With us today is National Level MP Competitor Dave Kantrowitz. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I actually started off as a natural bodybuilder, but I was never able to put on the true mass necessary to compete at a high level. After taking about two years off to concentrate on training and building my body, the NPC changed the game entirely by introducing the new division. I knew that this was where I belonged and after my first competition in August of this year, I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to get back on stage as soon as possible.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
This year marked my first year as a MP competitor. I started in August and competed in 6 shows. My season ended this year on the biggest stage of them all, the NPC Nationals in Atlanta, GA. It was an unreal experience to be surrounded by the best of the best and be able to meet and share the stage with current and soon-to-be IFBB Pro’s.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
After pre-judging I was still taken back by what I had just experienced and felt that I brought a solid package to the stage. This was my first National Level show and the level of competition was incredibly higher than anything I had ever seen before.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
Although I did not place as high as I had hoped, I was satisfied with the outcome and was able to get great feedback on my physique and areas I needed to improve for the next season.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I think the Men’s Physique Division is a great platform to promote the aesthetic pleasing and more active and athletic body. My success in the division has already landed me two great sponsorships which have treated me extremely well and I believe the possibilities with this new division are endless. I plan on transitioning into fitness modeling in the future and the exposure I have gained through MP will definitely help in that field as well.
Hometown: Monroe, NY
Current city: Monroe, NY
Education: MS. Health Education, BS. Physical Education
Occupation: Substitute Teacher and Personal Trainer
Favorite type of training: I like to alternate between volume training and simple hard and heavy styles to keep my body guessing and prevent it from adapting to a specific style.
Favorite body part to train: Back
Favorite exercise: Bent over row
Rep range: 8-12
Number of sets: 4
Typical workout duration: 1 hour of lifting with 2x30min cardio sessions, one in the morning and one after training
Training split: Legs, Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, Rest
Typical daily eating plan:
My pre-contest diet usually consists of 4 solid meals with two shakes. Carbs on concentrated to pre and post workout and often come from either waxy maize or another carbohydrate supplement.
Meal 1: 10 egg whites, ¼ cup almonds
Meal 2: 50g shake
Pre-workout: 1 serving AX Supersize and ½ serving waxy maize
Intra-workout: 1serving AX AXcell, 1 Serving AX Ultra Reps
Post-workout: 50g shake ½ serving waxy maize
Meal 3: 8oz chicken, 4 oz green beans
Meal 4: 6oz chicken, 6 oz green beans, ½ cup almonds
Meal 5: 4oz lean red meat, 8oz broccoli
Favorite supplement: Athletic Xtreme AXCELL 4:1:1 BCAA
What peaked your interest in training?
I had always lifted weights as a high school and college athlete. I loved learning new techniques and after obtaining my PT certification, I was completely addicted.
Who influences/influenced your training?
I gather a lot of influence from those around me. Watching friends and clients push themselves to succeed inspires me to work even hard and take my training to the next level
Wrestling, Lacrosse, Hockey, Track and Field (sprinting)
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
8/9/09 – Dan Lurie’s Mr. Jones Beach
11/7/09 – NABBA National Championships/East Coast Grand Prix
5/15/10 – NABBA Garden State Championships
8/25/12 – NPC NJ State Championships
9/22/12 – NPC Brandywine Cup
10/6/12 – NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix
10/13/12 – NPC NY Grand Prix
10/27/12 – NPC East Coast Championship
11/10/12 – NPC National Championships
Awards and/or accomplishments:
NPC NJ State Championships – 2nd Place Physique Class A
NPC Brandywine Cup – 1st Place Physique Class A
NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix – 1st Place Physique Class A
NPC NY Grand Prix – 1st Place Physique Class A and Overall Physique Champion
NPC East Coast Championship – 3rd Place Physique Class A
Next planned competition:
2013 Arnold Classic Amateur
How do you stay on track when it comes to reaching your goals and getting great results?
I believe that planning ahead is the most important thing that anyone can do in this sport. To do this I always cook my meals 3 days ahead of time and plan out my training for the week ahead of time. You can never be too prepared when it comes to your diet and training!
Website and facebook:
Personal Page –www.facebook.com/davekantrowitz
Athlete Page –www.facebook.com/davekantrowitzphysique
Website – http://kantrowitzpe.wix.com/dkphysique