Bodybuilding A Common Thread

Through Life’s Changes

Andy Fausz
Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding Championship 2000 MW Novice First Place
Magazine 6 #1

Time really does fly, it’s hard for me to believe that I began my competitive journey nearly ten years ago.

My first bodybuilding competition was the 1990 Northern Kentucky. I competed in the short Novice class (they used height classes back then) weighing 145 pounds. I placed 4th, received a trophy, and was pleased but wanted do even better. At the show I met the, then owner of Beverly International, Jim Heflin who convinced me to get with Roger and Sandy and give Beverly International supplements a try. It didn’t take long to figure out why Beverly supplements were and still are, the best around.

In just six short months, their supplements and advice had paid off. I put on quite a bit of size and people in my gym were really noticing the change. My progress became even more apparent when I competed in the fall of of that same year. I competed in three more shows, all within the space of one month. In the first, I won the lightweight novice class and was second to that year’s Mr. Kentucky, Jeff Schuerman, another Beverly user. The next show was a drug-tested event. I won the open short class, and again placed second overall. My final competition that fall was the Mountain Heritage in Whitesburg, Kentucky. I competed as a very light middleweight. This time I won my class and the overall. I am convinced, even ten years ago, it was Beverly that made the difference.

I attribute all my success that fall to Roger and Sandy and their products. I had gone from 4th place in the novice class to an overall champion in just six months! I tasted success and liked it, but then my life changed. Good changes but also ones that demanded more time. A month later I married my high school sweetheart. I also was working as a programmer/analyst on a big project that had critical deadlines. I found my time very limited. Soon I began to miss more and more workouts. Before I knew what was happening, I was not working out at all.

It was three years before I lifted weights again. And, once again my life changed. I hurt my back playing basketball. Due to my back injury, I spent 3-4 months sleeping on the floor and seeing the chiropractor. I got some relief but there was still discomfort. That’s when I decided to take matters to the gym. Lifting again would either help me or disable me. It was a chance I had to take, things weren’t improving the way they were. Luckily, weight training made a difference. As I began to improve so did my outlook. I liked the way it felt to be back in the gym working out.

Since that time, I’ve been very consistent and dedicated for 4 years now. When I started lifting again, it was out of necessity and I really didn’t even consider competing again. I was concentrating on getting stronger and stronger but I was also getting fatter and fatter. In March of 1999 I was lifting more weight than I ever had and weighed 215. My body fat was at least 18-20%. Finally, I got tired of not being able to fit in any jeans except baggy jeans and my Dockers style pants for work were all getting extremely tight. That’s when I decided weightlifting alone wasn’t going to get it.

I checked out the Bodybuildingworld.com and began to consume all the information provided. I was totally amazed at the transformations that had taken place in the featured athletes. This was truly a motivator, reminding me of my former success with Beverly products. I started cutting out the breads and pastas and tried to limit fast foods. It took me from March until November to get down to 200 pounds and not be too embarrassed by my condition. After reaching this point I decided to visit the Nutrition Center.

By the end of my first visit I realized that although years had passed and my life had taken several turns, my desire to compete was still there. It was now or never so I jumped in with both feet. First, however, there were a few surprises in store for me that day. I thought my bodyfat was 10-12% but I could tell by the look on Roger’s face that my guess was way too low. Roger took my measurements and calculated my bodyfat at 14.5%. Ouch! That hurt! OK! So I needed some work. Then he asked what my goals were. To be honest I really didn’t know, except that I knew I wanted to get leaner. It was then that he suggested that I might want to compete again at the 2000 Northern. He said I had enough time if I started right then. I wanted to compete, but not at 150-155 lbs. again. My problem was that I was hung up on being big. I sensed that Roger wasn’t really sure about my commitment to this but he gave me my first diet and told me to come back in three weeks.

Three weeks later my weight was 195 pounds and my body fat was 12.5%. At this point I began using Super Pak, Ultra 40, Mass Aminos and Beverly International Creatine Monohydrate. My bodyfat dropped to 9.9% yet my lean mass was slightly higher than four weeks ago when I weighed ten pounds heavier. Every three weeks my weight was dropping 5 pounds and my bodyfat was going down about 2%. Look at the enclosed chart – in the first 9 weeks – I lost a total of 15 pounds fat, and even after accounting for the water weight that I lost initially, my lean mass stayed the same! Yes, it’s true their supplements work like no others.

Six weeks out from the contest my progress slowed a little. Roger made some minor changes to my diet (see my exact diet and supplement regime) and in two weeks my bodyfat dropped dramatically. He then added some calories back into my diet. This made me very happy. My bodyfat continued to drop and on March 7, I weighed 170 at 4.9% bodyfat. A remarkable change from November! Throughout this process I experienced no big drop in size or strength. In fact, most people at the gym still guessed that I weighed 200 or more. Of course this made me feel good about my progress. The final week I added Muscularity, Energy Reserve and started loading Creatine and Potassium. Not only did I look great, I felt great as well. No more baggy jeans or tight Dockers, I was looking lean and feeling it too.

I was set and ready to go, and then my life changed again. The Monday night before the show, was one of the worst days of my life and I almost decided not to compete. My oldest child, Jacob, (almost six years old) was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. This broke my heart and spirit. I had no desire to get on stage, but then I remembered something Jacob had said to me about a week before. He said he wanted to see his daddy up on stage beating the other competitors and winning. This is the only thing that kept me going through the final week. I needed for him to see his daddy’s hard work and discipline pay off, because the rest of his life he’s going to need the same commitment and drive. Hopefully through this Jacob will see that even if you don’t always win in life, you must always give it everything you have. I didn’t know if I was going to win for him or not, but I would try as hard as I could. I was in the best shape of my life. So even if I didn’t win, the process was a success.

bodybuilder Andy Fausz during competion
This year I competed nearly 15 pounds heavier than I had ten years ago

I don’t know what the future holds. My plans were to get Roger to set me up a program to pack on lean mass, not fat like I had become an expert in doing the past ten years, and competing again in the fall or spring. I don’t know at this point if I’ll ever compete again. But maybe by competing I can give Jacob some hope and encouragement. Part of me says to train and diet harder than I ever have to be as successful as I can for him, and the other part says workout to stay in decent shape and spend a lot of time with Jacob. That decision is yet to be made. But whatever life decides for me, I know that my hard work has paid off. My sincere thanks go out to everyone at Beverly International for all of the help the last few months. Their products and nutritional advice are the only reason I’m in the shape I am!

Editor ’s note: As it turned out, Andy was very successful in the 2000 Northern. He competed while his two sons, Jacob and Sean watched from the front row. They saw their dad take home first place in the Novice MiddleWeight (out of 10 competitors) and 2nd in the Open MiddleWeight.

Diet Supplments: Date: 11-12-99 to 2-3-00
Supplements: Super Pak with meal one 4 Ultra 40 per meal, Mass 4 per meal
Meal #1
2 whole eggs + 4 egg whites
4 oz. lean beef or turkey
½ cup oatmeal before cooking
1 tablespoon Walnuts
Meal #2
8 ounces lean turkey breast, tuna, or chicken
1 apple
Meal #3
10 oz. chicken (before cooking)
6 oz. sweet potato or 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1.5 cup vegetables (broccoli, etc.)
Meal #4
9-oz. Can of tuna, 6 strawberries
Meal #5
10 oz. sirloin steak (lean)
2 cups vegetables
1 tablespoon Walnuts
Meal #6
12 egg whites, 2 yolks or 6-oz turkey breast
1.5 cups omelet vegetables (tomato, green peppers, onions, etc.)
Date: 2-4-00 to 2-17-00
Supplements: Super Pak with meal one
6 Ultra 40 per meal, Mass 4 per meal
Meal #1
6 egg whites
4 oz. lean beef or turkey
½ cup oatmeal before cooking
1 tablespoon Walnuts
Meal #2
9 ounces can tuna or 6-oz. chicken
4 - 6 strawberries
Meal #3
8 oz. chicken (before cooking)
6 oz. sweet potato or 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1.5 cup vegetables (broccoli, etc.)
Meal #4
9-oz. Can of tuna, 6 strawberries
Meal #5
8 oz. sirloin steak (lean)
2 cups vegetables
1 tablespoon Walnuts
Meal #6
12 egg whites or 5-oz turkey breast
1.5 cups omelet vegetables (tomato, green peppers, onions, etc.)

Final Month Changes: to
After just two weeks on the above diet, Roger increased the turkey breast at Meal #1 to 6 oz. and added 4-oz turkey breast at Meal #6 to the 12 egg whites. This was my diet until the final week – no carb meals, no depletion or carb loading. I did add Muscularity and Energy Reserve to peak my condition the last ten days.

BODY COMPOSITION SHEET

Date:11/12/9912/23/9902/3/0003/6/00
Pec7421.75
subscapular181295.5
Tricep4n/a2.752.25
Suprailiac189.55.53.75
Abdominals20147.53.75
Quadricep12864
Sub Total7950.532.7521
Calf854.53
Kidney17.5128.55
Bicep321.51.75
Total107.569.547.2531
Bodyweight200190180170
% Bodyfat14.5%90.9%7%4.9%
Bodyfat (lbs)2918.812.78.36
Bodyfat Change−10.2 lbs−6.1 lbs−4.3 lbsn/a

My goal was to lose 20 lbs. of bodyfat over 18 weeks. Actual loss: 20.64 lbs. over first 17 weeks. There was only one major adjustment to my diet over the entire 18 weeks -after the 2/3 session.