How did you get started with bodybuilding?
fter I cut down for a powerlifting meet, I saw some bodybuilders posing. I had always been interested in bodybuilding but I never knew how to pose. I asked one to show me some pointers and he took me under his wing. 2 months later I took first in my class, in my first show, and was nationally qualified. 2 months after that I was sponsored. I know how lucky I am, I owe it all to my friends at Howell Fitness Center, my wife, my coach, and to LG sciences.
What gets you motivated?
I Look up to my coach, Joe Leahy, my Grandfather, Lt. William Winnick of the US Army and WWII veteran, and the fantastic pro and armature bodybuilders around the world. I want to be the best bodybuilder I can be. Excellence is acceptable, good is deplorable. I think about how much others have sacrificed for me and I want them to know that their sacrifices are not in vain. I do it for me, but I keep them in my heart.
What is your training philosophy?
I want to do the sport and it’s athletes justice. I try to push myself to the limit every workout. If I feel tired I just think what Joe, My grandfather, or a pro like Yates or Priest would do. ‘No Mercy’ is my motto, I show my body no mercy, and I offer none to any who I train with.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
- Pull up
- Incline Bench
These 3 hit everything and as compound movements they develop the body in a healthy ascetically pleasing fashion. Squat for total body, lower body, and core strength. Pull-ups work lats and back for a nice V taper. Incline bench for chest, delts, traps and triceps; with the right arch it hits the chest a little better than flat bench in my opinion.
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
Both have their place. Low intensity is ok for taking off fat and some carbs, but if done for to long cortisol is released and will eat up your muscle. 30 minutes is all I like to do at 65% max HR. Interval is good for muscle growth if you supplement it like a workout. 15 minutes tops. I prefer to do the interval off season for heart health and muscle growth and low intensity 2 or 3 times a day for 30 minutes pre contest.
What is your philosophy on nutrition?
I believe in lots of extra lean meat and veggies. Potatoes, beans, and corn for carbs. I do eat rice and even bread when I have little choice. I’m not big on fats though. I try to keep fats to a minimum. I use LG supplements, but supplements are the icing on the cake, the food is the cake.
What are your favorite meals?
I like extra lean ground beef patties before bed, boiled chicken with Mrs. Dash and some balsamic vinegar throughout the day, Oatmeal with cinnamon and skim milk for breakfast.
Favorite cheat food?
General Tso’s chicken, Pizza with bacon and black olives, or fried ice cream
What supplements do you use?
I use LG sciences products. Lipotropic Protein for a breakfast with my oatmeal. GHenerate, NO infuse, Anadrolic State, and Anadrolic Pump pre-workout. BCAA +EAA mid workout. Postal post workout, and Lipotropic Protein 1 hour after. Then 1 hour later I have real food. I use GHenerate before bed. I have also used Methyl-1-D and Methyl Masterol for size and strength gains.
Joe Leahy, Lee Priest, Arnold, Mark Alvisi, Mark Dugdale, Branch Warren, Dorian Yates, Kai Green, Serge Nubert, Franco Columbo, and Shawn Ray. This list is not exhaustive or in any particular order.
‘If you can reshape your legs you can do anything’ – Arnold