I ditch the cardio and always start with the basics: Heavy Squats, Deadlifts, Presses, Rows, Wide grip Chins, Dips, Straight Bar Curls etc... going as heavy as I can possibly go while maintaining strict form.

Then I will use a machine or cable exercise as a finishing movement, by doing really high reps to failure. It takes lifting a lot of weight to pack on mass, but sometimes certain body parts respond better by using high volume and reps. The combination of using both heavy weight / low reps and light weight / high reps, guarantees your hitting every muscle fiber and maximizing the muscles true potential.

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If I'm getting ready for a contest I like to start off with one heavy set while I'm fresh and then superset everything else using light weight / high reps for the remainder of the workout. I kick the cardio into high gear and usually do 30 - 60 min 4 - 6 times a week. I usually become very weak and lethargic when preparing for a contest, so I have to really train on instinct and listen to my body.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I am a firm believer in using the "Zig-Zag" method. The body has a unique way of adapting quickly. You have to keep it guessing and in a constant state of shock. It's the only way you can prevent your body from adapting and truly guarantee continuous growth and fat loss. For example: During a bulking phase, I would keep calories high for 4-6 days and then lower them for a day or two. During a cutting phase, I would do just the opposite and lower calories for 4-6 days and then raise them for a day or two.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein, Nutrex Vitrix, Nutrex Vitargo CGL, Nutrex Lipo 6, ISS Research L-Glutamine, ISS Research Super Vitamin Pak, ISS Research ZMA, NOW Arginine & Ornithine, Health from the Sun Flaxseed Oil.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding is a way of life for me. I'm very honored to be a Competitive Bodybuilder, because it provides me with such a great sense of achievement and accomplishment. Competitive Bodybuilding is something that only a handful of the most hardcore, disciplined, dedicated, and elite people have ever experienced. Knowing that I'm part of such an elite group makes me extremely proud!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to take my physique to the next level and maximize my true potential. The next time I step on stage, I want to be bigger, leaner, and harder than I've ever been.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Hold on to your dreams and never give up. If the desire to achieve something is strong enough you can accomplish anything!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Without a doubt, Jay Cutler is my absolute favorite bodybuilder of all time, because the man is simply amazing! He has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and he is nothing less than phenomenal! Lou Ferrigno, because he made "The Incredible Hulk" real and was my very first inspiration! Lee Labrada and Frank Zane, because of their symmetry. Tom Platz, because of his tree trunk legs. Arnold Schwarzenegger for making bodybuilding what it is today.

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