Joining us at MensPhysique.com is MP Competitor David Lees. Congrats on a great showing at your recent competition! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I used to model when I was in college and training/bodybuilding has always been a huge part of my life. I saw competing in Physique as a way to merge the 2 together and hopefully make a name for myself.
Can you tell us a little about the Competition you just competed in?
I competed at the IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh, PA in Men’s Physique “C” Class. This was only my second national level/pro-qualifying event.
Joining us today is the Overall MP Champ at the North Americans and new IFBB MP Pro Anton Antipov. Congrats on the big win! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I wanted to compete for a while, but I was always too slim for bodybuilding. Last year I heard about a new division called Men’s Physique, I saw it as a stepping stone towards bodybuilding, but there is so much room to grow in this division that I decided to stay in it and evolve and grow along with the division itself. On New Year’s I made 12 resolutions, one for each month of this year. One of those resolutions was to step on stage and compete in a Men’s physique show. I did that (at Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships 2012 where I got 4th place), but after stepping off stage I was hooked and wanted to go further with the idea, so I made it a goal of mine to see if I can improve and get 1st place. I started signing up for every show I could and the rest is history...
Today we are chatting with National Level MP Competitor Chris White. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Thanks Ian. Well actually my friend and team mate IFBB pro Dean Michael introduced me to our current coach Dan Hawtin of G-force. I was looking to get into shape for a photo shoot so I met up with him to get a diet and within minutes of seeing me he said I should look into competing within men’s physique and the rest is history...
Joining us today is Ryan Hediger. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Two years ago, I heard rumors of a Men’s Physique division coming about. Although I have always had an appreciation for bodybuilding and admired the dedication it took to step on stage, I never wanted to carry around that much muscle. When MP was introduced, I knew it was right up my alley.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
My most recent competition was the Warrior Classic. What a party! Between celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday, my birthday and my brothers first time competing, the weekend was unreal. Hands down the most fun I’ve had on stage! To sum it up, a great weekend spent with my family, closest friends, filled with amazing food…now that’s livin’!
With us today is Mike Montes after making the switch from Bodybuilding to Physique. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Thanks D! In the past I have always competed in bodybuilding, but with this new up and coming class I decided to give it a try...
Joining us today is Corey Hammac. Congrats on your recent Over-all win! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I have been into lifting and sports nutrition since I was a freshman in high school. Around my senior year, I became a huge fan of bodybuilding and have loved it for the last 10 years. In 2008 I started training with a coach to start getting ready to compete in bodybuilding, but could never fully commit to it because of being in college, work, and having practice 4 times a week (I was a University of Louisville cheerleader, which is funny because IFBB pro Mike Liberatore cheered there in the early 2000’s as well!). Once I graduated and was no longer practicing all the time, I needed something to do with my spare time. Well, I love training, I knew plenty about nutrition and dieting (partially from working at a Major supplement retail chain for years and also my degree in Biology- which I focused on the health field & nutrition), and loved bodybuilding (but couldn’t ever see myself being 260 at 5’9 and enjoying life) so I looked into the Men’s Physique Division. Plenty of people said I would do well, as I already had the body type that seemed to be winning, and I was used to being on a stage in front of thousands of people; so I gave it a shot and instantly fell in love with it.
Joining us today is College Student Anthony Barillo. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Ever since the day I started lifting I became fascinated by the bodybuilding world. I decided to enter my first competition in May 2011. I did the NGA Natural Philadelphia show. I didn’t have a trainer at the time but I researched and viewed forums daily trying to seek advice. I came into the show not completely prepared, and I just wasn’t muscular enough for the bodybuilding world. I didn’t end up placing at that show, but that is where I met my current trainer, who inspired me to try out a physique show. Physique seemed like more of an attainable goal for me because I knew I still have a lot of time ahead of me until my body grows to its fullest.
Joining us today is the Overall Winner at the NPC Armburst Pro Gym Warrior Classic, Tyler Markovich. Congrats on a great showing! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
My interest in Men’s Physique Division began at the start of the year through a friend that had been a huge influence in my life when I was younger. His name is Kyle VanHorn. He has always been into fitness and also competed in bodybuilding taking 1st and overall at his first and only competition. We both shared the passion of training and disciplining our bodies because it is so easily related to our faith. After we spoke that night, I looked into Men’s Physique. It was just introduced the year before and still very new. I found the healthy lifestyle and discipline of Men’s Physique very appealing, so I decided to do a show.