As a child I always looked up to the guys with muscle. I remember my grandfather being one of them. He was known as the guy with softballs for biceps in Mexico. My family and I would go down once a year and I remember he would flex them and I'd just hang on his arms. He was definitely an inspiration. As I grew older my interest in muscle, training and nutrition grew stronger and stronger as the teasing grew stronger and stronger. I was always the smallest guy in the group and got teased quite often. It definitely affected me. I started reading various muscle magazines and started learning a lot about training and nutrition. It was in my mid-teens that I started to work out in my room doing pushups, pullups and various db movements. One day my father came home with a bench and some more free weights, I was the happiest kid in the world. I had an interest in something positive and he recognized that, he did what any father should do when their child shows interest in a positive activity…he supported me, little did he know this would become a lifelong passion of mine. After a few years I got my first gym membership and was blown away when I first walked through the doors…loud music, the sounds of people giving it everything they had, motivational posters on the walls and just an all around great vibe. This was where I belonged. Over the years I learned a lot from people at the gym who had years and years of experience. In 2006 I decided to get serious and take things to the next level. I really cleaned up my diet, revamped my training routine and started to read a lot. I didn't want to be the skinny kid anymore, I didn't want to get teased anymore, I had goals and was going to do everything in my power to reach them.
It is most definitely diet. People will ask what I do for my abs and I tell them "Eat clean". In my opinion nutrition is about 80-85% of it all. You can train all you want but if your diet isn't in check, you will go nowhere. Sure there are movements that will help bring em' out but if the majority of your diet is fatty, processed, sugary, high carb foods...you can work out your abs and they'll be sore but they'll still be hiding. It takes hard work and a lot of it, everything needs to be consistent inside and outside of the gym.
It all starts with going back to my days in Jr highschool and highschool where the teasing got really bad. I didn't want to be the smallest and skinniest anymore. I do what I do to better myself and progress physically and mentally. It keeps myself in a positive state of mind and also keeps me on the right track. Seeing that you are progressing over time is a major motivational factor because you know that everything you are doing, all the sacrifices you are making, the hard work you are putting in is paying off. The support factor is also a huge one, without all the support from family, friends and fans there's no way I'd be where I am today, no way.
It's an amazing feeling, one I can't really describe. It is such a huge honor to know that I inspire so many to change their lives for the better. I never ever expected to be the number 1 most inspirational and it feels unreal at times, to be of just a little inspiration to someone makes me feel great and extremely happy. I try to help out everyone I possibly can who hits me up with questions and or messages and am always up for giving out advice. I was in the "Beginner boat" at one time and asked so many questions to the ones I looked up to and they always had time to help me out, the least I can do is pay it forward.
When I first started to get serious I would spend 2.5 to 3 hours in the gym 5 days a week! I had a lot to learn, I was most definitely over training and with a metabolism so high, training that much was definitely hindering any possible gains. After reading more and more about training and how important rest is, I decided to ease up a bit and hit a 2 day on, 1 day off routine for about 1.5 hours a day.
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In the winter time I tend to up my portions and overall calorie intake quite a bit, once summer rolls around I will tighten up my diet a little more..It’s summer right?! That means beaches, pools and bbq's, summer is most definitely my favorite part of the year. Here is what my daily diet looks like in general, I eat pretty much the same thing everyday, anyone who knows me will swear by it.
1.5 cup of oats in water with 1 pack of Truvia, 1.5 scoops of ON Whey in 15oz's water, 3 Orange Triad multi vitamins.
6 eggs (5 white\1 whole) 20 almonds and a cup of coffee.
1lb of boneless\skinless chicken breast, a cup of brown rice, sometimes a piece of fruit will be thrown in or the chicken will be wrapped in a spinach tortilla..
about 10oz's of top sirloin with half a cup to a cup of brown rice.
2 no salt rice cakes with a light spread of natural pb, 5 Green Bulge pills, 5 Blue Gene tabs and 2 scoops of White Flood.
Training while drinking 1.5 scoops of Controlled Labs Purple Wraath mixed in 22 ounces of water (Sipping intra-workout).
1.5 scoops of Golden Gains in water, 1 scoop of OxiMega in about 15oz's of water.
About 12-14 oz's of boneless\skinless chicken breast and a medium sweet potato with 3 Orange Triad Tabs.
2 scoops of 100% ON Whey protein shake in 15oz's of water.
Sacrifice & Honor is a clothing line my childhood friend and I started up last year. We've wanted to start up our own clothing line together for years. We thought, why not put out something aimed at those who eat, sleep and breathe bodybuilding and fitness? For us training and nutrition was more than just an interest, it was a passion, a lifestyle. We wanted true meaning behind the name, which is why we decided to go with Sacrifice & Honor. They are 2 words that everyone who truly lives this lifestyle can relate to. Sacrifices are a daily part of this lifestyle you live with honor. We provide innovative, inspirational and sustainable athletic apparel to our global bodybuilding and fitness community. Some of the clothing we provide right now are men's fitted, high quality t-shirts and tanktops. Men's hoodies, stringer tanks, sweatshorts, sweatpants, fitted caps, beanies and lifting straps are all in the works right now along with the upcoming release of our women's line which will be available within the next few months. We consider everyone involved with Sacrifice & Honor family, employees, athletes and fans\supporters we wouldn't be where we're at right now without everyone who believes in Sacrifice & Honor..So thank you all.
I would honestly have to say finding myself and finding what I am truly passionate about. There are so many people out there who still haven't found what they love to do. I feel lucky to have such a strong passion for bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition.
A few of my future goals include focusing on Sacrifice & Honor and opening up a few gyms around the world affiliated with the brand. Continuing to train and giving it everything I have each and every day I step into that gym is also a goal of mine…in hopes to continue to progress physically and mentally.
No matter what comes your way, an obstacle or a roadblock...anything is possible.