LA Fit Expo and NPC Ironman Naturally

/ Posted 01.25.2011

Don’t forget to come visit the Ironman Magazine booth at the LA Fit Expo.  Diana and I are very excited about traveling to LA for this great event.  It’s great fun meeting our readers and I will be autographing free Ironman Magazines for everyone who stops by.  So come by to say hi, get a magazine and take a photo with us!  Then you can take in the NPC Ironman Naturally Bodybuilding Championships!  It’s going to be an awesome weekend!  Don’t miss it!

Filed Under: Demos

Time to kick into high gear

/ Posted 01.25.2011

     This morning I got an e-mail from my buddy and NPC promoter, Andrew Zamora.  Andrew asked me to guest pose at his show, the NPC West Texas Classic, which will be held in Lubbock on March 26th.  Andrew puts on a great show, so I agreed.  But, now I have a little less than 9 weeks to lose about 10 pounds of holiday bodyfat so that I look like a bodybuilder when I step on stage.  I told Andrew that I wasn’t really fired up about starting my cardio so early in the year, but I kicked off 2009 by guest posing at his show and it turned out to be the most successful year in my entire bodybuilding career.  So, away we go!!!

     Just after exchanging e-mails with Andrew I headed over to the Lakeline Gold’s Gym to meet my friend, Karin Traber for a leg workout.  Karin is a figure/bikini competitor who I’ve trained legs with just 4 times over the course of the last 4 or 5 months.  But somehow every time I workout with her I get a tremendous leg workout.  It could have something to do with the fact that she’s so strong that after squatting I have to work super-hard to stay ahead of her.  Today was no exception!

Squats (breaking parallel and pausing at the bottom…killers!!!) 135X10, 185X10, 225X10, 275X10, 185X17

Leg press (deep and controlled)  270X20, 450X20, 540X20, 630X15

Leg Extensions  4 sets 10-12 reps

Seated Leg curls  4 sets 10-12 reps

Standing calf raise 5 sets 12-15 reps

After finishing up with training my clients at Hyde Park Gym at 7:30 I met Diana at the Anytime Fitness on Lakeline Blvd to do cardio.  I gotta show up looking good for guest posing!!!

Filed Under: Contest Prep, Legs


/ Posted 01.19.2011

I can’t believe we’re already two thirds of the way through January. It’s been forever since I blogged. Well, I’m turning over a new leaf….Diana and I totally cleaned out my office last weekend (13 years of accumulation). It was horrendous! But, while cleaning I found the password to my blog account!  So, I will be posting blogs at least 3 times per week from now on.
Training is going great! I’m very excited about this year. Preparations are under way for the 2011 NPC Texas Shredder Classic which will be much bigger and better this year in our 3500 seat venue. I’ve just completed a Contest Preparation DVD which will be ready for sale next week. And, Diana and I have launched a new company, Shredderbuilt, to encompass all of our business ventures ( )
Come out and see me at the Ironman Magazine booth at the LA Fit Expo and the NPC Ironman Naturally Contest at the LA Convention Center January 29th and 30th. I will be autographing free issues of Ironman and I love meeting our readers.

Diana, Me and Oksana