Mike Cavanaugh has his eye on the prize!
Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Men's Physique seemed like a great fit for my physique and body type based on the judging criteria. I've always been very lean and never had the bodybuilder frame. I think it's a great division for me and many others because it broadens the spectrum for guys with different types of physiques.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
Most recently competed in the Florida State Championships placing 8th. I was just coming off a show two weeks prior at the Dexter Jackson, placing 8th as well.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
I didn’t make first call out so I was a little discouraged but I still maintained my composure because you never know what could happen or how they might be judging that particular show.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
Initially, the final results were frustrating, but after speaking with the judges and studying the pictures a few days later I realized I was doing a lot wrong and I was not ready for that show.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
I think Men's Physique is a great division for guys with different body types who aren't able to obtain or just weren't born with a bodybuilder frame. This division creates variety and opens up opportunities for a lot of other guys that want to compete. It's still a tough division to complete in and it takes a lot of work, preparation, dieting, specific/strategic stage presence and a well-known training regimen. Knowing your body is key to obtaining the perfect package on stage.
Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Current city: Jacksonville, Florida
Years training: 5
Education: Currently obtaining BS in Information Technology and currently hold Microsoft and COMP TIA IT Certifications
Occupation: IT Network Engineer/Systems Administrator
Favorite type of training: Intense training utilizing supersets
Favorite body part to train: Back
Favorite exercise: Bent-over two-handed DB row
Rep range: 10-12
Number of sets: 4
Typical workout duration: No more than 60-90 minutes
Training split: 2 days on, 1 day off
Favorite supplement: Karbolyn
What peaked your interest in training?
I have always loved working out and living a healthy, fit lifestyle. Joining the competition world has allowed me to step it up to another level, test and push my limits.
Who influences/influenced your training?
I always keep my eye on the prize, bringing home the hardware. Other competitors fuel my motivation even though I'm always competing only against myself. I always keep it in my mind that others are not slacking in the gym and they are going to bring their best.
Sports: Football, Baseball
Special interests: Understanding supplements and nutrition and how they affect/benefit the body, information technology, Florida Gators Football, pit bulls, and movie theatres.
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history?
Jax Physique 2012 Placed 1st and took Overall
All South 2010 DNP
Miami South Beach Classic 2012 Placed 5th qualifying for Nationals
Jr USA's 2013 Placed 13th
Dexter Jackson Classic 2013 Placed 8th
Florida State Championships 2013 Placed 8th
Next planned competition:
Competing November 2nd at All South Championships hoping to qualify for Nationals in Fort Lauderdale 2 weeks after. I will be competing in Fort Lauderdale if I place 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
Not setting my goals too far out of reach. Keeping them short and obtainable and always stepping it up to the next level each time.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
Most people think all I do is train and compete. But I am a fulltime employee for the government, so training is done on my free time. So I stay very, very busy trying to juggle my work life with my competition lifestyle.