A:I have a military background; I’ve lived in a lot of cities both in and outside of the U.S. My hometown that I claim is Fayetteville, N.C. I’ve lived there the longest and it’s also where I graduated from high school. I currently reside in Montgomery, Alabama… about 2.5 hours from Atlanta, Georgia.
Q:Why did you get into fitness?
A:My personal fitness journey began as I grew up playing sports, with a particular interest in wrestling. I found wrestling to be challenging both physically and mentally. A unique requirement of the sport was that of weight management; in order to compete, you had to make weight before each match. After graduation from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina and commissioning as an officer in the Air Force, I was constantly looking for a sport that would be equally challenging and rewarding as wrestling. Initially, I got into running 5K races, but I still enjoyed lifting weights, which put me at a disadvantage because I was a larger runner carrying more muscle mass than needed for an “endurance-type” race. The turning point came when a friend invited me to compete in a bodybuilding contest. I had a blast doing my first show and it awakened some of the lessons I had learned from wrestling regarding weight management. The difference however, was now training for “looks” versus “performance.”
Q:What competitions have you participated in?
A:The two organizations I’ve competed in are the International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness (INBF) and National Physique Committee (NPC).I did bodybuilding in the INBF and have since crossed over into Men’s Physique. My competition history is as follows: INBF 2010 INBF Southern Natural 3rd Place Men's Open Division (Middleweight) 2011 INBF Iron Eagle Classic 3rd Place Men's Open Division (Light-Heavyweight) NPC 2011 NPC Eastern Seaboard Men's Physique Division 4th Place (National Qualifier) 2011 NPC Jr. USA's Men's Physique Division (Short Class) 16th Place (Pro Qualifier) 2011 NPC Coastal USA's Men's Physique Division B-Class 1st Place (National Qualifier) 2011 NPC Nationals Men's Physique Division B-Class 16th Place (Pro Qualifier) 2012 NPC Atlantic Men's Physique Division B-Class 4th Place (National Qualifier) 2012 NPC Jr. USA's Men's Physique Division (Short Class) 16th Place (Pro Qualifier) 2012 NPC Nationals Men's Physique Division B-Class 16th Place (Pro Qualifier) 2013 NPC Atlantic Men's Physique Division B-Class 3rd Place (National Qualifier) MAX SPORTS & FITNESS MAGAZINE COVER MODEL SEARCH 2013 January Cover Model Winner BODYBUILDING.COM 2013 FIT USA – TOP 10 FINALIST 2014 BodySpace Cover Model Search - TOP 20 SEMI-FINALIST
Q:How did you get into modeling?
A:As I mentioned previously, I had a blast doing my first bodybuilding show, but it wasn’t until a short time before my second bodybuilding contest, when another friend of mine invited me to attend a modeling workshop. It was here that the seed of becoming a fitness model was planted. Transitioning from bodybuilding to a new division called “Men’s Physique” was the final step to solidifying my passion to pursue “fitness modeling.” I began to learn and research about the vast worlds of both “Fitness Competitions” and “Modeling/Photography” and what opportunities they could offer. The concept that my “physique is a business” was realized; I focused my time and effort primarily in the “fitness community,” seeking out opportunities to grow my brand awareness. My goal was to work smarter by adding value to my brand while developing relationships with supplement & fitness companies. I learned how to market myself to companies and how to effectively network within the fitness industry. One company that has been the most influential in my modeling endeavors is FITNESS MODELS INTERNATIONAL (FMI). They are an entrepreneurial and entertainment career development production for fitness and sports professionals. FMI offers multiple educational methods to provide it’s clients the best chance for multiple employment opportunities. In my fitness journey, I must say, partnering with FMI has helped go “from good to great!”
Q:Tell us about your features...
A:My best features I would have to say are my abs, legs, and traps. These were intensely trained during my athletic background in football and wrestling. Having a strong core and legs was essential for wrestling as we heavily relied on bodyweight exercises to build muscular strength and endurance. My traps were developed from the “Olympic Style” lifts performed during training for football. We also specifically did neck exercises to help condition and prepare our bodies’ for the constant contact and collisions that occurred during gameplay. My favorite body part to now train is upper chest. It’s quite an elusive body part to target as the blood drains quickly from the pectoral muscles. I trained chest like most guys and ended up bottom heavy. Now, playing catch-up, I believe upper chest specialization is one way to separate yourself from the masses in terms of one’s upper-body aesthetics.
Q:What does your diet look like?
A:I prep my meals for the week in advance. This takes the guesswork out and keeps me consistent with my nutritional goals. I follow a balanced macronutrient approach. My proteins are chicken breast, eggs,tilapia, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and top sirloin steak. I supplement in between meals with a low-carb lactose free protein powder. My carbs are brown rice, sweet potato, salt-free rice cakes, apples, granola, and steel cut oats. My non-starch carbs are: asparagus, broccoli, spinach, jalapeno, onions, and bell peppers. My fats are peanut butter, almonds, olive oil, and occasionally dark chocolate squares.
I have about 1-2 cheat meals per week but will replace those if I go to eat out on the weekend or special occasion.
Q:Can you tell us about your workout routine?
A:I prefer to do cardio first thing in the morning. Morning Cardio: 25 minutes of HIIT or 30-40 Min of Steady-State (Treadmill or Stairmaster)
- 3 Days Week (Maintenance)
- 5 Days/Week (Competition-Prep)
- 4-Days/Week (Maintenance)
- 5-6 Days/Week (Competition-Prep)
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A: Facebook: Allen Elliott Physique Model Competitor -Facebook.com/allenelliott.PMC Twitter: @AllenElliottFIT Instagram: @AllenElliottFIT All Other Social Media Handles: ITSMYURLS.com/AllenElliottFITd Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com