I got into bodybuilding because I was struggling with aging. I just didn't feel good about myself. I wanted to prove to myself and the world that you really can control how you age through proper diet and a well rounded fitness program. I really didn't know much about the sport.
In August of 2010 I purchased a diet and a workout on the Internet, asked a lot of questions and worked extremely hard at it. Within 3 months I did my first show finishing second in the Grand Masters. 3 weeks later and much more confident I ended up winning the Fame Body Proud World Championships in Las Vegas Nevada.
In 3 months I had lost 41 pounds. I knew I could be whoever I wanted to be. It was through this experience I developed a new motivation and that motivation was to motivate others in my age group. I compete to provide hope and motivation to others, giving them the desire to change their lives and their appearance. It is gratifying when you can help someone change how they look and how they feel about themselves.
I work every body part every fifth day, then start over. During every workout, I work in 5 different core exercises between my sets. This routine consists of:
Every other week I go heavy, the off week I double the reps at 70%.
Lean Chicken, Turkey or Fish
Hypertest Testosterone Booster from Axis Labs. This product is amazing - it gives my workout a boost, leans me out, and improves muscle tone. Also, Creatine Ethyl Ester from Axis Labs as well. It made me stronger and helped increase muscle size.
1.5 scoops in 20 oz water
1 scoop & 2 scoops
Bodybuilding has allowed me to again feel good about myself and has given me the confidence and courage to achieve fitness goals that a 20-year old would be jealous of. How many 53-year olds can say they are in the best shape of their life? Just typing this gives me shivers, thinking this is even possible. Bodybuilding has given me purpose and allowed me to impact the lives of so many other people, younger and older.
People come up to me in gyms and grocery stores all over the U.S. that I don't even know and engage me in conversations and ask for my advice with their diets and workouts. I love setting aggressive goals, reaching my goals and setting new goals and designing effective workout and diet strategies to insure I reach my goals.
I love the amazing and caring people I've met since becoming involved in bodybuilding. There is no way I would have accomplished so much in this sport without these amazing people and athletes sharing their knowledge with me.
I also enjoy the week before a bodybuilding completion, that feeling of knowing that I'm almost at the end of another journey, reflecting how much work went into my training, dieting, posing to get ready for the competition. Then there's that special feeling hearing the appreciation of the crowd when I step out on stage. This is a special feeling, knowing I am providing hope and motivating people in the audience.
I was initially motivated by my desire to look good and feel good, I just didn't buy into what society expects out of the middle-aged. Boy did bodybuilding give me a jump start. Once I proved to myself I could be whoever I wanted to be; my motivation is clearly about motivating others. People come up to me almost everywhere I go and want to talk fitness, asking me questions about my workout, my diet and supplements. I had one of the younger Muscle Mania North America Champions come up to me after the North American Championships. He told me he hoped he looked like me when he was my age. I am clearly driven to motivate the middle aged; I want everyone to know they can look good, feel great and live the healthy lifestyle. I truly believe age is just a number. It feels so incredible that I can help change peoples lives by being a role model and spreading the word. I am truly grateful to be given this opportunity.
At first it was all about me, but once I learned I actually could control how I aged, I found new motivation by motivating other middle aged adults that they too could control how they aged and how they looked through proper nutrition and having a well-balanced workout. I impacted more lives in the year and a half I've been in bodybuilding than I have my entire life. This is a special feeling. The bodybuilding competitions I compete in are not about me, but allow a middle-aged guy the opportunity to promote the healthy lifestyle message. The better I do, the more people I can reach. I want as many people as I can to feel like I do. Every time I am successful at a show I'm more motivated than the last time to improve my body. I would have never dreamed that so many people would look at me as a role model. I love providing hope to others.
Continue to compete at top level bodybuilding competitions; I want to continue to improve my body. I plan on competing in the NPC West Coast Championships in Phoenix in November 2012. Then in late November I plan on competing in the Muscle Mania North American Championships. I enjoy designing programs and plans for middle-aged adults to reach their fitness goals. I want to be able to impact many more middle-aged men and women as possible. To reach more people, I am looking to get featured in some fitness magazines promoting fitness to all ages.
I am also hoping to help educate middle-aged adults on some of the great supplements available to the middle-aged. Most supplement companies market to people who are younger. This potentially could be a huge opportunity to the companies which pick up on this for the middle-aged or more concerned with their health and have more money to spend on supplements.
Oct 2010 INBA Yuma AZ Wild West Classic: 2nd Place Grand Masters, 3 Place Tall Open
Nov 2010 Fame Body Proud World Championships Las Vegas NV: 1st Place Grand Masters
Mar 2011 NPC West Coast Regional Championships Mesa AZ: 4th Place Grand Masters Division
Oct 2011 INBA Yuma AZ Wild West Classic: 2nd Place Grand Masters, 2nd Place Masters, 3rd Place Tall Open
Nov 2011 NPC West Coast Regional Championships Mesa AZ: 2nd Place Grand Masters Division
Nov 2011 Muscle Mania North America Championship Las Vegas NV: 1st Place Grand Masters Division
Set measured goals.
Change up your workouts every 6 to 8 weeks.
Spot check your goal progress (make changes if necessary).
Make friends at the gym. Pay attention to the other fit people, you can really learn a lot from others.
The guys at the gym: Michael, Damian, Scott and Martin, Jake and countless others that inspire me on a daily basis.
They say bodybuilding is an individual sport, which is the furthest thing from the truth. There are so many people who helped me along with my journey.
Michael Elias - My Trainer, a great teacher who taught me the most about bodybuilding.
Dylan Roach - My son who takes lots of pictures of me so I can see what I need to work on. Dylan has also given me some great posing advice.
LA Fitness Queen Creek Arizona and my workout buddies - You guys motivate me to no end. Thanks so much for all the encouragement: Scott, Michael, Damian, Jake, Martin and many others.
Cathy, who does my spray tans in Arizona - This woman is so detailed and does the best tans in the business.
My Best Friend Stan Thomas - A former Major League pitcher who always listens when I tell him my crazy workout plans.
Warren Weisbrod - My chiropractor who keeps my body working when I am working it very hard.