I have been involved in sports since I was 6 or 7 years old, Tee Ball is the earliest I can remember, but I began pushing the weights when I was in High School. By the time college rolled around I had to choose, play ball or get the degree that I wanted. I chose the degree, because I realized that chances of going pro were slim. Still I am a competitor and I realized it was the weights that I loved more than anything. I came to Kansas State University in 2002, so I guess you could say I have been training for 8 years with intensity increasing over time.
Off season (bulking) I generally train 5 days week, heavy mostly for about 1.5 hours. Then about 3 months out from a show I increase to 6 days a week, higher reps, clean up the diet a bit, and add in cardio gradually. I am pretty lean by nature, so I don’t do a lot of cardio until I am ready to tighten up. I ease into it gradually with 10-15 minutes and by the end of the 12-week period I am doing about 45 minutes. I like the elliptical, or stationary bike the best, mainly because it’s easy on the knees.
Basically, Fish, Oatmeal, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, Greens, Eats Whites
Well I just had a show three days ago so it’s basically Fish, Oatmeal, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, Greens, and Egg Whites. But my wife just made me sloppy Joes and Mac n cheese as a celebratory meal, so you might find some left over Joe’s in there as well, lol.
I love all kinds of food, but my last show was in Chicago so of course I ate some deep-dish pizza. Probably one of the worst things for you, but after 3 months of oatmeal and chicken, its taste damn good.
I stay motivated two ways:
This is a difficult one. I was 150 lbs in High school, ripped to the bone and muscular but still 150 lbs none the less. Now off-season I am 240 lbs at around 10% bf, so I would say the 90 lbs gain has been my greatest feat.
I plan on doing Jr. Nationals or Jr. USA’s next summer. Other than that
the plan is to go Pro in 3 years.
I like several different pro’s. Branch Warren is a monster and I like his mentality from what I know of him. I have Dennis Wolf and Dexter Jackson and both guys seem to be pretty likeable, but I only spoke with them briefly as they were the guest posers at the shows I was doing. More or less I would say my favorite Pro is any of them that know they are great, but still treat everyone with respect, even when nobody else is watching. That’s what greatness is to me.