A:I am originally from the Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL.
I was born in Hinsdale, IL. and grew up in Lisle, IL.
Q:When did you gain an interest in bodybuilding?
A:I have always had an interest in bodybuilding, but it started out as a desire to become a fitness model. I started working out at age 16 in my basement, while in high school, but played various sports my entire life (i.e. baseball, basketball, and volleyball). I have always been athletic, but something was missing... I stopped playing sports in my junior year of high school, as I had a part time job outside of school. In the meantime, I joined a gym (XSport Fitness) and began pumping iron whenever time allowed. Not until later in my life, age 26, did I really have the urge to participate in my first, local bodybuilding competition. I did not do so well in the bodybuilding portion of the show, but I did win first place in the fitness portion of the show.
It was amazing, and I got a “high” off of it! Being on stage and showing off my hard work really lit the fire inside of me to further a career in fitness / bodybuilding. Then, in November of 2013, I participated in the Illinois Ironman 2013 / NPC Bodybuilding Competition and won first place in Mens Middleweight Novice and second place in Mens Middleweight Overall. I am still hungry for more!
Q:Tell us about your diet...
A:My year round diet is not as great as I would like it to be, but, for the most part I try and eat pretty clean, with at least two cheat days a week. This is my weakness though, that I love to eat! Most guys share this same problem I do, and that is why it is so hard for one to diet and get to where he/she would like to be in the physical goals. I have learned that everyone is different, and one person's diet will not necessarily work for that of another. I will offer this advice to anyone/everyone who is trying to lose weight or tone up. You MUST switch over to good carbs (i.e sweet potatoes and brown rice) and be sure to incorporate a well balanced diet of sirloin, chicken, and tilapia along with green beans and broccoli.
Q:Agreed! How do you keep such low body fat?
A:This is a difficult question, as part of the answer involves the word genetics. I hate to say that to anyone, because I do not want people to look at me as 'that guy.' But, in all respect, the answer to this question involves that answer. Along with genetics, playing such a role, one must maintain a well-balanced diet and weight train/workout at least 5 days a week. Everyone always informs that 3 to 5 times a week will work, but I disagree, especially if one is trying to achieve his/her goals sooner than later.
Q:Describe your favorite workout routines...
A:My favorite workout regimen is to target one bodypart a day. This meaning that I will start with legs on Monday, chest on Tuesday, off on Wednesday, back on Thursday, biceps and triceps on Friday, off Saturday, and shoulders on Sunday. One can arrange each day as to his/her liking, but you get the just of it. Also, do not forget to train your abs and calves every other day as needed. Overall, this is strictly weight training, without any cardio involved.
Q:Where do you want your career to go from here?
A:I would like my career to definitely be involved in the fitness industry. It is funny because I am so passionate about my body and pushing myself to the limit, and I do not even work in that industry yet. I have an aspirations to become certified in personal training, and begin influencing and teaching those who need it the most. I see myself changing lives everywhere with my will power and passion to grow. I would also like to win more bodybuilding competitions, and eventually grace the cover of various fitness magazines.
Q:Who do you credit as your biggest inspiration?
A:My BIGGEST inspiration is my coach, IFBB Pro Brian Smith. I have known Brian since 2003 when I worked with him at my previous employer. Brian has been training and bodybuilding since he was a teenager, and he knows the fitness industry both inside and out. He possesses multiple training certifications and obtains the knowledge to succeed. He is one of a kind and is most definitely my personal inspiration. I would love to be just like him one day. For more information on Brian Smith, as well as: cardiovascular conditioning, weight training, nutritional counseling, and contest prep, please email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You won't be disappointed!
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com