With us today is MP Competitor Adam Bonilla. Thanks for joining us. First off, what made you decide to compete in the Men’s physique division?
Thank you! When I was younger I was very into bodybuilding I eventually got up to 217 at my biggest on my little frame for comparisons I was only 170 on stage at The Rocky. I kept that size on for a few years but it was a look that eventually got in the way of my everyday life and just wasn‘t worth it anymore. I really admire bodybuilders since I used to be one and know how truly difficult it is not only to carry around that size but to do the things necessary to carry around that type of size like eating all day every day, trying to get clothes that fit, dealing with people asking you to flex all the time and people thinking it’s okay to just go up and feel your arms. I don’t know how these guys do it day after day for years on end but I admire them for doing it. I like the Men’s Physique “athletic look” and I really like the freedom that Men’s physique allows me to have with my day to day life that bodybuilding didn’t allow. If I want to go hiking , play hockey or run a 10K having a more athletic frame allows me to do these things and still be more muscular than the average guy. Competing is just in my blood and I’ll always do it so Men’s physique gave me the opportunity to look the way I really want to look and still allows me the ability to challenge myself in making improvements to that look as much as bodybuilding did. The differences are BB is based a lot more on size and MP is based purely on aesthetics if you’re training right MP should be just as challenging in the gym but a totally different approach.
Joining us today is Mark Hartman. Congratulations. What made you want to compete?
Training has played a significant role in my life for a while now. I knew that the Men’s Physique Division would drive me to achieve my highest level of fitness to date. I just decided to do my first show and started training and dieting the next day.
Tell us a little bit about the show in which you just competed.
I just recently competed in the Mid States Natural Muscle Classic in Rockford, Illinois. I was shocked by how tall the other physique competitors were. At 5’10’’ I was shorter than the average height and ended up stepping on stage with the short class. At check in on Friday night it was obvious to me that the top 3 most conditioned guys were in that short class, so I knew I had to be on for prejudging the next morning.
Meet one of the youngest MP Competitors around Alan McKearney. Congrats on a great showing and your awesome weight loss! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I enjoy the Men’s Physique division because it enables me to push my body to its natural limits, and still be able to compete at my age.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
The competition I just competed in was my first. It was the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic, held every fall in New Westminster, B.C. This year was actually the largest show in B.C. history with 301 competitors...
Meet MP Competitor Dewayne Triplett. Congrats on the physique you brought into Nationals! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I had been contemplating competing for quite some time. I always used the excuse of not wanting to walk around at 240 and above. When I found out about the Men's Physique Division, I went to the 2011 Jr. Nationals and decided I wanted to compete after watching that competition.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you recently competed?
I just competed in the 2012 National Championships. The competition was fierce. Everyone looked good. There were some outstanding physiques at this competition. I was in the D class which had a higher number of competitors than most of the other classes. The show was well organized. It made me feel proud to be an NPC athlete.
Joining us today is MP Competitor Blake Bernard. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I was immediately interested when I discovered the Men's Physique Division about a year ago and began watching video of upcoming Pro's online to learn more. I was already living the fitness lifestyle and I felt I had the look it takes to compete. After all the hard work I put into transforming my physique I wanted to now put it to the test. About 6 months out I decided I was going to up my nutritional and training efforts to prepare and compete...
With us today is MP Competitor Victor LeClair. Congrats on hitting that National Stage! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Well for the past few Januarys I’ve always told myself: “I got 4 months to get cut and in great shape for the summer.” My lifting friends and I would say this every year and we never did achieve that perfect beach body we were after. We lacked the dedication and commitment I’ve learned in these past 9 months. So deciding to compete helped me reach this goal. After years of saying it, I finally had a killer body come summer time...
With us today is MP Competitor Michael Fitzgerald. Congrats on a great showing in the division! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
After training for three years I felt I was ready to get on stage. I acquired a trainer for diet and cardio and went hard as possible for three months and dieted down for three weeks prior to the show. Also I like the physique division rather than body building just because that’s the type of body I would like to have.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you recenlty competed?
Yes, it was a small show so I felt it would be perfect for exposure in my first show. I took third place in the novice division and was told I went in too lean at 4% body fat 183 pounds in the over 5”10 division. But I was grateful for third place in my first show...
With us today is MP Competitor Kyle Glickman. What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Thank you! I decided to compete in the Men’s Physique Division because I am 6’4 and had competed in bodybuilding events in the past but felt I was too tall/long to really go far in the sport. I have more of an athletic look than a bodybuilding look...