Name: Paul Martin
Location: Ottawa, ON
Weight: 225 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 3
How did your bodybuilding journey begin?
I started training at the university gym in Ottawa, Canada, in 2004 at 160 pounds. My friends introduced me to bodybuilding training, diet, and supplementation. I remember getting my first look at the Arnold Encyclopedia. Seeing huge guys in print brought back childhood memories of heroes and the cool role models of the 80s. Initially, I wanted to get bigger than my roommate in the spirit of healthy competition but it became much more.
I have an addictive personality and lifting became my healthy addiction. I stopped smoking first and then stopped drinking and started eating well later. In my first six years of training, I bulked up with lots of muscle, but had high body fat. I was 280 pounds before I realized that I looked more like the incredible bulk than the Incredible Hulk. This started my itch to lift competitively.
I was at a stage in life when I needed a new goal. I just graduated from college and settled into my career. Initially, I trained for powerlifting meets. My first was a raw bench meet in Waterloo, Ontario, where I placed second overall. I was interested in bodybuilding but never intended to compete until I watched my friend compete in 2011. After his show, I decided to become a bodybuilder.
I didn't know how much mental, physical, and psychological change was required to become a successful bodybuilder. I adopted new eating habits, training philosophies, and made lifestyle changes. In 2012, I stepped on stage in London, Ottawa, Ontario, at 218 pounds. My first season was a learning experience that helped me realize what needed to be done to make it to the next level of competition. In 2013, I stepped on stage as a conditioned heavyweight in Couberg, Ontario, where I clenched the provincial qualifying spot after a third place finish.
How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?
Bodybuilding is a lifestyle, passion, art, sport, and a form of entertainment. This is what makes bodybuilding attractive. When people ask how my show prep is going, I say that I love every second of it. I take pride for declining everyday pleasures and delaying short-term gratification. The best part of bodybuilding is that the gratification isn't winning the class or the show, it's getting there and being the best you can be on stage.
What motivated you to be a bodybuilder?
New goals motivate me to be a bodybuilder. Dreaming and taking action to make that dream come true is one of the best feelings. The results are enough to keep me motivated.
Where did you go for inspiration?
I love the friends I met at the gym. They're the most loyal and honest people I know. We have a sense of community that can't be broken. They inspire me every day.
What are your future bodybuilding plans?
I qualified for the Ontario Provincial contest by placing third in the combined heavy and super heavyweight class in Cobourg, Ontario. I came in at 224 pounds with 5 percent body fat and looked great in terms of overall symmetry, strength, and leanness.
I plan to take a year off and perfect my physique so I can blow everyone away when I hit the stage in June 2015. There, I hope to qualify for the Canadian National Contest.
What is the most important bodybuilding tip?
Fun isn't the result, it's the process.
Who is your favorite bodybuilder?
I don't have a favorite bodybuilder. I respect what many bodybuilders contributed to the sport. Arnold introduced bodybuilding to the mainstream and had an iconic personality. I respect Frank Zane for brining classic physiques to bodybuilding. Dorian Yates broke the mold and paved the way for the new generation of bodybuilders. I also like Kai Greene because of his humble and perseverant personality.
How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
Bodybuilding.com content provides posing tips, diet plans, training routines, and supplement reviews. BodySpace helped me network with the international community and diversified my understanding of bodybuilding. Resources on Bodybuilding.com are limitless.
Paul's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Microwave Mayonnaise" by MF Doom
- "Winter Isn't Coming" by RJD2
- "Crows" by Asop Rock
- "Right This Second" by Dead Mau5
- "Otis" by Jay-Z
- 2013 OPA Winston Invitational - Heavyweight
- 2012 OPA GNC Ottawa Classic - Light heavyweight
- 2012 OPA London Invitational - Heavyweight
- 2011 CPF No Frills Bench Press - 2nd Place, 365-Pound Raw Bench