I started going to the gym when I was 14 years old to lose some weight and get in shape for summer. After picking up the weights for the first time I was immediately hooked on the bodybuilding lifestyle, the gym, the diet, the structure. Being a naturally competitive and driven person, it was only a short period of time before I decided to push myself to become the best bodybuilder I could be drug free. The stage was the outlet to showcase my results.
I believe in using every variable of training possible to achieve optimal results in the gym. Training volume, intensity, and frequency all play a role in a bodybuilders results and to do so they all need to be balanced. Progressive overload is always what's going to be the real determining factor in muscle growth, not only through lifting heavier weights, but by also forcing the body to adapt to new demands through training frequency and volume.
My diet is generally the same in the offseason as it is precontest. After years of training and dieting for one goal or another, I have understood the need for balance in bodybuilding and in life when its something you plan on doing long term. With that said I follow flexible dieting to reach my goals and have target protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber goals for the day. In the offseason I eat high/moderate protein and fats (1.5 grams of protein per lb of bodyweight, and .4 grams of fat per lb of bodyweight) and keep my carbs as high as possible while gaining muscle but keeping fat loss to a minimum.
My current offseason diet consists of 250g of protein, 500g of carbohydrates, and 75g of fat with a minimum of 40g of fiber a day, although it is usually much higher.
Not much changes from my offseason diet when I start prepping for a show besides the obvious lowering of calories/carbohydrates. Protein and fats stay around the same totals for offseason and I vary my carb totals to keep fat loss moving along while still Preserving muscle.
Generally when in contest shape my carbs are at the lowest 190-200g a day while still keeping protein and fat requirements high.
I have written an ebook detailing my entire nutritional strategy for both offseaon and precontest dieting here: nojuicebodybuilding.com/no-juice-nutrition/
I am currently focusing on my personal training business and helping others. I have a great team of clients and supporters with No Juice Bodybuilding and its only continuing to grow. Although that is my priority now, I am getting the itch to hit the stage again soon!