Have you always been in shape? Yes, but never in the condition I am now. I always like to exercise. I would for a while then stop. I didn’t get consistent on training until 2008 when I went to college for personal training.
How did you get started in physique competitions? My teacher in college and her husband who teaches there also. She is an IFPA natural pro figure, and a show promoter couple. I went to their show in Elk Grove Ca. and got the itch to compete. I am a competitive type A person.
Describe your training philosophy: Smart and progressive. You have to progressively overload your body. It is a thin line between over-training and pushing yourself to your potential. I do not attempt force reps. I try to practice perfect form each rep. I focus on the muscles I am targeting.
What are your favorite exercises? Leg press because Ican hit my quads and hams with max weight. Seated rows or pull ups. I love my thick, full lats.
What is your diet like in the off season? Still eat pretty clean. I love pizza so I will go have some when I want to. I still eat about 85% clean on my diet. The chicken, turkey, veggies, but will add some breads and pastas to the mix. Slip in my chocolate fix when I have the need. I believe in putting on quality mass not just going crazy. Puts too much on the body and then you have to bust hard to burn off all the fat. I do not put a lot of fat on. Just a little to convert over to muscle.
Describe your diet during contest prep: There is no one size fits all method to me. What works for some may not for others. I really still to the basics of chicken, turkey, sea food and some steak (all skinless and baked, grilled or broiled). Veggies, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal. 1 ½ to 2 gallons of water. Drink my about time shakes and oatmeal bars for snacks and pre-post training. I measure my progress by pictures, how my body looks in the morning (am I vascular ,muscles full or are they puffy) Do I go to bed hungry at night. I eat my heavy meals post training or morning on off days. Cardio early am with nothing but my about time protein and amino acids. I adjust my training to what I feel is a weak part for me. So I train at that time to get lean and attack my weakness.
What supplements have worked for you? As a natural bodybuilder there isn’t a lot you can take. So what you take is key as is when you take them. Start of the day I take amino acids, joint repair, and a pre- training creatine, with my about time protein. During I take aminos with B and C complex mixed in. Post-training an about time protein plus an oatmeal bar, glutamine amino acids again before my meal. Before bed casein protein.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Commit to be consistent. Two things you need to do. Apply yourself and get a solid support group around you. I have my teachers, other athletes, pro and amateur, plus other people in other health related fields (massage, nutrition, contest prep, posing, and physical therapy) plus the major people in my life that support me and that I
can bounce my thoughts off of. Science and bodybuilding is ever evolving and you need to stay on top of it as much as possible. You can’t know it all. There are other people that have a talent for areas that may not be your strong suit. Meet them people and ask for their help. But you have to apply yourself. CHANG BEGINS WITH U! You have to want it. Work hard and thank the people that help you make your progress or deal with your mood swings. It is tough, but all success comes with struggle. And stay humble.
What have you learned about yourself as a physique competitor? I am a very self-critical person. Never satisfied. I want to do my best every time out. For me, my family, friends, and now sponsors. I want to make everyone proud when I
compete. I have a high competitive drive. I learned to appreciate everyone that competes, that works out, and all my clients that commit to a lifestyle of health and fitness. It is a lifestyle. I have become a better, more understanding trainer. Knowing what the build goes through, obstacles people face, and I can share my experiences with them and in that way help them to overcome their fears and believe that they can do it. That progress is a process. I have made myself a role model for my clients, others in the gym, my two kids, people I speak to at seminars or in the community. I love that feeling. I wear it proud.
What are your plans for the future? This year I will do my first natural bodybuilding contest. I won my pro card last year. The show in Elk Grove (muscle mayhem) I plan to win open overall. The winner gets a free trip to Scotland to compete with the British. Make in to the Yorton Cup in Washington DC and do a couple NPC shows.
Also continue to do public speaking and educate people andthe importance of living a healthy lifestyle and making better food choices and being active can save your life. Train my clients to the best of my ability so they can fill as good as I do. Pain and drug free. Able to do the things they may have done before and more things they always wanted to do.
I am sponsored by Kevin the owner of max nutrition in Sacramento Ca., About Time an all-natural protein distributor out of Pittsburg PA., and Chizzled clothing line out of San Luis Obispo Ca. Special thanks to them and I pain on helping them achieve success in any capacity. Also looking to do some modeling and whatever else God has planned for me. I am excepting all the blessings he is sending my way.
Thanks to lift for life for the ad and exposure. This is a great site for athletes. And thanks to every athlete that puts in the work to train hard, diet, and prepare to be there best the all-natural way. Hope to see and meet you all in the future. God bless.
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