Name: Kyle Blair
Weight: 165 lbs off,
147 lbs contest
Years Bodybuilding: 5
How did your
I stood 5-foot-3 and weighed 106 pounds as a high school freshman. My main hobby was skateboarding and I was sponsored by a local skate shop. Most of my friends were football players and track athletes. Toward the end of my freshman year, my friends started going to Gold's Gym. I felt left out, so I started going with them. They were much stronger and more knowledgeable than me. I had no idea what I was doing but loved everything about the gym.
I was insecure about height and determined to increase my muscle mass. After three years of lifting, I gained 35 pounds and matured to 5-foot-7. I started lifting with Bob, a respected older guy at my gym. Every day after school, I went to Gold's and lifted with Bob, who taught me the ins and outs of weightlifting. During this time, my physique went from average to muscular and defined. At that point, the idea of bodybuilding competitions emerged.
In January of my senior year, I officially entered my first show at the OCB Eastern Regional in Baltimore, Maryland. I entered the men's physique class because I thought it would be a better fit for my age. Deep down, though, I wanted to be a bodybuilder. A week before the show, I asked the promoter to put me in the men's junior class and I placed second. From that point on, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.
How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?
I was never much of a team player. I hated that you could put everything into something and lose because someone else failed to meet their end of the deal. That's why bodybuilding really grasped my attention and sparked my passion. Ultimately, I love having a goal to work toward.
Who/what motivated you to become a bodybuilder?
There were two guys who really stood out at my gym and I admired. A couple months before I decided to compete for the first time, I went to a show and watched them compete. Seeing them up there opened my eyes up to the fact that I could compete too. From that point, I knew I wanted to compete.
Where did you go for inspiration?
I'm currently an exercise physiology major at West Virginia University, which gives me a stronger scientific approach. When I feel unmotivated, I go to scholarly research for information. I sit down and think about which aspects in my training, diet, and physique could use work. Then I research scholarly reviews and studies which answer my questions. Small purchases like new workout shoes, clothes, or supplements also motivate me.
What are your future bodybuilding plans?
If I go pro, I'll take a two-year offseason to make more gains while focusing on graduating and starting grad school. If I don't go pro, I'll take an offseason until June and try again in the fall of 2014.
What is the most important bodybuilding tip?
I cannot stress mind-muscle connection enough. If you want to create an inspirational physique, drop the ego and focus on making every rep count. When you advance this technique, you'll be able to mentally isolate particular muscle bodies while performing compound lifts. This allows you to perfect imbalances and lift less weight with the same intensity.
Constantly research scholarly articles, find commonalities among data, and implement them into your training. Knowledge and innovation are the differences between a bodybuilder and a champion.
Who is your favorite bodybuilder?
I have three categories: a natural competitor, unnatural competitor, and informational competitor. IFPA pro Doug Miller easily has the natural competitor spot. He gets far leaner than anyone on the planet. In my opinion, this makes him the greatest bodybuilder. Dexter Jackson has my unnatural spot. I've always loved his year-round conditioning. He never gets too fat or bulky. Layne Norton gets my informational spot. The man shares lots of knowledge at no cost. He also takes the scientific approach like me.
How did bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
Bodybuilding.com has many articles with scientific information. I constantly find myself reading articles and trying their advice. I also purchase most of my supplements from the site for good reason. The prices are good and I can compare three items at once. I'm not sure if I happen to live near a distribution center, but I get my supplements in 1-2 days with standard shipping. Bodybuilding.com has high quality supplements that don't break the bank.
Kyle's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "I Get Money" by 50 Cent
- "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse
- "August Dubstep" by UKF Dubstep
- "Go Getta" by Lil Wayne
- "Toxicity" by System Of A Down
- 2010 OCB Eastern Regional - 2nd Place Men's Junior and Men's Physique
- 2010 OCB Presidential Cup - 4th Place Men's Junior and Men's Novice
- 2010 ADAU Raw Powerlifting Meet - 1st Place Men's Teen Bench Press
- 2011 OCB Eastern Regional - 2nd Place Men's Physique
- 2011 OCB Pittsburgh Natural Steele Championships - 2nd Place Men's Bantamweight, 4th Place Men's Novice
- 2011 OCB New York State Natural - 1st Place Men's Teen, Men's Junior and Men's Novice
- 2013 NPC Shawn Ray Classic - 1st Place Men's Open Lightweight
- 2013 OCB Charm City Classic - 1st Place Men's Open Lightweight and Men's Junior Bodybuilding
- 2013 OCB NY State Natural - 1st Place Men's Open Lightweight and Men's Junior