How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I’ve been into fitness since I was a kid, but I got started in the fitness industry by working at Bally Total Fitness in Schaumburg, IL. What got me started on the competition path was I bumped into a friend that I’d hadn’t seen in a few years. I was always bigger than him, but now he was almost twice my size. I asked what the heck he was doing, and he told me had gotten into bodybuilding and competing. That really motivated me because now I could see up close and personal that being able to compete was a real possibility. That also opened me up to the world of Natural Bodybuilding. I didn’t actually compete until some years down the road, but once I did I was hooked!
Who are your favorite bodybuilders of all time?
My all time favorites are Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, Lenda Murray, and my good friend (and former coach) Jennifer Abrams.
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
For one, I understand there are some great physiques out there. There will always be people that are bigger, stronger, faster, more cut, etc. That is a carrot that I constantly dangle in front of myself to keep reaching for. So on those days that I don’t feel like training, I think about that, and that gets me going. I also like to watch a lot of videos online of people training, getting down and dirty doing whatever training they love to do. That’s extremely motivating also.
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like. And why? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)
For me personally, I’d have to say diet 60%, training 20%, and rest 20%. That seems to work best for me as far as making the best progress and having the energy to do so.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I think supplements are highly useful when used correctly. They can help you to reach your goals that much faster, and more efficiently.
I use supplements all the time. Being naturally skinny (Ectomorph), I find them to be very effective in helping me to reach my goals. I’m always looking to either add muscle, or maintain what I have. My wife and I have seven kids so I wouldn’t have the time, budget, or the appetite to fix or eat all of the food necessary to accomplish the goals I’ve set for myself. So if anyone out there wants to sponsor me, hit me up!! My current top supplement is naNO Vapor by Muscletech. My strength gains have been off the chain!
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
I change up my routine constantly. Right now it’s weights 3 days per week. I’ll do my whole upper body on 2 of those days, and legs on one. My trainging is pretty much old school. Barbells, dumbells, machines, nothing too out of the ordinary. Heavy to moderate weight. Now, for cardio, I have to keep it interesting or it won’t get done. I rely on everything from Insanity Asylum (DVD), to wind sprints, intervals on the treadmill, martial arts training, etc. Anything to break up the monotany of steady state cardio.
If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com/) right now, what do you think you would rate?
Ha! Good question. I have no idea, but I hope they’ll be nice. I don’t have the biggest arms in the world, but I’d say they’re better than average.
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
They’ve all been very supportive and encouraging. They know this is one of my passions since I was a kid. Either way I’ll continue to train until I’m too old to do it!
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
The Grand Prix Natural (2007 and 2008) The NPC Mid-States Muscle Classic also 2008.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
Well, I am an aspiring actor, so hopefully acting in television and feature films.
What is your all time favorite workout song?
I have tons, but my favorite workout song would have to be ‘What’s My Name’ by DMX.
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder?
My favorite current bodybuilder is Kai Greene. I like the fact that his approach to the game is very unique. He always has a great presentation too.
One of the best posers on the planet. Period.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is actually a Bible verse from Phil 4: 13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Fried catfish or perch with french fries. Cheesecake for dessert.
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?
First of all, thank you for contacting me. I greatly appreciate it. To all the readers out there, thank you for taking the time to peek at a glimpse of my life. Also, set goals, create a plan for them, and GET AFTER IT! God bless.