- Name: Nick Paladino
- E-mail: Juvenile77foz@aol.com
- Age: 17
- Where: Long Island, New York
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 175
- Years Bodybuilding :5
- Favorite Bodypart: Back And Legs
- Favorite Exercise: Squats And Deadlifts
- Favorite Supplements: Isolyze, Fiberlyze, Lipolyze
How Did You Get Started?
I was always picked on as a kid. I was overweight and had all the fat nicknames. Basically every single day of school, from elementary to junior high, was torture. When I would fight back and stick up for myself, I would be labeled as the troublemaker and no parents let their kids hang out with me. Therefore, I felt alienated from society and had very low self-esteem.
All the popular kids at school would walk around like they were gods because everyone liked them and their parents spoiled them. Some of these "popular kids" would talk about me as if I were a loser, which drove me crazy! So instead of letting all of this negative energy build up inside me, I decided to start working out at age twelve. I can't remember how many times I would blow off some school or social function in order to train for hours. All the time I would think to myself, "I'll show them!" Now I have arrived and there is no better high!
I began working out with my older brother (who started before me) in our garage. We would watch Ronnie Coleman's DVDs before eating eggs and grits and doing lunges in front of our house. Then I got into reading all the magazines and websites. It was at that point I knew that I bodybuilding was for me. I did my first show when I was 15, the NPC Long Island, and won the Teen A class. After that I was hooked.
When I got offstage and sat in the audience, Dave Palumbo was announced as guest poser. Now at this time I knew who he was and saw bodybuilders in magazines and videos but never in person. Then when he came out and hit a huge most muscular right in front of me. I was like wow! Is that a human being? It was then that I knew I wanted to one day be an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I have always believed in the basics. Squats, deadlifts, and bench presses for bigger muscle groups. For smaller muscle groups like arms and shoulders, I believe in the same concept of just focusing on the contraction and isolation of the muscle while going as heavy as possible. Maintaining proper form and keeping the tension on the muscle rather than my joints is also essential.
I am very instinctual with my training. I don't count reps. I usually keep it between 5-10 reps depending on how heavy I am training that day. A typical week would be like this:
Day 1 - Legs, Abs:
- Squats: 2 Warm Up Sets 3 Working Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Leg Presses: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Lunges: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Lying Leg Curls: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Standing Leg Curls: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Rope Crunches: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Decline Bench Crunches: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
Day 2 - Shoulders, Calves:
- Dumbbell Shoulder Presses: 2 Warm Up Sets 3 Working Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Side Raises: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Rear Dumbbell Raises: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Cable Side Raises: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 4 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Standing Calves: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Seated Calves: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
Day 3 - Arms:
- Triceps Pushdowns: 1 Warm Up Set, 3 Working Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Skull Crushers: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- One-Arm Cable Pushdowns: 2 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Cable Curls: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Curls: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- EZ Bar Preacher Curls: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Behind The Back Forearm Curls: 4 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
Day 5 - Back:
- Deadlifts: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Barbell Rows: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Dumbbell Rows: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Pulldowns: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
Day 6 - Chest:
- Incline Barbell: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Flat Barbell: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
- Incline Flyes: 3 Sets Of 5-10 Reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
This year I won the 2009 NPC Steve Stone Metropolitan Teen A division and I believe that was because of the diet I was following. I work with Dave Palumbo and I truly believe in his dieting philosophies and have used them with amazing results! The best part of his diet is the fact that you stop craving sugar and don't get mood swings like you would from a diet involving carbs. Basically your body feels much more stable. Also my strength went through the roof and I put on about 7 pounds of muscle while dieting!
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
The supplement I use are Isolyze which is a high quality whey protein isolate. I use Carbolyze, which is the best post workout carbohydrate source. I use Testostolyze to naturally blunt estrogen and DHT. I also use Fiberlyze which is a fiber supplement that is my favorite treat while dieting since it tastes great! Then just my basic multi-vitamin and Lipolyze for fat burning.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
There is no better high in life than winning a bodybuilding show. The feeling I get onstage winning a show is just an indescribable feeling of euphoria. I love the challenge. I love seeing my body transform into something beautiful that most people can never accomplish. I guess you can say I enjoy being very unique and different from everybody else.
What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?
My biggest motivating factor is the strong drive and focus I have to be the best bodybuilder I can possibly be, and to always train for 1st place, no matter what show I am competing in. Another fuel that fires my workouts are the all the people who have put me down in my childhood. It is easy to do heavy deadlifts when I reflect on the bullies!
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
At this point in time I am 100% focused on competing in the Teen Nationals 2010. I plan on looking like a totally different bodybuilder by the time of that show. It will be a grueling offseason! After that show, I'll take some time off to grow and give 100% exertion into getting my IFBB pro card.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
One tip I would give other bodybuilders, especially the younger guys, is to be patient. The key to bodybuilding is just consistent hard work day after day 24/7. You can't expect to look like the pros in your first few years of competing. It's a long journey but when you get there nothing in life is more rewarding! You have sacrificed a lot but it is all worth it!
Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?
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