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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Tim Martin

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  • Name: Tim Martin
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  • Age: 39
  • Where: Flanders, New Jersey
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 225 Lbs., Contest: 205 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :19
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts
  • Favorite Supplements: Applied Nutriceuticals Line

How Did You Get Started?

I was skinny at 145 lbs. I started lifting with a friend in his garage, and years later accompanied a training partner to a contest. I thought, "I think I could do that," and the rest is history.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

When I started I'd lift 6-7 days per week, and even did two-a-days for a few contests. Now in my late thirties, four days a week works best for me since I feel I need more recovery. Presently I do a four day split of: Legs, Chest & Triceps, Back, and Shoulders & Biceps. I use a moderate volume approach with varied rep schemes, going as high as thirty reps for leg extensions all the way down to singles and doubles for deadlifts.

When it comes to exercise choice I believe that the more difficult the exercise feels the more it should be included in your repertoire. I center my training around heavy free weight movements, and always try to hit the body part from several different angles. Pre-contest I do 60 minutes of cardio every morning before breakfast (incline treadmill), and this year off- season I've continued with 30 minutes five days per week.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

For years I ate almost no fats in my diet and my hormone levels suffered consequently. Last year I made a point of eating good fats with every meal, and had my best gains in years, as well as improved hormone levels proven with blood testing. Pre-contest dieting is approximately 350 grams of protein, 100 grams of carbs (with some cycling), and about 70 grams of non-saturated fats from almonds, flaxseed oil and peanut oil. This year's off-season diet I'm shooting for at least 4000 clean calories per day, with 350 grams of protein, 400-500 grams of carbs, and around 100 grams of fat.

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I rely heavily on whey isolate mainly for convenience, usually having five shakes out of my seven meals per day. I've also added Waxy Maize to my post-workout shakes, and always include Glutamine, BCAA's, and Creatine after cardio or lifting. I recently signed with Applied Nutriceuticals, and have been using their complete line, including RPM, IGF-2, Neovar, Lipotrophin-AM, Lipotrophin-PM, and Osteobolin-C. So far my results have been great, as I've achieved my all-time bests on several lifts. I'm also looking forward to giving "Drive" a try, as it will be available in a few weeks.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding for several reasons. First, I'm a physical therapist so I appreciate the anatomy and kinesiology of training. Athletically, it's one of only a few sports that you can participate in throughout your lifetime, and I have no plans of ever stopping! Most importantly, I love the discipline required to compete. Not everyone has the ability to focus 100% effort into diet, training, cardio, and presentation required to excel in this sport, and every contest provides a new challenge and goal.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I had my best year to date this year, winning four out of five shows, and believing that the fifth was within my reach as well. Next year I plan on competing again in the NPC Team Universe, as well as the NPC Masters Nationals (I'll be 40!), and possibly the IFBB North Americans or NPC Junior Nationals depending upon where they fall on the calendar. My goal has always been to win the Team Universe, so I still have some unfinished business to attend to!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Don't just say you're going to compete - do it! Nothing will provide greater motivation in your bodybuilding training than having a contest on the horizon. Also, stay natural. I have nothing against people who choose to use drugs in their lives as it's purely a personal choice. I do believe that training and competing naturally will give you a greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in the long run.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

In the IFBB I like Victor Martinez and Jay Cutler. There are so many great physiques competing on the Olympia stage, and I'm a fan of most of them. On the amateur side, Jose Raymond has always been inspirational to me as a true competitor. This year I'm keeping several guys in my cross-hairs for next year's Team Universe, and at the top of the list is Kiyoshi Moody. Kiyoshi, if you read this - I hope you bring it next year, because I know I will!

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