Joining us at MensPhysique.com is MP Competitor David Lees. Congrats on a great showing at your recent competition! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I used to model when I was in college and training/bodybuilding has always been a huge part of my life. I saw competing in Physique as a way to merge the 2 together and hopefully make a name for myself.
Can you tell us a little about the Competition you just competed in?
I competed at the IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh, PA in Men’s Physique “C” Class. This was only my second national level/pro-qualifying event.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
Based off the callouts I anticipated being anywhere from 5th to 7th place and was feeling pretty good.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I placed 9th out of 22 competitors in my class. I had no expectations going into the show but wanted to at least place top 10, which I accomplished. I understand competing and placing well is a marathon, not a sprint and my goal is to continue to improve each show (which I have managed to do so far). I hope to crack the top 5 at my next competition or WIN!
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I think the MPD is a great way to market yourself and give credibility to all the hard work, sacrifice and knowledge required to compete at this level. I hope to offer personalized training/diet and contest prep consulting services in the near future and having “IFBB Pro” listed under my credentials would definitely go a long way in helping me secure great clients to work with. I also am in the process of updating my modeling and fitness portfolio in hopes to land some modeling and sponsorship opportunities.
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Current city: Attleboro, Ma
Years training: 20 years (started when I was 13!)
Education: Marketing Major with a Minor in Computer Information Systems
Occupation: Sales/Account Manager
Favorite type of training: Volume and hypertrophy/bodybuilding style training has always been my favorite but I am developing my own “hybrid” style of training more conducive to competing in MPD…it’s under construction at the moment. Stay tuned! ;)
Favorite body part to train: Chest/Triceps and Calves (yes I said calves!)
Favorite exercise: Wow, so many to choose from…Barbell Bench Presses, Close Grip Bench Presses , Cable Flyes, Single Arm overhead DB Extensions…the list is long but distinguished!
Rep range: 8-??? All depends on my pain threshold on that given day.
Number of sets: Usually 5 working sets for first movement, 4 working sets for second and then 3 for final power movement before switching over to “finishing” exercises.
Typical workout duration: 1 hour to an hour and fifteen minutes weight training. Cardio ranges from an hour to hour and a half daily depending on time of year/season.
Training split: Changes frequently but for my North American Prep it went:
Monday – AM Cardio. PM Chest/Delts/Erectors/Cardio
Tuesay – AM Cardio. PM Back/Traps/Erectors/Cardio
Weds – AM Cardio. PM Quads/Hams/Cardio optional
Thursday – AM Cardio. PM Calves/Abs/Obliques/Erectors/Cardio
Friday- AM Cardio. PM Triceps/Biceps/Forearms/Erectors/Cardio
Saturday – AM Cardio and then various cardio doing yardwork etc.
Sunday – AM Cardio
Typical daily eating plan: This changes frequently as well. Diet and macro intake is dictated on time of year and if I am prepping for a contest. My current maintenance diet consists of 5 whole meals per day with 3 snacks spread out between meals. Daily macros for maintenance are running about 3200- 3500 cals/ 140 fats/ 150-175 carbs / 300 protein. I have a nice cheat meal on Saturday night with my Wife when we go out to dinner.
Favorite supplement: I’m a huge fan of IronMagLab’s product line and have used several of their products during contest prep, all of which were excellent and did exactly what they claimed to do, which is a rarity these days.
What peaked your interest in training? Watching the Rocky movies and of course Arnold when I was growing up as a little kid in the 80’s.
Who influences/influenced your training? Arnold…who else?
Sports: Basketball was LIFE for me until about my senior year in high school when my interest in training for bodybuilding (as opposed to sports specific training) took over.
Special interests: Bodybuilding, music, muscle cars (especially Mustangs), action/horror/comedy movies, fitness, basketball, football, baseball, golf, NHRA Drag Racing, F1 racing (GO FERRARI!)
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
2011 NPC Rhode Island - 5th place MPD Tall Class
2011 NPC Hartford Europa Show of Champions - 2nd Place MPD Tall Class
2011 NPC New England - 6th Place Novice Light-Heavyweight Bodybuilding
2012 NPC Team Universe - 12th place MPD “C” Class
2012 IFBB North American Championships – 9th place MPD “C” Class
Next planned competition:
I will most likely do either the Jr. USA’s in Chicago or the Jr. USA’s in NC in 2013…or BOTH depending on my placings. I would love to do Atlanta in November but just too much going on this fall.
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals? Earning my IFBB Pro Card and using the opportunities gained from it to improve the quality of life for my family, especially my new born daughter (Sophia) who is expected to arrive at the end of October. Also my amazing Wife Maria is always there to keep me focused and on course, she is my anchor.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m pretty much an open book, almost to a fault. I’ve always been a genuine person and I work very hard to remain humble and thankful for all that God has given me because it all can be taken away in a blink of an eye.
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I can be reached via FB or my email which is [email protected]