A:Sandy, Utah, USA.
Q:When did you realize you were ready to compete on stage?
A:In 2006, I hired a personal trainer who was highly respected in the area that I was from. He felt I had a good look and shape and suggested that I enter a muscle mania contest for modeling. This was before the NPC had physique and I was not quite built enough for bodybuilding at the time. My trainer moved away so I did all the prep for the show by myself I had no clue about nutrition or what it took all I knew is that I had to have no body fat on stage. I'm about 6' tall and for that show I came on stage about 168lbs. Although I didn't have much mass I was shredded as can be. I didn't place too well at this contest I felt it was because it was a modeling show and I had no idea about clothes and apparel. but backstage I had a lot of people asking me if I was pro because I was so peeled. That was the first but not the last. I continued to build my physique and do multiple muscle mania modeling shows in California and Las Vegas. Soon I started realizing my physique was getting borderline bodybuilder and I was to big for this show category.
Q:So tell us how you prep for a contest, your diet and workout routine...
A:I have always had a lean build so for me cutting up comes pretty easy. I will usually grow going into a show, one reason is because I stay relatively lean in the off-season and I start to be a lot more regiment about meals and calories that I'm eating during contest prep. I get away with eating a lot of junk and crap calories during the off-season so I mostly just cut out sugar but keep my carbs high for energy and seem to always lean out great on 600-800 carbs throughout the contest prep. I will start my cardio during prep about five weeks out and then about three weeks out start doing 20 minutes two times a day on the step mill. I keep my workouts pretty much consistent sometimes I will start to add a little bit more supersets and drop sets just to burn more calories during my workouts.
Q:What are the keys to retaining muscle mass while dropping body fat?
A:I always tell people it's not about calories, it's about content! It's what you're eating and what it's doing for your body. Also figuring out how your body works, I can get away with eating a lot of carbs which helps me stay full during contest prep. Also timing is very important, when you bring in certain items like simple carbs versus complex carbs, proteins and fats.
Q:How much cardio do you so whole prepping?
A:About five weeks out I will start with treadmill for 30 minutes, five days a week. Then three weeks out I will go step mill 20 minutes, two times a day.
Q:Favorite cheat meal?
A:Five guys- two double hamburgers, large fries and a strawberry lemonade.
Q:What projects are you working on currently?
A:I am currently compiling a volume of IFBB pro is from around the world. This book contains recipes, meals and meal plans from some of the worlds best physiques. It will be available on TheRippedChef.com June 2015.
Q:Nice, I need a copy brother! Can you give us all of your social media handles?