We are here with Charles Anderson, thanks for joining us and Congrats on stepping BACK onto the stage! Now Charles you have had an interesting and challenging path to the MP stage. Can you tell us about what happened to push you towards the MP division?
Well, first of all, thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my story. I was a NPC bodybuilder you a little less the 11 year, and have won my class in a few different shows, but after a poor showing at the Alaska State Championships, I had a heart attack! This forced me out of training in a bodybuilding mentality and switching over to a more cardiovascular style of training. This gave me a new lease on life, and competing in a Men's Physique competition here in Alaska
What did you learn from the experience and how has it changed your view of training and competing?
Well, the biggest thing I've learned is to not put your health at risk for any reason or anything. Make sure the person that you’re working with is trust-worthy and has knowledge in his or her profession and knows how to diet, train and mentor a athlete because if they don't, you could end up in a hospital bed or worse!!!
Can you tell us a little about the Competition you just competed in?
The Alaska State Championship is the biggest contest in the State of Alaska and is one of the most competitive.... it's the best and the greatest show in Alaska to win or place well in. It's a national qualifier!!!
How did you feel after pre-judging?
After pre-juging of the Alaska State Championships, I couldn't eat....think....and my eye's were blurry.... it was like I was in a dark tunnel, I didn't know where I was or what I was doing....I WAS IN TROUBLE!!!
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
I really can't remember much but I was not disappointed with my placing, I was more concerned with my health than my placing at the time.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
After the heart attack, while lying in the hospital bed, my thoughts were, this new Men's Physique division is going to be a big thing for our sport..... My goal is to bring Men's Physique to Alaska. This division will allow athletes like me, who can no longer compete as a bodybuilder or don't want to compete in bodybuilding any longer the chance to compete and turn pro...THIS IS GREAT FOR OUR SPORT!!!!
Hometown: Gary, IN
Current city: Anchorage, Alaska
Years training: 11 years
Education: Licensed Pharmacy Technician
Occupation: United State's Air Force Contractor
Favorite type of training: Circuit and Group Exercise Training
Favorite body part to train: I love circuit training so, I love training everything!!!
Favorite exercise: Crossfit by Alison Cherry
Rep range: during circuit training, my rep range is 15-30 rep's
Number of sets: Usually 2 to 3 set's per body part
Typical workout duration: 30 min to 1 hour, this is from Spin Class, boot camp, Strength & Power Class and Crossfit
Tuesday- Spin Class
Thursday-Fullbody circuit training
Saturday-Crossfit by Alison
Typical daily eating plan: Meal 1- Turkey, oatmeal, protein shake.... Meal 2- Protein shake, 2 rice cakes and turkey.... Meal 3- Chicken, Broccoli and brown rice..... Meal 4- Chicken and 2 Rice Cakes......Meal-5 Steak, Broccoli and a Bake Potato's.... Meal- 6 Protein Shake
Favorite supplement: Max Muscle Cleanse Lean...take the bloat and excess weight off, or should I say out of you!!!! x-)
What peaked your interest in training? Knowing I have a great chance in turning IFBB MP Pro.
Who influences/influenced your training? IFBB Pro Steve Cook is my biggest influence in Physique....ABFF Pro Shawn Wolfe is my biggest influence in bodybuilding.
Sports: I would love to place softball one day, but as of now, none.
Special interests: I am studying to be a certified Group Fitness instructor.
Physique, fitness, bodybuilding competition history: 2002 Anchorage, Alaska Lightweight Bodybuilding Champion, 2003 Anchorage, Alaska Middleweight Bodybuilding Champion, 2011 Heart of Alaska Men's Physique under 5'7' Champion
Awards and/or accomplishments: Surviving a Heart Attack and competing 3 weeks afterward
Next planned competition: 2012 NPC Emerald Cup in Washington State
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals? The drive to turn Pro!!!!
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you: Even though I have sat on death's door step, I still push forward cause the only way a dream dies, is if you let it.
Website and facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MrPhysique2011 or my Men's Physique Alaska Page: http://www.facebook.com/Mens.Physique.AK
Contact Information: [email protected]