Athlete Profile: Brandon HenriquesTwitter: @henriquess6 Instagram: @brandonhenriquess Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Thomas Beltramil
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
At first it started out as a hobby to stay in shape for hockey, and then as it progressed and my hockey came to an end I started getting a lot more serious about training. I loved to see changes, and every time I step foot into that gym it’s 100%. Following a lot of different bodybuilders internationally really started my motivation and my mindse tof where I want to go with it, and it’s a passion that hasn’t stopped.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Not much of a philosophy. Bust your ass every time you step foot in that gym. Go hard for every set, every contraction, every last rep. There’s never going to be any change unless you push yourself past your limits.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
Your diet and nutrition is the staple of your physique. Yes meal plans aren’t always the most interesting thing to follow or to eat, but looking in the mirror every day and seeing even the slightest changes reminds me why I’m so strict about it. Everyone has their own philosophy about dieting and meals, and quite frankly you could argue it for hours, but clean diets just make me overall feel better IMO.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
I’ve yet to compete in a competition. My goal is to step on stage on November 21stat the London show. I’m hoping all goes well!
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Short term,currently adding lean dense muscle to my physique up until my show while keeping body fat to a minimum. Long term, definitely adding some major size in the upcoming offseason. One of my main goals.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
Cheesy, but self reflection is my motivation. It just astounds me how far I’ve come over this period of time. Of course I admire others and their work ethic to chase the same goals, but it amazes me how hard I’ve worked. I haven’t accomplished much yet, but I’m hungry, and I’m way too passionate about this sport to not make something of it.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Obviously life is going to throw its obstacles at you.Family matters, money problems at times, and staying true to your diet can sometimes be a struggle. There’s always going to be little things, but that’s normal. Just stay true to your goals and stay strict. You’ll either find a way to get around your obstacles, or you’ll let them overcome you.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
One of my biggest pet peeves in the sport is ego. I respect people who have made their achievements and still remain humble. I find that a bad ego kills even the best physique. Encourage and motivate others to follow their goals and you will be so much more respected in the long run.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Never give up. Remember why you started in the first place, and stay true to it. Remember that nothing worth having is ever going to come easy, so stay persistent, stay dedicated, and don’t cheat yourself.
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