How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I always played sports in high school and college, as well as some semi-pro ball. After playing ball I still had a passion to compete and loved working out. My ex at the time pushed me into the fitness field. She thought I would be a good personal trainer and had a good look to get into the fitness modeling field. I took her advise and things have worked out Great!!
What are 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
Competing in diverse athletic events such as endurance races and boxing makes it easier for me to stay motivated. As an athlete you train everyday to become stronger and faster. I adopt that mentality for motivation. I get motivated by seeing how in shape some of these pro athletes are in the fitness industry and this drives me too. I’m always trying to work hard to get to that level.
I feel like there’s always work to be done. Don’t get me wrong I do feel good about what I’ve achieved, but can always improve on something.
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentage look like?
That’s a good question. First let me say to accomplish a good physique, all are very important. Regardless of the amount of weight training you do or rest you get. Without a good diet you won’t see much results and wouldn’t reach your goals. With a good diet and weak weight training program and limited rest you probably will see some results, but will fall short on your goals. Lack of proper rest will give you results, but most likely your gains will stop because of injury or body will stop changing because its all beat up. So I would say 75-80 percent diet/20 percent training/10 percent rest.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What are your current top supplements?
Supplements are very important. When working out our bodies need a lot of vitamins, minerals etc. It’s difficult to get that from your food on a daily basis. I take Armor-V by MusclePharm for my Vitamins. My pre-workout is NO-Xhaust from BigRigSupplements which is the company I’m a sponsored athlete for. For recovery I take BodyMortor for my BCAA’s. People are probably saying how about the protein powder? I get a bad after taste pretty much from all protein powders. I’ve tried them all. I think it’s just me. So I get my protein from food. If I know I’m not able to get in protein from food within 45 min from my workout. I’ll buy a ready made protein shake by Muscle Milk or a protein bar. The people from 911strong.com is where I get most of my supps. Aram Choe and his staff are very knowledgeable and have awesome customer service.
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
Currently my training is a little different than my usual training. I’m following more of a boxing type workout.
- Monday – chest / triceps (20 min HITT/10 min stairwell/15 min jump rope)
- Tuesday – off
- Wednesday – legs/abs = (3 mile run/10 min cross trainer/45 min boxing routine/10 min stretching)
- Thursday – back/biceps = (10 min jump rope/4 mile run/ 15 min stairmill/10 min bike/10 min stretching)
- Friday – shoulders/abs = (20 min HITT/3 mile run/60 min boxing routine/10 min stretching)
- Saturday – light legs/abs = (bike 20 min/15 min shadow boxing/3 mile run/15 min jump rope)
- Sunday – 60 min boxing routine/3.5 mile run/20 min jump rope/15 min cross trainer
*All weight training is 20-30 sec rest max. This workout helps with my endurance.
If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com), what do you thing you would rate?
About 8.5. Need some more peak in the bicep to get to that 9.
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
My family and friends are very supportive. They understand the time and dedication needed while training. It’s important because while training you can’t make every event or party. They don’t play a guilt trip on you. That helps a lot for me. I know others that go through the guilt trip a lot. Another great support from friends and family is food. They make a few healthy dishes when I’m coming for a party or event. That makes it easier for me cause I don’t have to go way off my diet or not eat. The good thing is that others get the healthy food too so it’s a win-win situation.
Can you give a brief summary of your competition history?
- 2012 – Spartan Race (Top 5 percent finisher)
- 2011 – Warrior Dash (Top 3 percent finisher)
- 2010 – 1/2 Marathon (Top 5 percent)
- 2010 – Mr. Fitness (2nd place)
- 2009 – World Physique Winner
- 2007 – Male fitness model Search 3rd place
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 Years?
Doing the same thing. Training myself and clients hard. Having as much fun as I am now training. I may be in the ring boxing within that time frame you never know.
What are some of the best projects you have done in the fitness modeling field?
- Did a segment on Tyra Banks show a few years back on who should say love first men or women. It was giving the perspective of a male personal trainer on this topic.
- My body entire body except my head was sculpted for the Hall Fame structure for the great Walter Payton. It’s in the Hall Fame in Canton Ohio.
- Did An ESPN Up front event for advertisers. Played a professional Baseball player. Was a great project because got to hang with the best athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.
- One of my first projects was being in the issue of Fitness RX a few years back.
What type of music you listen to while working out?
For weight training it’s only Hip-hop (Biggie/Wu-Tang/ Jay-Z/ Dip Set/ Mobb Deep). Anything with a hard beat and tough lyrics gets me in that intense mood.
Cardio it’s a mix of Hip-hop/reggae/house/old school reggaeton.
What is the best type of cardio for me?
I mix it up. Some days it’s HIIT other days it’s 40-45 minutes. I run sometimes. Bike sometimes. Use the stepper, deadmill. Always changing my cardio routine. But my bread and butter is HIIT. Get results fast and gets me out of the gym faster lol.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
What is the one statement you hate hearing the most?
The most misunderstood statement I hear on a regular basis is from women. I don’t want to lift weights because I will get big and muscular. So untrue. I wish it was that easy and all us guys would be walking around jacked up!!
The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words or advise for our readers?
I feel honored and appreciate the opportunity to do this interview with you guys. Your site is the real deal and a helpful tool for all people. One thing I know. Don’t put limits on your body and getting in shape. You can change and take it as far as you want. A few years a ago if you asked me I could run a 13 mile marathon. I would answer hell no I can just run 2 miles without dying. I trained for 4 months and had a great finishing time.