T’s in­cred­i­bly rare to, in just one year, earn your IFBB pro card by be­com­ing the NPC Ju­nior Na­tion­als Men’s Physique over­all win­ner, take sec­ond at your pro de­but (the IFBB Europa Dal­las ro) and earn your lympia qual­i­fi­ca­tion at your sec­ond pro con­test.

Muscle & Performance - - Contents - By Jill Schild­house

What has been your big­gest les­son as a men’s physique com­peti­tor?

At first, I was fo­cused on the out­side — based on what I saw in mag­a­zines — and just en­joyed com­pet­ing. Then it turned into a life­style. Your body is a ma­chine and it will re­spond based on how you treat it. For in­stance, if you don’t pay at­ten­tion to what works and why, it’ll al­ways be a guess­ing game on how to at­tain your goals. You have to track and mod­ify your sup­ple­ments, diet and work­out. Also, your body thrives on mod­er­a­tion. If you go crazy binge­ing af­ter a show or in the off­sea­son, you’ll dam­age your body and it takes so much longer to bounce back.

Do you have any tips for stay­ing on track?

For me, it’s far eas­ier to just be ba­sic. I’ll cook five pounds of turkey — half in one sea­son­ing and half in an­other — and eat it for two days. I want things to taste good, so I fo­cus on bold fla­vors, hot sauce, adding some av­o­cado. If I make chicken, I take care not to over­cook it be­cause then eat­ing be­comes a chore. I in­clude what­ever fits into my macro bud­get so I have the most sat­is­fac­tion at meal­time.

When it comes to your work­outs, what are you fo­cus­ing on in the gym these days?

I’m fo­cused on what feels right. If a body­part is sore or tweaked, I avoid move­ments that fur­ther com­pro­mise it. I’m also pay­ing at­ten­tion to proper tech­nique and get­ting back to ba­sics while stay­ing at about 70 per­cent max weight — mak­ing sure each lift is proper, my pos­ture is good, one mus­cle group isn’t over­com­pen­sat­ing for an­other. My sup­ple­ments, like Dy­ma­tize ISO100 Clear, re­ally fuel my work­outs, which helps keep me mov­ing closer to my goals. This RTD is per­fect for my on-the-go life­style, es­pe­cially when I don’t have a shaker handy. I usu­ally drink half of it be­fore my work­out and the other half af­ter be­cause it has 40 grams of 100 per­cent whey pro­tein iso­late and 10.2 grams of branched­chain amino acids for re­cov­ery.

What ad­vice do you give your clients when they need some mo­ti­va­tion?

If you don’t do the work, some­one else will. When they see some­one else in the gym and won­der why they don’t look like that, I tell them they can­not com­plain about some­thing they haven’t worked for. Work­ing hard ev­ery day not only makes you a bet­ter com­peti­tor, it makes you a bet­ter per­son within.

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