French physique Curtis Taylor was ready to compete at Musclemania® Paris last October . . . until pandemic realities locked down! The 6'1", 210 lbs., 25 year old, natural athlete says, "I was in my best shape, lean and full. But, I am already on my training and diet plan for this season and will be ready when the show comes around again." The former basketball and soccer player from Nice started training for strength when bodybuilding took over and Curtis began to work on his symmetry and shape.
After 10 years off the stage, former Model America Champion JC Shivers says he's back in the gym and back on the scene this season. At 6'7", 250 lbs., 35 year old, the former collegiate and professional basketball player is now married with two sons and owns a Houston training center. "I can't believe its been 10 years," JC says. "I'm ready to do more than ever with a whole family in my corner supporting me in this new endeavor."
"It’s Phase 2 of my transformation," says Musclemania® Pro Muhammad Aidil Aidil. The Singapore lifetime natural explains, "I'm currently on a caloric deficit diet and keeping my protein intake high while dropping my carbs and fats slightly. I've been leaning out while growing. So, we shall see how it goes after 16 weeks."
Musclemania® Pro Radostin Tsvetanov says, "In these hard times all I have is to workout, eat, sleep and repeat. Currently, I’m trying to develop lean muscles and I’m training 5 days a week with a perfect calculated meals." The 5'8", 180 lbs., 23 year old, lifetime natural Bulgarian will make his MM Pro debut later this season.
Since winning '19 Musclemania® Europe, Nikola Pesic says he's been in growth mode. The 6'1", 220 lbs., lifetime natural explains, "I had some symmetry issues and if I wanted to move up from Physique to Classic Division, I needed to complete my symmetry. Well, I am almost there and will be ready with a new physique this year." The Serbian native current resides, works and trains in Switzerland.
Texas gymnast and natty bodybuilder Josue Gp says, "When you take the option to give up out of a mans life his success becomes inevitable. Failure only comes when defeat is accepted as a reality in the mind. if a man never gives up, he may never fail." The 5'9", 178 lbs,, 20 year old, Houstonian will make his Musclemania® debut next season.
Pandemic shape suits David De La Peña just fine. The 5'8", 180 lbs., Mexican trainer says, "My training is based on intense super series with maximum weights and minimum rest between series to break more fibers and have a faster development and maturity of the muscle. I have been training like this for 1 year and it has changed my body more aesthetically. My diet is based on high amounts of protein, carbs and fats since I am genetically thin and need to eat a lot of clean calories." David is training for his first Musclemania® Mexico and Latino shows next season.
Florida natty Gabriel Valantino(R) says, "This is the first year my younger brother Eli Valantino is working out with a consistent diet. He’s noticing tons of what I call “Newbie Gains” and it’s really motivating him to keep pushing harder everyday. My best advice for him was to make sure he’s eating in a calorie surplus and lifting with correct form. For most beginners you want to leave the ego at the door while training everyday." At 5'9", 180 lbs., 22 years old and lifetime natty, Gabriel will compete at Musclemania® Universe in Miami in June, his first competition.
Spanish muscle model Jose Luis Angulo Perez says he uses boxing regularly as part of his mixed training regimen. The 6'1", 195 lbs,, 30 year old, natural athlete explains, "A mixed training program really keeps me lean and tight and very flexible. I also include Cross Fit, swimming and yoga in my weekly schedule.
Despite the pandemic, Bulgarian teenager Aleks Jechev continues his transformation. The 5'11", lifetime natural says, "The gyms will be closed until February, so I am training at some friend's home gyms. One of them has good free weights and the other some great custom machines. Together, I am getting my workouts done."