I achieved a lifetime bodybuilding goal in just three years! A WNBF Pro Card! It seems like just yesterday that I hooked up with Roger and Sandy Riedinger for the first time. My first appointment with Sandy was August 7, 1997. I had just finished a Body Transformation contest but was nowhere near the condition I had expected. (I did win an EAS jacket, so I wasn’t too bad.) But the changes that have happened since are phenomenal!
It’s been a lot of fun these past three years watching my body go through a "metamorphosis" of sorts while winning a few competitions along the way. My first competition, the 1997 NPC Tri-State Novice, saw me weigh-in in the mid 160’s. After just two months with Beverly International I’d already made enough improvements to win the Overall title. Now, three years later I compete in the mid 180’s as a light heavyweight. So over the three years with Beverly I’ve increased my competition weight by 20 lbs! In this article I’ll let you in on my diet and training methods I utilized in preparation for the drug free 2000 NANBF USA.
I set my site on the NANBF USA just a little over a year ago. I saw that the overall winner would receive WNBF Drug Free Pro status. So I trained regularly, and continued to experiment with different diet and Beverly International supplement combinations throughout the off season. My goal was to improve my shoulder width and thigh sweep while increasing my competitive weight from 181 to 186.
Jeff Williamson, our newest Beverly drug free pro!
I started my precontest diet and training with a visit to Beverly International 12 weeks out from the USA. I weighed in at 207 at 11.7%. As usual I gave Roger and Sandy another challenge. I’d have to lose about 20 lbs., retain or add to my lean mass, and come into the USA in the best shape of my life. We did some innovative things – training, diet and for me a first cardio wise! Here’s what we did!
For the USA I trained three times a day. My workouts lasted about 30 minutes a session. I trained 100% of the time at home by myself. In my first workout of the day I always trained a major body part. The second workout consisted of cardio on the stationary bike for about 30 minutes. The third workout of the day was reserved for smaller body parts.
My split looked like this
Day 1- A.M./Back, 12:00/Bike, P.M./ Shoulders
Day 2 - A.M./Quads, 12:00/Bike, P.M./Off
Day 3- A.M./Chest, 12:00/Bike, P.M./Traps & Triceps
Day 4- A.M./Biceps, 12:00/Bike, P.M./Hamstrings & Calves
Wednesday was always my day off – School night.
Abs were trained every other day.
Posing was performed throughout and after each training session Total training time per session varied from 30 – 45 minutes.
The idea I had behind this type of training was:
I was able to stay fresh and focused for each body part
Able to train each body part more intense
Trained more often yet with shorter periods which did not overtrain my nervous system.
Burned more fat with more workouts even though they were shorter in duration
I trained in the A.M. on an empty stomach in order to get all the benefits from the Muscle Mass and GH Factor.
GH Factor along with frequent short training sessions optimized my natural testosterone and growth hormone levels.
6:00 A.M. Chest
Incline Dumbbell Press
5 sets x 8-10 reps
Decline Dumbbell Fly's
3 sets x 15-20 reps
Flat dumbbell press
3 sets 10-12 reps
*weight; as heavy as I could lift for the prescribed number
** Even though my first workout of the day was done on an
empty stomach, with the GH Factor and Muscle Mass I
always got an incredible pump
12:00 - Bike 30 minutes/ Abs
Dumbbell shrugs 6 sets x 10-15 reps
Push downs 3 sets 15-20 reps.
Rack lockouts- heavy press from the top of my head to
lock out (I started doing these because of some
shoulder problems) -3 sets x 6 to 10 reps.
Lying DB triceps extensions performed across my
body – 3 sets 10 – 15 reps.
I started my diet at twelve weeks out. Roger changed my competition diet around a few times within the 12 weeks. About eight weeks out we landed on a great diet. Roger had me dialed in just right for the USA. With all the food I was able to consume, the diet seemed to be a lot easier this time around. One thing that I really looked forward to was the little secret Steven Wade gave me – on the high carb days sprinkle a little Muscle Provider on the sweet potato with a little butter – man is this GOOD!
I rotated three different diets with varying calories, carbs and fat content.
High Calorie and Carb Load
Monday and Thursday: Meal #1 8 oz. 93% lean beef, chicken breast or turkey breast 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg 1 grapefruit
Meal #2 Protein Drink: 3 scoops Ultra Size, 2 TBS Heavy Cream, 18–oz water Or: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Beverly International Muscle Provider, 1 scoop 100% Egg Protein, 2 TBS Heavy Whipping Cream, 4 strawberries, 12 oz water Or: 9 oz can tuna or 8 oz Chicken breast, 3 egg whites, 1 yolk, 1 tomato
Meal #3 8 ounces chicken (weighed prior to cooking) 4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.) or 2 cups green beans 2 TBL Cider Vinegar and 1 TBS Sunflower Oil (or other vegetable oil) for a dressing
Meal #4 Protein Drink: 3 scoops Ultra Size, 2 TBS Heavy Cream, 18-oz water Or: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Beverly International Muscle Provider, 1 scoop 100% Egg Protein, 2 TBS Whipping Cream, 1 TBS Flax Oil, 4 strawberries, 12 oz water Or 9 oz can tuna or 8 oz Chicken breast, 3 egg whites, 1 yolk, 1 tomato
Meal #5 10 oz chicken breast, turkey breast or very lean beef (filet would be ideal) 2 cups green leafy vegetables or salad ((asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach or zucchini)
Meal #6 Ultra Size Crepes Monday In place of my normal sixth meal and Thursday as a 7th meal: 1.5 cups oatmeal (precooked) or cooked rice, 10 oz. sweet potato (with Muscle Provider and butter), 6 oz. banana, 1 cup vegetables
Meal #1 8 oz. 93% lean beef, chicken breast or turkey breast (not other turkey products) 3 egg whites, 1 yolk 1 grapefruit
Meal #2 Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 1 scoop Egg Protein, 2 TBS Heavy Cream, 1 TBS Flax Oil, 4 strawberries, 12 oz water Or: 9 oz can tuna or 8 oz Chicken breast, 3 egg whites, 1 tomato
Meal #3 8 ounces chicken (weighed prior to cooking) 4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.) or 2 cups green beans 2 TBL Cider Vinegar and 1 TBS Sunflower Oil(or other vegetable oil) for a dressing
Meal #4 9 oz can tuna or 8-oz chicken breast, 3 egg whites, 1 tomatoOr: Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 2 TBS Whipping Cream, 1 TBS Flax Oil, 4 strawberries, 12 oz water
Meal #5 10 oz chicken breast, turkey breast or very lean beef 2 cups green leafy vegetables or salad
Low Fat / Low Carbs
Tuesday & Friday
Meal #1 5 oz. turkey breast 5 egg whites, 1 yolk 1/2 grapefruit or 4 large strawberries
Meal #2 Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 2 TBS Whipping Cream, 4 strawberries, 12-oz water Or: 6 oz Tuna, 3 egg whites, 1 TBS Flax, 1 tomato or ½ cup vegetables
Meal #3 6 ounces chicken (weighed prior to cooking) 4 cups salad (lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, green peppers, etc.) 2 TBL Cider Vinegar and 1 TBS Sunflower Oil (or other vegetable oil) for a dressing
Meal #4 6 oz can tuna or 5-oz. chicken 3 egg whites 1 tomato or ½ cup vegetables Meal #5 Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 2 TBS Whipping Cream, 4 strawberries, 12-oz water Or: 6 oz Tuna, 3 egg whites, 1 TBS Flax, 1 tomato or ½ cup vegetables
Meal #6 6 ounces lean meat (chicken, fish, filet mignon or Laura’s Lean Beef) or 8 oz CodFish 1.5 cups vegetables
Regarding Training and Supplements:
A few things concerning my training and supplementation that had changed from my previous competition:
At 6 weeks out, I began to train three times a day, YES three times. Workout #1 @ 5:30 A.M. – main workout, Workout #2 @12:00 P.M. – aerobics, Workout #3 @ 8:30 P.M.– smaller body part. Another big difference was taking 20 to 30 Muscle Mass before my first training session. The Muscle Mass and the GH Factor taken in the morning helped me sustain my morning workouts. As a matter of fact, I actually got awesome workouts right up to contest time. In my A.M. workouts I always felt extremely strong and got fantastic pumps. Another new supplement I used during this time was Beverly ZMA. I also used a supplement called "Joint Care", I was having flare ups with tendonitis in my elbow as well as some shoulder problems but after a few weeks of using Joint Care, I was back at 100 percent intensity! I think being able to train with 100 percent intensity coupled with the ZMA and Muscle Mass, I was able to keep more muscle during the precontest cycle. The fact is I would not have been able to train at the level I needed to without the Joint Care.
The Ultra Size Crepes on Monday and Thursday evenings REALLY helped me with my diet. These crepes seemed to keep my craving for sweets down. Here’s the recipe I used: 5 egg whites, 1 yolk, 3 scoops Ultra Size and just a little water for consistency. Cook just like a pancake. This recipe makes about 6 crepes and is awesome for cravings.
Another use I found for Ultra size was pre show. I ate Ultra Size all day long the day of the USA. I put the Ultra size in a bowl and put a small amount of water with it. After mixing it up, with a spoon, it looked like ice cream. It was so funny, people saw me eating this concoction and thought it was actually ice cream (NOT THAT EATING ICE CREAM BEFORE A SHOW IS BENEATH ME – IT'S NOT!), but Roger told me to stick to the basics for this competition.
I started the diet at just 12 weeks out from the USA but still had to qualify before that date. I chose the Great Lakes Super Natural held two weeks before the USA. I went into the competition, knowing I was not in top shape, but my goal was just to qualify for the Natural USA. But, due to the muscle quality I had attained from three straight years of Beverly supplements and diets I was able to not only qualify but win the overall! I can’t figure why anybody uses lower grade supplements in the off season and then switches to Beverly for the last few weeks before a show. For me it’s Beverly year round.
The following week I decided to compete at the NPC Governor’s Cup the Thursday before the show. At this point I knew I was not yet in the shape I needed to be to win the USA. However I thought doing the show would be the best thing I could do to get harder and better conditioned for the following week. I didn’t do anything different in terms of workouts, diet or water manipulation for the Governor’s Cup because I didn’t want to screw up anything for the following week’s USA. In fact, I did a back workout in the morning before prejudging.
I was keeping everything on track for my ultimate goal – to peak for the USA. I was fortunate enough to win an extremely tough light heavyweight class (14 excellent competitors), but lost the overall to another Beverly pupil, Delbert Hickman. I’d met Delbert at the Beverly International Pre Contest Seminar three weeks earlier. He evidently listened to everything that was said because he came in to the Governor’s Cup as sharp as glass and deserved the overall win.
Finally, the weekend I’d been waiting for rolled around. The Natural USA was held in Dubuque Iowa, on Saturday, October 21. I felt like I’d peaked perfectly. I took the stage in the light heavy division and was elated when I was named winner of my class.
Then came the posedown. I hit my mandatories with precision and crispness, just as Roger and Sandy had drilled me. After the free posing it was time to call out the OVERALL CHAMPION. As anyone who has won a show knows, the feeling of your name being called out as the winner is incredible! That night in Iowa before a huge audience I heard, ‘and the 2000 Overall Natural Mr. USA and newest WNBF Pro ’ Jeff Williamson!
Post script: California Dreamin!
Out of the blue, my phone rang one day in mid December! It was Sandy from Beverly, offering me a chance that I’d only dared to dream. She asked if I could fly out to California and represent Beverly International on Jeff Everson’s Planet Muscle TV show (Thursday mornings on E channel.)
Well, needless to say, the trip to California was awesome! Debby Zutant, another Beverly client and I arrived in California late Saturday evening. The first thing we did was EAT, but then we went to 24–Hour Fitness – at 2:00 A.M. to train. Debby thought we should burn off a few calories before our big shoot for Planet Muscle!
Planet Muscle is an American bodybuilding and fitness magazine, established by Jeff Everson in 2002. It also has a German website. It is ranked as amongst the top bodybuilding magazines.
Sunday, we went sight seeing and then came Monday morning and a trip to Jeff Everson’s house in Woodland Hills. Jeff's house was incredible! He has the outside set up like a little tropical island with birds, fish, a gym and seven dogs. We did all of the filming for the Planet Muscle show right there at his house.
What did I do’
I worked out while the cameras rolled, shooting eight shows all in one day.
Jeff interviewed me about Beverly supplements. Jeff told me he has always regarded Beverly as one of the top companies in the industry and was happy to finally be able to give them a little of the publicity they so richly deserved.
Off camera interview – questions primarily about myself.
I did some posing for the camera.
They took some still pictures with me working out with the Power Blocks and Ivanco dumbbells
We taped material for eight shows, but our segments will only be a small portion of each of the eight shows.
Debbie did basically the same thing as I did. They were especially interested in her physical transformation. (In fact they’ve featured Debbie’s interview in the current issue of Planet Muscle Magazine.)
I stayed a couple of extra days and was able to go down to Venice Beach and work out at Gold’s Gym. I met Andy Lambert, the manager of Gold’s, and he let me workout – FREE – when I mentioned I was out there for Roger and Sandy and Beverly International. It turned out that Andy, too is a huge fan of Beverly International Supplements. Training at Gold’s was a pretty neat experience.
All good things must come to an end. Wednesday arrived and it was time to head back to Indiana. I could barely contain my excitement to get back home and tell my family and friends about my California experience. But my plans to get home that day came to a screeching halt. I left sunny California and just 3 hours later found myself in a run down hotel for the night – snow bound in Chicago. I finally made it back home Thursday.
And Speaking of Home
Yes! Even though I’m an avid bodybuilder, I do have a personal life. One I enjoy tremendously. Linda, my wife, and I have 6 children Brittany 13, Krista 11, Chassi & Alice 10, Seth 3, and Brett 2. Here’s how I work around family and work schedules to train up to three times per day. The morning workout’s a piece of cake; I just get up and go straight to the garage while the kids are still in bed. The noon workout is also pretty easy to fit in to my schedule. My work is only about 1 mile from my house and I’m able to go home during my lunch period and jump on the bike for a 1/2–hour. But the third workout is the tough one! I usually start to train about the time the kids start settling down for bed. However they often come downstairs with me and ‘help’ me train. The little ones like to play while the older ones like to crank up the tunes and dance around while I train.
Career–wise, I recently went from engineering to a technical support specialist position. I attend school one night a week. I’m enrolled in an accelerated full time program working toward a bachelors in Business Information Systems this summer. I already have an engineering degree, but for whatever reason, I decided to go back to school and get another degree that focuses on business as well as all the technical stuff.
I always take Wednesday off from training due to school and usually spend Saturday and / or Sunday doing homework.
I have many roles: Dad, husband, student, technical support specialist, personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder. These keep me going all the time. So when it comes to bodybuilding, I don’t have time to make mistakes. That is why I rely on Beverly International. They are tried and true and always keep me going in the right direction.
I have recently built a garage specifically for my training and possibly to expand my personal training. I have all of my equipment in the garage at this time, however I have a few things on the inside to finish up before it is complete. I also plan on putting a small inventory of Beverly Products in the workout area. Since I work with Beverly as a private distributor I want to have the products on hand for my clients’ convenience.
The people that I have personally worked with and that have taken Beverly products are absolutely hooked! I have encountered numerous people that say they will never take any other product. It is because they trust Beverly! The quality is uncompromised, period! People such as myself, Jeremiah Foster, Steven Wade, Rita Kaya, and the list goes on are for REAL! We all take the products and we take them because they work! When you want the BEST results to achieve your goals; you NEED great products to make you the best you can be.
There is a loyalty among the Beverly people that is unmatched anywhere in the industry. I can say this with absolute certainty, the people that are saying good things about Beverly are sincere and are real and not getting paid to do so!
I don’t take any of my success for granted. I realize there are other bodybuilders out there that I have beaten that are potentially better than me, however what sets me apart from them is – I not only have the determination, but with Beverly I have both the knowledge and determination to win! What I mean by this is simply, some people have the desire and will power to achieve success but do not have the KNOW HOW or proper tools (diet and right supplements.) That is why I have stayed with Beverly International! The people there know what it takes to reach one’s own potential. When a person has the know how and adds determination to the formula, it gives both variables a synergistic effect– unlocking your full potential.
Once on board the Beverly bus, you will not want to get off. I personally can not stand to think of all the money I wasted in the past on crap supplements. And to be honest with you when I first heard of Beverly I thought they were just like everyone else. Little did I know when I took a chance on them; that I’d go from a want-to-be ‘Transformation Contest Entrant’ to the NANBF USA Champion and WNBF Pro in three years. So when I tell you Beverly is for real, I mean it.