With us today is Patrick Bilicki. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I have always been a fan of working out. I was going through a hard time in my life and took out my aggression in the gym and an IFBB Pro bodybuilder saw me and asked me if I was interested in the sport and competing one day. I have never looked back.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
My most recent show was the USA Championships in Las Vegas in July. It was my first National show and I was third call out in a group of 39 people with 6 call outs.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
I felt I looked good but not great. My preparation for the show was not where it needed to be. I peaked two weeks early and was having trouble maintaining my size.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I was happy placing in the top half. The quality on stage was mind blowing. I learned the mistakes I made leading up to this show and have made changes to come into Nationals with a Top 5 Physique.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I am in the Navy and just by the lifestyle change I have made, I have influenced so many of my fellow shipmates into a healthier lifestyle. They realized how important a healthy diet and lifestyle is and now everyone is showing up to work with their lunch boxes full of chicken and veggies. Even though it doesn't affect my career as much as others, I couldn't ask for a better outcome for my shipmates.
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
Current city: Jacksonville, FL
Years training: 3
Education: High School graduate
Occupation: Petty Officer First Class in the U.S. Navy
Favorite type of training: Old school weightlifting. Just dumbbells, barbells, and a bench.
Favorite body part to train: Shoulders
Favorite exercise: Weighted dips.
Rep range: Bulking:6-8, Cutting:10-12
Number of sets: 4 sets for each exercise.
Typical workout duration: 1 hour plus cardio
Training split: Chest-Mon, Back-Tues, Arms-Wed, Legs-Thurs, Shoulders-Fri, Abs-Sat.
Typical daily eating plan: 6-7 meals consisting of a good amount of meat, along with veggies and carbs, but I do cut out carbs from dinner and just add more vegetables.
Favorite supplement: Universal Animal Pak, can definitely feel a difference when I don't take my daily vitamins.
What peaked your interest in training?
While deployed to Iraq, there is a lot of downtime. To keep from going crazy, my roommate and I decided instead of playing video games all day, we would improve our lifestyles but hitting the gym and running. Every day we saw changes in our body and strength and by motivating each other every day, we never slowed down.
Who influences/influenced your training?
All my friends at the gym who constantly push me to keep going and add more weight. These guys gain absolutely nothing from helping me except the gratitude I give them at the end of every work out. They celebrate in my victories and keep me going in my let-downs. And, of course, my family, who have been my biggest fans since the day I could walk.
Sports: I played soccer and baseball until high school. Played football in high school. Played softball, football, and soccer in the Navy and coached Little League.
Special interests: I am a country boy at heart. I love anything that gets me out of the house. I love taking my truck off-roading, fishing, camping, hunting, and barbequing.
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
All South Championship-15th
Awards and/or accomplishments: Placing 1st in an NPC level 5 in my hometown with my family in the audience and qualifying for Nationals.
Next planned competition: Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale November 22, 23
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
My friends and family. All my life I thought I could do it on my own. And quickly I learned that no one can do it by themselves. They are the best support system I could ever ask for.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you: If I can do it, anyone can do it. I have never been afraid to ask for help or admit when I was wrong or had no idea what I was doing. What you see today has been influenced by at least 100 people over the years who have only wanted to help. I never would have made it this far without the help of my brothers and sisters in the gym.