Name: Alberto Nunez
Location: Sacramento CA
Weight: 160 Lbs Contest (Bottom line only weight that matters)
Occupation: Bodybuilding Coach
Achievements: Cliff Notes
NGA Pro Atlas: 4th Place
NGA Pro Atlas: 4th Place
APA World Powerlifting Championships: Bombed but hit a 435 squat at a 161 BW
IFPA Pro USA: 6th Place
IFPA Pro International: 4th Place(Light Weights)
NPC San Francisco: 3rd Place(Middle Weights)
IFPA Yorton CUp World Championships 6th Place
Master Level Powerlifter in the 165’s and 181’s
When and how did you get started with bodybuilding?
Very simple reasons really as in the case of most guys. Money was tight at home, and since I didn’t have the coolest to rags bodybuilding offered a clothes optional way of looking good. Oddly enough that motivation ran out quick, and it quickly became more so about the challenge and pushing myself.
What made you decide to become a prep coach?
There was need for it locally, but oddly enough the locals didn’t feel that way. We took off as a company (3DMJ) overseas much quicker than we did here in California.
Where did you learn about your training and nutrition techniques?
It all started with reading Mel Siff’s work in my early 20’s, which around the time I figured out that modern bodybuilding nutrition and training techniques were sub-optimal at best, and unsafe in some cases(mostly around dieting and peak week practices) to the athletes. Initially it was my own interest in being the best that drove me to learn as much as I can.
How does managing another individual’s prep differ from managing your own?
I think guiding others efforts is something I for one take very serious. Once I realized that I was somewhat gifted in the bodybuilding arena, I didn’t want to be that bodybuilder that only knew how to get himself in shape. Right off the bat what works for me doesn’t always work for others, and while we all abide by the same general rules the variations in peoples metabolisms, response to weight training, and mentality differ so freaking much. So all of these things are taken to account, and you can say its physiological empathy for the lack of a better term.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make during contest prep?
-Starting to heavy
-Losing too quickly
-Making illogical decisions because their own emotions get the best of them
-Not enjoying the process
Lets talk about you now. What are your current plans for the pro circuit. Next planned competition?
Great question, but if my shoulder continues to feel this good(been off and on since last fall) I will most likely be on stage next year. No to mention the powerlifting platform. I love both sports despite the fact that I am a bit more likely to find success in the bodybuilding arena.
What does your current offseason diet look like? We’ve heard your body can take in an INSANE amount of carbs.
To tell you the truth I just make sure I hit my protein intake, along with 600-700 grams of carbs on most days. I certainly try to keep my fats a bit lower(relatively speaking) in order to make more room for carbs. I average about 4,400-4,600kcals on most days, and even more so if the training load requires it.
What kind of supplements do you take in? Does this change during prep?
Multi-vitamins, fish oils, creatine, and BCAA’s while prepping along with good old black coffee.
Been hearing a lot on 7-Keto and also Sodium D Aspatic Acid in the Natty leagues. Any thoughts on these two supplements?
I think the natural federations need to outsource their banned substance list, and have a universal one that makes sense. I once entered a show were a banned substance according to their copy and paste list was present in the gift basket(1,3-Dimethylamylamine) and I had to point this out to everyone in the room. So I am pro both supplements because I don’t really think they offer and unfair advantage.
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