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Oscar Rodriguez – It Is What It Is

Age: 37
Weight: 167 lbs. (75.74 kilos)
Height:  5’ – 7”
Chest size: 44.25”
Waist size: 30.25”
Arm size: 16.25”
Calves size: 14.25”
Thighs size: 22.5”


I train using split routines. Most of the time, I train all 7 days within a week and only take a day off when my body feels tired. I will take time off if I feel that I am not making progress and may be overtraining, however both cases are quite rare.


I follow a consistent diet based on a 2500 – 2800 daily calorie intake paying close attention to my macronutrient needs, in order to maintain my current body weight. My macros consist of 1.5 grams of protein per body pound, 2 grams of carbohydrates per body pound, & 40 grams of fat per body pound (keeping total saturated fat down to 5 grams or lower), on a daily basis. On certain days my overall calorie intake may be slightly higher (depending on the meals consumed throughout the day). I try to spread my meals throughout the day, usually totalling 6 to 7 meal times.

When and why did you get started?

I became involved with weight training at the age of 12 when my best friend at the time purchased a Weider weight set. Since that moment, I was hooked and have trained steadily throughout my life time. I have taken time off throughout certain stages in life, but exercise has always been a significant part of my life style and who I am.


Achievements so far?

Learning the dynamics of my own body. It is a blessing to know exactly how my body responds by adjusting my nutrition and training routines. I know how to add solid & lean weight as well as shred down my body fat, when I wish to do so with little effort. Years of trial and error as well as experimentation has resulted in having this ability. I also believe that at this age, I have managed to get myself into the best physical condition that I have ever been in. This is a huge achievement. Most of this has to do with what I have just described above, about being in tune with my body and what works to perfect my short term goals.

What would be your biggest dream to be able to achieve?

I would like to compete in a few local fitness shows next year (2012). I am not interested as much in where I may place (even though I would like to win), but more on having the life time experience. I feel that with a few months of intense training and solid preparation, I have a very good chance at placing at least in the top 5 of any local amateur fitness show.


Do you ever struggle to stick to your diet and eat lots of junk food?

Never. I do not even cheat throughout any given week. My body has become so adjusted to healthy and clean food consumption that I do not even crave junk food or any other food source considered unhealthy.


Will you always strive to get stronger or at some point just try to maintain?

I strive to simply maintain at this point in my life. Realistically, I am a short man and I feel that my body is exactly where it should be, physically. I have above average muscle size for my body type, size, and frame. I do always strive to better myself whether it’s increasing strength, definition, and or vascularity, but I am no longer interested in gaining much more muscle size.


Allot of us out there love a good drink of alcohol from time to time, do you ever drink, if so how often?

I use to be a Weekend Warrior and have a few drinks throughout my weekends. However I have completely stopped drinking alcohol. It has been approximately 7 months since I had my last drink. I don’t believe that I will never have another drink again, but for the most part, I feel that alcohol simply holds me back in some way.


If you could pick only one supplement what would it be? (Not protein as you can get that from foods easily)

I really enjoy using nitric oxide. As Arnold Schwarzenegger described in the movie Pumping Iron, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling the pump in your muscles as you are training. Feeling your muscles engorged with blood is clear indication that you are putting them to work. The use of nitric oxide intensifies this feeling and at times allows me to continue to feel “the pump” for a much longer period of time.

Your favourite food?

I do not really have a favourite food. Everything I eat, I love.


Who do you look up to these days and why?

I still find Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger as my top inspirational figures. I also find much inspiration through Dorian Yates. Lou overcame much adversity throughout his bodybuilding career and always kept going forward. Even to this day, Ferrigno looks amazing for his age (I met him in 2009 at a convention) and is still very active in the world of fitness. Arnold simply was the first true champion of bodybuilding, and he did so by practising what he has always preached and is a true pioneer of the sport. His focus and determination (not to mention, his confidence), were unmatchable. He promoted bodybuilding into a socialized frenzy among people of all ages, and revolutionized the way people perceive(d) bodybuilding. Dorian Yates continues to implement his training philosophies among the sport continuously, through modern time. His knowledge of high intensity training has been a pinnacle in my own training regimen, and one that continues to push the limits of my body.


Your favourite quote?

. It can’t get more cut and dry but to the point than that.


Your top 3 tips to someone that might be just starting out bodybuilding?

  • First and foremost, get your nutritional lifestyle in perspective, regardless of what your fitness goals are. Nutrition is the key to your success.
  • Second, train with the highest level of intensity at all times. If you do not feel that you can give a training session 100% of your energy and intensity, do not waste your time and save it for another day.
  • Third, be open to constant changes and experimentation. Not every routine or diet works the same for every person. A person must be willing to try different diets and exercise routines, making adjustments as they go and focusing on those things that give results.


What is your favourite motivation picture online and why?

I have seen many motivational pictures out there, but nothing so profound to where I can remember it as a favourite.


Thoughts on Steroids?

They are the easy way out and a sure way to cheat one’s self from the gratification and satisfaction of hard work and discipline. Why take that away from yourself?  Also, the damage that steroids can cause a person’s body internally (in the long run) doesn’t seem to be worth the risk, in my opinion. Make the most of the full potential that your body naturally allows. If you want more than what your body is capable of providing, you may have to work on some other personal issues (such as self acceptance or personal complex and insecurity).


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