Age: 46 years old
Where did the moniker “Superman of Fitness” come from?
I was filming my workout DVD’s back in 2009 called Tony C’s Pure Power workouts, and the producer of the DVD’s said you look like Superman.
Then he said you are the “Superman of fitness” so the name stuck with me.
Also Superman is known for saving people, so in my own way I am saving people’s health.
What inspired you to get into bodybuilding?
Any role models or mentors?
I got into weightlifting at the age of 15. I was inspired by my childhood icons such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
My father wasn’t much of a role model for me because he was so much older than me when I was a child.
When I was born he was already 50 years old.
So when I watched the Rocky movies or wrestling, guys like Randy “Macho Man” Savage they had the charisma and personality that I wanted to obtain.
What’s your biggest source of motivation?
I would say myself.
I’m always striving to better my physique, my health and my lifestyle.
I’m always looking to strive for new goals.
What is your training philosophy?
You cant fly like an Eagle if you think like a chicken. I was just telling someone today that training is 90% mental and 10% physical.
You must first envision the body you want by creating a blue print inside your mind of how you want to look.
So when I go to the gym, I am already prepared mentally and physically to accomplish my goal.
What is your philosophy on nutrition?
Feel free to give a breakdown of a typical day of meals.
If God made it use it, if man made if lose it.
My wife and I have recently become Vegan.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2015, and I felt it was due to the high amounts of meat, dairy and protein shakes I was consuming on a daily basis.
So I abruptly changed my diet and started to drink only alkaline water with great results.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Feel free to include your full daily regiment, i. e.
Monday: Back / Bi’s, Lat pulldowns: 4 X 12, One-arm dumbell rows 4 X 12, etc.
I’m a big believer in old school training. I do not like any fancy exercises.
I am a straight shooter and my workout routine is very effective.
A typical week would look like this (not necessarily in this order):
Monday: Chest, Back, Abs
Tuesday: Calves and Quads
Thursday: Shoulders / Hamstrings
Friday: Biceps, Triceps, Forearms
Saturday: Check, Back, Abs
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
The 3 main exercises for the human body are squats, push-ups and pull-ups.
These 3 exercises develop a wide range of muscles and contribute to an award winning physique.
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I don’t do much cardio at all.
I like to move around during the day by running errands, working even doing laundry.
Stuff like that is a lot more natural than just walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes.
What is your diet like?
I eat 5 meals a day.
I eat a wide variety of carbohydrates, some healthy fats and very little protein which only comes from a plant source.
A typical day of meals may look something like this:
Meal One: 1 Bowl of oats with blueberries and Almond milk
Meal Two: Tofu, Broccoli, Brown Rice and Hummus
Meal Three: Whole Wheat Pasta, Broccoli and Mushrooms
Meal Four: Two bean burritos and Guacamole
Meal Five: Baked French Fries and Hummus
What is your supplementation like?
Any particular favorites?
I used to consume a lot of whey protein, but I stopped drinking them once I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
I really don’t believe in supplementation anymore.
Like I said I believe in all food which comes from the earth.
Whey protein and supplements are man made therefore, I do not trust in them.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?
I have to say that I’ve accomplished a lot and that I am still accomplishing.
There’s a lot more that I want to do, especially to share my knowledge with the world on health and fitness both mentally and physically.
There is a lot of nonsense out there and I want to be the one to bring the truth out on health and fitness.
If you were starting over right now, what would you do differently?
I’ve been training since the age of 15, and I learned a lot along the way.
I had to learn from my mistakes and also do what is best for me.
That’s the great thing about fitness you’re always challenging yourself and learning more about yourself as time goes on.
So there is nothing that I would do differently.
“A man can fail many times, but he is never a failure unless he gives up."
Favorite cheat meal?
It used to be pizza and cheeseburgers.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring one thing, what would it be?
My cell phone
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
10 years from now?
I hope within 5 years to be teaching how I cured myself of Parkinson’s and 10 years from now having my own TV show called “ The Superman of Fitness” where I instill all of my knowledge and motivation into changing people’s lives forever.
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