Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started training?
I first started training when I was about 12 or 13 with a barbell set my father had bought for my oldest brother. When I was 16, some high school classmates that competed in bodybuilding motivated me even further. So altogether, I’ve been training on and off for 30 years now, but I took it to another level just after I turned 30.
How do you stay motivated?
You don’t really need to stay motivated when you enjoy doing something this much. Sometimes, though, the effort a client demonstrates to me does give me that extra push when I’m training myself.
What is your current workout routine?
My current workout consists of a lower body day, vertical push/pull and horizontal push/pull with variations in each of those days.
What is your diet like?
All I care about is hitting the numbers in terms of calories and macros and let the chips literally fall where they may. For 8-10 months of the year, to stay my leanest, I take in 2500 calories/ 225-275g protein/ 125-150g carbs/ 100-110g fat.
What gives you the best results when trying to get lean?
Keeping my calories as high as possible and losing weight as slow as possible. Ideally, I try to lose only 1 lb per week. Since most of the year I stay within 5-10lbs from my leanest condition, it’s usually a matter of weeks.
What 3 exercises have contributed the most to building your physique?
The basics…. flat bench press, neutral grip pullups and front squats. I’m actually reluctant to add the front squats since I still consider my lower body to be severely lagging in terms of development.
What supplements do you use?
Lets go in alphabetical order here… Blue Gene, Golden Gains, Green Mag, Muscle Milk, Myofusion, Orange Triad, Oximega Greens and fish oil, Purple Wraath and Purple Psyko, REDuction AM and PM. Along with generic brands of Vitamin C and D.
What exercises do your abs respond best to?
Overhead squats and stiff legged hanging raise. In the end, it’s my diet that my abs respond best to.
What is the most common training question that people ask you?
People tend to ask “Do you really eat donuts and cat food? Even when cutting?” The truth is, “Yes, to the donuts…. no to the cat food.” Cat food is strictly for bulking season.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
When I get emails from people simply saying how much I’ve inspired them and that they’ve actually made drastic changes for the better. Now whether they’re simply blowing smoke up my… you know… that’s another thing.
What are your plans for the future?
To survive for the zombie apocalypse and look good while doing so. Lately though I’ve been second-guessing myself as to whether it may instead be an alien invasion. If so, I’d have to tweak my training to survive that.
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