Name: Nick Paniagua
Location: Orange County, CA
Weight: 172 Lbs
Occupation: IT Specialist and Business Owner
Achievements: IronMan Magazine 2008, Bodybuilding.com ad 2009, CutAndJacked.com Interview 2010, IronMan Magazine 2010, Natural Muscle Magazine 2011, Bodybuilding.com Interview 2012.
When did you get started with fitness?
I was around 15-16 years old when my father came home with a bench press and some weights. My interest in muscle stemmed from being bullied when I was younger and my dad knew that. He helped me put everything together right in the middle of my bedroom and we went to the local market where he bought me some muscle magazines. All I did was read and post up pages of all the bodybuilders I looked up to on my walls. I was tired of being bullied and teased for being so skinny, so I decided to do something about it. After about a year of lifting in my bedroom I joined my first gym called Super Bodies by my high school and would go every day after school. It was there where I learned so much about training and nutrition. I just listened to what everyone had to say about this and that and soaked it all in like a sponge, after all, everyone in there had so much more experience than I did, so it was great that they took the time to share their knowledge with me. To this day I still practice what I learned from the guys in that gym. It soon became more than just a hobby for me, it became a passion and a lifestyle.
How do you stay so motivated? What drives you?
What keeps me motivated is remembering what was said to me and how I felt before I started training. I didn’t want to hear those words or feel like that again. I also had a problem with drinking when I was younger and weight training kept me busy and away from that, who wants to lift when they’re drunk right? It kept me sober and on the right track. I wanted to better myself and I did. I’m proud to say that I will have 9 years of sobriety this coming May and it is all thanks to the better addiction which is weight training and the lifestyle that is Straight Edge.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
As I’ve stated in the previous question, it’s been my battle with alcoholism. As I’ve learned in the past, you can’t live a long and healthy life with such negativity surrounding it. I had to X out all negativity and one of my most major factors was alcohol. There are so many things I am ashamed of looking back at everything but realize that I cannot take those things back and the only thing I can do is to continue to live the way I’ve lived these past 9 years as a positive and healthy person who helps others reach their goals. With the help of my friends and family I was able to stay strong regardless of the temptations that came and went. I hit the gym day and night and kept myself busy, I read about bodybuilding and nutrition, I went to local competitions that were more than motivating. All in all, it’s keeping a positive mental attitude that will get you through anything.
What does your current training schedule/program look like?
Right now I am training on a 2 days on, 1 day off schedule.
Monday – Arms
Tricep Pushdowns – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Close Grip Presses – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Skullcrushers – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Machine Preacher Curls – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
DB Curls – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Rope Hammer Curls – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Tuesday – Legs – Abs
Leg Press – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Leg Extension – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Seated Ham Curls – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Standing Calf Raises – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Seated Calf Raises – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Cable Crunches – 4 sets\25 reps
Captains Chair Knee Ups – 4 sets\25 reps
Hanging Leg Lifts – 4 sets\25 reps
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Chest
Flat Bench Press – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Seated Cable Fly’s – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Decline Hammer Strength – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Incline Smith Barbell Machine – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Incline DB Fly’s – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Friday – Back – Abs
Deadlifts – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Lat Pulldowns – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Seated Iso Row Machine – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Close Grip Seated Rows – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Widegrip Pullups – 5 sets\Failure
Decline Crunches – 4 sets\25 reps
Captains Chair Knee Ups – 4 sets\25 reps
Hanging Leg Lifts – 4 sets\25 reps
Saturday – Off
Sunday – Delts – Traps
DB Shoulder Presses – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Seated Lateral Raise Machine – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
DB Lateral Raises – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
DB Front Raises – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Rear Delt Machine – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
DB Shrugs – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Behind The Back Barbell Shrugs – 5 sets\15, 12, 10, 8, failure
Give us a breakdown of your daily diet.
7:00am – 1 cup of plain oats in water, a 1\2 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 1 packet of Stevia along with 5 egg whites and 1 whole egg scrambled with 1 scoop of Controlled Labs PROnom 23 protein powder in 16oz’s of water with 3 Controlled Labs Orange Triad multivitamin tablets.
10:00am – 20 almonds and a cup of coffee with 1 packet of Stevia.
1:00pm – 12oz’s of boneless\skinless chicken breast, a cup of brown rice and a cup of broccoli.
4:00pm – 6oz’s of boneless\skinless chicken breast and a half cup of brown rice.
6:00pm – 1 scoop of Controlled Labs PROnom 23 in 16oz’s of water and a plain Greek yogurt with 1 packet of Stevia.
7:30pm – 10-12oz’s of lean top sirloin with a small sweet potato, half cup of broccoli and 3 Controlled Labs Orange Triad tablets.
9:30pm – 1\2 a cup of plain oats in water with 1 packet of Stevia, 2 scoops of Controlled Labs White Flood in 10oz’s of water, 5 Green Bulge capsules and a scoop of Purple Wraath in 20oz’s of water.
12:00am – 1.5 scoops of Controlled Labs Gold Feast in 16oz’s of water.
Do you take any supplements to reach your fitness goals
Controlled Labs White Flood – An NO pre-workout supplement that I take 30 minutes before training.
Controlled Labs Orange Triad – A multi-vitamin that I take daily.
Controlled Labs PROnom 23 – A protein powder that provides me with 23 grams of protein per serving.
Controlled Labs Purple Wraath – An amino acid powder that I drink intra-workout.
Controlled Labs Green Bulge – Creatine capsules that I take 30 minutes before I train.
Controlled Labs Gold Feast – A protein\carbohydrate recovery powder that I take immediately after training.
What is your single biggest “Fitness” related accomplishment?
I would have to say making it into my first magazine. That was such a huge deal for me as it was something I dreamed about when I was younger. The magazines and supplemental sponsorships were things I always dreamed about and never thought would actually happen but it was something I aimed for and in time these incredible opportunities came my way.
Name a fitness “Myth” that just isn’t true no matter how many times you hear it?
I was always told that carbs were the devil, stay away from carbs, carbs will make you fat.. etc. Yes, carbs can effect certain people in different ways but aren’t something you should hinder from taking in. We are all genetically different and some people require more carbs than others on a daily basis in order to maintain or gain depending on their goals. Carbs are not the devil, they are your friend, you just need to get to know how your body works and reacts to the amount you’re taking in.. it’s all about monitoring your body very closely.
Tips for our readers to achieve their fitness dreams?
1. Eat clean, nutrition is everything.
2. Form over weight.
3. Stay consistent inside and outside of the gym.
4. Listen to others who have experience.
5. Never give up.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
I would like to take a minute to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s been an amazing journey. A special thanks goes out to Bodybuilding.com, Controlled Labs, Ian L. Sitren and my beautiful girlfriend Veronica Olvera.