Weight: 220 off season 176 stage weight
How did you get started?
I got started lifting when I was 15 years old in my basement gym, I stumbled across a book in my school library written by Franco Columbo that had a training program wrote out in it. At first, I was working out after school to keep me out of trouble and I soon began to put on muscle mass very quickly as my classmates and teachers noticed how big I got in my first 3 months of lifting in my basement (40 pounds gained)
What was the hardest part about your transformation?
The hardest part about my transformation really had nothing to do with lifting weights or eating healthy as that was easy for me to follow, the hard part of transforming myself from an average teenager to freak bodybuilder was the sacrifices I had to make in order to get my physique where it is today. Those sacrifices were all social like. I missed out on a lot of experiences as a teenager and still am now as I’m in college because of my dedication to bodybuilding. I didn’t go to school dances or functions or go to parties and have fun with friends because I dedicated myself to the gym. Another hard part of my transformation was getting family and friends to accept and understand what I was trying to do and accomplish in bodybuilding as there were not very supportive.
What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?
My life now that I’ve made the transformation is a lot different than before. I think I’ve really matured as a person because of my discipline in the gym and with nutrition has helped me out outside of the gym in everyday life. Along the way I’ve met new people and friends and had the opportunity to experience things I never would of if I didn’t make the transformation, excluding competing on the largest national stage for teenage bodybuilding.
What motivates you to keep going and push harder?
There are a lot of factors that keep me motivated with my fitness career. The first one is my upcoming show in July teen nationals. The show keeps me motivated because I want to win and have the title of the best teenage bodybuilder and have my name along others who have won the show and who are now successful IFBB pros including (jay cutler, branch warren, Dominick Cardone, and Cody Montgomery) other motivating factors are seeing changes in my body especially come preparation time as I can see myself change on a daily bias is as well as in the off-season watching me grow as big as I can. A long-term motivating factor is to become an IFBB Pro and compete in the highest level of bodybuilding.
What is your current training philosophy?
My current training philosophy is to lift intensely, heavy, and hard all with decent form. I feel these days I watch a lot of people train and they don’t push hard enough and their workouts are not intense. They are just going through the motions. so I look up to bodybuilders like Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, and jay cutler who trained Intensely weren’t afraid to get loud and move heavy weight.
What is your approach to nutrition?
My approach to nutrition is very simple and basic. I do carb back loading diet pre-contest provided by my coach Carl and we stick to basic foods such as chicken, steak, eggs egg whites, rice and oatmeal basic bodybuilding foods proven to work. I don’t believe in Splenda, sweeteners, sauces, seasonings or any of that type of stuff should be used in prep. I just stick to sea salt to flavor my foods.
Sample Off-Season Diet
1 cup egg whites
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup cheese
2 slice Ezekiel bread
8oz chicken raw weight
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup broccoli
8oz chicken raw weight
2tbsp coconut oil
1 cup broccoli
2 servings Greek yogurt
1 scoop whey protein
1/4 cup almonds
1 scoop whey protein
2tbsp peanut butter
2 scoop whey protein
6 glazed donuts
8oz lean ground beef sirloin
3 cups cooked white rice
2 cup fruity pebbles
2 cup almond milk
1 scoop whey
2 cup cooked oatmeal
1 cup mixed berries Or dried fruit
2 packets pop tarts
2 scoops casein
Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?
I do bulk I the off season as I feel it’s beneficial to pack on the mass needed to grow. Staying lean year round makes it very difficult to back mass amounts of muscle as quickly in my opinion.
How do you handle your nutrition being a full-time college student and working?
Working full time and being a college student is difficult but I still handle my nutrition the same as if I was a non-college student by preparing all my meals in advance so that I never miss a meal. Meal prep is one of the basic principles of being a bodybuilder but is often over looked resulting in missed meals and poor looking physiques.
What does your supplementation look like?
- Rise and Swell
- Wyked 3.0
- Team Juggernaut Cut Stack (when I first start to prep)
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness industry?
My biggest accomplishment in fitness so far has been placing 1st at the 2014 Mr. Michigan in teens and men’s novice along with 2nd at teen nationals in 2015.
“dream big because dreams to come true” ~ Kai Greene
What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to reach their goal physique?
My 3 tips for someone looking to reach their goal physique is to hire someone who knows what there doing. I recommend Carl (CJ) Jackson. Regardless of how good you think you are, its best to have a second eye looking at you and guiding you. Number 2 is to train insane and with extreme intensity all the time don’t waste your workouts. And last would be to keep yourself accountable with nutrition training and supplementation. Don’t let yourself slip or fall short cause it’s always on you and no one else.