Resides: Orlando/Palm Harbor, FL
Weight: 183 pounds
Favorite Body Part: Everything….I mean Abs!
Waist Size: 32"
I was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania but spent most of my life in Palm Harbor, Florida. I originally got into lifting weights for Football when I first started high school. I started getting more serious about working out and dieting when I joined Gold’s Gym in 10th grade and have trained 6 days a week and dieted year round since. I have just recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration/ Marketing. While at UCF I was featured on the television show: Big Man on Campus (WB’s college version of the Bachelor) and several commercials. If you are one of the ten people who actually watched the show you might remember me as the guy with the blonde spiky hair who liked to workout. I am currently training for Model Universe (Musclemania) in June and will soon once again be available to train clients as well!
My Ab Training and Weight-Training Advice
I train my abs 5 days a week immediately following my strength training and each session lasts about 30 minutes. I also do Cardio 3-5 days a week (usually separate from my other strength training/abs workout). My cardio usually consists of interval training either on the treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike for the duration of 30-45 minutes. For years I split my abdominal workouts into separate days (focusing on just one area each workout, eg. Uppers on a Monday) I found this to be effective because I could really focus on each part of my stomach splitting the muscles up like this. I would definitely recommend this strategy to someone either just starting out or trying to find a way to change up their routine. Recently, however, I have split my ab training into two different days (one day: focusing on mainly hanging, ball, and cable exercises and the other day doing back to back circuit type training on the mat). I have found that completely restructuring my routine like this has improved the quality of my six pack. So even if you have something that works don’t be afraid to change it up, it is actually very important that you do. Finally, constantly at the gym I am hearing from people, “I am getting my upper abs to look good (sometimes they are, sometimes not really) but I just can’t get any definition in my lower abs, what can I do?” What I have found works best for the lower abs is hanging knee raises using the ab straps: combining exercises using one knee raise at a time (using a slow running motion ) and standard hanging knee raises (both knees up). These exercises along with a variety of reverse crunches on the mat and decline bench have helped me really define my lower abs.
The key I have found to dieting is consistency. I don't believe in
an "off season" where I eat real bad and then say go into a
cutting phase. This way if I have a shoot or want to look good
for something I don't have to panic or go on some crazy diet to
cut up real quick. I don't eat much different than if I have a
shoot in two days than I do any other day. I found that with a
successful diet timing your foods right is critical. I take in
my carbs at breakfast and center my carb meals around workout
time (the times your body needs carbs and will burn them) and
taper them off at other meals.
- Protein Waffles ( ¾ cup oats, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup egg beaters) w/ sugar free syrup and fat free butter spray
- 1 tsp L-Glutamine powder
Meal #2 (post workout)
- Protein shake (2 scoops whey protein or Pro Complex, 1 cup skim milk, ½ banana, 1tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp L-Glutamine powder)
- ½ cup brown rice mixed with flax seeds and Danny Ligas spicy sauce
- Chicken breast
- Medium sweet potato
- High Protein/Low net carb Bar or meal replacement drink
- Mixed nuts or trail mix
- Either one: Chicken, Steak, Extra Lean hamburger or Fish
- Steamed broccoli or asparagus
- Romaine Lettuce w/ fat free Italian dressing
- 2 scoops of Casein or Time-Released Protein powder mixed with water.
My Top 5 Ab Training Tips
1. Do not train your abs using a lot of heavy weight, it will make them look bulky.
2. Diet and cardio are just as important as exercising your abs, without those components your six pack won’t reach its full potential.
3. Be sure to focus on using slow and proper form when working your abs.
4. Perform your abdominal workout at a fast pace, utilize super and tri-setting and do not take long rest periods between sets.
5. Just like when training other muscles, it’s important to keep your abs guessing and finds ways to switch it up.
Vitamins and Supplements I use
Universal Animal Pak
- Prolab L-Glutamine
- Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard Protein Powder or Pro Complex
- Creatine (occasionally)
For me health and fitness has played a huge role in my life as far back as tenth grade. Strength training and proper nutrition helped me start all ten games my senior year of varsity football and avg ten plus tackles a game. In college I was actually discovered at an la fitness working out at the time for the television show "big man on campus" where I was portrayed as the "workout guy". Since then my consistent diet and workout regimen have contributed to me appearing in magazines such as muscle and fitness, military virtues and I'm sure as most people reading this right now are aware numerous appearances on sixpacknow.com!
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