Bodybuilding – training is easy dieting is the hard part

Tony Paggioli: NPC Tri State Novice Overall Champion

By Roger Riedinger
Winter 1996

Tony came to see us at Beverly International approximately two weeks before the 1996 ANPPC Central Classic. At first he was skeptical of our approach to contest preparation. After his second place finish he called and decided he wanted to give the Beverly International approach a try. Results were quick to come as evidenced by a class win at the hotly contested Ohio Valley and an overall victory at the Tri State Open. We cornered Tony on one of his recent visits as he prepares for the NPC Natural Ohio Championship.

Bodybuilder Tony Paggiolis bodybuilding philosophy

The training is really the easy part. It is the other 23 hours of the day that make the difference

Give us a little bit of your past involvement in bodybuilding and future goal.

I was approached at Miami University in 1990 to enter their annual bodybuilding contest (now called the NPC Ohio Collegiate) but had no idea what I was doing. I had some experience in powerlifting from high school but that was all. I ended up as a 147 lbs. lightweight--overtrained and over-dieted. I thought the more I exercised and the less I ate the better I would look, but it backfired.

The following two years I took off to just train, eat and study. In 1992, I won my class (middle) and the overall at the same contest. I learned a lot about my body through experimentation with calorie manipulation and training methods, also, through the classes I was taking which led to a BS in Exercise Science.

Other shows and placings include: 1993 NPC Mr. Metropolitan 3rd place Middleweight, 1996 ANPPC Central Classic 2nd place Middleweight, 1996 NPC Tri-State Novice 1st place Middleweight/Overall Winner, and 1996 NPC Ohio Valley 1st place Middleweight.

My immediate future goal is the 1996 NPC Ohio Natural in late November. After that I would like to move up to light heavyweight and continue to compete, natural.

What are some of your other interests and how do you incorporate the bodybuilding lifestyle into your daily life?

Although bodybuilding has been a very rewarding experience, it is only one facet of my life. I believe in balance and harmony in all endeavors. As I train my body in the gym, I also train my mind with Eastern philosophy and thought, mainly Taoism. It is a marriage that complements one another. My career goal is to write about the holistic approach to health and life including philosophy, physical movement and spiritual knowledge. I try to convey this lifestyle in my current occupation as a personal trainer by being a teacher as well as a practitioner. Each client becomes empowered by their improvements in the physical realm that carries over to other aspects of their life. I address any aspect that an individual has interest in, from exercise to nutrition.

Tony, tell our readers a little about your diet, supplements, and training.

My own nutritional habits are unusual in the sense they are "unconventional". In the off-season, I eat whatever I want, usually 5000 or so calories. In preparing for my shows this year, I consulted with Beverly International and adopted a diet of 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbohydrate.

The foods consisted of chicken, sirloin, Laura’s ground round, eggs, brown rice, oatmeal, apples and flax oil. I admit I was skeptical at first, especially since everything I was taught in college contradicted this approach. After following the above nutrition plan for three months, I now believe it is right for me.

In addition to the Beverly International line of Creatine Monohydrate and Ultra 40 liver tablets, I also included a multi vitamin/multi mineral supplement as well as Met-Rx. As far as my training went, I usually strength train 3-4 days/week and do aerobic training 2-3 days/week. I work each bodypart once a week; the aerobic training is either a 30 minute low intensity bike ride or a high intensity 20 minute sprint interval. I tend to train each bodypart with little nepotism as I believe a good physique is a complete physique.

What advice can you give to an aspiring bodybuilder?

If a person desires to take it the next level, i.e. compete, in my opinion, the criterion to succeed are mostly mental: discipline, sacrifice and perseverance. The training is really the easy part. It is the other 23 hours of the day that make the difference. The small success I have attained is simple in theory but complex in practice Hard work + Positive mental attitude = Success.

NNM Winter 1996