I always wanted to look
BIG and fit. Growing up as a teenager in the 90’s, I was under the impression that lifting was all there was to
getting big. Then, when I began training for my first competition I quickly learned that there was a lot more to it than just pumping iron. I had no idea that training went hand-in–hand with the right diet, the right supplements, and the right amount of cardio. Looking back, I did everything wrong. I dieted wrong, I trained wrong, I dehydrated trying to get the “dry look”, any mistake you could make, I made it. But, in the long run, it was a valuable lesson. You progress in bodybuilding, as in life, by learning from your mistakes. After that first contest, I knew I had a lot to learn and I applied myself to learning it. I continued to refine my training and cardio. And I even studied for and passed my personal training certification. Last year I also became a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
The training aspect came easier for me than the nutritional one. My workouts were spot on but the results just weren’t there. I tried everything from calorie counting to intermittent fasting without any progress or results. The more I studied and the more nutritional techniques I experimented with, the more confused I became. Real results finally came when I started receiving the No Nonsense magazine! There were finally people I could relate to in this mag, not Mr. Olympia or Mr. Universe, but regular people who had attained the results that I was working so hard to achieve. Reading and analyzing their nutrition and supplement programs showed me how to fix my problem. I needed to speed up my metabolism. The solution was simple – eat small meals, many times throughout the day, and supplement with Lean Out and 7-Keto MuscLean. I dropped the fat that wouldn’t leave in almost no time at all! I added muscle building shakes, puddings, and brownies infused with delicious Muscle Provider at least twice each day. This made sticking to my muscle building, fat-busting nutrition plan so much easier. It didn’t feel like I was dieting at all! The Muscle Provider protein pudding and brownies killed all my cravings for sweets.
Preparation for a competition takes weeks, months or even years! I have to stay on a strict diet for at least 16weeks, which used to be difficult because my mom is such an amazing cook. Coming from a large family and such a rich culture, dieting was hard in my household. Being persistent and proactive is what helped me cope and over the past couple years I have implemented my bodybuilding-diet into my daily life, making it part of my lifestyle. I taught my family the importance of healthy eating. My mother even started implementing healthy substitutions into her cooking. Eating healthy,in my household, is now a part of our life. One tip I can give you is to always try to eat with someone,because eating in front of the TV or the computer can lead to mindless over-eating.
- Supplement Schedule
- Lean Out (6 capsules per day) I consider Lean Out a must-have to keep my body-fat in check.
- 7-Keto MuscLean (3 capsules, twice a day) stimulates my metabolism to burn fat more quickly.
- FitTabs (2 tablets, twice daily) I can feel the difference in my energy and well-being when I take FitTabs.
- Glutamine Select (1-2 scoops before and/or after workouts) for muscle recovery.
- Creatine Select (1 scoop prior to workouts) builds size and strength.
- Density (5 tablets, twice a day) supplies the essential amino acids necessary to build muscle.
- Muscle Synergy (1 scoop in water during my workout) for pumps, strength, and muscle development.
- Multiple Enzyme Complex (1 or more tablets daily as needed) to help in digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
My favorite type of cardio is the stair master. I usually have to be at work by 5am, so I wake up an hour early to do cardio. It’s such a great feeling and perfect for weight-loss because I do it on an empty stomach. My aim is always 45 minutes but going the extra 15 is never a problem, if I have time.
Preparing for a competition is only a hobby but it is the #1 factor in helping me get in shape fast. Knowing a contest is approaching motivates me to become much more disciplined in my training and especially in my nutrition plan. And I love the outcome, especially if it’s a late spring or early summer show – just in time for my summer beach body. Since my first competition in 2009, I have done five more competitions. On November 22nd, 2014 I won the overall at the NPC National Muscle Classic in Rockford, IL. So whether you want to look
BIG and fit like me, or just want to live a healthier lifestyle, I hope that this article inspired you the way past No Nonsense articles have motivated me.