About-Muscle talk with this our featured Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week, Jordan Hanna. Jordan ditched his unhealthy gamer lifestyle and became an broke his became an amateur bodybuilder
Could You Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And How You Got Involved In Fitness?
I started fitness when I was 16. I was heavily involved in games, fast food and being sedentary. I would have pizzas, poutines, energy drinks on a daily basis, and slowly I could feel myself becoming something I despised. After looking down one night, and grabbing my stomach, I could hardly contain it in my hands. to me at the time it was alarming and I said I was done with this (not that I still don’t love pizza lol..). I then looked all over youtube for training videos and help and came across scooby1961. In a short span of time I surpassed his nutrition and training programs, so I devised my own.
What Helps You Stay Motivated?
Its very easy to stay motivated (for me) if you love doing something. I love to lift, I love being in the gym so it makes sense why I enjoy more volume-based workouts, although I have changed somewhat. With my history of gaming, and how you play them I created goals very similar in manner to the games I once played: shoot for a certain item – or in this case, bodyfat percentage – and grind it out and achieve it. So to me, lifting is a game in a sense so its always a good time. I love aiming to break personal records in lifts so I can combine bodybuilding with powerlifting principles.
What Is Your Training Philosopy?
Go heavy as possible with good form; maximize intensity. I gained my knowledge and appreciation for heavy training from mike mentzer, franco columbo, skip la cour, dorian yates and lee priest. The main thing for me is to train as heavy as possible, hit the muscle group from different angles/positions as well as utilizing dumbbells, barbells, cables and/or machines and lastly using drop sets and rest-pauses. This way the training becomes varied every workout, and adds some flavour to the conversation.
What Does Your Workout Plan Look Like?
My routine is a little different now. Contest-prep I was doing 2 on 1 off; muscle group every 6 days. This is monday-saturday, I love it!! Training splits a bit weird for some possibly, but it emphasizes (for me) my lagging parts; arms and hamstrings. drop sets on last set of EVERY exercise. first two sets are “prepping the oven”, the 2nd two or last one are full on exhaustion.
How Often Do You Perform Cardio?
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For me, this is enough to stay somewhat lean, remain aesthetic but also conserve as much power as possible – a good compromise between strength and aesthetics. It consists of 20-30m of 15% incline walking on a treadmill, at around 3.5-4mp/h. phew.
What Does Your Nutrition Plan Look Like?
Right now, im doing 325g protein, 150g fat, 150g carbs. I eat 65% of my carbs post workout as a whole meal. whether it’s homemade macaroni, or steak and potatoes, or chicken alfredo, its there. Typically this:
How Do You Deal With Cravings?
Sometimes I have small cheats like 2-5 gummy bears. During contest time though, it was MUCH harder. My blood sugar was so low, I was shaking lol. To stop this, I popped a gummy bear, or a chocolate chip. Crystal lite water helped a lot too. You need to derive enjoyment from your main meals; don’t eat for just pleasure, that’s what cheat meals are for.
What Do Find Works Best When Cutting?
Cardio, cardio and cardio. But most importantly diet. You can take whatever you like, and exercise like a gladiator, but if you eat like a truck driver, say goodbye to abs and aesthetics. Eat clean and train dirty.
What Supplements Do You Use?
My philosophy on supplements has changed. I went from trying everything under the sun to basics: protein, multi-vitamin/mineral and creatine. Thats all. Pre workouts, post workouts, bed time sups, all that are optional. If you have the cash and want to play around, by all means they do sometimes help AS LONG as you have nutrition and exercise in place. A fat burner won’t do very much if you are bulking on pizza i’ll tell ya that. So keep it basic, its better for the mind and the wallet.
What Activities and Hobbies Do You Enjoy When You Are Away From The Gym?
I love music, varying from punk, to metal, to dustup to reggae to ska. I play guitar as well which is a ton of fun for me. Outside of the gym, i’m getting my degree in environmental studies focusing on environmental-economic policy. Off the beaten path as far as bodybuilding goes (lol) but i really love it. Documentaries such as an inconvenient truth, collapse, white water black gold, food inc and so on inspire me to do what I can and give back.
What Is Your Favorite Workout Music?
Im not a fan of training without music. I love it. Fast paced punk rock, metal are what I get pumped up to. Bands like NOFX, bad religion, Dozer, Misery Index, protest the hero, get me fired up and ready for war.
What Is Your Greatest Achievement?
In my first show getting two 2nd place trohpies; junior (under 21) and light heavyweight (188-197lbs where I was 188lbs). It felt amazing achieving that as my first show.
What Is Your Favorite Quote?Without pain, without sacrifice we would have nothing. like the first monkey being shot into space Click To Tweet
What Do You Love About Competing?
Atmosphere, and the leading up to it. You get so fed up the 2 weeks leading up to the show, you’re in a daze, you’re tired, exhausted but when the day comes lemme tell you, you’re so pumped and alive its fantastic. The people I came across who were competing along side me (bodybuilding and otherwise) were such lovely people, full of life and just very nice to befriend. Not to mention the gratification and the ability to pig out after. After my show I had a large dominos pizza and a large blizzard, I promptly bloated and fell asleep for 10 hours.
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