Jan 27

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Tom Chiplick – Talks To Us

Age: 28
Weight: 240 offseason 220 competion
Height: 5’10″
Chest size: 54 inch
Waist size:  32 inch
Bicep size:  20 inch
Calves size: 18inch
Thighs size:  27 inch

Workout Routine:

Each muscle group once a week, I train with heavy weights and high volume usually 18-24 sets per body part, rep range ranging anywhere between 6-12 reps depending on the body part I am training. I will train daily until I feel that my body needs a day or two of rest, sometimes it is three days straight, sometimes its six days straight depending how I feel and whether I am training for an upcoming bodybuilding show.

Bulking Diet:

5000-7000 calories a day, I am what you call a HARD GAINER!! I can eat blocks of butter and maintain my abs even at 240 pounds. I eat anywhere between 250-400g of protein a day and usually between 300-600g of carbs. My diet will include a lot of whole foods, whole eggs, 12grain bread, rice, pasta, lean ground beef, chicken and turkey. Lots of veggies and fruits, dairy and things like nuts and high calorie dense foods. 5-7 meals a day and snacking all day long.

Cutting Diet:

I will consume 3000-4000 calories a day, Brown rice, quineoa, oatmeal for carbs. Chicken breast, white fish and protein isolate for protein. I eat 5-7 meals a day, usually 400-500g of protein a day and 200-300 g of carbs. I will eat a protein based meal without carbs and then a protein and carb based meal alternating each time I eat.

When and why did you get started?

I started working out when I turned 20 to get back into the shape I was in high school when I used to wrestle at the provincial level. After 3 years of training I added a good 30 pounds of muscle and was talked into doing my first show in 2006 which was the Toronto FAME central championships, which I placed 1st at. I did a couple more shows and then cut back on my training for a couple years. After picking back up in May 2009 I began to take my training very seriously and started training for the OPA Ottawa championships in November 2010, I placed 1st and won the heavy weight division in that show. Now I aspire to get to nationals and eventually a pro card in the years to come!

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

Strength is never the main goal for me, although I am very strong, One of my best lifts is 500 pounds on the bench for a set of 3. Now I train for symmetry, mass and muscle maturity! Looking great on stage is my main training objectives sense bodybuilding is not judge whatsoever on your physical strength but more so on your physique.

Have you done any competitions or plan to?

I am currently 19 weeks out from the OPA provincials in Toronto on June 2nd.

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

Like I said this year I plan on qualifying for nationals with the CBFF and will continue to strive to win a pro card in the years to come! I am 28 now and hope to achieve this by the time I am 35, this may seem like an eternity for some planning 7 years ahead but with bodybuilding that is just a blink of the eye in terms of training and competing!!

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

I have a really fast metabolic rate and don’t have issues with gaining fat no matter what I eat, I worry more about not eating enough of the proper foods which will hinder my growth of muscle mass. I always get my 5-7 bodybuilding meals in everyday and then if I want a treat or some junk food I will indulge when I want.

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

I almost never drink, Most of the time I will drink wine at Christmas when I take a week to just enjoy the holidays like normal people, I eat, drink red wine and be jolly so to speak! Other than that I have found myself going 6 to 8 months without drinking so much as a beer.

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

One supplement I could never go without would be my pre workout drinks. N.O explode or Superpump Max, these are crucial for pushing past your limits during training.

Your favourite food?

I love sushi!! I could eat it every single day!!!

If you could pick only 3 different body parts to put on your body from 3 famous people, what would they be and why?

Arnold’s chest, Phil Heaths arms and Kevin Levrone’s shoulders. Arnold’s chest, well its hands down the best chest ever built it is flawless! Phil’s arms are just incredible and stand out among the best ever to hit the Olympia stage and Kevin’s shoulders were round, cut and massive!!

Who do you look up to these days and why?

I admire Jay Cutler, not so much for his physique, even though it is incredible but more so for his amazing business practices!! He has turned his name into a walking dollar sign via his clothing lines, supplement products and his internet and T.V presence. He is what every amateur bodybuilding dreams their life will be like one day, regarding career, lifestyle and financial security!!!

Your favourite quote?

“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else, I’d hate that” ARNOLD

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

1. Take the time to learn from guys that have been in the business awhile and have a vast amount of hands on experience, regarding training, nutrition and competition prep!
2. Take your time, Rome was not built in a day and neither will a great physique. It takes years and years and a lot patience to build a great physique.
3. Do it healthy, with all the drug abuse in the sport today be smart with your health! Regular doctor’s appointments and checkups along with blood work may save your life one day. A healthy heart, kidneys and liver are far more important than looking great on stage. You need your organs long after your hang up your posing trunks!!!

What is your favourite motivation picture online and why? 

I love this pic because Arnold took his physique to a level never seen before! Using very limited supplementation, drugs and technology. He used hard work and dedication to build one of the best physiques of all time!!

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