Weight: 245 lbs
How did you get started with bodybuilding?
I started lifting weights after my boxing career ended. I was trying to put on size for football. Once I was done with football, I just continued to lift and compete. It has become much like brushing my teeth. It is a daily habit that I don’t feel right unless I put some effort forth physically. I had ADD as a child and physical activity was my release.
It has become much like brushing my teeth.
Where does your motivation come from?
The number one thing that keeps me going is the fear of being average. I never wanted to be a part of the status quo. I always felt that I had a different path, a different purpose. From a very early age, my Mom used to instil values like work ethic, honesty and integrity into my sister and myself. My father was a very hard working man from Scotland. There wasn’t much coddling, but I got a life of education from his wisdom. My parents didn’t always do things right, but they were my role models. I also look at how many people overcome adverse situations and rise up to the stratosphere. That keeps me buzzing along.
From a very early age, my Mom used to instil values like work ethic, honesty and integrity into my sister and myself.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I would consider myself to be a power/builder. My body used to respond best to high loads and moderate rest. As the years have passed and I have accumulated orthopaedic injuries and damage along the way, my training has evolved. I now rely on higher volume, shorter rest, and a longer time under tension method.
Monday: Push (Chest/Shoulders/Triceps)
- 4 exercises per body part, 4 sets per movement, 8-15 reps with about 60 seconds rest.
Tuesday: Pull (Back/biceps)
- 4 exercises per body part, 4 sets per movement, 12-15 reps per set, 60 seconds rest. 16 sets for biceps
Wednesday: Legs (Quads/Hams/Calves)
- 12 sets hams, 12 sets quads. 8 sets of calves. 60 seconds to 2 minutes of rest between sets.
Thursday: Push (Chest/Shoulders/Triceps)
- Repeat Push Day
Friday: Pull (Back/biceps)
- Repeat Pull Day
What is your secret to your incredible leg transformation?
I guess God and my Mom and Dad. I have always had the genetics from my legs to grow. They used to be skinny when I was a kid boxing, but as soon as I hit the weights, they exploded. I have never really put too much effort into calves, they have always been superior I guess. That doesn’t mean I didn’t train them hard. I used to pride myself on burying everyone on leg day. I said that’s the day that will make a man out of you. I used to do crazy giant sets and intensity modifiers. In my day, I used to hack squat 10 plates per side for 8 reps ass to grass. I also did 1500 for 41 reps on the leg press. I loved it.
they have always been superior I guess. That doesn’t mean I didn’t train them hard.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
I would do deadlifts, Incline Barbell Press, and chin ups. The deadlifts will thicken up the entire body and make the organism stronger. I remember adding them in college and my bench shot up from 450 to 500 in about 3 months. Incline barbell hits chest, shoulders, and triceps pretty hard. Chin ups will affect the back, biceps and core really well. That would give you the ability to develop a more balanced physique given the limited choice of movements. I strive for balance.
What is your diet like?
Show prep starts out like this. I do carb cycling under the guidance of Justin Harris. I do 5 medium carb days at the following ratios 250g carbohydrate, 330 g protein, 20 g fat.
- I do one high carb day at the following ratios. 725g carb, 210g protein, 0 added fat.
- I do one low carb day at the following ratios. 150g carb, 330g protein, 28g added fat. This is only done on my off day.
If there’s one misconception that people have about you, what would you like to clarify to them?
I used to hear all the time the following 3 things.
- He is mean
- He is arrogant
- He is dumb.
I have always been a nice guy, but when I trained my clients, I am highly focused on them. I don’t do small talk on their dime. I am always open to talk after a session when I am free. As for arrogant, I have a strong sense of self belief. I think I can do or achieve anything, even if it seems impossible or improbable to many. I am pretty humble in reality. I tear myself to pieces daily to better myself. I can point out every weakness I have. Intelligence is something I am proud of. I have 3 university degrees and numerous certifications relating to fitness, nutrition, and tissue therapy. I was accepted into Med School 2 times and just wasn’t feeling the whole medicine vibe. I chose a different albeit unconventional path for my life. I would consider my 22 year training career to be a great success both monetarily and results wise. I love helping people achieve goals.
I am pretty humble in reality. I tear myself to pieces daily to better myself. I can point out every weakness I have.
How do your training and diet evolve as you get closer to a competition?
The diet is more about me adhering to a set schedule. I tend not to eat much otherwise. I have a poor appetite most of the time and feel like I am forcing myself to eat every 3 hours. My training with the weights doesn’t change. I train as hard and heavy as possible all the way into shows. I am sort of a form Nazi. I hate seeing people use crappy form to move more weight. Get stronger with good form to move more, not use momentum.
I am forcing myself to eat every 3 hours.
Tell us about your hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
I like to read about a variety of topics from sales, psychology, physics, and personal development. Basically anything that can help me become a better, more learned and well-rounded human being. I love spending time with my daughter and my beautiful girlfriend Tara and her children. After my divorce, I didn’t want much to do with love anymore. She came along and changed all that. I am a blessed man for all that God has put on my plate and the wonderful people he has surrounded me with. I get to meet great people like you Josh. That’s what life is about; relationships.
“The pain of regret will always outweigh the pain of discipline!”
It means don’t sit around waiting and wishing, get after life on your terms. Regret nothing, even the most painful failures.