Life in Bodybuilding & Medicine

An Uncommon Match

By: DeWayde C. Perry, M.D.,
2002 NPC Central States Middleweight Champion
Magazine 8 #4

Updated: 8 June 2018

5 Things I Like about Beverly:
  1. Prompt Service
  2. Courtesy
  3. Knowledge
  4. Taste
  5. No Compromise attitude about Quality

The old adage, “you get what you pay for” has never been truer than in the sports supplement industry.

I began bodybuilding February 1, 1995 in Nashville, Tennessee. I was in my final year of medical school and decided to use the entire month of February to prepare for part two of my licensing examination. While I was no stranger to the iron game, having lifted weights as a high school and college athlete, I had not entirely embraced the bodybuilding lifestyle. I wanted to make a change. I began by developing my own diet, though not fully understanding the importance of nutrient ratios and proper timing of meals. In those days, my meals consisted of tuna, white rice, vegetables, and fat-free fig bars. I ate three meals per day plus a couple low fat snacks like yogurt or licorice.

In July 1995, my life was forever changed when I began my residency training in general surgery. Residency training, especially the surgical specialties, is brutal. I averaged 80-110 work hours per week; countless times staying awake 36 continuous hours in the hospital. Though most operations in general surgery are less than four hours, there were scores of procedures that lasted six or more hours. My two longest cases during residency were twelve hours each. Though I could not control the length of an operation or some of the other aspects of residency training, I could control what I ate and how often I exercised.

Twisting bicep pose Dr Perry
Posing is an important aspect of contest preparation. Although it was my first competition, I was determined to not to look like a beginner on stage.

From day one of residency, I brought my home-cooked food to the hospital. I would bring enough food for two days if I was on-call a particular night (I was on-call, in the hospital, every three to four days). No matter how long the day had been or how many operations I had performed, if it was a training day, I went to the gym. Sometimes, I would be so tired, I would fall asleep between sets. After getting home from the gym, I would read a few pages from my surgical textbooks then cook my meals for the following day(s). I did this routine for all seven years of my surgical training. Many people have asked how I managed to consistently go to the gym while being in a demanding surgical residency. It did not happen without discipline and sacrifice. When at home, I would usually sleep four to five hours per night, often times less.

As one would imagine, I was an enigma to my surgical colleagues. I was the subject of many light-hearted jokes, such as “Dr. Perry is going to need a heavier scalpel so he can do scalpel curls in the operating room”. Everyone knew whose blender sat in the corner of the on-call quarters. Even so, I was able to use my knowledge of medicine and bodybuilding to advise colleagues and patients alike regarding proper nutrition and exercise. Serving as a role model to patients who “talks the talk and walks the walk” has always been a motivating factor in my bodybuilding journey.

In the gym, I was asked numerous times if I was a competitive bodybuilder. In my early days of residency, I had no desire to compete. In fact, I did not even want to be called a “bodybuilder” because of the associated stereotypes. I have since grown to embrace and take pride in the title “bodybuilder”. As residency training progressed, my knowledge of nutrition and training grew by leaps and bounds. In 2002, my final year of surgical residency, I began to seriously think about entering a competition.

This was my Nutrition and Supplement Plan:

Athlete Dewayde Perry M.D. Middleweight Champion
“I originally went with Beverly because of their history of excellent results with natural athletes.”
Dewayde Perry, M.D.
Meal 1
3 scoops Ultra Size
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 C blueberries
Meal 2-4
(combined everything togetherand ate every 3 hours)
24 oz. chicken or turkey breast
1 C cooked rice 8 oz. yam
2 C vegetables
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 5-6
(combined everything together
and ate every 3 hours
16 oz. chicken or other lean meat
2 cups vegetables
1 tablespoon Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 7-training days only
8 egg whites
6 oz. chicken breast
1 cup omelet vegetables


  • 1 Super Pak w/ meal 3 (meal prior to training)
  • 4 Mass & 6 Ultra 40 per meal
  • 2 Advanced Antioxidants after training 8 Muscle Synergy, 30 minutes before meal 1 and 30 minutes before training

I had known of Beverly International since my first visit to the Arnold Classic in March 1998. I visited their booth and had a lengthy conversation with Jeremiah Forster. I had a bodyfat analysis performed and after returning home to Detroit, I received a personalized diet in the mail. I was shocked at what I read. Some of the meals consisted of heavy cream and other items that were counter to my knowledge of sports nutrition at the time. I believed in a high protein, ultra-low fat diet. Needless to say, I did not follow the diet.

Each year I returned to the Arnold Classic, I would visit the Beverly booth and speak with several representatives. I discovered their website and began reading the stories of successful Beverly athletes. In the spring of 2001, while preparing for a photo essay for Muscle and Fitness magazine, I bought my first container of Ultra Size. I continued to sporadically use Beverly protein powders until early spring, 2002. My residency training was nearing its final stages and I was getting tired of telling people, No, I don’t compete, but I train as if I do’. After some thought, I decided to enter my first competition. I set my sights on the 2002 NPC Central States bodybuilding championships, which were to be held September 21, 2002. Not only is this an historically large and competitive event, it is a non-tested national qualifier. As someone who likes to set high goals, I thought the athletes at the Central States would be a formidable challenge for my first contest. I realized I was going to have to begin my prep while still in residency, not an easy task.

I began my contest prep twenty weeks out on May 11, 2002. My weight was 203 at 9.8 percent bodyfat. At the time, I was serving on the trauma service at one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the United States. This required staying awake thirty plus hours in the hospital and operating on patients throughout the day and night. I was in the hospital seven days per week. As mentioned earlier, I would bring all my food to the hospital and store it in a refrigerator. I tried to eat every three hours, which sometimes meant running to my call room between operations to scarf down a meal or drinking a shake while making rounds on patients.

I was able to visit Beverly headquarters on July 13, which was nine weeks out from the contest. It was a privilege to meet Jeremiah (my nutritionist), Roger, Rita and several other Beverly consultants. My weight had dipped to 191 and my bodyfat plummeted to 6.1 percent. I was still performing well in the gym and had not begun to feel any ill effects from dieting. Prior to my first visit to Beverly, I had been using a low volume training method consisting of five to seven sets of four to six reps per set per muscle group. Weight selection was as heavy as possible. Roger suggested increasing my training volume and from that point I started German Volume Training, which consisted of ten sets of ten reps per muscle group. I also began a 4-on, 1-off training schedule. I am a big believer in cardiovascular health and I chose HIIT for my aerobic conditioning three days per week.

During the visit, Jeremiah felt it was time to institute Phase II of my diet and supplement plan. (See margin of next page.)

Another important aspect of contest preparation is posing. At twelve weeks out, I started using David Payne’s posing practice routine as outlined in a previous issue of NNN. I promised myself that although it was my first competition, I was not going to appear as such. I also had the music to my posing routine professionally mixed and prepared at ten weeks out. Posing is not easy. Done correctly, it can greatly enhance one’s conditioning and overall presence.

Dr. DeWayde Perry Side Chest Pose
On stage I could hear people in the audience calling out my number. What a feeling!

Here’s My Phase II Plan:

Meal with Supplements list below
Meal 1
6 oz. chicken breast
4 egg whites, 2 whole eggs
1 grapefruit
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 2
2 scoops Muscle Provider,
1 scoop 100% Egg, 2 TBS heavy cream,
4 strawberries, 18 oz. water
8 oz. chicken breast
3 egg whites, 1 whole egg
1 tomato or ½ grapefruit
Meal 3
8 oz. chicken breast
2 C green beans
2 TBS Newman’s Own Oil and
Vinegar Dressing
Meal 4
Same as meal 2
Meal 5 10 oz. chicken breast
2 C vegetables
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 6
10 oz. chicken breast
2 C vegetables
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 7
(Monday and Thursday only. No supps. with this meal) 1.5 C oatmeal (precooked)
10 oz. sweet potato
6 oz. banana
1 C vegetables
1 TBS butter

Here’s My Phase III Plan:

Final Plan up to the contest
Meal 1 ½ C oatmeal (before cooking)
6 oz. turkey breast
6 egg whites
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 2
2 scoops Muscle Provider,
1 scoop 100% Egg, 18 oz. water
8 oz. turkey breast, 3 egg whites
1 tomato or ½ grapefruit
Meal 3
10 oz. tilapia fish
2 C asparagus or spinach
4 oz. sweet potato
Meal 4
Same as Meal 2
Meal 5
8 oz. turkey breast, 2 C vegetables
1 TBS Udo’s Choice oil blend
Meal 6
12 oz. tilapia, 2 C spinach
Meal 7
(Monday in place of 6th meal.
Thursday as added 7th meal.
No supps with this meal.
Eliminated the 7th meal at 2 weeks out)1.5 C oatmeal (precooked)
10 oz. sweet potato,
6 oz. banana
1 C vegetables,
1 TBS butter

At two week out, Mondays and Fridays were reduced to five meals.
The 5th meal was fish and spinach.

After our class exited the stage, I received numerous compliments and predictions from spectators and competitors alike. I began to think about competing for the overall title. My first meal after prejudging was 8 oz chicken and 6 oz sweet potato at 2:15pm. I had a second meal of 8 oz chicken with 6 oz sweet potato at 4:30pm. At 6:30pm, I started eating Ultra Size, peanut butter, and honey goo every 30 minutes until I went back on stage for my evening posing routine. The eight middleweights were called back to the stage again for awards. Fifth place, fourth place, third place, and second place were all announced, but my number had not been called.

Dr. Dewayde Perry M.D. NPC Central States Champion
Finally and in first place, competitor 42, DeWayde Perry’. Needless to say, I was overjoyed, but I knew I needed to make a strategy for the overall.

I did not have much time to relax before it was time to pump up for the showdown. All class winners went back on stage for comparisons. We went straight to the mandatory poses. When it was time for the posedown, I positioned myself in front of the head judge and gave it my all, hitting my best poses. In the end, the overall went to the super-heavyweight, but it was a marvelous ending to a day I will never forget. John Donne (1573-1631) once scribed, ”No man is an island, entire of itself". Without the help and sacrifice of many individuals, September 21, 2002 would not have been possible. I need to first thank God for His abundant blessings and giving me the mind and body to pursue my two passions- medicine and bodybuilding.

A special thank you to Jeremiah Forster who put the entire nutrition and supplement plan together from day one. He endured countless questions from this first time competitor, but was always patient and encouraging in his answers. Thanks to Roger, Sandy, and the entire Beverly family for your support and encouragement. Your supplements and client support are unparalleled. Beverly International is truly a company without rival. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends who came to the competition to show their support. I cannot thank you enough.

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An old saying reminds us, If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it. If I can be of service, feel free to contact me at [email protected]