Have you always been in shape? Growing up I was always a skinny kid, with average athletic ability. I had always had a fascination with kinda the ‘super hero’ look though. I remember being in elementary school and bugging my mom to get me a weight set. My dad finally gave me his old one out of my uncles garage when I was about 12. I never really knew what I was doing though till I was about 15 then hit a growth spurt and started developing quite a bit. Then the rest is history, realized my dreams of getting the physique id always wanted would come true if I just stuck with it.
How did you get started in physique competitions? I had always wanted to do a bb competition, one day I was at the gym and a good friend of mine, who also happens to own the gym, said that he was bringing the SABBA provincial qualifier to town and asked if id compete. I immediately responded yes and began researching more and more about what I needed to do in order to get competition ready.
Describe your training philosophy: I believe you get out what you put in. Hard work, dedication, a ton of research and understanding your own body are the key ingredients in reaching your goals.
What are your favorite exercises? I like all exercises for different reasons. I like the stretch you get in some isolation exercises and I also love the power rush that comes out of the compound movements.
What is your diet like in the off season? I eat clean all year round, in off season I allow one day a week to be my ‘cheat’ day and have whatever I want, but I don’t overdo it. I still make sure that I get in all my proper macro nutrients for the day.
Describe your diet during contest prep: Not as strict as some, like I said before the key is knowing your body and understanding what works for you. Pre-comp I was still taking in about 3000 cal a day throughout 8 small meals. No booze and no cheat meals though.
What supplements have worked for you? Iv always taken whey protein, I started taking a waxy maize supp for post workout but after reading some articles on it and how deciding its not worth the money im putting into it I switched to dextrose and like it better. I also started taking creatine monohydrate post, superpump 250 for pre as well as other daily vitamins. For my daily vitamins and supplements I take Glucosomine Chondrotian MSM, Calcium, Strive Pro Vit (multivitamin), Vitamin C and CLA most recently. I also drink a lot of green tea, which most recently I found to have dropped a lot of bodyfat from.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Nothings ever out of reach, just keep pushing yourself forward and remember you only get one life so make it the best you can. You don’t want to wake up one day and have a life full of regrets.
What have you learned about yourself as a physique competitor? I have learnt the power of positive thought, if you believe in yourself you will meet your goals.
What are your plans for the future? To keep competing and be an inspiration to other drug-free bodybuilders and athletes.
Thanks for reading, Travis Robertson