Northeast PA Local "Chris Grammes" talks to AbFitt.
Posted Sep 10 2010 8:18am
1) Q: Give the readers of AbFitt some background information: Name, age, gym. A: Name: Chris Grammes, Age: 45 Jimmy's Gym, Years Training: 22
2) Q: Tell us how you got started in weight & fitness training..... A: I believe my interest in weight training & fitness was a direct result of my involvement in wrestling at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. I feel that in order to be competitive in the sport, you need to focus on your conditioning. Consequently, the transition to weight training was an easy one.
3) Q: Can you talk about your current training & cardio routine. A: My current weight training routine is a bit unusual, but it seems to work for me. Each day I'll focus on one body part and throw in either abs or calves between each set I do. For example, I may do a set of pull-ups and then immediately do a set of abs, without any additional rest between sets. Typically I'll do anywhere between 14-16 sets per major body part and this will take me about 45 minutes. My cardiovascular training typically consists of 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, immediately followed by 30 minutes on the stair climber.
4) Q: A hot topic when we focus on a local is always nutrition. Talk about your diet & supplementation. A: As far as nutrition is concerned, I try to maintain a fairly consistent, regimented diet throughout the year. However, that is not to say that I don't have a cheat day now and then to satisfy some of my cravings. I've been eating the same breakfast(1 cup of oatmeal & a protein shake) for as long as I can remember. Lunch is typically a pouch of tuna accompanied with some sort of complex carb. I like to have a protein shake prior to training and also a protein shake immediately following my workout. Dinner typically consists of chicken breast with vegetables.
Other than a daily vitamin, the only other supplement I'm taking is Nitric Oxide booster first thing in the morning and prior to training. When I'm training for a show, I like using MRPs such as Myoplex or Met-Rx. I prefer the MRPs to whole foods as I feel they're more nutritionally sound and quite easy to prepare.
5) Q: what are your future goals related to training. A: I guess my future goal for training would be to constantly improve my overall conditioning and performance from one year to the next. I might even like to do another natural bodybuilding show or two before I call it quits.
6) Q: What advice would you give to a beginner in the early stages of his/her training. A: My advice to beginners in the gym would be to check your pride at the door and not worry about how much weight you can throw around. Focus on your form and range of motion. The strength will definitely follow if you do this. Set realistic goals and make a plan to reach those goals. Consider logging your workouts in a training manual. I've done this in the past and it seemed to help me. Consider finding a workout partner with similar goals and interests in the gym.
Although I don't prefer a training partner at this time in my life, when I was younger it helped me stay motivated to have someone there pushing me. Finally, don't give into the temptation to use drugs such as steroids or other PEDs. One thing I've always prided myself on is that I'm 100% life-time drug-free. The satisfaction you'll receive from knowing that you're clean far exceeds the temporary satisfaction a steroid user experiences. This is one topic in the field of weight training that I'm quite passionate about.
7)Q: Any last words? A: When you go to the gym, you're there to train. Put away the cellphone, limit your socializing, and focus that day's workout.