My involvement in fitness started 11 years ago. I was 20 years old, weighed 230 LBS and partying like crazy. I started playing soccer when I was 3 years old and that kept me fit up until the mid-teens where my unhealthy habits started to catch up to me. I would drink alcohol every weekend, eat fast food and I dropped from playing soccer 4 times a week to 1 time and that made me gain about 50 lbs over a short period of time.
One day when I looked at a picture of myself and saw how big I was I decided to change my life. I quit smoking cigarettes, cleaned up my diet and started to exercise. From day 1 I hit the gym I was hooked. It was and still is my outlet to keep me sane and healthy.
I over trained my untrained muscles and didn’t focus on nutrition. I did change my diet, but I had no ideas about macros or supplements. And that let me to hitting a plateau rather fast and I had two major injuries with in the first year.
I want to become an IFBB Men’s Physique Pro. I am from Denmark and I have only lived here in the states for 5 years. SO I have to take the European way to a pro card.
I will be competing for the Danish Championships in October. If I place well, then next step will be the Arnold in Ohio and hopefully the European championships.
Always figure out your WHY. Why are you training? Why do you want it? Why do you go to the gym every day. WHY is the most powerful question you can ask yourself, because you force yourself to be honest. If you can’t find your why then you don’t want it and that’s why you are not consistent.
I do for sure. I can’t train with out my music!!
I will give you my top 3 right now:
That somewhere someone is pushing harder than me. That’s all I need for inspiration. I have a winners mentality and I want to be the best. So I push myself by knowing someone is training harder than me, or at least trying.
How far ahead do you plan and prepare ahead your nutrition and training if at all? I plan nutrition week by week when I am in prep mode. All depends on what the mirror has to tell me.
I like to train by intuition. I have done it for so long now plus it’s my career so I know what my body needs. Some weeks I train 6 times some weeks 4. Depends on soreness levels.
I am proud of how far I have come since I was that depressed fat kid with no ambition. I pulled my self out of my depression and made my self a life I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have had a lot of help from many wonderful people and I couldn’t have done it with out them, but I made the decisions to change and that’s what I am most proud of!!
I do control bulking. So I like to stay as lean as I can year around, but I try to keep my body in a surplus in off-season. I just have a fat kid syndrome so when I start to see fat I freak out :)
It changes on a weekly basis, but here is a sample of what I am doing now:
MEAL - WAKE UP TIME
MEAL - MID MORNING
Arnold will always be my biggest inspiration. I don’t care what people say about him. He made himself what he is and that I respect. In my sport I think that my two Optimum nutrition team mates Alex Carnerio and Steve Cook have the best physiques and I am pretty sure one of them will take down the Olympia title.
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Year of birth: 1981, Weight: 201lbs, Height: 6.0 ft