I hesitated to even write about this, because A) there’s really no lesson to be learned from it, and B) the last thing I ever want to come across as is a crybaby. But ever since I started this blog back in early 2002, I’ve traditionally shared the ups and downs of my training. So […]
How long have you been into your sport? >
Started weight training at 14 then bodybuilding at age 18.
How did you get started? >
I was very short and thin as a child and not good at sports. Occasionally I got picked on by bullies too. I looked up to pro wrestlers and Bruce Lee, guys who looked strong and who took no crap from anyone. Once I got very interested in girls, that was the final piece of the puzzle. I saw lifting weights and getting muscles as a way to earn respect from other guys and get the attention of the girls. Once I read my first copy of FLEX magazine shortly before turning 18, I knew I wanted to be a bodybuilder. By 19 I had started competing.
why do you train? >
I love it! I love the challenge of pushing myself and working hard to try and keep improving my physique. I view it as a constant work in progress and I'm always fine-tuning my workouts and trying new exercises and techniques. If I didn't love it as much as I do, there is no way I could write so many training articles for MD.
what motivates you? >
As far as I've come since I began over 100 pounds of bodyweight ago, I never see myself as 'finished' even though I'm over 40 now. There is always some bodypart or area I want to bring up, and I see that as a fun and exciting challenge.
What are your goals? >
In addition to continuing with my career as a writer as well as being a good husband and father of two, I want to place in the top 5 at the 2011 NPC Team Universe as a Heavyweight. To do that, I need to gain a few more pounds in the right places, namely my arms and mid-back. With my drive, work ethic, and the excellent Gaspari Nutrition products I use every day, I know I can do it!
What are your core principles behind your approach to this sport? >
Stay fairly lean all year so that dieting down doesn't take too long and take away too much lean muscle tissue. Work hardest on your weak points. Above all, focus on showing up in totally shredded condition. I have no control over the structure and shape I was born with, and there will always be someone bigger, but I can work hard to have the best overall proportions and condition possible.
what advice would you give someone? >
Be patient and know that all the hard work and dedication adds up little by little every day. You will never see results as fast as you'd like to, but if you keep training hard, eating good food, and getting your rest on a consistent basis, your physique will gradually improve all the time. One day you look back and you will be amazed at how far you've come. Enjoy the process and the journey. If you don't, you're missing out on the real benefits of being a bodybuilder.