My biggest mistake as newbie in the gym was never lifting heavy. I assumed that just working out with the same size weights would help me gain size. But in order for your muscles to grow, they need a strong stimulus. The theory behind it is, your body will always adapt to survive. So my mission (in the gym) is to always try to kill my muscles with heavy weight. Therefore forcing to grow and get stronger.
Being apart of the Bodybuilding.com team is truly a dream come true. The Team was created to not only inspire but to inform and help others achieve their fitness goals. Composed of fitness professionals and Bodyspace members, we represent the diversity that is bodybuilding. Being a member of the Bodyspace.com community for many years, I was able to use the information I received from there to achieve my goals. So I was chosen to show others that their dreams are very much attainable.
One thing people can say about Martial artists (besides we can kick really high) is that it takes a lot of discipline. Training in Martial arts for many years I have grown to learn one thing. Your body has a numerous amount of memory cells. When you repeat a kick or punch a thousand times, you'll begin to do it effortlessly. Not only that your body changes in order to perform it better. Just like in the gym. You’re lifting, pulling, pushing over and over again. Your body begins to change in order to perform better each time. But you must have the discipline to keep repeating it in order for the change to occur. That’s where martial arts has helped me.
Using the Bodyspace.com community was one of my biggest motivations when I first started. Reading about how others where able to reach there fitness goals in such a short time was inspiring to me. So it became my mission to do the same. Change my physique and inspire others. Now my motivation comes from the people that consistently ask me for aid in achieving their goals. Because it is a sign that my hard work is being noticed. They say motivation is like eating and taking a shower. If you don't do it everyday you'll starve and smell bad. HAHA!
I believe that life is much more fulfilling when you live it in service of other people. When you are able to change someone’s life with the talents that you have. I am proud that everyday I’m in position to use my gifts to better enrich another person’s life. Whether its through Martial Arts or Fitness.
I have two separate training sessions in the day. My cardio session is about 45 minutes...and my weight training sessions last about 45 minutes to an hour.
I tend to change my rep range every couple of weeks. But the rep range I prefer is 6 - 8.
My diet plan for peaking out is pretty much the same with a few adjustments. I cut carbs to about 50 grams a day, starting a week out from a shoot, and zero carbs the last 2 days before a shoot.
Also, because I consume so much water on a daily basis, One week out I cut my water intake to about a half a litre a day and little to none the last 3 days prior.
I keep my protein intake the same and cut fats to about 25 grams. I also keep my fats before 12:00 p.m.
I don't usually get craving for sweets, but if I do I’ll eat it early during the day. That's way my body can burn it off throughout the day. Because I eat tons of Veggies I don't avoid salty foods. Only when I’m close to a shoot.
That last reps is the reason I go to the gym. So I get excited. I start thinking this is the moment I’ve been waiting for. It's just you and me, weights. And I know I’m going to come out on top.
I’m all about Consistency. So my favorite athletes are those that I believe reflect that. Greg Plitt, Julien Greaux and Pauline Nordin (click to view Pauline Nordine's interview with CutAndJacked.com) are my Top 3.
My goals are to become more prominent in the fitness Industry...and to be a source of inspiration for others to change there lifestyle.
The number one supplement I always recommend to anyone is Whey Protein.