BBG: Where do you work out?
Manu: My primary gym is my coach’s gym, Rocked Up, in Fontana, CA. Other than that, I have serval gym memberships.
BBG: Did you play or excel at any other sports?
Manu: I played basketball, football and ran track in my sports days. I would like to say I excelled and was pretty good in all three of them.
BBG: What are your biggest accomplishments in your workout history so far? Titles, personal bests, achieved, etc…
Manu: I’ll say my biggest has been doing 150 pounds of incline dumbbell chest, 10 times. Also squatting 405 lbs. I know it does not sound like a lot for some but for me it was a big deal.
BBG: What is your workout schedule like?
Manu: For the past 2 1/2 years it has been the same
- Monday -Back
- Tuesday – Shoulders
- Wednesday – Arms
- Thursday – Chest
- Friday – Full body or back depending on what coach says (laughing)
- Saturday – Legs
- Sunday – Rest
BBG: What about your diet, especially your contest prep diet? There have been so many trends, fads, whatever you call them, sometimes completely opposite each other. What works best for you?
Manu: I honestly can’t tell you about other diet trends or fads out there. I follow what my coach tells me to eat and that works for me. It’s that basic.
BBG: Are you generally ripped throughout the year or do you have an “off-season look”?
Manu: Hahahaha, I wish I was. But I do not know too many bodybuilders who walk around like a trophy. I’m not ripped, stage-ready but you can see definition throughout my body.
BBG: What are your favorite exercises or body parts to work? What do you consider your best body part? Do you have a body part that’s especially challenging to make headway on?
Manu: My favorite is incline dumbbell chest. I love it because it (obviously) works the upper chest but it also incorporates the deltoids. My traps are probably my best body part; I think they stand out. I am not allowed to work them because my coach says they are too big (laughing).
I’ve started to really work on my back due to the feedback I received from the judges. Our goal is to improve the width of it.
BBG: If someone were going to work out with you, what are they in for, what’s your workout style? What would you want from a partner?
Manu: Come ready to work out for a good solid hour. Your only rest is my working set so get ready to move. Put on your headphones, if needed, and grind. Take whatever stress you have out on the weights.
I would want my partner to be motivated and come from a desire to improve themselves. We are not there for ego lifting. I’m too old for that now.
BBG: What’s your advice to people just starting out?
Manu: Get a coach and listen to him / her, eat right, and give all in the gym. The results speak for themselves.