Good day my fellow fitness enthusiasts.
This being my first article I thought I would tell you a little about myself since we will be spending sometime together. But first Id like to think Jason Rapp for his faith in me and for brining me on as a Paramount Supplements
sponsored athlete. Jason is a super cool and laid back guy and I look forward to developing a long lasting relationship with him and his company. If you havenít met him head on down to Paramount Fitness Center on 5130 Crookshank Rd in Cincinnati, say hey, get in a killer workout, and buy some of the newest supplements at rock bottom prices.Ok now a little about me.
My name is Jason Carr, Iím originally from a little town in Tennessee, but moved to Cincinnati a little over four years ago. I am an A.C.E. certified personal trainer and have worked with hundreds of clients with varying ages and goals. Iíll be the first to admit that I love what I do, there is nothing as gratifying as changing someoneís life for the better. I am a firm believer in practicing what you preach, thatís why over the years Iíve dabbled in a little bit of everything fitness and sport related. football, boxing, wrestling, MMA, Strongman, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, you name it and Iíve probably spent some of my time pursuing it.
While all the things Iíve just mentioned have their appeal and merits, for me it was Powerlifting and Bodybuilding
that spoke to me the most deeply. It began with Powerlifting when I was younger. I trained at a little gym in Tennessee that was home to a handful of record setting competitive powerlifters. I was young at the time, but I had already been bitten by the iron bug and trained everyday like it was my last. It was due to this mentality that I had already developed a considerable level of size and strength for my age even though I hadnít even training all that long. It was not long until the other lifters took notice and took me under their proverbial wings. I then began to compete in the SPF, Southern Powerlifting Federation
, and eventually set some records of my own. I maintained a hybrid training system that incorporated bodybuilding movements, though I wouldnít have called myself a bodybuilder, I was already a fan of the sport. I guess you could say that even though I wasnít aware of it at the time, my future was already being set. I think this will be a good point to mention that I am a lifetime drug free athlete
, and even though the SPF was a non-tested federation I still was able to make my mark which goes to show if your work harder than every else you can prevail. Hard work trumps a lazy guy who juices 99 percent of the time. To sum it up, NO EXCUSES.
Once I moved to Cincinnati, I left Powerlifting behind and turned my focus to more of a primarily bodybuilding routine. I still followed the sport but wasnít planning on competing, I just wanted to develop my body to it maximum potential. Honestly, I had been told for years that I should compete by numerous competitors, but there had never been a time that I had just said ďOk, lets do it.Ē I believe a part of that has to do with me as a person, I never do anything half way, when I say lets do it, its all or nothing, 110 percent. Although I already looked like a seasoned competitor I just had not felt that fire. Then a year ago after an extended off-season, having bulked up considerably as I was contemplating a comeback to Powerlifting, I was watching pumping iron for the thousandth time, when out of nowhere I had that moment. Suddenly the fire was lit!
I knew I had a lot of work to do, and long story short I did WORK!I picked a show, the 2011 NPC Monster Mash Natural Bodybuilding Championship for my debut.
I dieted for seven months, I went from 250lbs bulked to a shredded 186 at weigh in and won the Novice Light Heavy with straight firsts from the judges, and took fourth in a very tough open line up. I will say this, that was without a doubt the hardest seven months of my life. Even though I was ready to take a break and give my body a rest I wanted to compete one more time before I took an off season. I was able to eat normally for about a month before starting to diet for my next show, The 2012 Natural Cincinnati.Twelve weeks later I stepped on stage and took third in the Light -Heavy Weight Open.
I was happy with the improvements I made in the little time I had, and if I hadnít been holding a bit of water at prejudging the one point that kept me from taking second wouldnít have been an issue. Iíll admit I was a little disappointed because I was gunning to win, hey kids why enter if your not, and it took me a few days to decide my next step. What is that you might ask? The Heavy-Weight division. The judges all agree that I will do some serious damage. So I will be taking a good off-season to give my body a break from dieting as well as put on some more quality mass, my specialty, and make sure there is no question who the winner is come contest day. Itís going to be lights out baby. Until then I hope you follow me and my training articles, supplements reviews, and diet tips. Stay strong brothers and sisters. Jason C.Contest History2006 SPF Blue Ridge Classic -
Push/Pull 1st place
2006 SPF Tennessee State Championship -
Deadlift 1st place
2006 SPF Nationals -
Deadlift 1st place
2007 SPF World Championship -
Deadlift 1st Place
2007 SPF Nationals -
Push/Pull 1st place
2011 NPC Monster Mash Natural Bodybuilding Championship -
Novice Menís 1st place/ Menís Open Light-Heavy 4th place
2012 NPC Natural Cincinnati -
Menís Open Light-Heavy 3rd place