Earning My “Open” Natural Pro Card at Age 51

At a Glance: Robin Marion

Age: 51

Occupation: Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, Retired Military, Owner Velvet & Steel Fitness

Current Residence: Waldorf, MD

Years training: 30+

Height: 5'7.5"

Weight: 145-150 (off-season), 130 (contest)

Favorite Fitness Meal: Roast chicken breast, redskin potatoes, asparagus

Favorite Supplements: Beverly UMP, Muscle Synergy, Lean Out, 7-Keto MuscLean, Quadracarn, Density, and Glutamine Select. I use these supplements to help sculpt and define
my body as well as dropping bodyfat and leaning out my physique. The UMP tastes great and I love all the things I can do with it. I’ve had protein muffins, protein pancakes and I use it in my oatmeal. They are made with great and natural ingredients. All the info on the products is upfront. Nothing hidden and the company reps are very knowledgeable on the products as well. I started using Beverly supplements in 2012 and I haven’t looked back. I love them and the results they produce. I also became a reseller of Beverly Supplements.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: I would recommend they look up the supplements on the Beverly website (www.beverlyinternational.com) and contact a company rep (800-781-3475 M-F 9-4 ET). There are good descriptions for each product and what it does, but talking to someone will allow you to get more detailed info or ask questions the product info may not provide. The company reps also help develop the right combination of supplements to help you achieve your goals.

Music: All Genres

Most Inspiring Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: Spending time with family, reading, shopping, cooking.

Words to live by: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Editors note: Robin was featured in a No Nonsense article in 2017. Since that time she has made tremendous improvements in her physique. At age 51, she achieved the best condition of her life. (And this is after 30+ years of training!) We thought it would be inspirational and educational to update you with a brief Q&A and list the current diet, supplements, and training programs she uses to achieve her remarkable results.

I am a retired US Army Soldier and mother of five (blended family), with seven grandkids and one grandcat. I have always been active but struggled with various medical conditions that have affected my levels of activity. Serious bouts of fatigue followed many of my very active days. This made follow up activities nearly impossible to do. While I have never struggled with being overweight, I always struggled with being underweight. I actually had to gain weight in order to enlist in the military. My medical conditions did not stop me from doing what I wanted to do. I just had to get creative in my approach to doing them. However, the issues I was dealing with did contribute to bouts of depression and low self-confidence. Some things we can change and some we cannot. Some are meant to be changed and some are not. I believe we truly become free to love “who and how we are” when we accept “who and how we are.”

How did you get started lifting?
I’ve been active all my life but the military amplified that. My first supervisor in 1989 introduced me to bodybuilding while stationed in Korea. That’s where I did my first bodybuilding competition and I loved it.

Did you have any problems starting out that other readers might relate too?
My biggest challenge was adjusting to the strict nutrition plan required for bodybuilding success. I can work out for hours but sticking to my nutrition plan has always tested my discipline.

Did you try anything that didn’t work?
I had too many conflicting goals. My training and nutrition were not in sync. I’d try to circumvent lapses in my nutrition plan by adding more training.

What did you do to solve the problem?
Follow the plan. Prioritize my goals and stick to one at a time. What you do or don’t do with nutrition shows on your physique. Proper nutrition is critical.

What were the results of prioritizing your goal & sticking to the plan?
My preps were less stressful when I trusted the process. I have a tendency to second guess things as it relates to my body and what I see. Don’t be afraid to ask your coach about their methods and the why, when, how, or what of the process. They are often learning your body just like you are. Contest prep has now become second nature to me. This means I don’t overstress or over think them. I listen to my coach and we have become a team that works together to have a healthy prep while bringing my best package to the stage. The results? Higher placings, and 2 OCB Pro Cards. Under my current coach I have only placed outside of Top 5 once. All other placings have been 1st or 2nd place. This year’s goal was to obtain my Open Figure Pro card in the OCB. I had already obtained my Masters Figure Pro Card. I told my coach what I wanted and he developed a plan which I followed. The result was earning that Open Pro Card in June 2021.

Diet

Here is the diet I followed to earn my OCB Open Figure pro card

Meal 1 

Ground beef, white rice, spinach

Meal 2

Chicken breast, red skin potatoes, veggies

Meal 3

Chicken breast, red skin potatoes, veggies

Meal 4

Shrimp or white fish, white rice

1 gallon of water daily

Pretty basic, right? The key is STICK TO THE PLAN! I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my meals. My “off plan” meals are few and far between and I’m okay with that. If I go off the rails too much my digestive system doesn’t like it. My favorite “off plan” meals are oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries, cheeseburger and fries, and Lorna Doone cookies.

Supplements

Glutamine Select I add to my water and drink throughout the day Lean Out and 3 7-Keto MuscLean (with meals 1 and 3)

Density Two tablets with each meal

UMP Post-workout

Muscle Synergy Pre-workout

Quadracarn 3 tablets pre-workout, 3 tablets with meals 2 and 4 (9 tablets total per day)

Mass Aminos and Ultra 40 I follow the directions on the bottles and take one tablet of each for every ten pounds of my bodyweight. This comes out to 13-15 each of Mass and Ultra 40 per day. If you follow the directions these two supplements will give you great results.

FitTabs Two tablets with meals 1 and 3 (4 tablets daily)

Training

I am currently training each body part once every eight days. However, when in contest prep mode I change to six days per week and hit each muscle group twice. I perform 3-4 sets per exercise. Rep ranges are 8-10 on heavy days and 12-15 on volume days. I focus on progressive overload and time under tension training.

Day 1 (Quad Focus)
Leg Extension
Leg Press
Smith Machine Squat Hack Squat
Seated Calf Raise

Day 2 (Chest)
Dumbbell Incline Press
Smith Machine Incline Press
Flat Bench Barbell Press
Incline Cable Flye

Day 3 (Back)
Pull-ups (assisted or unassisted)
T-Bar or Barbell Rows
Cable Row
Dumbbell Row
Dumbbell Pullover

Day 4 (Rest)

Day 5 (Hamstrings)
Walking Lunges
Deadlifts (Sumo and Stiff-leg) I change the type weekly
Lying Hamstring Curl
Single-leg Hamstring Curl
Standing Calf Raise

Day 6 (Arms)
Skull Crushers
Triceps Pressdown
Cable Kickback
Alternate Dumbbell Curl
Hammer Curl
One-arm Preacher Curl

Day 7 (Shoulders)
Smith Machine Shoulder Press
Cable Side Lateral Raise
Machine Reverse Flye
Shoulder Shrug
Dumbbell Front Raise

Day 8 (Rest)

Start over at Day 1

Closing Thoughts

The sport of bodybuilding is not easy. I’ve done many competitive events and bodybuilding is by far the hardest I’ve ever trained for. It requires discipline, consistency and true GRIT. Although I am a personal trainer and coach, hiring a contest prep coach and posing coach is the best thing I could have done. It took a lot of the guess work out of things for me. Get the mental part on board and the rest will follow. Be committed to the process. There is no circumventing what works in the process. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Regardless of the outcome on the stage there is always something to be learned about yourself and others in the process. The result is always a win.

This year I competed in 4 competitions in a month and a half, and it was by far the hardest yet best prep season I’ve had. It was grueling but I am extremely happy with the outcome and look forward to the next competition season.

2021 Competition Season Results:

  • OCB Atlantic Super Show 1st Place Class C
  • OCB Catonsville Conqueror 2nd Place Class B
  • OCB Jersey Natural 2nd Place Class B
  • OCB Colonial Open, Figure Open Pro

I am extremely thankful for my support system in my husband, children, family and friends, my Coach Donovan Strong and Team Strong Physiques, Posing Coach Tina Johnson, my clients of Velvet & Steel Fitness and the OCB Organization.

If it’s in Your Heart to Compete, DO IT! (No matter your age)

At a Glance: Andrea Edwards

Age: 55

Occupation: Medical Assistant at OH ENT & Allergy Physicians in Columbus, OH

Current Residence: Columbus, OH

Years training: 40

Height: 5'0"

Weight: 124 (off-season), 114 (contest)

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Tilapia and green beans with avocado oil

Favorite Supplements:  Muscularity, GH Factor, Glutamine, Quadracarn. I add Lean Out, 7-Keto MuscLean, and Muscle Synergy when dieting for competition.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: I would highly recommend Muscle Synergy, Glutamine Select, Quadracarn, and GH Factor for building muscle and recovery; Lean Out and 7-Keto MuscLean are fundamental for increasing metabolism and getting shredded.

Most Inspiring Book: Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer.

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: Writing, painting, shopping (of course!), and spending time with my three dogs.

Words to live by: DON'T QUIT!! You grow through what you go through.

My bodybuilding journey began 41 years ago when I joined (with my Mother's permission) a Fitness Center for women at age 14. That was the era of leotards, leg warmers, and headbands. (all of which I wore proudly). In addition to the hip shaker machine (as I called it), which consisted of a band, you put around your waist, and the machine proceeded to shake the weight off of your hips and thighs, they also had a few Nautilus machines. After testing out the equipment with no knowledge of what I was doing, I was immediately hooked! One thing led to another, and I joined (again with my Mother's permission) a "real" gym with free weights and posters of famous bodybuilders on the wall, including Rachel McLish. She was my inspiration for lifting weights and later on competing. Fast forward quite a few years which included working at gyms, being a personal trainer, competing, and a tour of duty in the Navy; here we were in 2020.

I stepped away from competing for 19 years due to "life happenings" and some personal struggles, which I won't go into detail about. I decided to reenter the competition world last year. I have competed in three NPC shows so far and plan to compete in Nationals next year. I had hesitations about competing again at age 54, but after meeting with Mike Francois at Metro Fitness in Worthington, OH, I decided to go for it. I had 12 weeks to get ready for his show. Luckily, I had kept myself in good shape over the years, so it was an attainable goal.

My advice to anyone who thinks they are too old, not pretty enough, muscular enough, or whatever other excuses we tell ourselves is to ignore that voice in your head. If it is in your heart to compete, then DO IT! Life is too short for regrets. What's the worst that can happen? You don't place or win. But you did win because you had the guts and drive to do what very few people in this world can do. That makes you a winner! Anything else is icing on the cake.

Diet

Meal One
6 egg whites, 1 yolk, ¹⁄₄ c blueberries, ¹⁄₂ c oatmeal, coffee

Meal Two
2 one scoop whey protein (Muscle Provider)

Meal Three
6oz fish or chicken, 4oz yam, 1 cup vegetables

Meal Four
6oz fish, chicken, or beef, ¹⁄₂ c rice or ¹⁄₂ yam, spinach salad, or 1 cup vegetables, 1-2 tbsp flaxseed oil

Meal Five
Protein pancake (3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 scoop vanilla UMP, additional vanilla, and cinnamon to taste. I add a little water sometimes too. Cook over low to medium heat with non-stick spray. Top with sugar-free syrup.)

Supplements

I have tried many different supplements over the years and spent a lot of money for little to no results. None have given me results like Beverly International. I can honestly say that Beverly International products are of the highest quality and will give you the results you are looking for. 7-Keto MuscLean, Lean Out, and Quadracarn are a must for fat burning and increased vascularity with contest prep, especially as you age. Muscle Synergy, Muscularity, and Density are essential for preserving muscle on a contest diet.

Supplement Schedule

  • GH Factor 6 with meal 1
  • Lean Out 1 with each meal
  • 7-Keto MuscLean 2 with meals 1, 3 and 5
  • Quadracarn 3 tablets twice a day
  • Glutamine Select 1 scoop before workout
  • Muscularity 2 capsules three times a day
  • Muscle Synergy 1 scoop per day
  • Density 5 tablets per day

Training

Mon & Thurs: Shoulders/Tris

Machine Shoulder Press 4x12
Side Laterals 4x12-15
Dumbbell Press 4x12
Arnold Press 4x12
Skull Crushers 4x12
Cable Upright Row 4x12-15
Reverse Pec Dec 4x12
Rope Pushdown 4x12
Abs

Tues & Fri: Legs

Leg Extension 4x15
Leg Curl 4x15
Walking Lunges
Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 4x15
Hack Squats 4x12-15
Lying Single-leg Press 4x15
Bulgarian Split Squat 4x15
Leg Press 4x12-15
Donkey Calf Raises 3x30
Seated Calf Raises 3x30

Wed: Back

Wide Grip Pulldown 4x15
Cable Row 4x12
Close Grip Pulldown 4x12
Deadlift 4x8-12
1 Arm DB Row 4x8-12
Hyperextensions 4x15-20
Abs

Sat: Chest/Biceps

Incline DB Press 4x8-12
Hammer Curl 4x10
Bench Press 4x8-12
Preacher Curl 4x10
Cable Flye 4x12-15
Dumbbell Curl 4x10
Abs

Cardio Schedule

Off-Season: 30-minute sessions, 4 to 5 times a week.
Contest Prep: 30–60-minute sessions, 4 to 6 times a week.
I prefer the treadmill, elliptical, and StairMaster machines. I add sprints during contest prep.

Tips on Presentation

Practice practice practice! You can never be too prepared. Watch videos of other competitors, or find a good posing coach. Your time on stage is limited so bring your best. You've worked hard for many weeks to get there, it wasn't easy, but you did it. And even if you don't win or place, it's ok as long as you can say I did my best.

Final Thoughts

Don't compare yourself to others. Be the best version of YOU that you can be. No one can do you better than you! Stay the course and keep grinding.

NEVER QUIT!

A Lifetime of Health and Fitness

At a Glance: Joe Toth

Age: 52

Occupation or Education: Master's Degree in Special Education and Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. I am an intervention specialist for Akron Public Schools. I teach children with severe emotional disabilities.

Family: Wife and two daughters

Residence: Kent, Ohio

Years training: 35 years

Weight: 192 (off-season), 185 (contestt)

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Chicken and rice with salsa

Favorite Supplements:

UMP: Absolutely the best meal replacement (recommended by Ryan Propst).

Creatine Select: Proven by science and my gains in the gym to be effective

ZMA 2000: Help with my sleep and recovery

Muscularity: A must when I'm dieting to preserve hard-earned natural muscle

What would you recommend to someone getting started on Beverly supplements? First, I would congratulate them on choosing the best quality product that you can find. I recommend that you start with a protein such as Ultimate Muscle Protein (UMP) or Muscle Provider (MP). Next, I would recommend Creatine Select. Creatine is backed by science to be an effective muscle builder. I would also recommend taking FitTabs as an excellent mineral source to help with protein absorption and speed up recovery after a workout.

Music: I listen to everything from Toby Mac to Ozzy Osbourne.

Words to live by: Do not judge because you will be judged. Matthew 7:1

The Beginning

Coming from a family of professional athletes, fitness was as common as waking up every morning and brushing my teeth. As a young boy, it was never what sport I was going to be involved in; the expectation was what sport were you going to excel in?

The bodybuilding bug hit when I was in 8th grade with the influence of my swole gym teacher, Mr. Dave Douglas, who taught me the basics of bodybuilding.

Though Mr. Douglas taught me the basics of working out, I didn't understand the aspects and benefits of proper nutrition and supplementation until I began training at a local bodybuilding gym,
"Bodybuilders Inc" in Akron, Ohio.  One day I got up enough nerve to ask the biggest guy in the gym how he got so big and strong. He pointed out the protein and supplements he was taking. They were from a company called Beverly International. Of course, I immediately bought the protein and took it religiously after each workout as directed. I gained 10 pounds of quality muscle that summer and decided to compete in my first bodybuilding show. I entered the Mr. Akron and won my class at 15 years old.

As time went on, I continued to religiously take the Beverly International supplements that jump-started my bodybuilding passion as I won several titles in bodybuilding and powerlifting.

I won two state titles in powerlifting. But I became discouraged with the amount of drugs being used in bodybuilding and stopped competing for ten years. I continued training hard and always had the dream of maybe competing again in the back of my head. My dream became a reality when I learned of Dave Lieberman's drug-tested NPC Mr. Ohio contest. I would return to the bodybuilding stage in 2012 and vowed to come in my best shape ever. I ramped up my training and went with the same Beverly International supplements that I had used to ramp up my initial bodybuilding passion.

I won the overall in both the open and masters divisions. This achievement would not have been possible without the help of Dave Liberman and my consistent use of Beverly International supplements.

Today

I still compete, write diet and nutrition plans for clients, train others, and consistently preach healthy living. As I write this article, I am preparing for the 2021 Natural Northern USA and Yorton Cup, which are considered the country's best and biggest natural shows. At 52 years old, training has gotten more difficult and taxing; therefore, my supplementation and nutrition have become even more critical. There is no doubt in my mind that I have maintained a 20-year-old body at 52 years young because of my nutrition and supplementation with Beverly International products.

Training

I'm a big believer in training the muscle according to fast-twitch or slow-twitch fibers. I have a heavy day and a light day to accommodate both types of muscle fibers.

Monday: Chest and Triceps

Dumbbell Incline Press 3x6 heavy
Dumbbell Incline Flye 5x8
Machine Bench Press 3x6
Dips 2x max reps
Triceps Pushdown 6x8
Dumbbell Kickbacks 4x10

Tuesday: Legs and Abs

Squat machine 10x15-4
Leg Press feet high 3x6
Glute Bridge with tension bands 5x6-12
Rack Pulls 4x6-10
Romanian Deadlifts 4x4-12
Ab Rope Pulldowns 4x20
Decline Sit-ups 3x20
Flutter Kicks 3x1 minute
Lower Back Extension 4x15

Wednesday: Rest

 

Thursday: Back and Biceps

Wide-Grip Pull-Ups 6x8
Power-Grip Chin-Ups 3x8
T-Bar Rows 3x10
Bent-Over Rows 3x8
Three-way Lat Pulldowns 3x10
Straight Arm Pulldowns 3x8
Standing EZ-Bar Curls 4x6-8
Hammer Curls 4x6-8
Concentration Curls 3x10

Friday: Shoulder and Traps

Machine Military Press 4x12
DB Front Raise 4x12
Upright Rows 4x15
DB Lateral Raise 3x15
DB Shrugs 4x10

Saturday: Abs and Core
Rope Crunches 4x20
Decline Sit-ups 3x20
Flutter Kicks 3x1 minute
Lower Back Extension 4x12

Sunday: Rest, food prep

Nutrition & Supplements

Pre-Contest at 8 weeks out

Meal One
Two scoops of UMP, ¹⁄₂ cup oatmeal, 1tbsp MCT oil, 1-2 scoops Glutamine Select, 3 Muscularity capsules, 2 FitTabs

Meal Two
One cup liquid egg whites, 6oz of baked potato, ¹⁄₄ cup almonds, 1 scoop Creatine Select, 3 Muscularity

Meal Three
6oz chicken or venison, 1 cup cooked rice, 2 tbsp MCT oil, 1 scoop Glutamine Select, 3 Muscularity

Meal Four
6oz chicken or venison, 1 cup cooked rice, 2 tbsp MCT oil, 2 FitTabs, 1 scoop Creatine Select, 3 Muscularity

Meal Five
1.5 scoops UMP, 2 tbsp peanut butter, ZMA 2000 3 capsules before bed

I follow the above diet for three days, then add more carbs on the fourth day. Increase rice to 1.5 cups at meals 3 and 4 and add five rice cakes to meal 5. I repeat this cycle until you are three weeks out.

Overcoming Death to Make My Bodybuilding Dreams Come True

I'm a straight-talker, and I can honestly say that my life has been guided by bodybuilding. I started bodybuilding back in 1998 after taking a job at a reputable tree company. I had always been small and skinny. Yet my new job required me to climb and cut down trees. Often, I needed to trim limbs very close to electric power lines. The tools were heavy. I needed to be much stronger to do my job well. I wanted to succeed, and bodybuilding provided the best answer to gaining the size, strength, and endurance I needed to gain the respect of my crew and management.

The tools got heavier as the demands of my job grew. A big part of it was cutting logs in hurricane-stricken states. Not only was upper-body strength required, but I also needed to improve my leg strength which is essential for a climbing arborist. I had begun a weight training program and was making progress, but not enough. After nearly a year, my weight stood at 135lbs. Then I added Beverly International supplements to my regimen. A daily intake of Beverly proteins, Creatine Select and Glutamine Select, increased my weight to 150lbs in six months. That's when I fell in love with bodybuilding, and it became my life's passion. Despite my extremely physically demanding job, I was going to the gym 6-7 days a week for two hours at a time. I began to prepare for my first bodybuilding contest.

In 2008, my life changed dramatically. I was critically injured one day while pulling the top of a tree over. As I best recollect, the top snagged in a second tree beside it and caused the top I was holding to pop free and fall onto the wire that I was pulling it away from. Twelve thousand five hundred volts went through my left arm, down through my chest cavity, and exited through my left leg, killing me instantly. My circulatory system shut down. The weight of the top of the tree was heavy enough to go through the wire and break the current, which allowed me to let go. Now lifeless and hanging in the tree, my coworkers brought me down in an aerial rescue. My crew started CPR. I was revived over life-flight to Cleveland Metrohealth Medical Center.

Although electrocution on the job postponed my bodybuilding dream, it was not ended. I remember while in the hospital staring at the EKG machine and trying to ignore the fears of losing my sport. I was unable to move my arm. My ribs were fractured due to the CPR the paramedics performed to revive me to life. When a person is electrocuted, it cooks a person from the inside out like a hotdog. My heart had been traumatized, and the doctors speculated that I would never be able to use my left arm correctly or at full strength ever again. They called it rehab, but I saw rehabilitation as my road back to bodybuilding.

I would repeat to myself, "I will not let my dream die, I will not" during every therapy session. Doctors gave me a small EKG device that was hooked to my belt. My injury left me with a heart murmur, bradycardia and my heart would frighteningly misfire, causing mini heart attacks. Yet, I persevered as any died in the wool bodybuilder would. Through encouragement and grit, my arm began to work correctly. I left the hospital and therapy sessions with enough progress that I was able to get myself back in the gym.

I wanted my bodybuilding back. I wouldn't listen to anyone who remarked I shouldn't or couldn't do it again. My arm wasn't 100%. (I still have a small amount of muscle deformation on my left arm where the electricity entered my body as a reminder of that time.) I decided to go all out on a complete nutrition regimen and daily workout program. I took Beverly's Glutamine Select to speed recovery and reduce muscle soreness, while Creatine Select increased my strength, power, speed, and stamina. I stacked those two products with UMP protein to support the muscle rebuilding process and gradually regained my lost muscle.

Ten years after my accident, my heart had finally healed itself, and I was able to stop taking all the prescription medication that followed my injury. I was ready to compete in bodybuilding. Doctors and therapists were amazed, but I did it. Now at the age of 44, I entered my first bodybuilding competition. I signed up for the 2021 Northcoast Championships weighing 182lbs. As the competition grew closer, I leaned out. I added Lean Out to my UMP, Creatine Select, and Glutamine Select stack for pre-contest preparation. If someone wants to compete, Lean Out is a must for a cutting diet.

I cut my weight to 164lbs and entered nine events doing novice, open, and masters in bodybuilding, classic physique, and men's physique as a welter-weight. I medaled four times. Frankly, I almost cried, knowing what I'd overcome and trained so hard for. My road to these medals took over 20 years, but I never lost my passion for bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding still helps me be a maniac at tree-work. But this one competition isn't enough. Joe Toth, a former Mr. Ohio and 3X powerlifting champ, is going to coach me. My goal now is to become a pro. I will never give up on this dream and will come out blasting, bigger, stronger, and better than ever!

Training

This is what my weekly training routine looks like. Each body part gets worked twice per week. One day is a heavy, low repetition day, and the other is a lighter, high repetition day.

 

 

 

Sunday: Legs
Monday: Chest/Triceps
Tuesday: Back/Biceps
Wednesday: Shoulders
Thursday: Legs
Friday: Chest/Triceps
Saturday: Back/Biceps

Leg Work
Machine Squat 5x5-8
Angle Leg Press 5x6-8
Abduction 3x10
Adduction 3x10
Glute Thrust 5x8
RDL's with Dumbbells 6x6-10
Calf Raises 6x6-10

Chest Work: Workout 1
Dumbbell Bench Press 4x6
Dumbbell Incline Press 4x6
Mid Pulley Crossover 3x8
Weighted Dip 3x10
Rope or Cable Extension 8x6

Triceps
Cable Pull Downs 6x10-12
Nose Busters 4x10/10/20's
Dumbbell Kickbacks 4x10

Back Work / Lats
Wide Grip Pull-ups 3 sets of 45 seconds
Rack Pulls 3x8
Underhand Grip Inverted Row 3x10

 

Biceps
Dumbbell Isolations Curls 5x8-10
Dumbbell Hammer Curls 5x8-10
Dumbbell Cross Chest Curls 5x8-10
Machine Curls 3 sets to failure

Shoulders
Overhead Dumbbell Press 4x6-8
Dumbbell Shrugs 4x6-8
Dumbbell Front Raises 6x8-10
Incline Dumbbell Lateral Raises 6x8-10
Dumbbell Side Raises 6x10

Traps
Lawn Mower Rows 4x10
Elbows Out Chest Support Row 3x10
Prone Trap Raise 3x12

Nutrition Plan

Prepping for Show Diet: 6 meals per day:

Meal One
2 servings UMP protein, 1 tbsp MCT oil,
1 cup oatmeal

Meal Two
6oz chicken, 1 red pepper, ¹⁄₄ cup almonds

Meal Three
10 egg whites, 1 red pepper

Meal Four
2 servings UMP protein, 1 kiwi, 1 tbsp MCT oil

Meal Five
6oz chicken, 1¹⁄₄ cup rice, 1 kiwi

Meal Six
1 scoop UMP protein

Current Prepping Diet: 5 meals per day:

Meal One
10 egg whites or 2 servings UMP protein,
1 tbsp MCT oil, 1 cup oatmeal

Meal Two
10 egg whites, 6oz potato, ¹⁄₄ cup almonds

Meal Three
6oz chicken, 1 cup rice, 2 tbsp MCT oil

Meal Four
6oz chicken, 2 red potatoes or 2 apples,
2 tbsp MCT oil

Meal Five
1 ¹⁄₂ scoops UMP 4 rice cakes,
2 tbsp peanut butter

Supplements

These are the Beverly Products I recommend:

UMP Protein: This is a 90% milk protein isolate obtained from fresh grade
A skim milk. It has a ratio of 80/20 Casein to Whey. That is your fast and your slow-digesting proteins. It is also fortified with Arginine, Glutamine, and BCAA's. That's known as the critical cluster. It is also low in fat and carbs. UMP causes no gas or bloating.

Creatine Select: Promotes strength, power, speed, and stamina. It also promotes muscle building and preservation. Creatine Select is a proven form of creatine plus essential phosphates, electrolytes, and beta-alanine.

Glutamine Select: Helps reduce soreness, quicken recovery, and keep you hydrated. It contains 8000mg total of pharmaceutical Grade L-Glutamine and BCAA's in the same doses shown to enhance lean muscle and strength.

Lean Out: Helps with fat loss and overall wellness. Lean Out contains lipotropics and L-Carnitine, which help transport stored fat to the muscle to burn it as fuel. It can also reduce the urge to overeat and improve carbohydrate tolerance.

My Unique Training and 3-Phase Nutrition Plans

At a Glance: Keanu Soto

Age: 29

Occupation or Education: Personal Development / Strength and Conditioning Coach

Residence: McKinney, TX

Years training: 11 years

Height: 5'11" (but who's counting right?)

Weight: 205-210 all seasons

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Steak and eggs

Favorite Supplements: I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Beverly’s UMP (Ultimate Muscle Protein). First and foremost, the taste is impeccable. Second, I call it my pocketknife protein because it can be utilized in many situations. The 80:20 blend of casein to whey makes it perfect for staving off hunger. I like to use the strawberry flavor for breakfast with my oats. It’s also great before bed.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: I’m telling you, you will not find a better tasting protein. That for me alone is a deal breaker, but then you throw in the fact that it mixes well and is easily digested. Game changer.

Music: You can catch me vibing to a little country during my dynamic warmups, a little hip hop as the workout starts to ramp up. Then during the big boy lifts, I like to get my heavy metal on!

Most Inspiring Book: Hands down Atomic Habits by James Clear. This book has changed the way I live my life.

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: Outside of the gym you can catch me reading some sort of personal development book, watching something nerdy like Star Wars, or having game night with my friends. I’m ULTRA competitive.

Words to live by: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

My name is Keanu, and I'm absolutely obsessed with all aspects of personal development. I've always been intrigued with what makes a high performer a "high performer" (CEOs, billionaires, bodybuilders), so I've made it my life's work to study, emulate, and execute on my findings. I think a huge reason for this is my love for what's called The Hero's Journey. The Hero's Journey is essentially the story of a hero who goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, wins a victory with that newfound knowledge, and then returns home transformed. Examples of this include Luke Skywalker, Frodo Baggins, and Harry Potter in their respective movies.

But WE are the hero in OUR story, all capable of accomplishing great things. Still, those things can only come to fruition through discipline, consistency, grit, mental fortitude, and most importantly, accountability. Even the greatest of heroes' fiction or non-fiction didn't get to those great heights on their own.

How did you get started lifting?
I started lifting because of high school sports, and once I saw the results, I couldn't stop.

Did you have any problems starting out that other readers might relate to?
My greatest struggle when I was starting out was hip mobility and muscle imbalances.

Did you try anything that didn't work?
I was just powering through my workouts without any thought to what might be causing my problems. Mostly because I was 15 and had never given flexibility any attention unless I was in P.E. class, and I had never heard of muscle imbalance.

Tell what you did to solve the problem.
When I became 18, I had acquired my first training mentor (shout out Eain Brooks, love you brother); unbeknownst to him, I would hang on to every word he said.
I would stand within hearing range of him training clients, specifically this one client named Tina who had proprioceptive issues. He spoke one day about fixing imbalances and how addressing those issues would help her move her body in synergy. I started prioritizing stretching in my daily life and incorporating some of the stability work I saw Eain do with Tina in my workouts. Before I knew it, my strength and power shot up exponentially. My back squat shot up from 315x10 to 365x10, and my vertical jump went from 32" to 36" all in a 4–6-month period.

Nutrition

My approach to nutrition is similar to my approach to training. I get the best results with periodization.

Phase 1: I start with what I like to call Metabolic Priming, getting my body back to homeostasis. During this phase, my goal is to get my body back into balance while working on different breathing techniques and meditations to reduce stress.

I start by calculating my basal metabolic rate (BMR), or the calories your body burns by simply being alive using this formula.

For men: BMR = 10W + 6.25H - 5A + 5

For women: BMR 10W + 6.25H - 5A –161

W is body weight in kg, H is body height in cm, A is age in years.

I then take this BMR result and multiply it depending on my activity level:

Sedentary = 1.2

Moderately active = 1.550

Extra active = 1.9

Lightly active = 1.375

Very active = 1.725

 

For example, my BMR is, (955) + (1,135) – (145) + 5 = 1,940. I then multiply it by 1.725 because I would consider myself “very active” at the moment. I get a total of 3,347 calories per day. My goal now becomes to eat 3,347 calories of quality foods (regardless of macros) each day.

Phase 2: Depending on my goal, I call it either the Performance or Aesthetic phase. This phase has three subcategories, Performance, Muscle Building, or Fat Loss.

If my goal is to Perform at a particular event, let’s say a CrossFit competition, I would add 250 - 500 calories steadily, eventually reaching a total of 3,847. I then divide those calories into 50% carbohydrates, 25% proteins, 25% fats.

If my goal is to build muscle, I would slowly add 100 – 350 calories for a total of 3,697. I would then divide those calories into 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, 30% fats.

If my goal is to lose fat, I would slowly begin taking away 100 – 500 calories over time, until I hit my 2847 calorie mark. My macro breakdown for fat loss would be 40% carbohydrates, 40% proteins, 20% fats.

Phase 3: Once the event is over in the case of performance or my metabolism has finally hit its peak for fat loss or needs a temporary break from the number of calories required to build muscle, I will then move into what's called the Lifestyle Phase.

Essentially the Lifestyle Phase is keeping the results I have acquired from the previous phase while slowly either reducing or increasing calories back to what would now be considered my new "maintenance." I allow myself to "live a little during this third phase." I will have a drink here and there with my friends or indulge in an extra cheat day if I feel like it. When I'm close to maintenance again, I then start over with priming my metabolism for Phase 1.

For easy tracking of food and macros I recommend the “MyFitnessPal” app.

Training

Lower Body Day

Lower Body Barbell Complex (Each exercise is performed back-to-back, try not to rest until completed) 3 rounds of 10 reps each, 2-minute rest between rounds. Choose a weight you can comfortably use to complete ten reps of Good Mornings. This weight will be used for each exercise.

Back Squat
Good Mornings
Romanian Deadlift
Deadlift

Lower Body Super Set 4 sets of 15, 12, 8, 5 reps, go heavy on the sets of 8 and 5 reps

Single-Leg Leg Press 15, 12, 8, 5 for each leg
Split Squat 15, 12, 8, 5 each leg

Dumbbell Walking Lunge 20, 15, 10, 5 each leg
Squat Jump 100 Reps, and you're done.

 

Upper Body Day

Alternate Pullup and Push-up
Pullup 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Push-up 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2

Upper Body Super Set 4 sets each

Single Arm Dumbbell Chest Press 12, 10, 8, 6
Single Arm Dumbbell Bent Over Row 12, 10, 8, 6

Upper Body Super Set 4 sets each

Barbell or E.Z. Bar 21's 21 Total Reps, 7 are from the bottom to halfway up, 7 are from the top of the curl position to halfway down, and the last 7 are full curls
(that's one set!)

Triceps Press Down As many reps as possible.
(Choose a weight you think you can get at least 15 - 20 reps with, and don't adjust unless it's to go up in weight.)

I imagine for most readers, these rep ranges and volume are out of line with what you would typically do, and that is EXACTLY why I encourage you to try it. Enjoy your pump.

 

Pushing Through Challenges: My First Contest Prep

At a Glance: Adrienne Schroll

Age: 36

Occupation or Education: B.S. Microbiology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. M.S. Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (Drug Development) – Temple University School of Pharmacy. Currently, work as the Director of Quality for a medical device start-up that is developing an implantable neuromodulation device used to treat chronic migraines.

Family: I have a 13-year-old Yorkie, Jack, and a ginger cat, Gus.

Residence: Minneapolis, MN (but born and raised in Wisconsin)

Years training: 1.5 years specifically training as a bikini athlete, but I have been lifting most of my life to support other sports I have participated in.

Height: 5'3"

Weight: 120-129 (off-season), 110-116 (contest)

Favorite Fitness Meal: UMP Protein Pancakes

Favorite Supplements: UMP Protein Powder – Used to meet protein intake goals, post-workout repair. Glutamine Select – Helps with recovery (Wild Berry tastes great!). Muscle Synergy – Pre-workout supplement.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: UMP Protein Powder – It is unlike the other products on the market. It is truly something you can enjoy drinking. Not only is it a great protein supplement, but for anyone looking to lose weight, it has been my go-to for those late-afternoon and evening cravings.

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: I love the Midwest weather. During the summer months, I spend time with my family and friends out on the lake, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. I play soccer a few times a week and also enjoy running half-marathons. I have learned to embrace the frigid Minnesota winter months through cross-country skiing.

Words to live by: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy.”

In the Fall of 2019, I finished my third marathon and completed graduate school. The anticipation I was feeling for a comfortable life without the stress of graduate school and marathon training was short-lived. I needed something new to challenge me and give me purpose. My career has always been fulfilling, but I knew there had to be more. I wanted to compete in a bodybuilding contest for as long as I can remember, but it was always something I put on the backburner, as I did not know where to start. That all changed as I began to verbalize my goal of competing to friends and family and kept getting positive reinforcement to pursue it. It finally became a reality when I was at a birthday party in January of 2020 and told a friend I was going to start training. I did not have a plan, nor did I have a coach, but I found myself committing to making my dream a reality. Verbalizing my goal was the first step; the second step was finding a coach I could trust.

When I first was looking for a coach, I wanted it to feel as though there was a person invested in helping me and not a robot behind the screen. I also wanted someone that was going to hold me accountable and push me to meet my goals. I found Julie Lohre after failed attempts at finding a reliable trainer locally. I had identified Julie earlier in the process as someone I was interested in learning more about and decided to work with her after our initial phone call.

Working with Julie took my level of understanding of my own body to a much deeper level. I learned how my body responds to certain macronutrients and which types of protein worked best for building lean muscle mass-specific to my metabolism. She varied my training programs as needed to maximize lean muscle and overall leanness while avoiding overtraining. You’ll find the diet and training programs that Julie formulated for my competition journey a little later in this article.

The Hardest Part of My Competition Journey

I went through a very tough breakup about two months before my competition. I felt like my world had been flipped upside down. I moved to a new city and was living alone. The little things that gave me comfort and stability were gone, and I had to establish a new normal. All of this and being in the middle of a pandemic with limited time to spend with friends and family made everything seem a lot harder, including training. I felt physically and emotionally drained, and the thought of competing felt so far out of reach. I could not eat or sleep, and I was struggling to complete my workouts each day. As time passed, I slowly found a new daily routine, and my drive to compete intensified, and I was able to regain focus. It did not happen overnight, and I had my share of bad days, but I took it day by day and knew if I completed my workout(s), it would numb the pain for a while. The week before the contest was one of my worst. I was full of emotion and felt angry and sad about everything that had happened. But all of the emotional pain I was dealing with was a blessing in disguise as what happened at the competition changed me for the better.

I placed first in both the Open Bikini and Debut Bikini classes of the 2020 OCB Sugar Maple Classic (Green Bay, Wisconsin). I was overcome with a rush of emotions! I feel like I accomplished something I never thought was possible and did it at a point in my life where things seemed to be at their worst. The best feeling of all was realizing I did this on my own (with the support of my amazing friends, family, and Julie Lohre). That day was one of the best days of my life.

Training

Below is my workout plan at the eight weeks out from my last show:

Day 1 Lower Body & Abs

Squats 4x10-12
Glute Kickbacks (w/band) 4x10-12
Hand to Elbow Planks 4x10-12
DB Push Press 4x10-12
Hamstring Ball Curl-in 4x10-12
Hanging Knee Raises 4x10-12
Plie Squat 4x10-12
Medicine Ball Oblique Twists 4x10-12

Day 2 Upper Body

Bench Triceps Dips 4x10-12
Incline DB Flyes 4x10-12
Triceps Pressdown 4x10-12
Bent over BB Row 4x10-12
Lateral Raise 4x10-12
Barbell Curl 4x10-12
DB Shoulder Press 4x10-12

Day 3 Rest

 

Day 4 Lower Body & Abs

DB Deadlift 4x10-12
Walking Lunges 4x10-12
Floor Glute Pulses (w/weight) 4x10-12
Upward Hip Thrusts 4x10-12
Bench Step-ups 4x10-12
Squat w/ Side Leg Lift 4x10-12
Ball Crunches 4x10-12

 

Day 5 Cardio/Endurance Circuit Workout

Complete the following circuit as many times as possible in 30 minutes.
10 Burpees
15 Butterfly Sit-ups
20 Air Squats
15 Push-ups
50 Jump Rope Single-Unders
10 Inch Worms
Rest 2 minutes

Day 6 Full Body

DB Snatch (alternating arms) 4x10-12
Pull-ups 4x10-12
Man-Makers 4x10-12
Barbell Thrusters 4x10-12
Seated Cable Row 4x10-12
Incline Bench Press 4x10-12

Day 7 Rest

 

Cardio

I perform 2-3 HIIT training sessions per week. I find that 20 minutes of HIIT training with an additional 5-10 minutes for a warm-up and cool-down are ideal for me.

For example:

  • Warm-up (5 min) Speed
  • 3- 3.5mph and gradually increase to 4.0
  • Varied incline throughout to help take your mind off the pain.
  • Jog 1 min
  • Walk 30 sec
  • Sprint 30 sec (Max intensity, you should not be able to have a conversation)
  • Walk 30 sec
  • Repeat Sprint/Walk for 20 minutes
  • Cool-down 5 min

This workout can be tailored to the advanced trainee by increasing the incline during the sprint. This type of workout can also be done on a bike, elliptical, stair-stepper, rower, etc.

For someone not as advanced in cardio or just getting started, trade the “sprint” for a “jog” and work your way to the sprint.

On the other days of the week, I usually throw in a longer cardio session if I am training for a race. I will do a low-intensity run for 45-60 min. I do this on a day that I don’t lift, and it usually helps as an active recovery session.

Posing Tips

Posing is not something to take lightly. Hire a posing coach and start practicing at least two months before the competition. You need to practice posing daily, just like a workout, especially in the final months of contest prep. You can bring your best physique, but all those long hours in the gym will be wasted without the proper posing.

Diet

Nutrition is, of course, super important, and getting into the best shape of my life has taken a lot of consistency with diet. Here are some tips that have helped me and I’m sure they will help you too.

Set up a weekly meal plan. Remember that there is no quick fix. Diet is all about being consistent over an extended period of time. Don’t let one bad meal or lousy day derail your overall goal. If you cheat, get back on track with your next meal. The sooner you get back on track, the sooner you will be back on the pathway to achieving your goals.

There is no benefit to starving yourself to lose fat, especially if you are trying to build lean muscle mass.

Eat clean, unprocessed foods every two-four hours and drink 1-gallon of water per day. Veggies are unlimited, so keeping them in your refrigerator, prepped, and ready to enjoy is vital.

Determine your macro targets and make that your focus. If you are just getting started, your first step is to add a protein supplement such as UMP. FitTabs and Glutamine Select would also play a beneficial role as you start increasing your workouts to get in shape.

During my contest prep, Julie modified my nutrition plan every two weeks to take into account how my body was reacting to the current calories and macro range and to keep it fresh for me. The following is my nutrition plan at eight weeks out from my show:

Meal One
Breakfast Bowl – ¹⁄₂ cup oatmeal, 1 tbsp flax seeds, ¹⁄₄ cup almonds, 1 cup strawberries, and 1 whole egg

Meal Two
Protein Shake - 2 scoops UMP, ¹⁄₂ cup fruit

Meal Three
4oz lean turkey breast, 2 slices Ezekiel bread, lettuce, onions, tomato, 2 tbsp hummus, 3oz carrots, apple

Meal Four
3oz lean steak, ¹⁄₂ cup brown rice, 2 cups mixed veggies

Supplements

Stack 1 - Pre-contest Rapid Fat Loss

Lean Out - 2 with three meals
FitTabs - 2 per day (AM)
7-Keto Musclean - 2 with two meals (AM and Lunch) UMP - 1-2 scoops per day
Glutamine Select - 1 scoop before training

 

Stack 2 - Post-Contest Lean Muscle Building

Density - 2 with three meals
Ultra 40 - 2 with three meals
Fit Tabs - 2 per day (AM)
Muscle Synergy - 1 scoop before training UMP - 2 or more scoops per day

The supplements that gave me the most noticeable impact were Muscle Synergy and Glutamine Select. The daily UMP was also essential in meeting my protein goals. It also ended up being the one thing I looked forward to during contest prep. I would mix UMP (vanilla) with cinnamon, water, and ice together in a blender. It tasted a lot like ice cream.

In Closing

I feel amazing, even after my show. I have a strong desire to continue to compete and see how far I can go in this sport, as I know I have more room to improve. I crave the discipline this sport requires as it creates stability in my life. I have continued eating the way I did when I first started training. I’m now lifting heavier weights than I ever have and cannot believe how much stronger I am. I’m honestly in the best shape of my life!

Five Decades and Still Training

At a Glance: Randy Snodgrass

Age: 65 (chronological) biologically I feel (and probably act lol) much younger!

Occupation: Retired Policy Analyst for the State of Ohio

Family: Wife of 43 years, two children, six grandchildren

Residence: Westerville, Ohio

Years training: 50 years

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 166 (off-season), 162 (contest)

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: My infamous Randy’s casserole (ground turkey breast, egg whites, veggies)

Favorite Supplements: UMP, Mass Aminos, and Super Pak

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: UMP and Super Pak are a great start for anyone. The macros in UMP are perfect for competition training but are also great for the novice and veteran lifter.

Music: Creed, Collective Soul, POD, Candlebox

Most Inspiring Book: THE HOLY BIBLE

Hobby and interests: Drums and Corvettes

Words to live by: “Love not by word alone but in deed and truth.”

Website: www.facebook.com/michaelallensheppard

Like some folks, I began my weight training story while playing sports in high school. In my case, that sport was football. I was a “normal” size kid weighing about 160 lbs in high school and noticed that some classmates were more muscular and much better athletes. This inspired me to begin my fifty-year journey with weight training, fitness, and ultimately bodybuilding. That was 1971.

As I neared the end of my high school football days, one of my lifting friends took me to two different places that profoundly affected my life. The first was a child orphanage (where my friend had set up a small workout space). The second was the Ohio State University (OSU) Barbell Club. The orphanage experience afforded me the privilege of learning to serve others while doing what I loved. The OSU Barbell Club visit opened my world to bodybuilding and strength sports at a level I didn’t know existed. Thus began my dream to be a world-class bodybuilder, and yes, I wanted to be Arnold. Didn’t everybody?

The following year I entered OSU and joined the OSU Barbell Club. I began training with folks who were much stronger and muscular than I ever dreamed I could be. Lifting progressively and eating more than I should, I gained weight and felt I was on my way. Then bam! My lifting friends at the club told me about the Mr. OSU competition. I entered and placed 4th out of 15 bodybuilders (there was only one class and only 15 competitors back then!). I was ecstatic. The following year I tried again and placed 3rd out of 13 and brought home my first hardware. That was June 1977.

Then in 1978, something much bigger than bodybuilding touched my life forever. I met my wife of 43 years, the love of my life, and everything changed for the better. I asked her just one thing. Would you please allow me to keep training and pursue my bodybuilding dreams? Sounds easy, right? Not. I quickly learned that a marriage takes two committed people who are in love and are willing to compromise for the good of the marriage. Well, with the help of the good Lord, 43 years speaks for itself. That same year I began a lifelong career working for the state of Ohio. In 1984, I competed in eight bodybuilding shows and acquired eight more trophies, including a first place.

Twenty years passed. I never stopped training. I never stopped dieting. I never skipped. But I didn’t compete. I missed it. I missed it a lot. Now I realize it was okay, and here’s why… During that time, we had two beautiful kids who later in life blessed us with six grandkids. The time away was well worth it.

In 2004, Arnold Classic winner Mike Francois and BEVERLY INTERNATIONAL entered my life. Driving home from the grocery one evening, my wife and I noticed a sign by the road advertising “The Mike Francois Classic.” Living in Westerville, Ohio, for several years, I had heard of Mike, and his Arnold Classic win. Long story short, we attended the show, and later as we walked to the car, I asked my wife a “loaded” question. “So…in the masters division, Hon, how do you think I would’ve done?” She responded, “Probably 5th”. I thought, BAM! I’m back! The following week I met with Mike and began to train as if my life depended on it. The next year, 2005, I did place 5th in the masters division of the Francois Classic! My wife had nailed it!

I can’t say enough about Beverly and Mike Francois. Both are world-class on several levels. Mike is such a wonderfully humble guy who reached the pinnacle of our sport. He highly recommended Beverly International products, which I continue to use to this very day. Beverly’s Ultimate Muscle Protein (UMP) has always been my favorite, along with their Super Pak vitamin minerals and Mass Aminos. With ingredients and macros designed for the bodybuilder in mind, I use these Beverly products up to and including the day of the show.

With Mike’s help, I went onto win 14 masters division titles in NPC national qualifying contests. I qualified for OPEN national competitions twice with first or second-place finishes in open classes against competitors half my age. I guess the cliché “age is just a number” is true. During that time, I also judged several NPC national qualifying events. Thank you, Mike, and thank you, Beverly!

Training

I train seven days a week on a six-day lifting split. Fasting cardio/core daily. When I was younger, I would train in the evenings. As I approached retirement, I was able to train on an extended lunch. Now that I’m retired, I do fasting cardio/core after my morning coffee and Beverly’s Mass Aminos. Two hours later, after breakfast, I train with bands and weights. Through the years, as I aged, I’ve modified my training to accommodate injuries, my arthritic predisposition, and to mitigate sarcopenia. Beverly’s UMP has dramatically helped in slowing & ultimately stopping my sarcopenia over the past 16 years. My baseline workout schedule has remained essentially the same for over 50 years. (I know you’re supposed to change it up, but I do vary the exercises and have replaced certain movements with an equivalent more conducive to what my body can tolerate without sacrificing the workload for a particular muscle group.)

For example, I’ve replaced barbell squats with the leverage squat machine to reduce the strain on cervical vertebrae due to my cervical fusion. Another cool example is using high bands for bench pressing. Attaching bands from the top of a power rack deloads resistance at your chest (taking the strain off the shoulders) and reloads the resistance at the top of the press. Chains are also employed in various movements. It’s important to note that I use Iron Rebel elbow sleeves for upper body days and Inzer squat briefs for leg days. These provide critical support for vulnerable joints. With the help of Beverly International nutritional support, which I believe is precisely 50% of attaining an optimum physique and fitness, I’m thankful I can still train intensely to maximize my results over time.

Daily (including Sunday): Fasting Cardio/Core

Recumbent bike
Treadmill
Hypers
Reverse hypers
Sit-ups
Twists 

Mondays & Thursdays: Chest & Back

Band Chest Press supersetted with Band Chest Flyes: 4x20 using progressively heavier bands
Low Band Bench Press: 1x12, 1x6
High Band Bench Press: 1x10, 1x6, 1x3
Barbell Bench Press: 1x10, 1x6, 1x3
DB Bench Press: 1x12-15, 1x8-10, 1x5-7, 1x4-5
Cable Flyes: 1x15 (off season), 3x15 (contest)
Seated Iso-Row Machine (or Seated Cable Rows): 1x15, 1x10, 1x8, 1x6
DB Shrugs: 1x15, 1x10, 1x8, 1x6

Contest chest & back finisher:
Superset Bench Press with Lat Pulldowns: 3x10

 

Tuesdays & Fridays: Shoulders & Arms

Band warm-ups for shoulders: 2x20 Rehab Band Lateral Raise, Front Raise, Rear Delt Stretch
Shoulder Horn: 1x10
Seated Dumbbell Press: 1x20, 1x15, 1x10, 1x5, 1x10 Pump Set
Lateral Dumbbell Raise (Supersetted With Dumbbell Press):
1x20, 1x15, 1x10, 1x5, 1x15
Standing 5/8” Chain Curls supersetted with Tricep Pushdowns: 5x10
EZ Curls supersetted with Band Assisted Dips: 5x10

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays: Legs

Bodyweight Squats: 1x50
Leverage Squats: 2x10, 1x5
Belt Squat: 2x10, 1x5
Leg Press: 2x10, 1x5
Seated Calf Raise: 5x10, 1x30 (drop burn set)

 

Nutrition and Supplements

I believe proper nutrition and Beverly International supplements account for at least 50% of my bodybuilding longevity and success. I generally eat 4-6 meals or snacks each day. As an integral part
of meal prep, I fix two “casseroles” that will last 3-4 days. The first casserole is a breakfast-style casserole; the second casserole is a dinner-style casserole. The breakfast casserole consists of egg whites and vegetables. The dinner casserole consists of fat-free ground turkey breast, egg whites, and vegetables. I keep my diet clean except for cheat meals every fourth Saturday. It’s incredible how a cheat meal “refeeds” your body after eating clean for extended periods.

I define eating clean by following my macros closely, keeping simple carbs very low, and allowing for some “good” fats. Good fats include wild-caught salmon, sardines, chia, flax, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, and almonds. What’s nice about Beverly’s Muscle Provider and Ultimate Muscle Protein (UMP) is they’re probably the “cleanest” proteins available which fit perfectly into my nutrition plan.

The major difference between my off-season and contest diet is reducing fats and reducing complex carbs. Though it’s not an exact science, I monitor how I look weeks leading up to the contest and adjust accordingly to dial in.

Upon Arising: 12oz black coffee with 5 Beverly Mass Amino tablets

Meal One: 8-12oz of the breakfast casserole (egg whites and vegetables, 2 whole eggs fried in olive oil), turmeric tea

Meal Two (pre-workout): 1 scoop Beverly UMP, liquid egg whites, cinnamon, ground almonds, chia, and flax

Meal Three (post-workout): 2 scoops Muscle Provider, ground almonds, chia, and flax

Meal Four: 6-8oz chicken breast tenders, 8oz greens, medium sweet potato or 6oz brown rice

Meal Five: 8-12oz dinner casserole (fat-free ground turkey breast, egg whites, and vegetables), 6oz nonfat cottage cheese

Meal Six: 2 scoops Beverly UMP, egg whites, cinnamon, ground almonds, chia, and flax

Daily Supplements

1 Super Pak vitamin-mineral packet 5 scoops UMP or Muscle Provider (meal two, meal three, meal six)\

20-30 Mass Amino tablets

10-20 Lean Out capsules

10 Joint Care capsules

10-20 Muscularity capsules (contest)

10-20 Density EAAs (contest)

Closing Thoughts

Early in my career, I was totally focused on bodybuilding as a lifestyle and winning bodybuilding titles. As time progressed, I gained perspective on life but retained the work ethic and discipline from our sport to help me be a leader for my family life in general. I am so grateful, and God has blessed me richly. In terms of health & fitness, to me, it’s an equation of equal parts:

Nutrition (with Beverly’s help!) + Weight Training + Determination = Health & Fitness

My Journey from “Rock Bottom” to Bikini Bodybuilding Champion

At a Glance: Celeste Gillispie

Age: 25

Occupation or Education: BA in Psychology from University of Texas Permian Basin, Owner Anytime Fitness, Odessa, TX

Family: Super supportive husband Clint Gillispie, our 3-year-old English Bulldog Magnus, my parents Mr. & Mrs. Ashworth & sisters Cymber & Celeen Solis

Residence: Odessa, TX

Years training: 7 years

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 132-140 (off-season), 120-124 (contest)

Favorite Bikini Prep Meal: Shrimp, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and for dessert UMP Cookies and Creme pudding with almond milk.

Favorite Supplements: (UMP) Cookies & Cremé is my favorite! It has optimal grams of protein per serving, it's low in carbs and sugar, and the taste is delicious! After my workout, I love eating UMP treats like pudding, muffins, brownies, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or even a simple creamy shake!

I enjoy the tart cherry flavor of Up-Lift and the fact that it is a non-stimulant pre-workout that gives me a feeling of intense focus during my workouts without jitteriness, or a crash afterward!

When I am preparing for a contest, I use Density to help increase muscle hardness and muscularity. 7-Keto MuscLean is also a favorite. This stack has helped me preserve my muscle mass and lose fat during intense weight training sessions, cardio & caloric deficits.

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before: I have two recommendations for all my clients. #1 is always Beverly's quality protein powders! This is the MOST important supplement for anyone looking to build and preserve lean, strong muscle, and or lose fat. It also helps curb my sweet tooth cravings during my prep. After five years, I have not gotten tired of it because it is THAT good! My #2 recommendation is Glutamine Select. It is clinically dosed with BCAAs, which helps maximize muscle recovery, build anabolism and reduce muscle soreness. When dieting, this supplement also helps combat cravings and helps preserve lean muscle mass. I drink this during or after my workouts, and I turn them into cute ice pops in the summer!

Music: My playlist can go from today's top hits, pop, country, alternative rock, rap, hip-hop, classical piano, meditation & nature sounds, the 2000s, 90s, and 80s, depending on my mood or what I am doing.

Most Inspiring Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. This book changed my life!

Hobby or interests outside bodybuilding: shooting guns, cooking & baking, hiking, playing and cuddling with my English bulldog, painting/coloring/crafting, reading, journal writing, spending time with my loved ones, yoga, meditation/prayer, community events.

Words to live by: If you've got passion, faith and are willing to work hard, you can do and create anything you want in your lifetime!

My competitive personality sparked at age 5 when I played my first sport, T-Ball. I played catcher throughout my childhood and transitioned into girl's athletics, and at age 12, I was introduced to weight lifting. I participated in volleyball, basketball, cross-country, track & field, and cheerleading. I continued to participate in volleyball and cheerleading throughout high school, where I graduated at the top of my class in 2012 at Permian High School in Odessa, TX. GO MOJO!

I began my journey into fitness and health in late August of 2013, after a night of excessive partying and "hitting my rock bottom." My life had become filled with toxic relationships, chronic stress, panic attacks, and depression. I was overindulging in poor quality foods, alcohol & drugs. My weight ballooned up 35 pounds. I started my road back to health by making small positive changes and healthier food swaps. I eliminated fast food, processed carbohydrates, and sugar and ate smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. My friend gave me the "Insanity" program, and I started working out in my kitchen first thing in the morning before classes or work. I lost the weight but had become a skinny 110 pounds with little to no muscle tone.

I enrolled in a Personal Training certification program and began weight training. As my knowledge grew, I began instructing boot camp-style strength and conditioning classes at a local gym in Odessa. Helping others achieve their fitness and health goals became my purpose and passion. When my client base grew large enough, I quit my serving/bartending job at Saltgrass Steakhouse and focused my efforts on my personal training business and graduating from college.

By January 2016, I was in better shape, healthy and happy, or so I thought. I was living an active lifestyle, going to college, eating healthy, exercising, doing yoga, helping others, and my personal training business was thriving. But there was still something wrong. I was experiencing chronic stress, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression. In my junior year of college, a doctor prescribed Xanax and anti-depressants. I took the anti-depressants for three months and felt worse than before, so I stopped taking them. After eight months of continual decline, a new doctor prescribed an antipsychotic medication that scared the life out of me. It was then that I realized that it was my environment, the exact "rock bottom" that I had experienced in 2013, that I needed to change. It was then that my passion for a holistic approach to life and Mind-Body medicine was born. I left the toxic environment and relationships one month later, and I've been holistically healthier ever since.

My First Contest, a Career Upgrade and Marriage

I was introduced to Beverly International products in 2017 by my future husband, Clint Gillispie. Clint, along with his father, had both been long-time advocates and users of Beverly products. After graduating college in May of 2017, I competed in my first bikini bodybuilding contest, the Lackland Classic in San Antonio, TX. I placed first in the Class D Novice and fourth in the class D Open. I weighed 110-112 pounds! "Just a baby," as Clint would say, lol. That first show lit a fire inside me, and bikini bodybuilding was my new passion hobby.

A year later, I became co-owner with Clint of Anytime Fitness Odessa. Our business partnership was very professional until it eventually became a romantic relationship, and we became inseparable. On October 10, 2020, I had my fairytale wedding better than my dreams, and our souls became one.

Contest History

Over the last five years, I have competed in 11 shows, including 4 National level shows. My first 1st place Open win and Bikini Overall Title was at the El Paso Supplement Express in August 2019. Initially, my goal was to be the best NPC Bikini bodybuilder in Texas. I accomplished this by winning 1st place in Class D Open and Bikini Overall at one of the biggest shows in Texas -The Europa Dallas. I finally achieved my muscularity goals at the 2021 Universe in Charleston, SC. I placed 4th out of a stacked class, just a few spots away from turning Pro. I weighed 124 pounds on stage that day. My Coach of Team Elite Physiques, Adam Bonilla, helped me take my physique to that next level, allowing me to compete at the National level competitively.

Diet

Dieting Tips

Prep and weigh all your meals, so they're ready to take with you for the day. Save your most satisfying meals for dinnertime.

Last two weeks before a contest, eat only spinach, kale, iceberg, or romaine lettuce for your veggies to help reduce bloating other vegetables may cause.

Drink one gallon of water a day, not including coffee or diet sodas. Find your favorite drinking cup to help you get it down faster and flavor it with lemon or flavored drink enhancers. My favorite is the strawberry watermelon.

At the end of the day, if you're still hungry (which you will be), chug some water, brush your teeth and go to bed.

Off-Season Diet

Meal #1: 25grams of Kodiak Cakes buttermilk pancakes, half a scoop of UMP Cookies & Crème, and 1-2 tbsp. Lily's sugar-free dark chocolate chips.

Meal #2: Greek yogurt 2% (200 grams) Have when you want in the day and move it to when you like (I liked this right before bed).

Meal #3: Lean Protein Sources: 4oz of 96% lean ground beef, pork tenderloin, cod, tilapia, tuna, shrimp.

Carbs:105 grams of sweet potato.

Veggies: 1 cup of brussel sprouts, cauliflower rice, asparagus.

Fats: 1tbsp of almond butter, 60 grams of avocado, or 16 grams of almonds, cashews, or unsweetened coconut flakes.

Meal #4: Same as meal #3 but cut out the "fats" portion

Meal #5: (Pre-workout): I have Up-Lift and Creatine Select. (Post-workout): 1.5 scoops of UMP protein, 120 grams of a banana, and Glutamine Select during or after my workout.

Meal #6: (Moveable snack): Quest Protein bar (all flavors are delicious). I'm looking forward to Beverly's new Almond Honey UMP bar!

My coach gives me an 1800 calorie free meal once a week because I love food and like to eat. This is not a cheat day! Sometimes I don't use it, but when I do, I typically like to eat Chick-fil-A, or I will cook a favorite lifestyle meal.

Competition Diet

Meal #1: 3oz shrimp, ¹⁄₄ cup lemon juice, black coffee with 1tbsp sugar-free vanilla or hazelnut creamer.

Meal #2: 3oz tilapia, shrimp, or 96% lean ground beef or turkey; 105 grams sweet potato; 1 cup veggies: Brussel sprouts, cauliflower rice, asparagus, spinach, or kale.

Meal #3: Same as meal #2

Meal #4: Same as meal #2

Meal #5: (Pre-workout): I have Up-lift, and during my workout, I take 5 Density tablets. (Post-workout): I have 1 scoop UMP protein, 120 grams of a banana, and Glutamine Select.
On non-workout days I skip the banana.

Meal #6: Same as meal #2

Presentation Tips

Show day presentation can determine your placing. Hair color, bikini, tan, jewelry, and make-up are all fundamental aspects of show day. If you have the best physique on stage and you don't display it well enough or exude confidence about yourself, the subjectivity of the sport allows the judges to give it to your runner-up just because their presentation was better. Make sure you make eye contact with the judging panel!! Practice your posing routine in front of a mirror every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. Don't forget to have FUN AND SHOW OUT ON SHOW DAY!! You WORKED SO HARD mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to get there. Enjoy the moment and take lots of pictures because it goes by so quickly! After your show, reach out to the judges for their physique critique. Lastly, develop a thick skin when allowing yourself to be judged in a tiny bikini by strangers. If you did your best and made improvements, that's all you can do! Enjoy the process of building the best version of yourself!

Supplements

Protein (UMP) is ESSENTIAL for building muscle and a must for people lifting weights! Protein powder supplements are convenient and ideal post-workout.

Essential Amino Acids (Density) are helpful during workouts and on non-training days to help maintain lean body mass.

Glutamine and BCAAs (Glutamine Select) play a vital role in the health and well-being of the entire body. This supplement can yield benefits to help build muscle mass, reduce catabolism and helps speed up muscle recovery, and improves gut health.

16 Week Competition Prep Supplement Schedule

Super Pak: One pak with breakfast. This high-potency vitamin-mineral supplement is very important for general health and crucial when training like an athlete.

Lean Out: 2 capsules with meals 1 and 3;

7-Keto MuscLean: 3 capsules with meals 1 and 3. Lean Out & 7-Keto MuscLean are my favorite fat-burning stack. It attacks the stubborn fat areas around my waist and hips! It also helps with my energy and suppresses my appetite.

Density: 5 tablets three times a day at meals 1, 3, and 5. Density is extremely valuable for someone like me who struggles to maintain muscle mass when in a calorie deficit before a competition.

Pre-workout: Up-Lift, 5 Density tablets, & Glutamine Select during the workout

Post-workout: UMP with a banana made into mini-waffles

Multiple Enzyme Complex: 1 tablet (meals 1,3,6) a year and a half ago, I started using digestive enzymes and probiotics daily because I was experiencing bloating issues and irregular bowel movements (since I was a kid). Within a month, I had regular bowels, and my gut was no longer in pain.

Probiotics: 1 capsule before bed (meal 6)

Training

Long-term consistency is key: Take your training sessions and pre and post-workout supplements seriously.

Warm-up and cool-down properly: Most people want to skip this part because they think it's boring or they don't have the time. Creative Instagram moves are fun (do these on a fun workout day), but the basic exercises work the best for bodybuilding! Focus on good form and the mind-body connection when working each muscle group.

Be sure to prioritize your sleep: I try to get 7-9 hours to function optimally.

I spend about 20-25 mins stretching before lifting and foam roll out after. I train my abs with stomach vacuums for 5 sets of 5-10 reps at the start of each workout. I do 30-45 minutes of fasted AM cardio 5-6 times a week.

Monday Glutes and Legs

Glute Bridges 3x20-25

BB Squats 4x18-25

BB Walking Lunges 3x12-12 (12 steps each leg)

Heavy Abduction Machine 4x8-10

Glute Kickbacks 4x10-12 reps

Tuesday Back and Shoulders

Reverse Pulldowns 4x10-12

Body Weight Pull-ups 4x10-12

T-Bar Rows 4x 6-8 reps

High Cable Rows 4x8-10

1-Arm Cable Row 4x8-12
superset with Alternate DB incline

Front Raise 4x12-15

Lateral Raise 4x8-10

Bent-Over Laterals 4x12-15

Back Extensions 4 sets to failure

Hanging Leg and Knee Raises 4x15

Wednesday Back/Arms

Rope Abs 3x15-50

Lat Pulldown with Cables 4x12-15
superset with 4x20-25

Lat Pulldown Machine 4x8-10
superset with Rope Extensions 4x20-25

Straight-arm Lat Pulldown 4x10-15
superset with BB Bicep Curls 4x20-25

Close Grip T-bar Row 4x8-10
superset with Rope Hammer Curls 4x20-25

Weighted Heavy Abs 5x10-12 reps

 

Thursday Shoulders

DB Shoulder Press 4x10-12

DB Arnold Shoulder Press 4x8-10

Cable Front Raise 4x8-10

Machine Lateral Raise 4x8-10

Off-hip Lateral Raise (Thumbs at Hip) 4x12-15

Machine Rear Delts 4x8-10

Heavy Rope Crunch Abs 4x15-20

 

Friday Glutes

Heavy Glute Bridges 5x10-12 DB RDL 4x8-10

Banded Glute Bridge 4x15-20 BB RDL 4x10-12

Abduction Machine 4x12-15

 

Saturday Fun Workout!

Any form of physical activity. I like to do F45 classes, hikes, outside cardio, or anything active.

 

Sunday Rest

 

Recovery tip: Take epsom salt baths 2-3x a week!

In Closing

I am so grateful for all the places, memories, struggles, lessons, and inspiring human beings I met through my bodybuilding journey. I'm blessed to have my supportive husband, Clint, who loves living the bodybuilding lifestyle as much as I do. He has always encouraged me. He's my #1 cheerleader at all of my shows!

I do not doubt that the muscle gains and improvements I've made throughout the last five years would have been impossible without Beverly international supplements. I couldn't have achieved my dream physique without them!

My initial intention when I began competing was not to turn it into a career; it was simply a fun, positive hobby for me. I am currently in transition, leaving behind this extreme bodybuilding lifestyle for a while and moving forward into unknown territory.

I have come so far, and I can now peacefully take a break from bikini bodybuilding to enjoy the fruits of my labor! Before I had a vision of turning Pro, I had the desire to become a mommy!
"I'll be back" (Arnold Schwarzenegger voice lol), and I'll have my husband and children in the crowd watching me achieve my Professional bikini bodybuilding aspirations!

My First Figure Overall after a Five-Year Layoff

At a Glance: Laurie Lapsevich

Age: 43

Family: Supportive husband, Nick

Occupation: Exercise Physiologist in Cardiopulmonary Rehab and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Residence: Brunswick, Ohio

Years training: 20 years

Height: 5'8.75"

Weight: 160 (off-season), 138 (contest)

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Oatmeal and egg/egg white, veggie bake with Beverly International Glutamine Select

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before? I have used many Beverly supplements, and each one has had noticeable benefits. The UMP protein tastes fantastic! Their Super Pak vitamin/mineral pack is amazing, and I have noticed huge improvements in my physique and workouts when using it. I also use Glutamine Select, Quadracarn, Lean Out, and Density daily.

Music: Variety, but usually hip-hop music

Most Inspiring Book: Anything to do with a positive mindset and inspiration

Hobbies outside of bodybuilding: Traveling, hiking, reading, rowing, painting, connecting with other like-minded people in bodybuilding or through wellness coaching, love learning and studying my passion of coaching/wellbeing, listening to music, anything in nature, art, or being creative.

Words to live by: "If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." Mary Engelbreit

 

Working out has always been a hobby for me. I started young; I would go up in the haymow of our barn in St. Marys, Oh, after doing my chores. I would use my brother's weight set or instruct my younger sister through a Bootcamp. By the time I was in high school, I could see the muscles in my shoulders and arms. I joined the weight lifting club and was a sprinter on our state track relay team. From there, I was hooked! I went on to be on the women's crew team at the University of Dayton. Pushing boats over our heads and training through some grueling Erg Sprints helped me further develop my back and shoulders. To this day, 21 years later, I still use my Concept2 as part of my training!

I studied exercise science at the University of Dayton because I wanted to learn all I could about working out and the science behind being my best and helping others feel their best. After college, I went on to do a couple of sprint triathlons, half-marathons, and two marathons. I thought running marathons would make me the most elite athlete mentally and physically. However, I noticed that I would run for hours and then want to eat everything in sight. I soon realized that I needed to change my routine to achieve the balance and physique I wanted.

I began reading Beverly's No Nonsense magazine and started changing my nutrition and training. I began using Beverly supplements, following some of the nutrition and training protocols and recipes in the magazine. I soon realized that my physique was improving, and my clothes were fitting much better. I liked the shape and the definition I saw in my body.

I realized that I was not eating enough protein to support muscle recovery, ward off hunger, and keep me satiated. I began adding more strength training to my routine and additional Beverly International supplements. My physique was transforming. My friend Mary encouraged me to step on stage to do my first competition in 2009. I worked with Jen Hendershott, who was a great inspiration and coach! From there, I worked with Jason Theobald at Scooby Prep and placed 6th in my class at Jr USAs in 2011. I took a couple of years off and again qualified for nationals at the Kentucky Muscle in 2015. From there, I took five years off to build more and round out my legs. I decided to make a comeback in 2020 with See You Later Leaner, Adam Atkinson.

All my years of pushing hard in the gym paid off! The pandemic hit during my prep, and all of the gyms shut down. My husband and I put our home gym to work. I began doing pull-ups on a bar over my doorway and squats at every conceivable angle to build my quads. I gave up stops for coffee after work and did tons of walking in my neighborhood with my husband. We got creative with workouts, and I kept my head focused on my goal sticking to my diet through all of the frustrating, isolating days of the pandemic.

It all paid off when I took the top of my classes and Masters Overall Champion at the Natural Ohio in Cleveland. Then, I won my first Open Figure Overall at the Kentucky Natural! 2020 became the year I sparkled and reached what I set my mind to do! All the years of training and nutrition paid off!

Diet

Food preparation is vital for success. I religiously prep my food on the weekends and pack my food for the day, whether in-season or off-season, because I crave these healthy foods and feel best when I eat them. I have noticed that our bodies have food patterns, and I get hungry nearly the exact times each day for the same foods. Healthy habits are essential, and bodybuilding has helped me ingrain these habits, so they are a lifestyle.

Meal 1

One egg yolk, 100g egg whites, 1 cup spring mix, 30-40g oats, 1 scoop Beverly International Glutamine Select, 2-3 EFA Gold, 2 FitTabs or a Super Pak

Meal 2

3oz flank steak, 100 calorie pack walnuts/almonds, grapefruit

Meal 3

3-4oz 99% lean ground turkey, 250g cucumbers, 4 mini peppers, 35g brown rice

Meal 4

4oz tilapia, 7 Light and Fit rice cakes, 15 asparagus spears

Meal 5

1.5 scoops UMP, ¹⁄₂ c blueberries or zucchini, 2 tsp MCT oil or Flaxseed oil, 4 tbsp cocoa powder, 4 tsp cinnamon

Supplements

I highly recommend Beverly Supplements because they are high quality, and I notice improvements in my physique, adherence to my plan, and mental clarity when I use them.

Glutamine Select: I love adding Glutamine Select into my cream of rice or oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and french vanilla stevia. This helps me keep sweet cravings down all day! I also take a scoop before training at night or to combat cravings in the evening.

Quadracarn: Take 3 upon rising for mental clarity, sense of wellbeing, and to feel great for the day and 3 more before training for energy and vascularity.

Lean Out: I take 1 capsule with each meal and 2 with the last meal of the day to help with any cravings into the evening.

Density: I start with 3 tablets upon arising and 3 tablets before workouts. As the show day comes closer, I increase to 6 tablets pre-workout. Density is a definite help when calories are low, supplying my muscles with building blocks they need to get through another lifting session.

Cardio

I would start all my cardio workouts with an intense warm-up on my Concept 2 rower in my basement of 2500 meters in around 10 minutes. This really gets the blood pumping!

Burner workouts were put out during COVID quarantine times by my team, See You Later Leaner, and I would do these in my basement with my husband (CrossFit style workouts). I did these about twice per week.

As my show got closer, I switched to walking 20 minutes in the morning before work and another 20 minutes with my husband after work.

1-2 times per week, I did five sets of HIIT training, 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off of the following:

Tuck jumps - Squat jacks - Burpees - Mountain climbers - Kettlebell swings

 

Training

I like being in the gym so much that it was tough for me to learn to take "off" days. I've listed an advanced workout that I use when preparing for a contest. I perform 3-4 sets of 8-15 reps for each exercise listed in contest mode. For an intermediate workout, choose four exercises for legs, back, shoulders, and glutes, and two exercises for biceps and triceps. If you are unsure how to perform any of the exercises listed, Google them. You might find something new to add to your workout.

Day 1 Quads

  • Squats Feet elevated squats toes straight ahead, knees over toes
  • Squats Feet elevated squats toes out, knees over toes
  • Ball Squeezes for inner thighs
  • Wall Sits 1-2 minute holds
  • Jumpies
  • Single Leg Step Downs
  • Sumo Squats
  • Bulgarian Split Squats

Day 2 Shoulders

  • Upright Rows
  • Bent-Over Reverse Flyes
  • Lateral Raises
  • Empty Can Raises
  • Front Plate Raises
  • Shoulder Press
  • Urlachers
  • Banded Shoulder Exercises
    for rear delts

Day 3 Back / Biceps

  • Upright Rows
  • Bent-Over Reverse Flyes
  • Lateral Raises
  • Empty Can Raises
  • Front Plate

Day 4 Off

Day 5 Chest / Triceps

  • Incline Chest Press
  • Chest Flyes with Bands
  • Push-Ups
  • Decline Push-ups
  • Front Raises with bands- squeeze chest
  • Svend Press
  • Tricep Dips
  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Band Tricep extensions standing or bent over (various grips including reverse grip)

Day 6 Glutes /Hams

  • Step-ups
  • Sumo Squats
  • Bulgarian Split Squats
  • Narrow Squats (deep)
  • Nordic Curls
  • Single-leg Hip Thrusts
  • Ball Pull-Ins
  • Banded Walks
  • Ankle Weight Hamstring Curls
  • Various Donkey Kicks etc. for glutes

Day 7 Off

Presentation Tips

Posing and stage presence are key. "Head up, chin up," Fran Chot Thomas (of See You Later Leaner) told me, and I will never forget that before going on stage. Remember to face the judges, even if you are at the end of the line on stage. You want to angle your body so you face the judges and not the audience. I focus on practicing vacuums and pulling my lats out. Always smile, as that is your best attribute- I would tell myself to have fun and SHINE! I felt more comfortable practicing at home than I did at the gym.

In Closing

Mindset is crucial, and as a wellness coach, I tell my clients and patients to write down their goals and WHY. You must believe in yourself and do the small behaviors that create the big changes over time. You must see yourself succeeding before you actually do. Visualization is key! My friend Mary used to tell me, "fake it till you make it."

I cannot thank my husband enough for his support during my prep. He purchased several items for our home gym that made it possible to fit my workouts in no matter what-even now! Coach Adam Atkinson held my dream and believed in me even when I doubted myself. His positive coaching helped me stay positive throughout my long year of prepping for my comeback to the stage.

Bodybuilding over 60: Age is just a number

At a Glance: Bruce Glenny

Age: 61

Family: Single

Occupation: High School Choral Music Teacher and part-time church musician

Current Residence: Havertown, PA

Years training (total): 35

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 155 (off-season), 140 (contest)

Favorite Bodybuilding Meal: Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, veggies

What would you recommend to someone who has never used Beverly supplements before? Use UMP (especially chocolate or strawberry), Quadracarn, EFA Gold, Creatine Select – all are quality supplements

Books I read: Anything about US history and biography

Hobbies outside of bodybuilding: Playing classical music on the organ, piano, or harpsichord

Music preferences: Anything classical, especially Bach or Beethoven

Words to work out by: “Never, ever give up”; “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

 

I never thought I would become a bodybuilder or, for that matter, an athlete. Growing up in Western Massachusetts in a very rural setting with few kids my age around, I never had the opportunity to play sports. Instead, music was a big part of my family’s activities, and I began piano lessons. I enjoyed them and would practice for hours. In high school, I began organ lessons in addition to piano lessons. I excelled at both, and a music career seemed to be my path. Unfortunately, I led a very sedentary lifestyle, and as I entered college, I was overweight and inactive. By the time I reached graduate school, my weight had ballooned up to 232 lbs., which was way too much for my 5’8’ frame. Then in my second year of graduate school, I learned I had high blood pressure. Also, my mother, after a 5-year battle with cancer, died. This was the turning point for me. It seems we all need to hit a low point before we turn our lives around, and I’d reached my lowest point.

So, I began to think about what I was eating and my activity level. I was frequenting fast-food restaurants 4 or 5 times a week and rarely did any exercise. I slowly began to change my diet and incorporate more healthy foods, less sugary snacks, and high-carb meals. I also started to run. In the beginning, this meant a run/walk of a 1/2 mile. I built this up until I was running 2 miles without stopping and had lost 50 lbs. I joined the local YMCA in graduate school and ran on the indoor track. Finally, after nine months, I got my weight down to an acceptable 148lbs. At this point, I began using the circuit training machines at the Y and began to build muscle. I kept up this routine for 15 years – lots of running and weightlifting using machines.

By the late 1990s, I was living in a suburb of Detroit and was regularly using the local gym. I also joined a running club and began training for a marathon. In 2000, at age 41, I ran my first marathon in Detroit called the Detroit Free Press Marathon. It was a stunning route as we ran over the bridge into Canada and then under the Detroit river through the tunnel and back to the US side. I completed the race in 4 hours and 2 minutes, which was right on target as I set a goal of 4hours. My next goal was to learn how to use free weights and train more seriously. I hired a trainer at my gym, learned to love lifting, made great progress, and I became hooked!

In 2005, I had moved to Philadelphia and was in a different gym with a new trainer when one day he asked me if I was interested in competing in a bodybuilding contest. I had no idea what a bodybuilding contest was, but I said I would give it a try. I prepped for six months and then did a 14-week cut and competed in the OCB Charm City Classic in Baltimore. At age 46, I came in 3rd in the Men’s Masters class, and I was overjoyed.

I’m Introduced to UMP

I had been using protein powders which did not taste very good and had an adverse effect on my stomach. Then a friend introduced me to Beverly International supplements. The very first thing I noticed about
Beverly’s UMP protein was the taste. The chocolate flavor was so good, and there were no bad gastric effects. I tried the vanilla and then the strawberry when it was introduced into their line of products. To this day, chocolate and strawberry remain tied as my favorites!

By 2010, I had competed in about 25 shows and had done well as an amateur. At this time, I found a new coach and trainer, Joe Franco, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I had a dream, which I shared
with him, that I would like to become a pro-all-natural bodybuilder someday. He listened and based my training and diet on this goal. I also incorporated more Beverly products into my diet, including Lean Out, 7-Keto MuscLean, and Quadracarn. Finally, in October of 2012, at the age of 53, I won my Masters bodybuilding pro card at the same show where I competed for the first time, the Charm City Classic in Baltimore. I won the 50+ division with ten competitors and then went on to take first place in the master’s class. I was beyond happy and grateful. It seemed that this moment was the culmination of a very long journey beginning with me as an overweight child and ending with me becoming a pro bodybuilder. There were lots of emotions in that win!

Since turning pro, I have competed in many shows throughout the country in several different organizations. I have traveled to Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee, and up and down the Northeast
coast and mid-Atlantic. My love of the sport keeps me striving for improvements and gives a special focus to my life. I firmly believe that exercise and intense physical activity keeps a person feeling young. At age 59, I competed in an OCB November show (Battle of the Godz) in Providence, Rhode Island. I took 2nd place in the Men’s Pro Master Bodybuilding division. I felt great about this placing, and I can say that age is only a number, and it is never too late to begin something new. I can honestly say that at age 61, I am the strongest I have ever been in my life. I feel I still can make improvements as long as I train smart.

Recently I have been working with Nick Peterson, who designs my workout programs. We switch up the workouts every 3 or 4 months, so my body does not get too used to the same exercises and rep schemes.

Over the last 15 years, I have competed in approximately 70 shows and gained a lot of experience in the competition world. I have also become a judge for the OCB and have judged dozens of shows.
My future plans include competing again in 2021 as I turn 62. This July, I will promote an OCB show in Harrisburg, PA. I intend to keep myself active in the sport in as many ways as possible.

Every day I rely on Beverly supplements. I have been using these products for 15 years, and I see and feel the results. I take Beverly UMP and Creatine Select with me on vacation! I will find a gym, work out, and drink my Beverly shake. My Beverly supplements have even gone as far as Athens, Greece, with me.

Year-Round Diet

Meal One
UMP Chocolate protein shake with frozen fruit, one cup of high fiber low sugar cereal with almond milk – Quadracarn, Creatine Select, EFA Gold, FitTabs (multivitamin)
Workout between these two meals

Meal Two
Protein pancake – 1 cup Beverly UMP Vanilla, ³⁄₄ cup oatmeal, and cinnamon; add water and stir to a pancake batter consistency

Meal Three
3oz turkey, 21-grain thin sliced bread, low-fat mayo, veggies or salad

Meal Four
UMP Strawberry protein shake with fruit, ³⁄₄ cup oatmeal with 2 tbsp of peanut butter

Meal Five
6oz chicken, fish or turkey, 6oz sweet potato, veggies or salad – Quadracarn, Creatine Select

When I am in contest prep mode, I will add Lean Out and 7-Keto MuscLean twice a day to my supplement schedule.

During Contest Prep, I take 20 – 24 weeks to lean out slowly. This slow prep helps me to retain strength and mental well-being.

Training

I train six days a week, taking one day off for complete rest and a mental break from the gym. Each workout includes a 10-minute cardio session. I will vary my cardio using one of the following machines: the elliptical, bike, rower, or HIIT on the treadmill.

Currently, I am training in 3-week cycles. I do full-body workouts each day during weeks 1 and 2. Week 3 consists of a 3-way body part split using heavier weights for 5x5 on the core exercises. I increase the weight in small increments for each new 3-week cycle and will follow this program for three months before switching it up. Although at first glance this program might look easy, be careful! It may make you very sore by the end of the week!

Weeks 1 & 2 (Full Body each Day)

Monday

Incline Dumbbell Press 3x10

Standing Cable Curl 3x10

Farmers Walk 3x50 steps

Squat 3x10

Pull-Ups 3x Max

Dips 3x Max

Abs

Tuesday

Incline BB Bench Press 3x12

Incline DB Curl 3x12

Overhead Press 3x12

Leg Extension 3x12

Leg Press 3x12

Hamstring Curl 3x12

Lat Pulldown 3x12

Skull Crushers 3x12

Wednesday

Flat Bench Press 3x15

EZ-Bar Preacher Curl 3x15

Lateral Raise 3x15

Leg Curl 3x15

RDL (Romanian Dead Lift) 3x15

Seated Row 3x15

Overhead Press 3x15

Abs

Thursday

Incline BB Bench Press 3x10

1-Arm DB Preacher Curl 3x10

Shoulder Shrug 3x10

Goblet Squat 3x10

1-Arm DB Row 3x10

Overhead Triceps Extension 3x10

Friday

DB Bench Press 3x12

DB Hammer Curl 3x12

Front Raise 3x12

Lunges 3x 20 Steps

Calves 3x12

Neutral Lat Pull Down 3x12

Rope Pressdowns Rope 3x12

Abs

Saturday

Deadlifts 3x15

Chest Flye 3x15

Seated DB Curl 3x15

Cable Rear Delt Fly 3x15

Reverse Flye 3x15

Cable Kickbacks 3x15

Sunday - Rest

Week 3 (3-Way Split)

Monday Legs

Back Squat 5x5

Hamstring Curl 3x10

Leg Press 3x10

Abductor Machine 3x10

Adductor Machine 3x10

Hip Bridge 3x12

Calves 3x15

Abs

Tuesday Chest & Arms

Bench Press 5x5

Seated DB Curl 3x10

Triceps Press Down 3x10

Floor DB Press 3x12

Dips 3x12

Wednesday Back & Shoulders

Deadlifts 3x10

Overhead Press 5x5

Lat Pull Down 3x10

Lateral Raises 3x12

Front Raises 3x12

Y Standing Rows 3x12

Abs

Thursday Legs

Leg Press 3x15

Leg Extension 4x15

Walking Lunges 4x20 steps

Calf Raises 4x20

Single-Leg Hip Bridge 4x15 each leg

Prone Hamstring Curl 3x15

 

Friday Chest & Arms

Chest Fly 4x15

Incline DB Press 4x15

Overhead Triceps Press 4x15

Single Arm Triceps Press Down 4x15

Single Arm Preacher Curl 4x15

EZ Bar Biceps Curl 4x15

Abs

Saturday Back & Shoulders

High Pull 4x15

Seated Row 4x15

Lat Pull Down 4x15

Overhead Press 4x15

Lateral Raise 4x15

Front Raise 4x15

Sunday - Rest