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Week 2 – Training Split and Pro Wrestling

Contrary to a lot of competitive bodybuilders, I’m no genetic freak. As a matter of fact, I’d say I have relatively average genetics for bodybuilding. I can’t just rely on natural ability, and no one in Musclemania can rely on pharmaceutical enhancements. As a result, I’ve had to spend a lot of time learning the science behind fitness training and nutrition to optimize my results. A great deal of my formal education has been spent pursuing these studies (post-baccalaureate studies in Kinesiology, national certifications as a personal trainer and specialist in both fitness and performance nutrition). I’ve also spent a lot of time reading the theories of successful natural bodybuilders (Faildo, McQuay, LaCour, Goodin, Holman and Lawson) and top strength coaches (Poliquin, Abel, Thibadeau, Waterbury, etc.).Its kind of funny, but the more I learn about physiology, physics, and endocrinology, the more basic and basic I get with my training approach. The human body is a lever system and adapts when abnormal stresses are placed upon it. This means basic exercises moving in basic planes of motion with heavy weights (relative to each individual) yield the best results. While the science is quite complicated, practically applying the principles as a real life athlete is simple. Notice, the formula for getting into great shape is simple, not easy. Trust me and all of these other Musclemania competitors; it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get into great shape.

The problem is most people don’t really want to work that hard. As a result, the fitness industry has become rampant with guru’s creating insanely complex programs and diets that they promise are easy and will yield dramatic results. Nothing worth having in life comes easy; so don’t get caught up in the marketing hype. Sorry to ramble on, but I have a private training business and am right smack in the middle of the industry. Sometimes I have to convince my clients that they are not missing out on anything by avoiding doing some circus-like exercise on a stability ball or balance board. If you want results, keep it simple, not easy, work hard, and get your ass back under that bar and lift.

My training split for the show is this:

Day 1 — Shoulders and Arms
Day 2 — Legs
Day 3 — Rest
Day 4 — Chest and Back
Day 5 — Rest

Repeat. This training split is a favorite of strength coach Charles Poliquin. It’s also a favorite of the legendary Frank Zane. Personally, I’ve found with my body type that I respond better to training each body part with more frequency as opposed to a more traditional split where you break the body parts up over more days and hit each muscle group once a week. I balance this with rest days to avoid overtraining and burning out the hormonal and adrenal systems.

I think I’ve run out of time for this week. I don’t want these posts to get too long; I could ramble about fitness forever. I didn’t get to my career as a pro wrestler, but here are some photos of my days as the “Kamikaze Kid” Miyaki Frantz. I was doing a running, twisting back flip over the top rope. I told you I was a crazy kid.

The Road to Musclemania America 2009 – Week 1

I am excited to be training for the upcoming Musclemania America Championships in November. This is a huge event that features competitions in natural bodybuilding, fitness, and modeling. In addition, I have been asked to contribute to the website by writing about my training regimen leading up to the show in Las Vegas. Wow, what an honor! It is a great opportunity to be one of the featured athletes on Hopefully, I won’t disappoint. I think it is really cool to see how all of these amazing athletes are preparing for the Fitness America Weekend. I know I’ll be tuning in every week to try and learn a thing or two from the best natural stars in the world.

It’s about 8 weeks away from the Big Show — crazy! This will be my first competition in 5 years. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Bodybuilding is my passion. Even though I have not competed over the last few years, I’ve been training hard and eating right. This is a lifestyle thing for me; I’ll do it to the day I die.

I figure there is plenty of time to talk about sets, reps, and egg whites over the next few weeks, so I’d use this first post to tell you a little bit about myself. The thing is I have a pretty diverse background and have had opportunities outside of fitness over the last couple of years. My philosophy is that you only get one shot at life, so you might as well try everything you want to try before its too late.

My last show was in 2004. Time flies. I had a shoulder injury leading up to that show which required surgery. I was bummed because I couldn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities that were presented to me after the show. There’s no doubt competing with Musclemania gives you a lot of exposure in the fitness industry. While I was on the shelf, however, my brother Mike was starting a rock band and asked me to join. He is an awesome drummer of over 25 years and has played in a couple of different bands. I played the drums growing up and also dabbled in Japanese Taiko drumming. He was the drummer, so I couldn’t do that. He asked me to play some back-up drums Taiko-style, but also to be the lead singer. Dude, I’d never sung in my life! But I said why not — remember the whole you only live once mentality! I took some voice lessons and we were off. Our band was called Shed 7. We played around the local San Francisco music scene for about two years. We even recorded an 8-song CD. We never got signed to a label, probably because I sounded like an American Idol reject. Oh well, you can’t be great at everything. But man, it was a lot of fun writing music, playing live, and making new friends. The band split up last year, but don’t count out a Shed 7 reunion tour. Towards the end of last year I trained and prepped for a photo shoot. It turned out pretty good and I started thinking I’d like to get back on stage.

There’s nothing like training for a bodybuilding show. The spring came and went, and the bug never left, and here we are today prepping for Musclemania America. Got to run for now. Next week I’ll lay out the details of my training routine for the show. I’ll also tell you about my days touring as a professional wrestler with All Pro Wrestling. Those were a crazy couple of years.