About Muscle talk to Alex Carneiro, An IFBB Physique Model who started training when at 17 and found a love for the sport and is now a IFBB Pro Physique Athlete! Learn how he used his determination to get where he is today!
Could You Tell Us A Bit About Yourself and How You Got Involved In Fitness?
Starting my fitness path began when I was 17 years old and my older brother decided to take me to his local gym one summer. Once I started training just recreationally three times per week I started noticing some results in physical change in my body and so did my peers. Back then the fact that my peers were noticing results and that girls were more social with me kept me going. After a couple of weeks of training I decided that I needed to do some more research on how to improve my look and how I would be able to get there. I researched and research and read articles upon articles every night and the more I read the more intrigued and excited I was. Applying what I was reading was exciting and intriguing for me. It was around my senior year in High School that I knew I had to decide what I needed to do with the rest of my life and since this was something I loved to read and apply I decided to get a major in Sports and Exercise Science in order to pursue more knowledge in the human physiology and anatomy. Today I am no longer a bodybuilder but I consider myself a physique athlete with the new NPC Men’s Physique division. The sport still needs to grow but I consider myself still a physique athlete nevertheless as I am no longer pursuing a path/journey into the bodybuilding world.
What Helps You Stay Motivated?
Motivation derives differently for everyone. What motivates one person might not even spark interest for the other person so truly finding what inspires you to keep motivated is extremely important. Since I was a teen back home in South America I knew I wanted to be big in the fitness industry, then again that dream is not uncommon. I knew that if I wanted to be different than others I would need to push myself harder than anyone else and go against all odds. When I began my journey to training I did not really have a lot of incentive from family and peers, they just thought it was a fad or hobby for the moment and that in a couple of months I would have moved on to the next thing but really that was what motivated me to push myself harder; what others told me I could never do I used as motivation to prove them wrong. Step by step, month by month I kept my fire behind my head and always kept the original reason going on no matter what others believed in. Every time someone would say you’re not good enough for that I’d work harder to prove them wrong. Today I stand where I stand having never talked to so many people in my past because I don’t want to have anything to do with people who were not supportive of my beginning.
What Is Your Training Philosophy?
Weight training, resistance training, strength training etc they are requires in order to develop the type of body that you want. There are many types of training styles out there these days and it’s finding the one that works best for your type of body that is important. If it works for person “A” it doesn’t mean that it will work exactly for person “B” hence experimenting with some different style of weight training is essential. It’s also a must if anyone is trying to develop a more muscular body type as our bodies need some type of stimulation in order to change and have to adapt too and that’s when weight training plays its role.
What Does Your Workout Plan Look Like?
DAY 1: Chest, Biceps and Abs
DAY 2: Shoulders, Triceps and Abs
DAY 3: Quads, Hamstrings and Calves
DAY 4: Back, Shoulders and Abs
DAY 5: Biceps, Triceps and Abs
DAY 6: Cardio
DAY 7: Rest Day
What Is Your Philosophy On Nutrition?
The phrase “you are what you eat” is what I believe. If you are constantly eating unhealthy foods filled with fats and high simple carbs then you won’t probably look the way you have always wanted to look. I make sure all my clients understand that nutrition is 70% of the battle when it comes to any changes in the body; whether you are trying to gain weight, lose it or anything in between you won’t be able to achieve so without a balanced nutritional regimen. You have to eat to grow if you want to gain weight and size and you have to decrease your calories and make sure you are eating healthier options if you desire weight loss. Nutrition is the key to almost everything when change is wanted in the body. There are three pillars in my opinion to achiving your desired goal. Nutrition, training and rest. If you take one of those down the other two will not work at their best.
What Does Your Nutrition Plan Look Like?
My diet is CLEAN all year round, once or twice a week I will have a cheat meal which consists of anything I really craze on eating. Nutrition is the number one reason why people don’t achieve their goals so it needs to right on place all year. Currently I am dieting down for my first Men’s Physique Show so my macros look the following:
Protein: approx 250g
Lipids: 30g (from healthy sources)
2 egg Yolks,
8 egg whites,
cup of oatmeal,
8 .oz Steak
1 cup steamed vegetables
Pro Complex Shake
10 .oz Ground-Turkey
1 cup steamed vegetables
1 tbsp honey
ON Casein Raspberry
What Do You Love Most About Fitness?
You can buy a car, buy nice clothes and buy a nice house but you cannot buy health. You need to work for it and only those who want to commit to it can truly excel at it. Fitness is my life and lifestyle. Both my wife and I have adopted this life and it would never leave us.
Who Are Your Favorite Athletes, Bodybuilders and Fitness Model?
I used to admire a group of athletes; Brandon Curry and Stan McQuay are bodybuilders I always like to see how they look as their proportion and symmetry is one of the best in the bodybuilding world. However with the introduction of the NPC Men’s Physique, I only admire myself; I am my best friend and worst enemy right now and I hope that in the future people will know me for my Professional status in the Physique sport.
You Consider Yourself Not As A Bodybuilder But As A Physique Athlete. Can You Explain The Difference?
This is a GREAT question! The NPC just added this new division this year, it was announced last year after I had finished the Olympia Muscle and Fitness cover search. Some believe that that competition was a prototype for this new division and I would concur with that. The biggest differences between bodybuilding and physique will be that the physique athletes will have a more athletic looks, less massive body parts and not as shredded down muscle as bodybuilders have at a pro level. This division still has no face for people to compare and I am wanting to provide that this year. Many are still wondering what it’s going to be like and I’m just excited to be part of it. A physique athlete will probably stay leaner all year in comparison to most bodybuilders who take off-seasons and add 20-30 lbs on their frames in order to gain muscle size. Competition wise physique athletes won’t need to do a 60sec posing routine and wont have to wear the posing suits. We will be asked to wear board shorts. Personally I have a problem with this as I have worked hard for my leg development and I would like to show some of it but hopefully judges will keep an eye on that. I did great in my opinion last year as a bodybuilder but I know my future lies in the new physique world. Gaining that IFBB Pro ranking in Physique is my goal right now.
Any Advice For Our Readers?
My best advice for anyone is to stay consistent and stay hungry; not only in the terms of eating healthy but hungry for what you want. In life you need to go and get what you want, don’t be waiting for someone in a silver tray to hand you everything, go after what you want. Visualize what type of body you want and try to communicate with those who have a similar look that you want to educate yourself from.
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