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Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Jason Parker

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  • Name: Jason Parker
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  • Age: 30
  • Where: Nunavut, Canada
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 145 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :15
  • Favorite Bodypart: I don't really have a favorite bodypart, I think that I tend to concentrate on all muscles so that g
  • Favorite Exercise: All of them!
  • Favorite Supplements: My favorite supplements are creatine and glutamine

How Did You Get Started?

I started working out because I was a mere 110 lbs. and just felt insecure about myself back then. Once I started and noticed the small gains I was making it was like an addiction, I was hooked for life. Through my years I encountered many people who had great advice and yes, some advice did work, but some didn't. It is very important to make sure you read up on things, before attempting to change up your routine or diet, or even supplements. Some things work for some but may not work the same for others as we all have different body types that work quite different from each other.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The growth spurt that I experienced four years ago was caused by the change up of my routine and different reps and exercises, which helped me make greater gains than I otherwise would have made. By switching up my routine about every 6-8 weeks, my body would be experiencing changes all the time. Different exercises, different rep ranges and different calorie intake all contributed to me gaining, cutting and looking better. Recently for my competitions I have taken part in, I stayed away from lifting heavy (1-4 reps) because I feel that at this low of a rep range injury can happen quite easily and well, I found that if I concentrated correctly and still stayed within the (6-8 rep range) I still grew and felt my muscles blow up after each workout. I also switched up from low reps to high reps (12-15 reps) to get the blood pumped into the muscles and blow them up even more.

Now as I stated before this is what worked for me and to be honest I am still learning how to achieve my very best. Here is an example, chest workout would be all dumbbell work, so flat flyes (say 40 lbs.) no break to incline dumbbell press (say 60-70 lbs.) then break for about 2 mins and do it again (total of about 3 times). Once finished I would go to cable crossover, do a set then (no break) do close-grip push ups and the two minute break and do it again (total of about 2 to 3 times). By the end of it I would be so pumped up it is not funny. Rep range for that would be around 8 to 10 for each set (depends on the pump and how you feel when you start to workout). Now when I lift heavy it is different, there is more of a rest because you have to save your energy for pushing the heavier weight. This type of routine I would do for all my body parts. So it would be chest/biceps, back/triceps, legs (hams, calves), shoulders/traps, and legs again (quads); abs would be thrown in also. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday would be the workout days, with Sundays off to rest depending on how I felt if I needed more time off I would take it.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

My greatest gains has come from creatine. Also, eating right is a MAJOR factor as well. You can take any supplement in the world but if you are not getting enough protein from REAL food then you are not going anywhere.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding for me is part of my lifestyle, I am a very outgoing person and I love to be fit whether in the gym or hiking in the mountains. I love the feeling of being able to conquer any task that is put before me and having the strength, endurance, and willpower is what allowed me to do well at most things in my life. I plan on only getting better with my bodybuilding career and my overall life. To me it is not all about having a nice body; it is how you feel about yourself that allows you to achieve anything in life. If you are positive about things then only great things will come your way.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan on competing once again in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as a bantam weight competitor and this time I plan to come in harder than before with my legs up to par. I also plan on taking it all to Monkton, New Brunswick, Canada and giving it all once again and seeing how I do up against the best of the best.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The most important tip I could give was given to me by Ron Mayhew, masters champ in Canada, a close friend and trainer. He said that it is very important that every day you need to make sure you get enough protein into you and that you Eat! Eat! Eat! That is one mistake that many newcomers make, not eating enough. Once again you must get to know your body and what you can eat and what you can't eat.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Ron Mayhew, who is the king of being ripped (thanks big guy)! Greg Demone who has the personality of a true champ, and anyone who dares strap on one of those little Speedos and gets on stage is to me a champ no matter if he wins of loses.