Jay Hall, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of WHEN!”
Congrats on a great showing Jay! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
It was late in 2011 when a buddy of mine named Micah Buck was telling me he was getting ready to compete in this thing called Men’s Physique. I had never even heard of it so I went home and started researching and then boom, I had a goal to lose weight since I had put onthe pounds back then.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
I just did Team Universe in New Jersey which was my first national level show. It was a pro qualifier and Top 2 in Men’s Physique would become IFBB Pros.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
Even before pre-judging I felt honored to be an NPC National Level Competitor. My first 2 shows in the NPC I placed almost dead last so I was thankful for the whole experience. I was second call-outs and as I stood there on the side watching the first call-out go through their comparisons I was already thinking of how I plan to improve my physique once I get back home to Vegas. I felt great nonetheless after pre-judging.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I was pleased about the final results. The top two in my class looked phenomenal and I talked with one of the guys that went pro about carb choices, conditioning, etc. Those guys were very deserving of what they accomplished. Those dudes out there were conditioned to the 9’s!
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
As a trainer I notice many men have a goal to look like a Men’s Physique competitor. It’s a good platform for any trainer to advertise himself with his own aesthetics. It’s also great for marketability. Many supplement companies and clothing companies seem to be adding physique athletes to their ranks. Hopefully that can be me as well.
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Current city: Las Vegas, Nevada
Years training: I’ve always had a gym membership since I was 12 but I’ve been competing about a year in the NPC.
Education: In Junior college at the age of 25, Kinesiology was my major, then I changed it to Radio and Television. I transferred to UNLV and Radio and Television wasn’t offered so I switched to Film. Then I withdrew from school altogether to focus on competing and business. Had to simplify things.
Occupation: Trainer online and in person. Security host at Coyote Ugly, keeping the peace.
Favorite type of training: High Volume and with a couple buddies. Banging out quality reps and keeping the rotation going.
Favorite body part to train: It would be a tie between back and shoulders. Shoulders are key in Physique especially for me since I always want my waist to look smaller.
Favorite exercise: Muscle-ups! Yeaaah! It’s usually a finisher on back days and I definitely feel it the next day.
Rep range: 12-15 for the most part. Some weeks I will do sets of 20-30 reps for everything.
Number of sets: 4-5
Typical workout duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
I rotate them if I see something needs more attention, but right now it’s:
Saturday-Arms (And then sometimes I go to a pool party here in Vegas with the pump still good and fresh! hahaha)
Typical daily eating plan:
6 meals a day with the majority of carbs in the morning, before workout, and post workout. I plan to make some gains before my next show.
Ooh, tough question. You can’t go wrong with Gold Standard by Optimum Nutrition. They are instrumental in the achievement of my gains.
What peaked your interest in training?
As a youngling in the 80’s I was all about those awesome action movies. I got a subscription to Muscle Fitness magazine in ’91 or ’92 and boom I wanted to be a Kevin Levrone or a Shawn Ray. Shawn Ray was rocking the flat-top haircut back then, too, which I also had. #respect
Who influences/influenced your training?
These days it’s like I’m my own influence. I thoroughly enjoy the sport of bodybuilding and physique and I know I can only be a better version of myself.
Sports: In Tuscaloosa County High School I wrestled and was on a state champion track team. I played football while in the Marines and then I played football at Palomar College where I contributed on special teams.
Special interests: I really want to be on television or in movies. I think I’d make an awesome action movie star like the old days. I’m also a video game nerd, especially the old school Nintendo. I still got my game genie, too.
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
I did 3 shows in the INBA from May-September and got 2nd in all of them. I also competed in the Muscle & Fitness Magazine Fitness Model Search at the Olympia last year.
NPC Border States in San Diego-16th
NPC Las Vegas Classic-16th
NPC Complete Nutrition Championships in Salt Lake City- 3rd In Open Physique 2nd in Natural Physique
NPC Team Universe-13th
Awards and/or accomplishments: I served 5 good years honorably in the United States Marine Corps. I always figure that’s a good accomplishment. I was a scholar athlete in junior college and hopefully becoming part of the distinguished IFBB will be an accomplishment in the near future.
Next planned competition: NPC Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, BABY!!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaah!
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
Once I set my mind on something – that’s it! I want to be an IFBB Pro, plain and simple. I’ve seen a few friends I shared the stage with make it to that level and they are doing pro shows now. I just tell myself it’s not a matter of “If” it’s a matter of “When” if it happens next show, cool, if it takes 10 shows that’s cool, too. I have no problem committing to the grind and the lifestyle.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
I recently gave American Ninja Warrior a shot and I’m in one of the episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” I don’t think the episode has aired as of yet since my phone hasn’t exploded.
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