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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Shazad Carbaidwala

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  • Name: Shazad Carbaidwala
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  • Age: 27
  • Where: Carpentersville, IL
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 220 lbs off-season and 150 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :5
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Rack Deadlifts and Barbell Rows
  • Favorite Supplements: Muscle Milk, Pro Complex, and the Pride supplements.

How Did You Get Started?

I have been working out since I was 14 years old. I was a very small kid in high school I only weighed 98 pounds as a freshman. I knew that I would have to work really hard to add quality weight. Even though, I was not blessed with the greatest genetics I feel I was blessed with my father's work ethic and my mother's perseverance.

I played football all four years in high school and my freshman year I was told by my high school coach that if I wanted to play on varsity I would need to add more size. My sophomore, junior, and senior year I spent more time in the gym than anyone on my team.

From there on out I just gained a passion for working out. As I progressed I started to add weight gradually and really made sure that my nutrition was always the most important. As I got bigger I noticed eating properly, lifting weights, and taking the right supplements you can really transform your body. I knew I had to do a lot more work in order to step up on stage.

After playing college football I knew that I would want to compete in bodybuilding. I was 5'6 and 190 pounds when I graduated from college. After three years of training I went ahead and did the Midwest Iron man competition and placed first in the novice and the open.

Before deciding doing the show I made sure that I would have the right help and I contacted Chuck Sanow who is the chairman for Illinois Bodybuilding and IFBB pro. He was great and walked me through my diet and posing. He gave me a lot of insight on the sport of bodybuilding.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I do a split training program. I workout once during my lunch break at work and then I workout at night. I like split training because I feel like I can get two quality workouts in one day.

Split training is very difficult because sometimes you can over train by working out twice. Since I have been working out for a while now I am getting better at understanding my body and if I feel like I am too exhausted I will not workout during my lunch break.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

During my dieting phase I eat a lot of lean turkey and limit my carbs to only one carb meal in the morning and one carb meal post workout. It works best for me.

I have heard off all of bodybuilders whom make their diets really complex and make sure that they carb deplete and then carb load. I have not tried that yet and might try that for my next show.

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I used to work for a supplement store so I have tried a lot of supplements. I would have to say Pro Complex by Optimum Nutrition and Muscle Milk. I like these two because it gives me a variation of proteins and pro complex has so many aminos and glutamine, while Muscle Milk has a lot of calories.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Being up on the stage was the ultimate high. I am hooked on this sport and what is so great about this sport is that it is continually growing and I believe one day that there are going to a lot of shows that are going to be televised.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My first bodybuilding show I took first place, but the second show I competed in this past year in December I did not do that well and got sick afterwards.

I want to do another Illinois show and then go ahead and do the Junior Nationals or the Nationals depending how my body changes this year. This year is vital because I really was disappointed and took some time to evaluate some important aspects of my life. I am now working out twice a day.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I would tell other bodybuilders or future bodybuilders is to keep working hard in the gym and make sure that you are eating right and taking the right supplements that work best for you. What I have learned is that some supplements work differently for others. It is important that you take the supplements that work best for you.

Bodybuilding is such a unique sport and a lot of people either do not understand it or do not embrace it. If you are getting ready for your first show I recommend getting some help from another bodybuilder who has competed for a while because there is a lot that goes along with competing.

You can't just go to the gym and expect to be a great bodybuilder. You have to tan, cardio, eat the right proteins, with the right supplements, posing, your posing routine, and a lot of detain.

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Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are Chuck Sanow and Ronnie Coleman. Chuck is a pro bodybuilder whom has helped me with my nutrition over the past two years. His insight has helped me learn more and more about bodybuilders and he has taught me a lot.

Ronnie Coleman is someone I have so much respect for because for so many years' people were gunning for his title and he came in every Olympia better and better. It is hard to stay on top for as long as he has.