YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHERE LIFE’S GONNA TAKE YOU. ALL I KNOW IS, I WANT TO BE A CHAMPION AND I WILL NOT BE OUTWORKED.
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: JONATHAN ADAM ALVAREZ
BBG: Ok, so, tell us a little about yourself: your name, background, where you grew up, where you went to school and for what. What do you do professionally? A mini-bio, if you will.
JAA: My name is Jonathan Adam Alvarez. I’m 22 years old, and I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. I grew up playing sports, and I was very big on wrestling growing up. I was always a one-upper when it came to athletics. I was always a natural at just about anything I tried. I’m currently pursuing a personal training certification through NASM. I recently had a beautiful baby boy and couldn’t be happier about that. And I have a wonderful girl who supports my lifestyle and who I absolutely adore.
BBG: One of the reasons we’re interviewing you is because we know you’re an avid Big Back Grips user. What did you use before BBGs and why did you settle on BBGs? How do they help your workout?
JAA: I’m not gonna lie. For the longest time I was a raw kinda guy when doing heavy deadlifts and rows; I was big on bettering my grip. Ultimately you get to the point where you’re pulling so much weight you need some wraps and time and time again they would start to frail up and eventually rip. Needless to say BBGs were my savior and I was really able to start to feel the contractions a hell of a lot better, which sold me.
BBG: Where do you work out?
JAA: City Gym, Utica NY. It’s an all-business/get-it-done kind of gym. Enough said.
BBG: Did you play or excel at any sports?
JAA: Any sport I tried, really. But I honestly feel I could have been great had I gone to college for football.
BBG: What brought you into the world of lifting and when? What are your main goals in bodybuilding?
JAA: I always admired the pro wrestlers’ physiques growing up and started doing push-ups early on and started curling when I was 14 with my brother’s 50-pound bar. And the rest is history. Powerlifting at 17; bodybuilding by 21. As far as my main goals, I just want to strive to be great at everything I do. I feel as though my hard work and consistency and my desire to keep learning every day will only do me good. You just never know where life’s gonna take you. All I know is, I want to be a champion and I will not be outworked.
BBG: What are your biggest accomplishments in your workout history so far? : Titles, personal goals achieved, etc.
JAA: 565 pound squat for 5 PR and a 565 Deadlift PR. Trying to get both to 600 right now. My squat is pretty much there now just shy of that.