Weight: 260 lbs (Offseason) 227 lbs (Currently)
How did you get started with bodybuilding?
For me, I got started late with bodybuilding. I was a basketball player in high school and my goal was to play college ball. Things didn’t pan out how I’d hoped and after a couple years, I decided to let that dream go. I started lifting occasionally just for fun but missed that feeling of competing like in sports. I happen to go to a gym called Ironworks near my house and the owner Jimmy Momany is an ifbb pro. He told me I had good shape and I should try it and 6 months later I did my first show
Things didn’t pan out how I’d hoped and after a couple years I decided to let that dream go.
Where does your motivation come from?
Where does your motivation come from? Honestly, my motivation comes mostly from within. I’m a very self-motivated person and anything I do I like to do all out. But as far and as outside factors, my mom is my biggest motivation. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 16 but everything I do I do because she raised me to be the best I could in life no matter what it was. And I know what I do is a reflection of her and I want her to smile down and be proud of me. What she did to make sure we had a good life makes bodybuilding look easy so whenever I want to complain I think of her.
what I do is a reflection of her and I want her to smile down and be proud of me.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
For me a balance of high reps and heavy weight well for me. My coach Carl Jackson has a system that seems to work well for me mixing heavy training weeks and also very focused more controlled weeks so that mixture seems to make my body grow well. If you want a bodypart to grow you have to hit it from every direction and actually feel the muscle work.
mind muscle connection is so important. Hitting PR’s means very little if you are using every muscle except the intended one to complete the lift :-p
What do you credit to your leg transformation?
In a nutshell CJ haha I didn’t even train legs until I was already lifting for a while bit. I decided to do a show I knew I had to. My buddy Joel Monday who helped me. My first prep used to come up with the most insane workouts so it was then I learned a to beat on them. And then working with CJ taught me how to sculpt and make them grow in every direction. Not just be strong. And again heavyweight and high volume work well for me.
working with cj taught me how to sculpt and make them grow.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Barbell rows. A. They’re fun. And b they’ve helped my back develop tremendously
Side Laterals. Shoulders are one of my favorite things to train and side laterals give that round capped look that I want so I love doing them And lastly machine preacher curls because well…I’ve always wanted big arms.
What is your diet like?
The amounts change depending on my carb schedule but here is a rough breakdown of what I am currently eating. You can try it yourself just make sure to increase or decrease food based on your specific needs. The way my diet is structured allows for perfect timing of meals around working out in the evening. If you train at night or when you wake up things have to be changed around and backloaded correctly.
- Meal 1: Egg whites/Whole egg/Spinach/Low carb wrap
- Meal 2: Greek yogurt/Almonds
- Meal 3: Lean Protein/Sweet potato
- Pre-workout: Shake
- Post: Shake/Bananas
- Meal 4: Lean Protein/Rice
- Bedtime: Oats/Casein Protein
If there’s one misconception that people have about you, what would you like to clarify to them?
Ppl usually think I’m cocky or unapproachable. I have bad “resting bitch face” lol but I love meeting new ppl and I’m always open to helping those w want to learn. I’m also confident in myself but if you know me you know I’m not really cocky just like to have fun.
I also love movies especially Disney ones.
How do your training and diet evolve as you get closer to a competition?
Training remains the same. I train hard and heavy year round. But learning how to train and control weight and feel every contraction has transformed my look. And diet changes based on needs. Want to grow more food. Want to lean out make changes based on needs. Fortunately, because of a good offseason, my calories have remained relatively high this prep and I’ve been able to hold size very well. As I said earlier training remains the same but diet changes based on the look and what my coach sees. Basically, we just cut out all the things I love like cereal and ice cream and the rest stays the same ?
Want to grow more food. Want to lean out make changes based on needs.
Tell us about your hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
I’m pretty boring honestly lol I love my dogs. I have 3 and I love to swim and be around water. Lake ocean pool whatever. I also love movies especially Disney ones and? my favorite activity is eating. I love food and I love to try new Places and things.
It’s a verse. Well 2 actually. The first is Phillipians 4:6
“Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known unto God.” And the other is 2 Timothy 1:7 which my mom used to tell us when we were little. “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Whenever I get stressed or scared or have anxiety I say these to myself and remember God’s in control”