Athlete Profile: Brad NieldInstagram: @bradnieldfit Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Oreste Leone
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
Poor diet, poor lifestyle and supportive friends and family.. I used to eat fast food 7 days a week and decided to switch my lifestyle around and live a healthy and active lifestyle rather than the couch potato lifestyle.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
I’ve been in the gym for roughly 10 years, I’ve gone from around 210lbs to maintaining at 170lbs for some time now, I’ve gone thru multiple diets from paleo to iffym and have done many different styles of workout routines from training high intensity to heavy weight resistance. I’ve also trained with several trainers to help get me where I am today.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
I truly believe in training with high intensity as well as heavy weight resistance training several times a week, hitting mostly main compound moves with sets of 6 to 8 to begin workouts and tapering off to sets of 12 to 15 at the end of a workout.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I’ve tried multiple diets.. eating clean, iffym, paleo, high carb, low carb, etc. I don’t believe there is one perfect diet..everyone’s body’s are different! For myself iffym along with eating very clean has really helped me reach my goals, along with consuming roughly 6 liters of water a day.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings:
This year is the first year I am competing, I’ve never considered it before until I realized how much fitness and nutrition has impacted my life. Oktoberfest will be my first show.
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
My goal for this year is to compete in my first show, after that I plan on taking personal training courses to help people better their lifestyles.
Who do you look to for motivation and why:
I look up to everyone in the fitness and nutrition world, seeing people in the gym and on social media better their body’s, lifestyle, and reach their goals, motivates me more then words can explain.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Injuries.. I spent a lot of years riding bmx, doing flips and spins and big airs, with this comes sacrifice. I’ve suffered multiple wrist, arm, back, knee, and ankle injuries in the past and this has impacted my training. With proper recovery time and diet our body’s are capable of overcoming a lot.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
I don’t believe in pet peeves at the gym or in a healthy life.. we are who we are, it is what it is, and people are gonna judge each other no matter what we do anyway. Just be yourself and do what makes you happy and don’t mind the rest.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Dedication is key, be yourself, do what makes you happy,and stay positive at all times! Keep a smile on 24/7 and it will make a world of difference.
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