Lee PowellIFBB Pro Body Builder
I began bodybuilding at the age of 18. At first I just wanted something positive
to occupy my mind as a lot of my friends at the time were into negative activities
which I had no interest in getting involved with. Two years later I entered my first
competition as a junior and won. After that I went to university to concentrate
on getting an education and a Degree in nutrition.
I get a lot of inspiration from guys who competed in the 80's, men like Lee Labrada
and Bob Paris. That is a look that sort of motivated me to get into bodybuilding
and to train.
I love to train everything and being creative. I like to invent exercises all the time as I think it’s refreshing for the mind and helps stimulate muscle fibres from different angles. I don’t believe in one way of training and always keep an open mind in everything I do.
Now that I’m older I listen to my body a lot more, If I feel sore in a certain body part I may give it two weeks rest and at the other end of the spectrum I may train a body part as much as three times in a week. I am trying to get in touch with my body and give it what it needs.
Again, as I've gotten older I've become wiser with my training. I train a lot stricter now and focus more on the squeezing aspect of the movement and I think this has brought out a lot more lines and detail in my physique
I don’t put so much of an emphasis on heavy weights, but more on form and actually really blasting the hell out of the muscles via drops sets and partials and rest/pause, those types of methods. I've employed a lot more intense techniques to bring out that detail
I use L-Glutamine
three times a day, & take BCAA’s
before and after cardio and (weight) training.
My last competitive bodyweight was 212 pounds, and the lowest point I have come to on my current diet is 190 pounds, and I'm hoping to weigh in at around 200. My waist is actually the smallest it's ever been. I think the last time I was onstage it was 34 inches. Now I've got it down to 30 inches. I just feel a lot healthier, a lot better. There's just an improvement to the overall flow of my physique now.
To create a physique that I can honestly say is classical, aesthetic and competitive and not to look like some of the monsters competing nowadays. Bodybuilding is displaying the perfect physique not how big you can be.
I want to have a complete physique that when looked at on the whole is inspiring and realistic for the younger bodybuilders to achieve, but also appreciated and competitive in the IFBB. I don’t want to be a freak!! Although I respect everyone's goals with regards to their appearance, I personally feel we need to step back and look at the direction the sport is going.I currently run my own gym, and would definitely like to open another one, and also continue my sponsorship deal with USN, I enjoy representing them.