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I have always been involved in athletics, soccer, track, wrestling, football, mma, snowboarding, powerlifting and bodybuilding are just a few sports that I have participated in. I never pursued just one sport but was always passionate about the process of training to better one's self and abilities. I began strength training at a young age and never stopped. I became fascinated with how weightlifting and nutrition can positively transform the body which eventually influenced me to pursue an advanced degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science.
Today I am a personal trainer and men's physique athlete in Manhattan helping those I work with to improve their health and fitness. I enjoy seeing the positive transformation in both myself and others.
My diet changes based on the fitness goal I am working on. I am always looking to improve myself and I find the best way to do this is to make a clear objective of the fitness goal and then create the best possible diet and training program to achieve it. I often do this in a seasonal cycle, with strength and mass building phase followed by a cutting phase.
Muscle Mass/ Strength Phase
Generally if I am trying to gain muscle strength and size I train specific muscle groups - chest, back, quads etc. with a rep range of 8,10,12 and a volume of 4 sets.
I will also superset at least one light set with the antagonist (opposite) muscle. I find this helps me to get a good pump.
Quality nutrition is important for growing quality muscle. At least two hours before every workout is a full meal incorporating carbs, protein and fats. Immediately post workout is a small amount of sweets, carbs and protein.
Muscle Tone and Definition Phase
When I am cutting up for competition diet is a little more involved. Generally the type of exercise I do dictates how I will eat. For example:
Weight training days involve more volume sometimes sets of 5 and drop sets if I am working on sculpting a particular area. I will generally tri-set (perform 3 exercises simultaneously) the area I am working on. On these intense training days more carbs are involved after the workout. Days that I do just cardio and abs are fueled by green vegetables, lean protein and omega 3 fats.
Abs and Fat Loss
I have found fasted cardio and abdominal training first thing in the morning to be the most beneficial for developing abs and losing body fat. I am often asked what are the best exercises for abs? - All of them, abs need volume.
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