…creatine all form the foundation of my supplementation efforts. I use all of them virtually every day, year-round. I use leucine post-workout. I take Vitamin D during the winter months when I spend less time outdoors and there’s less sunlight in general. I’ve also seen good results with carnitine for fat loss and beta alanine for force production, strength and muscle gain.
Q: You are really into all things training and diet related. And just so the readers know, when I say “diet” I’m referring to what you eat; not starving yourself. What are some of your favorite books or websites you visit?
A: Some of my favorite books on training and nutrition include Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore, Living Low Carb by Dr. Jonny Bowden, and The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean.
I find a lot of useful information at T-Nation.com and Examine.com. YouTube is great, too.
Q: What keeps you motivated to train?
A: Knowing that, while I’ve taken some sizable strides up to this point, I’m still far from approaching my true potential. I’m enjoying the journey.
Q: What are a few of your favorite exercises?
A: I’m a big fan of the deadlift, probably because I’m better at it than any other exercise, and it’s been the cornerstone of the progress I’ve made in terms of overall strength. The dip is my second favorite and my go-to upper body exercise for strength and size. I also really like to rep out on the one-arm dumbbell row.
Q: What advice would you give them in order to change their situation?
A: Do enough research to figure out what will be most effectively suited to what you want to accomplish. Once you’ve decided, don’t overthink it. Paralysis by analysis can undermine actual progress if you let it. I’d advise absolute beginners to seek out a qualified coach. By “qualified”, I don’t necessarily mean certified. I mean someone with a proven track record of delivering quality results.
Q: What are your future plans regarding anything relevant to training/nutrition?
A: I plan to pursue other certification courses for both training and nutrition, and I may set out to earn a degree in Nutrition, as well.
Q: Is there anything else you want people to know regarding your transformation?
A: Sure. I’ve been told by some people that they consider my transformation remarkable, and even that that my progress serves as an inspiration. Well, at the risk of sounding cliché, if I can do it, almost anyone can. There is nothing particularly mind-blowing about what I’ve done. It’s certainly a process of trial-and-error, and mistakes are par for the course, especially in the beginning. But I’ve managed to get more right than wrong, and I tend to hit the mark more consistently than I miss it.
Also, related to what I said about paralysis by analysis, there is no such time as “the perfect time”. If you wait for the stars to align and for all the conditions to be perfect before you take the plunge, you’ll probably be waiting forever. Just do it!