The thrill of competition and working hard to show improvement within myself, mind and body, has long been my dream and desire.
For as long as I can remember, my ambition to be the very best at something has always been ingrained in my soul. Like many other boys growing up on Long Island, New York, my first goal, was to be the most outstanding baseball player in every league that I competed and to eventually become the most valuable player on the field of a professional baseball team. This was a goal which I worked long hours and extemely hard to fulfill, starting in little league at the age of six, and continuing to master the game into my junior year in high school.
In the summer of that year I suffered an injury to my ankle which threatened my baseball career, however, I was determined to rehabilitate the ankle and get back on the field as my senior season was dawning. As the ole saying goes, "everything happens for a reason." At the time, little did I know that this injury was a sign. A sign which drove me to the gym for extensive rehabilitation work outs. All summer I was in the gym working out, not only the ankle injury but to strenghten my over-all body in general. As the long hours in the gym wore on, I noticed that my size and strength began to increase. At 17 years old the results were becoming more and more evident day by day. My love for the game of baseball began to drift as the love of the art of bodybuilding began to alter my dreams and give me a new goal in life..... To become a bodybuilder!
Bodybuilding fascinated me from the beginning. Watching and analyzing the muscles progress through the rigors of hard work, exercise, diet and recovery. The challenges of adding weight after weight to become, not only bigger, but proportionately defined and cut, increased my desire to become the best.
During the past three years, bodybuilding has become my main focus, actually over taking my whole day with respect to eating, sleeping and dreaming of the art of bodybuilding with the ultimate dream of attaining my pro card. Now at twenty-one years old, I can see my potential, but I also realize that I have a lot to learn. With hard work in front of me and a focused attitude, I know the possibilities are endless.
Bodybuilding has also filtered into my life in college. My primary area of study is in the field of health, specifically anatomy and I hope to apply this to an undetermined career choice in this area. Teaching has always interested me; sharing what I have learned with others. So this may be an eventual vocation. I have already acquired 3 certificates in personal training.
My love and desire for the art of bodybuilding has completely engrossed my life. My family, friends, and girls that I have dated have accepted that this sport is and will always be a major part of my life. The long hours that I put into training have also reaped its benefits; allowing me to be able to support myself by working as a professional dancer and model. It has also given me the opportunity to train with and learn from some of the top names in the sport; Dave Plaumbo (top NPC Super Heavyweight and video producer of 'Reconstruction of a Bodybuilder'), Colette Nelson ( 2x USA Heavyweight female bodybuilder ) and Doug Wentz (top NPC Super Heavyweight). I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of these bodybuilders for sharing their knowledge with me and having the patience to help an eager gym-rat pursue his dream. Without their knowledge and support, I would not have obtained my present physique, or have the ambition to set higher goals.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me with their assistance, support and guidance on helping me obtain my website; my mother and father (who I love and respect more than anything), my brothers, Dennis and Ryan, and all my family and friends.
The art of bodybuilding evolves everyday. Unfortunately, the word of
bodybuilding has not yet reached the masses. I want to help any person that has a dream; whether a dream like mine or one on a different scale. Bodybuilding is what you make it. You will only get out of it what you put into it. As I said, the sport is evolving and growing rapidly, as the amount of people in the world, striving each day to improve their health by exercising, increases.
I am currently 24 years of age with 7% body fat while maintaining a year round weight of 240 lbs., thus allowing me to dance and model. Over the years I have cultivated my idols; such as Jay Cutler, Dave Palumbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ernie Taylor, Kevin Levone and especially Lee Priest. These individuals are the ultimate specimens who define bodybuilding, and I sincerely admire them.
Well I hope the this brief introduction has given you some insight into my life. Basically, my philosophy about the sport can be summed up in following statements - Everybody is different. No two people are the same. It's all in theeyes of the beholder.and the Art of Bodybuilding.
Derek's Daily Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
8 am -- wake up (2 jet fuel) in the morning, 1 vitamin E, 1 omega 3, 1 liver pill, 1 multivitamin, 1 multimineral, 2 packets of oatmeal, 4 eggwhites, 2 whole eggs, 1 citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit or half of a pineapple)
11 am -- 2 chicken breasts, broccoli, and almonds, pecans or cashews, 20 oz. of water
Train workout (12 to 2 pm) 10 minutes cardio warmup
2:30pm -- Post workout meal - Red meat, 2 burgers, brown rice and asparagus, 10 grams of creatine, 20 grams of glutamine
5 pm -- sashimi with brown rice (order varies) 20 oz. of water
9 pm -- Salmon, Top sirloin, or Filet mignon, or 12 oz steak with mixed vegetables, sweet potato, 20 oz of water
11 pm -- protein shake, 50 grams, 2 scoops of peanut butter, 1 multivitamin, 1 multimineral, 2 servings sugar free metamusil
4 am -- 1 cup yogurt
Monday - chest, calves, abs
Tuesday - back, hamstrings, traps
Wednesday - quads, calves, abs
Thursday - shoulders, tries, abs
Friday - chest, calves, abs
Saturday - back, traps, hamstrings
Sunday off -- cheat day - eat anything you want!