Training wise when I was younger, I had always thought that the more cardio that I did, the more fat I would burn, but instead I was burning muscle without realizing. I couldn’t figure out why until a bodybuilder took me under his wing. It was because I was involved in so many aerobic activities such as playing sports and running often. I have been active and on the go ever since I was a little kid.
Set yourself small goals rather than one big goal. Keep the big goal in tact by achieving the smaller ones one by one, step by step and once you begin to see results you will then want to keep working harder to reach it.
I think about the main reason why I am in the gym in the first place… to look and feel at my best. When I struggle for that last rep, I mentally dig deep and think about how good I am going to feel after I push myself to the furthest extent. Its a feeling of self-gratification that makes it feel rewarding.
I believe that If you want to build a fine tuned overall healthy physique, then it is important to incorporate both free weights and machines. Machines will help you focus on your movement while structuring a solid base, and I would recommend them to beginners. Once machines become relatively easy to do then free weights 6-8 repetitions to failure while primarily focused on form will shock the body.
I have always found it important to take the time to enjoy and give thanks for the simplest things in life, whether it is family, close friends and loved ones. I'm proud of the people who I have inspired online and outside whom look up to me, to make the best out of their lives in the gym and in general life and well being.
In the gym I typically spend an hour and fifteen minutes a day, 6 days a week. 45-50 minutes strictly focused on one body part, while the other 15-20 minutes focused on a secondary body part, such as calves, abs, lower back, hamstrings.
Due to my high metabolism I have often experimented with different types of cardio and listened to how my body responded to it. When I was younger I often found it difficult to maintain high volume muscle density while staying lean. For this reason I have done strictly anaerobic cardio, such as wind sprints, jump rope, and plyometric training. High intensity, low duration. For instance: sprints- I would find a soccer field and either sprint the full length of it 70-100 yards at 85 % speed, jog back 50 yards, then walk the other 50. Repeat 5-8 times depending on how my body and breathing respond. The good thing about this is that it only takes 10-15 minutes to do, but it is a very vigorous and beneficial 15 minutes that I found very rewarding. 2-3 times a week I would recommend this.
During my bulk phase, which is typically in the winter months when I am not necessarily dieting, I tend to go about 4-6 repetitions to failure each set. If I am coming of a break, which I often do twice a year for a few weeks, I do 10-12 repetitions to break in myofibril development, and to help regain my strength. Once I am accustomed to training and in the '' groove '' once again, I then set for 6-8 repetitions to failure when I am in season.
Due to my high metabolism I found it nearly impossible to bulk and stay lean year round naturally. Being from Ohio my metabolism slows down in the winter months, and I stack on my calorie intake. Of course the abs aren’t in the way I’d like them to be, and once the seasons begin to shift, I begin to clean my diet up a little and involve anaerobic cardio in my diet. This way I keep all the gains I have made in the winter months muscularly, and then leaning out.
Well I’m basically an all or nothing type of person. There never had been no in-between with me with anything. If I have a specific goal in mind with great deal of passion for it, I'm able to set aside my cravings and have been able to envision the end of the tunnel so to speak. While dieting and training hard I have always been able to set aside the craving, but I will say that when I eat McDonalds or burger king, I'm likely eating it again for the next 8 days. I’m a sucker for fast food indeed. :)
I've always been amazed at what Greg Plitt has done, and the desire, drive, and passion he has displayed, day in day out. He is always willing to give a helping hand and takes the time out of his busy life to do so. I think that is important more than anything to give back. I look at what he has done and use it as fuel for what I am trying to accomplish. He has put the fitness physique on the map, and has made way for other natural fitness models to do the same. I am sure many other fitness models feel the same.
I want to be able to get more publicity of course, with the understanding that it is very competitive out there, and that is a good thing. I think it just makes every one work harder to be the best that they can be, and I know that there are many people out there that look up to all of us with inspiration to be the best that they can be as well. I want to be to use this in my daily life for the rest of my life well into my 40's and 50's. Working out has always been a great outlet for me, when I have had trouble in life, and I want to be able to teach that to people out there that turn to other alternatives to hide or erase any emotion or pain.
I take a multivitamin daily. I use GNC's Mega Men, which has all your basic essentials such as A, B, C, And D vitamins. I have always gotten great results from Myoplex by EAS, and also Isopure to get that extra edge vascularly. BCAA's is always a high recommendation whether in pill or liquid form. I have always believed that if your trying to get a better well rounded physique at your highest capacity, then diet and training alone will get you there.
1. Always be the best you that you can be. God made us all unique in our own way. Make the best out of each day and always give thanks for what is often taken for granted. You will then find joy, happiness, and fulfillment.
2. With success always follows critics. Learn how to use negativity as a form of energy for positivity. Never give up on your passions and dreams.
3. Everyone is battling a battle of his or her own in one way or another. Always be nicer than necessary and never judge or point fingers at another. It will just come back to you. Tell someone close to you in your life that you love them every day. You never know when your last day will be.