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Interview Of Will Duggan

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Name: Will Duggan
Age: 27 years old, born August 23, 1974.
Height: 5 foot 8 inches
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hometown: Born in Mt. View, California, and lived in Sunnyvale, California for 22 years.
Where do you live now? I purchased a 4 bedroom, 3-bathroom home in Gardena, California.
What you do full-time (school, profession, etc.)?

  • I am an Electrical Engineer
  • A student pursuing my Master's in Electrical Engineering at USC
  • A National Level Competitive Bodybuilder
  • A Model.

One of my other goals is to help destroy the fallacy that all men with muscles are inept. I live a very enthusiastic and dynamic life, but have an equal balance of fun to break the monotony of work, school, and training. As you can clearly see, I try to excel in all aspects of my life as it allows me to develop into a multi-dimensional individual. All too often bodybuilders are exotic dancers or trainers. At first glance, many may believe this is what I do for a living.

I am definitely a deviant from the norm. I graduated top of my class with my Electrical Engineering degree (emphasis in Control Systems and Digital Logic Design) at California State University, Long Beach. I was vice-president of engineering and was on the Dean's and President's list of the school. My finest accomplishment is being recognized on The National Dean's List of the United States of America.

I am currently employed at Raytheon Systems in El Segundo as a Senior RF/Designer Electrical Engineer. I feel extremely fortunate to work beside individuals whose technical talent is unparalleled. My acquired knowledge is growing daily at an exponential rate. In addition, I am a graduate student at USC, in pursuance of my Master's Degree. A Ph.D. in the future, is not out of the question.

What are your comprehensive fitness program (what you do each day, weights, cardio, sports, etc.)

I train 5 to 6 days a week, resting when needed. I feel it is vital to have a structured, weekly plan although when I feel tired or my mind is not 100% into a workout, I won't put myself in jeopardy of injury and will find something else to do that evening. There is no magic to my training so I won't bore you with a typical routine that can be seen in any magazine dating back to the beginning of the press.

Basically, I train a big muscle (chest, quads, back, etc.) and a small muscle (biceps, triceps, calves, etc.) beyond failure in one workout, once a week. What distinguishes me from the next is the passion and enthusiasm in which I train. There must be a certain level of tenacity and initiative deep in ones' heart when they enter the gym in order for any gains to be achieved. I put on a walkman to deter people from talking to me during my time (half of the time it is not even on.)

Don't get me wrong, I am always eager to help people, I just want my hour and a half or so to handle my business. Any other time, my congeniality is radiant. All too often many people join a gym to socialize or talk about their new cars. Once again, I benefit from being the outcast.

What is your fitness philosophy (why you stay in shape, etc.)?

Since the mind is by far the superior 'muscle' in the body, succeeding in training it will allow your body to follow. In example, you must prioritize your responsibilities and teach yourself discipline and focus. Similarly, finding enough reason and rationale that you yourself will be content with to make sacrifices when needed is a strong attribute of a successful person. It is all too easy to join your friends at happy hour then it is to drive to the gym and leg press 1500 lbs.

I personally enjoy staying in shape because this is something you can carry with you day in and day out. If you were the best golfer in the world, nobody would ever know unless you were on the golf course or you had a garrulous personality. In contrast, if you do your time in the gym, people will notice wherever you go.

It is a fantastic feeling of well being, all day long. The characteristics mentioned above traverse beyond the realm of bodybuilding and can be carried over into your personal and professional life as well. Observe any successful individual, and you will notice an aura of motivation around them. Fitness of the mind first.

What is your life background (brief bio, sports played in school, etc)?

I was born August 23, 1974 in Mt. View, California and resided in the Bay Area for 22 years. Driven by a competitive spirit at an early age, I played baseball for 13 years and football for 10 years. At Homestead High in Cupertino, California, I was the captain of both my football and baseball teams. I batted lead off and broke the stolen base record for a season, while making All-League First-Team for both sports.

Following high school, I attended Foothill Community College where I continued with my football and baseball careers. However, I was introduced to boxing by a friend and decided to try my hand at the more individual sport. I immediately took to it and had every intention on turning professional, when I injured my back. The result of my doctor ordering me to the gym is how my bodybuilding career began. My body responded instantly and I immediately had a passion for improving my body composition. I decided to enter my first show (1994) as a teenager where I won the overall at the Monterey Bay Classic.

The rest of my competitive HIGHLIGHT history is as follows:

  • 1994 Monterey Bay Bodybuilding Classic - 1st & Overall (Teen)
  • 1996 California Coastal Bodybuilding Championships - 1st & Overall
  • 1996 Erica Kern Bodybuilding Classic - 2nd Middleweight
  • 1998 San Jose Bodybuilding Championships - 1st & Overall
  • 1998 Seaside Bodybuilding Championships - 1st & Overall
  • 2000 San Jose Bodybuilding Championships - 1st & Overall
  • 2002 Muscle Beach Classic, Memorial Day - 1st & Most Muscular Award
  • 2002 California Collegiate Bodybuilding Championships - 1st & Overall
  • 2002 Venice Beach Classic, July 4th - 1st and Overall
  • 2002 Arizona State Bodybuilding Championships - 1st Open Middleweight

Instead of focusing solely on physical improvement or exclusively on intellectual development, I personally feel striving for excellence in all facets of life will allow me to develop into a successful, well-rounded human being. "Life is a great big canvas…..throw all the paint possible at it."

What are your future plans?

I will be competing in 2003 at the Mr. USA. I would also like to put more effort in my modeling career. In my professional life, my immediate objective is to learn as much as possible and become a prolific engineer. Knowledge is something that nobody can ever take away from you.

I also am a volunteer speaker visiting middle and high schools to convey to the younger generations the importance of an education. The goal is to spark the student's interest in math, science, and engineering, and to increase their awareness about careers in these fields.

What is your advice for people who want to have a physique like you?

To begin with, we all need to understand that every person who exists on the face of the Earth is comprised of a unique genetic composition. Unless there is a way to change your parents, what I am basically saying is that no matter what extremes we result to, we cannot all look like the Incredible Hulk. Setting attainable, realistic goals is the first step, along with convincing yourself that many sacrifices will have to be made along the way.

Once again I am reverting back and emphasizing the importance of mental strength and preparation. Train your mind, and your body will follow. Second, put together a training regimen that will push you to the max without discouraging yourself. Keep a mental photograph of an inspirational figure or picture that will force you to crank out 3 more reps as the lactic acid incinerates your muscles. Train beyond failure with a spotter. Unless you are running for office, keep the gossip to a minimum.

Let your physique do the talking, not your mouth. Don't fall into that class of people. Make your own class. Wear your walkman. Third, adapt to a wholesome and nutritious everyday diet that will nourish and nurture your body through your intense training. Depending upon how drastic of change you need to make from how you already eat, this may be the toughest battle. Nevertheless, your body will quickly acclimate to your new nutritional regime and the results will be undeniably worthwhile.

Our bodies parallel that of a young child. It is plain and simple. We both need to eat healthy to grow. You wouldn't feed your newborn a Big Mac would you? Fourth, get plenty of rest. The misconception many have is that we grow in the gym. This is an erroneous belief. Growth actually occurs while we are sleeping. We break down our body in the gym, and the reparation occurs during rest. Keep those late nights out to a minimum. Sacrifices.

What are your diet/nutritional tips?

There is no 3-day class telling someone the exact food to eat. Once again, our body is one of a kind, and from a specific point of view, what works great for me, may only be mediocre for you, and vice versa. Use the trial-and-error technique and document your results. Account for what and how much you ate, what time you ate it, and most important, how you felt afterwards. If you talk to 10 different athletes, you will get 10 different answers.

Keeping that in mind, there is a more general perspective. I will share some fundamental tips of training and diet that I employ which will lay a sound foundation for the beginning of our reconstruction. These are generalities which will work for everyone, however, specific personal modifications are encouraged.

    I. Do at least 45 minutes of cardiovascular activity of your choice in the morning on an empty stomach. This will speed up your metabolism and allow you to burn more bodyfat. Keep a wide range of cardiovascular ideas available (bike, swim, racquetball, etc) to avoid boredom. Boredom inevitably leads to neglect.

    II. Eat high protein. This is the staple for feeding your muscles and will promote growth. Insufficient protein will cause the body to enter a catabolic state which will eventually 'eat' its own muscle for food. Try to utilize clean protein sources. Some good choices are chicken breasts, tuna, flank steak and egg whites.

    III. Minimize intake of complex carbohydrates. This is the primary source of energy for the body. Our objective is to tap into our fat storage (the secondary source of energy,) and utilize those cells for energy which will conclusively create a leaner you. Consuming an abundance of carbohydrates will only result in the body metabolizing those calories as energy, consequently, never burning any bodyfat.

    IV. Take multivitamins and amino acids daily. Amino acids are the "Building Blocks" of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses. In addition, they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in our objective, muscle growth. When protein is broken down by digestion the result is known amino acids. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition.) Because our bodies do not produce these eight essential amino acids, it is imperative that we must take them on a daily basis.

    V. Drink plenty of water. Muscle is 80-85 percent water. Not consuming enough H20, will cause the body to become dehydrated. The logic is simple. You lose water, you lose muscle.

These five universal steps apply to and will assist every person wanting to improve their body composition regardless of how unique we are.

All in all, improving your body is extremely gratifying. We all need advice in the beginning, however in the end, the recognition for all of the hard work is credited to you; the one who had the most focus, discipline and commitment to their objective.

What is your personal quote?

"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like nobody is watching."

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