Natrian Maxwell, Consistency Equals Success!
Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Always being an athlete I had a lot of competitive drive left in the tank. For me personally, I felt as if a piece of my identity was lost after college sports ended. For a few years I tried my hand at different sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts and semi pro football, however, nothing helped reignite my fire like Men’s Physique has.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
I competed in the 2013 NPC San Francisco championship. It was an exciting competition that brought people from all over the state to compete.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
After pre-judging, I had a lot of mixed emotions as I wasn’t sure how I stacked up against the competition. The idea of basing your placing off of call outs did not exist, as my class tends to be a smaller group of individuals. Being in the 6 foot and above class, there were different body types with the very large bodybuilding type, the more aesthetic look and finally the modeling body type. It was hard to tell what direction the judges were leaning in, especially with the results coming from Olympia the week before.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I was extremely happy with the results of the show. I think the judges showed consistency across all classes and all the right selections were made.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I am really excited about the Men’s Physique division. Although it doesn’t get the attention of a bodybuilding show yet, I’m excited because I feel like it will soon be just as popular. This sport is exciting for many reasons and I feel blessed to be part of the up and coming sport.
In regards to my career, this adds a ton of excitement and spark back into my day. I get to meet and network with the biggest names in the Fitness industry on a daily basis. How cool is that? Secondly, this gives you a ton of options, the sky is the limit and you have the runway to take flight if you wanted to, or you have the opportunity to actually make a living at something you’re passionate about. To me, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Current city: San Jose, California
Years training: 1 year
Education: Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in Business
Occupation: Technical Account Manager for Yahoo!
Favorite type of training: Controlled isolated movements and old school heavy lifting.
Favorite body part to train: Back
Favorite exercise: Wide Grip Pull Ups
Rep range: 10-15 depending on body part and number of exercises for that muscle.
Number of sets: 4 -6 Depending on my strength for the day and the body part being trained.
Typical workout duration: 2 to 2.5 hours. I always make the last 20 minutes of my workout a time to focus on small details. I then finish up with my post cardio.
Training split: I do cardio around 6 a.m. every morning for about 40 minutes and then I hit my workout when my strength is at the highest point. I found this combination to yield the most gains in training.
Typical daily eating plan: My meal plans fluctuate quite a bit due to the speed of my metabolism. I tend to have a fast metabolism so I work very closely with my coaches to ensure I am getting the right fuel at the right times. But under normal circumstances I eat basic meals with a protein source approx. 8 ounces, a complex carbohydrate such as sweet potatoes or red potatoes, finished off with asparagus or green beans.
When I’m off season though, I still eat very healthy, but I add other items I normally wouldn’t eat during competition prep. Protein pancakes, turkey bacon, whole grain pastas, Greek yogurt and fruits.
Favorite supplement: My favorite Supplement is made by Evogen and called Glycojet, cherry flavored.
What peaked your interest in training?
I was looking for a sport that was very competitive and directly related to my own efforts. After lots of time in the gym, I wanted to give myself a goal to work towards, a means to an end, or something to focus on rather than an upcoming vacation, or fitting into an old pair of jeans. I needed an extra push to motivate me to get up and hold myself accountable for my daily exercise.
Who influences/influenced your training?
I am blessed to have amazing people around me. My team consists of Brett Toomey, who has won several NPC championships; IFBB Pro Ray Arde from Built Tuff Gym; and Tory Woodward, who just competed and finished top 10 in the Olympia. Each of these individuals helps me on a daily basis and influences me to keep pushing harder and harder.
Sports: I do not play any other sports as I have always been prone to injury, but in the off season, I am a big sucker for a local pickup game of basketball. You can find me out here showing off some of moves and fancy slam dunks.
Special interests: I am kind of a computer nerd and always working on designing web sites for friends and business owners. We all have some sort of a secret identity and Clark Kent isn’t the only one wearing glasses.
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history:
2013 San Francisco Championships 1st Place in Class F
Awards and/or accomplishments:
2013 San Francisco Championships 1st Place in Class F
Next planned competition: 2013 NPC Sacramento Bodybuilding Championships
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
This sport requires a person who is never satisfied with their accomplishments. Whenever I look in the mirror, I see areas that I can improve. You just have to be that type of person who is willing to keep building on something. If you’re crazy enough to have a personality like that, then staying on track for your goals comes naturally.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
I never thought that I would be successful at this sport. I realized that in order to do this, you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be great. You just have to be consistent and better more times than you are not. It’s never a single workout, or a single cardio session that put me into a category of greatness, but rather it was a consistent effort day in and day out that led up to me winning my first competition.
Some days pushing yourself requires faith, some days it requires discipline. But there comes a point when the progress is no longer visual to the eye and you just have to believe that your efforts will pay off. This is where champions are made.