My training began after my parents felt I was developed enough, they let me start lifting weights at age 15. Many of my friends started when we were in middle school, I wanted to start then but was only allowed to lift my body weight (to avoid stunted growth). I participated in many different sports through the years, which required me to be bigger stronger and faster. In order to do so I had to train my body. I learned in high school from a former bodybuilder how to do it all properly.
My motivation comes from many different angles. Mainly within myself, I don’t want to fall victim to the hereditary disease that haunts my family. Knowing if I live a healthy lifestyle I can add years to my life is enough for me. The choice to make a career out of my lifestyle keeps me consistent. Hearing that I inspire others really keeps me going.
On average I spend 2 hours in the gym but depending on the phase I am in it changes. When concentrating on building I tend to take longer rest in between my sets. When cutting, I go through my workouts faster (less rest) to keep my heart rate up and burning more fat/calories.
I usually try to have a meal or shake every two hours. Meals consist of a lean protein source (Turkey, Chicken, Fish, etc...) and veggies. I consume carbs for breakfast and before and after my workouts. I eat around 5-6 meals daily.
No, I do not count calories or weigh my food. I have a good idea of what’s healthy and low in calories. I try to listen to my body, if I am very hungry I usually have extra veggies. If I’m not feeling as hungry I make sure I get my protein source and fewer veggies.
I still treat myself to my cravings. I have a cheat meal on the weekend usually. I find this helps to curb my cravings when getting prepared for my peak condition. When not preparing I treat myself more often. I will add in cardio on weekends for a better balance.
My greatest achievement would have to be my first time ever being published; I landed the cover of Physique Magazine (Dubai). All I had expected was being published with an interview and I got a call saying they loved my look and wanted me for the cover. That was a total blessing to start out a career in fitness modeling as a cover model.
My future goals are to become more educated in fitness and health. I would like to use my knowledge to help others achieve their goals. I plan to also compete and see if that can help me to attain higher success in the industry as a fitness/cover model.
A few of my favorite athletes, fitness models and bodybuilders would be; Clark Bartram (My mentor, teacher and the guy who found me. He opened the door and gave me a chance), Kendall Wood, Max Wettstein, Jamie Eason, Chady Dunmore, Obi Obadike, James Ellis, Rob Riches, Brandon Curry, Ronnie Coleman, Chad Johnson, Derrick Rose, Michael Vick and the list goes on, all for many different reasons.
The number one philosophy I live by would be “God does not make mistakes.” Number one pertaining to my career in fitness, “If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.”
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