I started training when I was 7 years old, I started doing push-ups every day and that quickly grew into what my passion is today.
When I was new to the world of competing, I had to quickly learn not to compare myself to others, which is easy to do in a situation where diet and training prep is specific, yet individual. I started prepping 8 weeks out because my body changes quickly, however found myself questioning the amount of time I gave myself because others were prepping up to 16 weeks out. But, I quickly realized that it was important for me to focus on what my body needed and the hard work I was required to put in for MY body to be stage ready... And it was. Competing or not, it is important to focus on what you are doing day in day out, and not others.
If you focus on the reason you started then every day you should wake up with the same drive and level of motivation as the previous day, keeping you committed to your goals. Sometimes we all need the reminder, so on those days I like to watch motivational videos of those in the industry that I am inspired by.
I have to train with music because it is my way of blocking everything out and getting in the zone. It is beats on and everything else off. I’m always updating my playlist but right now I am bumping the 300 soundtrack (because that is epic shit) and Jeezy – Motivation.
In those last rep moments I think about everything I have been through in life and just knowing that I have a passion for something and much bigger goals to reach that extend beyond that last rep.
My body changes really quickly so depending on what is coming up (competition, posing, photoshoots), I change my nutrition and training based off of how my body performs and looks each week. By this stage in the game I understand my body really well, so like any fine-tuned machine, I know what to change and when, based off of how I feel.
I am most proud of being a leader of the family. I take pride in always being that person that can be called on or look to as a role model. So the moments, when I know I am that person, I am most proud.
I am always photoshoot ready. I feel like being in the fitness industry and being genuine to what I preach, I am to always look on point. I am inspiring people to stay committed so why shouldn’t I?
My training split typical follows;
Monday: Legs - Heavy (sometimes two/day)
Tuesday: Shoulders (morning) Chest (evening)
Thursday: Legs - Light (keeping rep range 20-30 max)
Friday: Arms & Abs
All my training does not go by reps or sets, I go by when I am done.
My diet is pretty much clean all year, the small changes are switching my rice to brown, add fish, and cut my beef to once a week.
I look up to Ray Lewis & Frank Zane because they exemplify the type of athlete/body builder/motivator I am working at becoming in this industry.
I stick to whole food sources as much as I can – Only supplementing protein post workout and multi-vitamins.
1. Lift Heavy.
2. Eat Clean (and to grow).
3. Never put limitations on what you can do.
Year of birth: 1984 Weight: 205 lbs Height: 5’10”
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