With us today is Mike Montes after making the switch from Bodybuilding to Physique. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Thanks D! In the past I have always competed in bodybuilding, but with this new up and coming class I decided to give it a try.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
The competition I just competed in was the 2012 Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic. It’s put on by Michael Alexander and Carol Semple in Loveland Colorado. In my opinion it is the best show put on in the entire state. Plus it always brings some of the top competitors from across the state and surrounding areas!
How did you feel after pre-judging?
After pre-judging I felt great, I got placed center stage in the teen class, I got 2nd call outs in the novice and 3rd call outs in the open. But I’m not going to lie I was still a little nervous on how everything was going to play out because this show was STACKED!!
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I couldn’t have been happier with the final results of the show. I took 1st in the teen class and placed 5th in the novice. It just felt great knowing that at 19 years old I could be competitive against people who were a lot older then me! It gave me great motivation and drive to bring a bigger and leaner physique to the stage next time I compete!
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I love the Men’s physique Division it gives an opportunity to those who didn’t have the bodybuilder build to advance in the sport! Hopefully this will help advance my career in this new division and with a few solid years of training I hope to eventually be able to compete at a national level but not only compete but be a contender!
Hometown: Aspen, Colorado
Current city: Grand Junction
Years training: 6
Education: Sophomore at Colorado Mesa University
Occupation: Mechanic for Prinoth Snow-cat Company
Favorite type of training: High intensity volume training
Favorite body part to train: Back
Favorite exercise: Pull ups
Rep range:10 to 12 (Depending on current goal)
Number of sets:4
Typical workout duration: 1hr to 1hr 1/2
Training split: 4 day split (Monday, Tuesday,Thursday,Friday)
Typical daily eating plan: 7 to 8 meals a day.
Favorite supplement: Body Octane by MAN Sports
What peaked your interest in training?
When I was younger I use to be overweight and I absolutely hated it. But one day I saw a muscle and fitness magazine and started to read it. From that day on began to take interest in weight lifting and bodybuilding.
Who influences/influenced your training?
My biggest influence would have to be my Dad he’s always been there for me from the start with training. Always helping me out in anyway he can to help me achieve my goal. An Derek Trombetta for giving me the tools and the knowledge to take my physique to the next level!
Sports: Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Basketball, Mountain biking, Dirt biking…etc
Special interests: Really any extreme sports, anything that gives you a huge adrenaline rush!!
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
2011 Warrior Classic
2012 NPC Colorado State
2012 Warrior Classic
Awards and/or accomplishments:
2011 Warrior classic- 3rd place teen bodybuilding, 4th place novice lightweight.
2012 NPC Colorado state- 3rd place teen bodybuilding, 2nd place Novice lightweight, 4th place open welterweight
2012 Warrior Classic- 1st place men’s teen physique, 5th place Mens Novice A physique
Next planned competition:
Not entirely sure yet depending on the gains this offseason I was thinking of the NPC Colorado State!
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
I always think of the end result, if I push myself harder then I ever have before in training and keep my diet strict the end result will be even better then before!
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
Training is my true passion but I have many interesting hobbies, I love to dirt bike, mountain bike, water ski, wake board, pretty much any extreme sport. Because remember you have to find the balance in your life and do what makes you happy.
You can reach me at my facebook from the link above or write me on my email- [email protected]