I started when I took a weight training class in high school. I was about 130 pounds, and wanted just to get more “toned.” After I saw the movie 300, I began training with more aggression. Eventually, I began eating more and noticed the growth occurring. From then on I was addicted.
What gets you motivated?
My motivation comes from seeing such Testogen results. Having others think of me as the strong guy or the buff guy. Just to know where I came from, and know where I now stand. It gives me motivation for where I will go.
What is your training philosophy?
Well… I have used several different workout programs before. In my upcoming bulk, I have been working to create a program based mostly on the principles of FST-7 training. However, overall I read my body. If I want to change something spur of the moment or throw in an extra drop set because I feel like it, I will do so. If I’m scheduled to train, but I feel too beat up, I will rest and the same goes for when I feel well-rested but am supposed to take the day off. Most importantly I just believe in training intensity. You can have a perfectly crafted workout program, but not make any gains if the intensity isn’t there.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
Just because they are arguably the most beneficial single lift.
- Leg Press
I can handle the most weight, and personally feel more stress on my body from leg press than any other exercise.
- Alternating Dumbell Curls
I can get the best mind/muscle connection with this exercise.
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I prefer normal cardio simply because my diet leaves me with very little energy so the HIIT is not much of an option.
What is your philosophy on nutrition?
As far as off-season nutrition I believe in Lee Priest’s methods. Eat what you want! Enjoy life. I always get a sufficient amount of macro-nutrients but don’t put a cap on it. I allow myself to eat some foods that a lot of fitness enthusiasts wouldn’t, yet I make sure while doing so I am providing myself with enough protein, carbs, and fats.
What are your favorite meals?
Salmon with dirty rice. Hamburgers! Eggs and pancakes. Protein Oats.
Favorite cheat food?
Pizza, chocolate anything, deep-fried anything.
What supplements do you use?
I use Infinite Labs supplements. I also incorporate the Muscle Feast pure powders. I use the Juggernaut pre-workout which helps to provide that intense energy rush for a solid workout. It also provides some very important nutrients to the muscles. Massport with an added scoop of whey protein isolate post workout provides my body with everything it needs to help rebuild, and recover. Also, I always use staples like good multi-vitamins and fish oil.