It's amazing how quickly things can happen for someone. Last fall I moved out to San Diego from Nebraska. One day I decided to check out the beach to enjoy the ocean and watch all the pretty ladies. I was just hanging out when a local photographer tapped me on the shoulder. Two weeks later I found myself shooting an exercise article for Men's Workout. Two weeks after that I found myself in L.A. shooting another article with a well-known photographer for Exercise and Fitness.
I recently graduated from a small college in Fremont, NE. While there I played football for four years. For the first two years I was running back but after I started putting on more muscle I was moved to fullback. I also completed a double major of business management and marketing and graduated Cum Laude. I always lifted weights for football but once I was done with that I could concentrate on lifting for physique and not just power. The fall after graduation in 2002 some friends of mine gave me great opportunity to move out to San Diego and help manage a chain of sports and nutrition supplement stores. Moving out here was the best decision of my life. I love what I do and I love all of the opportunities to be found California. I also love the whole Southern California lifestyle.
Working in the business that I am in I can keep up to date on all of the latest advances in supplements and nutrition. This helps me to continue to improve my body. I am consistently changing my workouts and nutrition to find what works best for me.
My workout routine consists of 5-6 days of weight training and 3-4 days of cardio. I change my regimen about once a month so body keeps adapting and the workouts don't get stale. I will usually hit each muscle once week with 1-2 body parts per day. However, I also cycle in training splits where hit each muscle twice a week by doing 3 body parts a day. I always concentrate on using good form and getting a great pump at the contraction of the movement. For cardio I prefer to run sprints outdoors. This is something I've carried over from my football days. It can get boring running 40-yard sprints every day so I'll occasionally use a machine or just run for a few miles outside. When I use a machine I try to mock the sprint workout by going all out for 30 seconds and slowing up for 30 seconds. About 16-20 minutes of continuing that cycle lets me keep my resting metabolism up throughout the rest of the day.
Since moving to California I've taken on some new hobbies. When I'm not at the gym or at work I love to spend my free time outdoors. I like to ride my bike and attempt new tricks under the coaching of my roommate. Someday I'll master the bunny hop. I've also picked up the sport of disc golf. It's just like real golf only with Frisbees and a lot less frustration. My favorite way to pass a sunny afternoon would be to play horseshoes at the beach.
It was great to work with John during his San Diego trip. He was very professional as well as personable and entertaining. John's attitude and commentary during the shoot help to keep things moving and made it fun at the same time. Anyone who is ready for professional photography that shows off his or her hard work needs to get a hold of John Mitchell.
Note from John: Sean is now at 205 pounds as he trains for his first bodybuilding contest this Summer. I will be working with Sean this Summer to update his portfolio before he enters his first contest.
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