How did you get started?
I started consistently training and eating healthy back in April of 2009. I saw a significant change in my body just after six months, and I took up a friend’s suggestion to have a professional photo shoot done. After I uploaded some photos on one of my social media pages, a lot of people suggested I do fitness modeling; one of those people was Jamie Eason. As a result of my professional photo shoot I was published on the cover of Natural Muscle Magazine and right after in Planet Muscle Magazine. It wasn’t until then, that I decided to give fitness modeling a shot. Since then I been published multiple times in Planet Muscle Magazine, World Physique Magazine-swimsuit edition, Fitness Gurls magazine, had a workout article published with FitnessX Magazine, been featured in multiple fitness related commercials, and just recently on the cover of Iron Man Magazine December 2011 issue along with my friend Bodybuilder Dan Decker. It’s been a very rewarding experience that I’m enjoying very much.
What your diet consists of and why?
My body responds well to a lower carb-high protein diet. Here is a sample of my daily meals:
- Meal 1: 3 egg whites, with a light whole wheat toast, or with 1/2 cup of oatmeal made with unsweetened Almond milk.
- Meal 2: 0% fat free plain Greek Yogurt with a couple of blueberries
- Meal 3: Grilled chicken breast with 1/2 cup of brown rice and steamed veggies.
- Meal 4: Post workout protein shake and 1/2 banana.
- Meal 5: Turkey burger with steam veggies.
- Meal 6: Protein shake, or 1/2 cup of fat free plain greek yogurt.
What supplements do you use?
Here is a list of my current supplementation:
Multi Vitamin – Being deficient in any one of the essential vitamins your body requires will hinder the efficiency of chemical reactions in the body, such as the breakdown and digestion of proteins.
Calcium – Calcium is essential to maintaining total body health. Your body needs it every day not just to keep your bones and teeth strong over your lifetime, but to ensure proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
Vit D – Encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous thus helping to form and maintain strong bones. Omega3′s fish oil pills – Fish oils is one of the few substances known to lower concentrations of triglycerides (fatty substances) that pose a cardiovascular risk, in the blood. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
BCAA’s – Essential amino acids are the building blocks for healthy muscles, skin, nails and other body tissues.
L-Glutamine – Can minimize breakdown of muscle and improve protein metabolism, and help in muscle recovery. Whey protein powder – Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.
Casein protein powder – Casein protein is a slow digestive protein usually taken before bedtime to prevent catabolism while you sleep. A pre-workout energy drink – Can provide energy and nutrients designed to enhance endurance, strength and the pump achieved during a workout.
What does your current work-out routine look like?
- Monday: Chest/Triceps.
- Tuesday: Legs.
- Wednesday: Rest.
- Thursday: Back/Biceps.
- Friday: Shoulders/Abs
- Saturday: Rest.
- Sunday: Rest.
What are your max lifts?
I don’t like to go into how much weight I lift because I don’t want people to think they are not doing enough or doing too much in comparison to me. I want others to focus on maintaining good form instead of getting fixated on lifting heavier weights, which can in turn put them at a higher risk for injury. Only increase the weights when you have master your technique and form for each exercise, take your time with each rep and focus on the muscle your are training, results will come.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
I have a cheat meal a week and for that meal I just add more carbs than I’m usually used to. My favorite cheat meals are sushi rolls, and my mother’s white rice and beans dinner.. Delicious!
Who is your favourite bodybuilder?
There are a lot of great motivators in the sport, but I would have to say my favorite bodybuilder is my friend Dan Decker. He is a very nice down to earth guy and his physique is amazing.
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
My all time favorite quote was created by my friend and #1 motivational illustrator Jerry Beck and it goes “Train Insane Or Remain The Same”. You can check out Jerry’s designs at www.illustratusmaximus.com. You have to always push yourself in order to see results, train hard, eat clean, rest up and see the positive changes in your physique take place. Be patient!