We're competing in Season A of Bodybuilding this year!

We're competing in Season A of Bodybuilding this year!

Posted by Brodie West on Feb 11, 2016 in #Feature Articles.

We have a record number of Bulk Nutrients staff and Ambassadors competing in season A this year! We thought we’d interview everyone to see how their prep is going, and see if they can share some advice for others also going on their season A journey. Will we be seeing you at any of the season A comps? Bring it on!

Sam Grachan

Bio: I’m a qualified strength & conditioning coach, ISSN Sports Nutritionist, competitive bodybuilder, powerlifter, now competing in WBFF Australia muscle model,

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Brand Ambassador.

How many comps have you done? 5 bodybuilding, 2 powerlifting, 2 muscle model comps.

How many weeks out are you? Just under 14 weeks.. 13 weeks and 5 days to be precise.

What comps are you competing in?  I’m doing season A WBFF to start with and see what other comps I can do.

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo?  Due to my work demands I train alone most of the time which I prefer, it keeps my intensity high and distractions low.

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? My staples for getting lean are:  WPI, Acetyl Carnitine, Cognitone, Pre Workout 101 & R-Alpha Lipoic Acid

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? LEGS… Joke, I love training arms.. who doesn’t?!!

Are you happy with your preparation so far? I’m ahead of schedule this year so I’m stoked.  I put it down to working a lot on my mental approach in the off season and it seems to have paid off.

What do you love most about comp prep? I enjoy seeing daily/weekly changes in the body but the thing I love most is sharing comp day with friends & family.

What do you hate about comp prep? I don’t hate anything about prep, yes I might get hungry and tired but that’s all part of it.  Learn to enjoy the challenges it’s much more positive way to approach comp prep.

Your goal for season A 2016?  My goal is to bring my best package ever to WBFF, and all going to plan that will be top 3.

Brodie West

Bio: I grew up representing Tasmania in Hockey since the age of 13 and was fortunate enough to be awarded a Tasmanian institute of spots scholarship, and represent Tasmania in the senior Tasmanian Tigers Hockey team. I still play premier league hockey in Hobart for OHA Hockey Club, and we were fortunate enough to win the Grand Final last year. I lived in Sydney for many years, but moved back to Tasmania not long ago, and have been working at Bulk Nutrients for the last 18 months. I absolutely love my job, love being back in Tassie and it has inspired me to give bodybuilding a go!

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Social Media, Sponsorship and Events Manager

How many comps have you done? This is my first!

How many weeks out are you? 12

What comps are you competing in? INBA Southern Cross competition (Men’s Fitness) – 30th April in Victoria and WBFF on the Gold Coast (Men’s fitness) – 14th/15th May

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo? I am lucky enough to have Bulk Nutrients Ambassador Sam Grachan as my prep coach.

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? BCAA Recovery, Hyper Hydrolyse, Micellar CaseinPre-Workout 101, Glutamine, Acetyl Carnitine, PM Burner, Green Fusion, GABA.

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? Legs – you could bounce coins off my butt these days – the only downside is that my pants are getting increasingly tight!

Are you happy with your preparation so far? So far, so good – at 12 weeks out my body fat was sitting at 10.1% – which is a great place to be!

What do you love most about comp prep? I am really enjoying the process – each day I am learning something new! My body is responding well to the increased training intensity, and diet – so I am seeing composition changes weekly. It’s a little bit addictive.

What do you hate about comp prep? Posing. I don’t feel remotely sexy or attractive at all. In fact, I feel like a total dick doing it!

Your goal for season A 2016?  To try and enjoy the process – I have been inspired by so many Bulk Nutrients fans on our social media – that I want to see if I am capable of being stage ready. I am also a vegetarian (not quite a vegan), so the whole prep process is a little harder for me than it is for the regular meat eater – so as long as I hold my own on stage, I will be a happy man!

Nicole Frain

Age: 23 Height: 164cm Current Weight: 58.3kg Body fat: 19.3%

Bio: I have been active my whole life. Swimming, playing tennis, soccer and then I joined a gym. I completed my first Fitness Competition in 2014 and loved it. Having always had this fitness/health interest it only made sense that I start up my Facebook and Instagram accounts Clean Treats and start work with Bulk Nutrients, having been here for over a year now I wouldn’t change that and love everyday with the Team. I also love to travel having been to America, Bali, New Zealand and Mexico I would love to see more of the world and its culture/history. I do enjoy all new experiences and giving things a go at least once before I rule them out as not for me, life is all about embracing things and having fun! My true home passion is cooking, while I cook a lot of ‘healthy/clean’ recipes through my CleanTreats social media pages, I love all sorts of cooking and challenging my skills.

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Customer Service, Product Development/Research Development, and Blog recipe contributor

How many comps have you done? 6 all up – INBA Hobart Classic 2013, INBA Tasmanian State Titles 2013, INBA Nationals 2013, INBA Hobart Classic 2014, INBA Nationals 2014, INBA Muscle and Model Expo Sydney 2014

How many weeks out are you? From this weekend 12 weeks until my first show!

What comps are you competing in? INBA Southern Cross competition – 30th April in Victoria and WBFF on the Gold Coast – 14th/15th May

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo? A trainer – I could personally not cope with the stress of managing myself during this period, they are the one that tell you what to do and vital for you sanity! I am trained by Sam Grachen for diet and training. I also train with Kieran Norquay (Mr Australasia IFBB 2014) as many weekends as possible!

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? WPIBCAA RecoveryAM/PM burner comboGABAZMAGreen Fusion flavoured

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? Probably Chest, I love how sore I always get!

Are you happy with your preparation so far? Yes, I think so. I am looking forward to seeing the skin fold results which are the only number I like to consider. I do not like to focus on scale weight at all as this doesn’t represent your progress. I am noticing my clothes change fit and happy with my level of strength with my training.

What do you love most about comp prep? The excitement, challenge and doing things that others say they cannot. It feels good to know you have a sense of willpower and discipline. I love to see the changes in my body and how amazing it is to react to small alterations. I also love picking out all the sparkly bikinis!

What do you hate about comp prep? Finishing my meal, because I have to wait until my next one! I would also be lying if I didn’t say the 5am gym sessions aren’t pretty hard some days!

Your goal for season A 2016? I just want to do my best. I would love to be the best (who wouldn’t!), but you can only put your own best foot forward and as long as I don’t leave anything in the tank I will be happy!

Favourite cheat meal? You know, I don’t actually think many people class my ‘cheat meals’ as very naughty! I love to make oven baked Teriyaki salmon with Asian style greens, crispy skin and black rice. I am not a huge sweet tooth but anything peanut butter is unreal, as is Pumpkin Pie!

What style of training are you currently following? My Training is currently a split of about 4/3. All 4 of my weight sessions are full body, lasting about 1 hr with till failure reps – it’s hard! I also complete 4 cardio sessions per week, either on my rest days or paired up. My cardio is either 12-15 minutes HIIT on the bike of incline 7 treadmill walk! I also like to incorporate some abs, calves and other smaller muscle groups of cardio days.

What colour bikini do you have? I have chosen a navy blue bikini, made by my work colleague Georgia for my INBA show! I am thinking white or red of WBFF!

Jacob Rigney

Bio: From a young age I was always interested in being active. I played soccer for many years and all of my spare time was spent riding bikes or playing some sort of sport! I’ve been training in the gym for about 6 years now and love every minute of it. Last year I competed in two powerlifting events during my offseason for bodybuilding and placed highly in both comps.

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Customer service/Live chat.

How many comps have you done? I have previously competed in 1 Comp- WFF Australian titles 2014.

How many weeks out are you? I am currently 10 weeks out.

What comps are you competing in? I will be competing in the 2016 NABBA/WFF Tasmanian Titles.

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo? My trainer Is Joey Bender from Zap Fitness North Hobart.

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? I am currently using WPI, AM/PM Burner Combo, Glutamine, Creatine Monohydrate, BCAA Recovery, Acetyl Carnitine, Green Fusion, I swap between Pre-Workout 101 and NO4X depending on how I feel and love to start a cheat meal with a Mug Cake!

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? I enjoy training my lagging muscle groups; Legs and Shoulders.

Are you happy with your preparation so far? So far I am 100% on track and I believe I will bring a massive improvement to the stage in this comp!

What do you love most about comp prep? I love seeing change! Getting leaner and seeing all of the hard work paying off. I love the structure of the diet and that I am able to look forward to a cheat meal at the end of the week.

What do you hate about comp prep? Cardio!

Your goal for season A 2016? My goal is to improve on the last look I brought to the stage both in my physique and in my posing!

Georgia Rowell

Bio: I’ve always been an active person. When I was younger I would run, play club netball and basketball. I’ve been going to the gym for 4 years, but body building training seriously for 2 years. I thought competing in my first body building comp would be a great challenge and really push me, I fell in love with competing and haven’t stopped! I now design and make my own comp bikinis and have just started making them for friends.

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Graphic Designer

How many comps have you done? 5

How many weeks out are you? 10 this Saturday.

What comps are you competing in? NABBA/WFF Tasmanian Titles & INBA Southern Cross Championships.

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo? I have a coach, Joey Bender, who handles my diet and I train with my partner.

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? AM & PM Burner ComboWPIThermowheyBCAA RecoveryPre-Workout 101Green FusionCognitoneGlutamineAcetyl Carnitine.

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? I love training shoulders; I think they need the most work so I enjoy improving them.

Are you happy with your preparation so far? Yes, extremely happy, I look like I did on stage for my last comp so I’m ahead in my prep so far.

What do you love most about comp prep? I love the structure of the meals, knowing what I have to eat and when, and motivation to push harder when I train.

What do you hate about comp prep? When others eat delicious food around me. Also early morning cardio.

Your goal for season A 2016? My goal is to make these 2 shows my best ones yet, with my conditioning and my posing – I’d love to place!

Luke Fuller

Bio: I have been bodybuilding since I was 19 and first competed as junior when I was 20 years old. I have been lucky enough to be able to work in the industry for many years.

Position at Bulk Nutrients: Customer Service and Dispatch manager

How many comps have you done? 5

How many weeks out are you? 7

What comps are you competing in? IFFB Victorian Qualifier and Arnold Classic Australia

Do you have a trainer? Or are you prepping solo? I have a prep coach

What Bulk Nutrients supplements are you using? Bcaa Recovery, Hyper Hydrolyse, Micellar Casein, Whey Hot, Creatine Monohydrate, Glutamine, Dextrose Monohydrate, AM Burner, Green Fusion

What is your favourite Muscle Group to train? Chest

Are you happy with your preparation so far? Would prefer to be leaner!

What do you love most about comp prep? The dedication, commitment and being in a solid lifestyle routine.

What do you hate about comp prep? Endless cooking!

Your goal for season A 2016?  To get back on stage at my best after 4 years away from the stage.

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