A:I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Growing up where I did gave me an opportunity to watch some of the great Chicago athletes including Walter Payton and Michael Jordan.
Q:Where are your top 3 locations to visit in Chicago?
A:I have several locations that I truly enjoy in Chicago. The city is really known for so many different things, and I must be honest, food comes to mind first! I enjoy the meal and setting at Smith and Wollensky on State Street. There is nothing better than the Friendly Confines thanks to Mr. Cub, at Wrigley Field. Fantastic history at that ballpark, I even remember going as a young boy and thinking it was so far away and such a massive stadium. Another favorite of mine is The Art Institute of Chicago on South Michigan Avenue. I enjoy art and appreciate the different techniques and styles associated with each era and period.
Q:When did you seriously get into fitness?
A:I began getting seriously interested in fitness after watching a friend of mine compete in 2007 at The Illinois State Championships. I had a background in fitness and played four years of college football, but to see the stage the athletes on the stage was something different. This was the catalyst and I began to train for my first contest, and competed in December 2007 for the first time.
Q:When did you realize you were ready to compete nationally?
A:The early contests were steps towards a National stage, and each time I went to the stage the presentation was better and better. It took me two years to make it to my first National stage. This had been a goal of mine since I began competing. Winning at the local show level was one factor that helped me prepare, and I also felt physically that I was ready to move up and begin the next set of challenges. The NPC Junior Nationals was a great venue to choose for this first big step. This contest is located in Rosemont, IL very close to where I live, so travel was very simple. There are many differences between a local stage and a National stage. The preparation, the speed of the contest and being ready if there are changes in the venue.
Q:Describe being on stage...
A:Being up on the stage is a tremendous energy rush, a chance to present all of your hard work. The main part is to remain relaxed and focus on why you are there. Every move on the stage is judged including each facial expression and body expression. As soon as you step on the stage, it is present your very best!
Q:What's your diet like to remain so ripped?
A:Here is my diet
- Meal 1 – 12 Lana’s egg whites, 4 oz. cream of wheat, 3 oz. banana, and 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
- Meal 2 – 2 scoops ON 100% Whey Gold Standard, 4.5 oz. red potato
- Meal 3 – 7 ounces of broiled chicken breast, 1 cup asparagus, 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
- Meal 4 – 2 scoops ON Hydrowhey, 4 oz. sweet potato
- Meal 5 – 7 oz. broiled chicken breast, 4.5 oz. red potato
- Meal 6 – 2 scoops ON 100% Whey Gold Standard, 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil, and 1 small apple.
Q:How did you get sponsored by ON?
A:I was fortunate to become sponsored by ON in 2008. I met two ON representatives after The Illinois State Bodybuilding Championships and we talked about supplements and a program that ON offered. I was picked to be a part of a team that would represent the company in the Sets and Reps program. It has been such a pleasure to work with professional people.
Q:You are also sponsored by Palm Beach Tan and Lana's Egg Whites. Describe these
A:Palm Beach Tan has been a sponsor of mine since 2009, they are responsible for getting my skin tanned and sprayed before photo shoots. They have provided great support and their Chicagoland locations are well kept and clean. Lana's Egg Whites became a sponsor of mine in 2011, and they have the best quality egg whites. Being a part of Team Lana is a wonderful experience, fantastic team and work ethic. I have Lana's Egg Whites in the morning and it is the meal that gets me going.
Q:What's in Sean's future, career wise?
A:I look at my future in three separate pieces. Short term, mid range and long term. The short term focus is on competing and bringing my body into prime shape and condition for the new season. I need my body in perfect form to accomplish what I am setting out for in 2013. My mid range is to work with ON and present products and information to the athletes in foreign countries, continuing to educate others on the benefits of proper nutrition and high quality supplements. Included in this is the advancement and development of my website and working with athletes on pre-contest diets and weight loss protocols. My long term future is to coach and mentor younger athletes to help them to reach his/her goals. A majority of this is based upon proper diet, nutrition and most importantly drug-free. Including preparing athletes for middle-school, High School and College athletics. I really enjoy coaching and watching talent develop with positive reinforcement.
Q:Can you give us your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and website handles?
Facebook Athlete Page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sean-Royer/139369422829359
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC