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Alex Martin

What inspired you to prepare for a physique competition?

What inspired me to do a physique competition was my desire to challenge myself to get in the best shape possible and doing a show is a perfect outlet for that. Also my good friend was entering the King Kong Classic so he convinced me to enter with him.

What were some of your struggles during contest preparation? / What was you low point or turning point?

Some of the struggles I encountered during contest prep were my fiancé’ loosing her grandfather a week before my show, this was a low point but I had to stay focused and use the lose as a driving force in my preparation for the competition.

What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?

My life hasn’t changed much as I’m a personal trainer, so training and eating healthy are always part of my lifestyle. The one thing that has changed is I’m not weighting every single thing I eat but I’m still keeping my macronutrients in the proper range, I’m just eating more calories overall.

What motivates you to keep going and push harder?

I’m motivated to keep going and push harder because in life I believe you should always strive to challenge yourself and to do your best, to be the best.

What is your next goal? Where do you see yourself this time next year?

My next goal is to put on 10-15lbs of lean body mass to prepare for provincials.

What is your current training philosophy?

My current training philosophy is quality over quantity, proper form and technique, time under tension. 

What are your favorite exercises?

Incline DB press, hanging leg raises, pull’up’s, deadlifts, shoulder press and lateral db fly’s

What was the most challenging thing you found about your competition diet?

The most challenging thing I found about my competition diet was not being able to eat socially for birthdays and special events. Other then that I didn’t really have a problem with the diet, Andy Ho designed a great meal plan in preparation for my show.

What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to reach their goal physique?

My 3 tips would include

1.    Hire a coach, I hired my good friend Andy Ho, his expertise was a huge factor in my success in my first physique competition.

2.    Weigh your food and make sure your macronutrients are right for you, 80% of seeing your body transform is your diet. Like the saying goes “ you can’t outwork a bad diet”

3.    Surround yourself with positive people who support you, there insnt anytime for haters

Favorite form of Cardio?

My favorite cardio when weather permitting is riding my bike on a nice sunny day.

Favorite quote?

“You only fail when you give up”