1. How and when did you get interested in fitness and training?
I learned how to train through continuous participation in sports throughout my life. I began training specifically for competition in college after an injury ended my career in wrestling. I needed a new outlet and hobby to keep myself busy and focused and after a friend suggested that I try bodybuilding, I was instantly hooked into the lifestyle. After a few years of competing in bodybuilding, the Physique Division was announced and it seemed to fit even better with my own personal goals and has really opened up new doors and provided me with opportunities that I never dreamed of having.
2. How do you stay motivated to train and eat healthy?
Simply put, results! What you consume and how you utilize your body are two of the few things that every individual can control. Pushing myself to new physical and mental limits, and watching the effects that it has on my physique and health, fascinates me and drives me to keep challenging myself to reach that next level and keep going even when it all feels like it’s too much to handle.
3. Did you make any mistakes as a beginner dealing with training, nutrition, or both?
Of course! When preparing for my first bodybuilding show, I had almost no knowledge of diet/nutrition other than, “if you eat less, you lose weight.” This was the biggest mistake as I soon learned that I actually had to be consuming meals more frequently and consistently in order to drop the fat while simultaneously building and maintaining my muscle mass.
4. What training routine has given you the best results?
I follow a 6 day split in the off-season (Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, Legs, Rest). However, when preparing for a show I follow a 4 day split to utilize my time and energy more effectively.
Day 1: Chest and Biceps
Day 2: Legs and Shoulders
Day 3: Back and Triceps
Day 4: Rest
5. What three exercises would you consider to be your favorites?
Bent over rows are definitely my favorite, followed closely by incline dumbbell presses and hanging leg lifts.
6. What form of cardio do you usually perform?
I try to vary my cardio throughout a week between HIIT training and duration training. I try to alternate daily between styles of training and typically perform them on either the stairmaster or treadmill.
7. What is an example of your daily diet?
My typical pre contest diet is pretty simple,
Meal 1: 8 egg whites, ¼ cup almonds
Meal 2: 50g Shake
Meal 3: 6oz chicken, 1 cup green beans
Meal 4: 50g Shake
Meal 5: Lean beef/turkey, unlimited green veggies
Meal 6: Casein Shake
When in the “off-season” or trying to bulk up more I simply add carbs to the first 4 meals in the form of sweet potatoes, brown rice, or oats.
8. What three nutrition tips could you give our readers that you have found most useful?
- What works for someone else, won’t necessarily work for you! Do your research and try out different meal plans and schedules!
- NEVER starve yourself, eat consistently! This will help regulate your blood sugar, control your appetite, and prevent cravings,
- Take one day every few weeks to enjoy a meal that doesn’t necessarily fit in your meal plan. You have to keep yourself in the game mentally as well as physically!
9. Which physical feature are you most proud of?
My back! It was always a weak part for me, but I through extensive training I was able to develop it into one of my strengths.
10. What supplements do you use if any? If not, why not?
Eat The Bear – Protein
Athletic Xtreme – AXcell (bcaa), German Creatine, SlimFX
SAN – T3
11. Who are your favorite bodybuilders/models/athletes?
Greg Plitt, this guy is an absolute animal and has a level of intensity in his workouts that I have never seen someone come even close to matching.
12. Do you listen to music while you workout? If so what kind?
I listen to a mix of hard rock, rap, and house while training depending on what I am doing and what kind of mood I’m in that day.
13. What time of day do you prefer to train? Why?
I like to do cardio early in the morning when I have the most energy to get things done. I really don’t enjoy cardio too much so getting it done early is always a plus. I usually train between 2 and 5 in the afternoon only because of my work schedule, otherwise I would train early in the day as well. When in season, I will typically add a second cardio session in at night.
14. What last three tips would you give to our readers to help them reach their fitness goals?
First and foremost, you have to be in it for the right reasons! Impressing the opposite sex, winning a competition, or shaping up for the beach are not long term motivators; you need to want it! Second, do your research! Learn about various styles of training and different nutritional options and mix and match until you find something that works for you. Last but not least, enjoy yourself! This goes back to my first tip, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you won’t keep it up! Mix it up, have a good time, and push yourself to reach your maximum potential!