Michael A. Manibog - April 2007
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Michael A. Manibog - April 2007
name is Michael Manibog
started competing only last April, 2004 but is now well on his
way to a budding career.
"There are no shortcuts in bodybuilding.
You either have to have the main ingredients or you won't survive.
Discipline, hard work, persistence and the drive are the secrets to your success in this business," says Mike
Mike was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
father is from Lallo
, Cagayan and his
mother is from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines.
parents immigrated to the US in 1961.
Growing up, Mike
has always been athletic.
was into soccer, basketball and track and field.
senior year in college at the University of Iowa
gave up playing soccer big time and started training with weights.
never stopped since then.
Mike moved to Aliso Viejo, California in 2001 after his divorce and started a new career in personal training.
Starting a new life in California away from his
family was difficult at first.
got through with the help and support from his
dear friends Kim and Robert Hart.
goes back to Chicago once a month to visit his
sons Derek, who is now 12 years old and Matthew, who is now 10 years old.
never considered competing and even shrugged off the idea.
But in April, 2004, he
thought of challenging himself physically and mentally.
From 218 lbs. he
weight down to 174 lbs. and joined the Novice class at the Orange County Classic.
came in 12th place.
did it on his
own without any help from anyone and just by reading magazines and books in bodybuilding.
was not satisfied.
thought of giving it another try.
But this time he
sought the help of his
friends from Fit Space Gym in Aliso Viejo where he
Thanks for their tips and advices, it paid off.
won the Novice Lightweight class and the Novice Overall of the Max Muscle Show in Anaheim, California last March, 2005.
Placing in the top 5 at the NPC National Championship in Miami Beach was a huge victory for Mike
because this show is considered the "Best of the Best" show where all the top athletes in the United States compete.
has to win his
class though, in order to qualify him to compete in the Professional level.
is now preparing for the Team Universe National Championship to be held in New York City in July 13 - 14, 2007.
starts 12 weeks out before the date of the contest.
pre-contest training consist of a 1-hour cardio (treadmill or elliptical equipment) and 6-8 reps on weight training body parts.
Six weeks out to the contest date, he
increases the cardio training to another half hour to 45 minutes and his
weight training reps to 15-20 but using lighter weights.
plans to pre-diet down to 162 lbs. before he
starts the 12 week pre-contest diet where he
will go down to 151 lbs. for the actual contest.
now believes that maintaining a steady weight of 162 lbs. during off season rather than bulking up to 40 , 50 lbs. is better for the body in general because in the end, the muscles show better quality and separation.
Also, the internal organs of the body do not get a lot of beating, pounding and stress from losing a lot of weight.
"I also believe that in preparing for a contest, 70% is the diet and 30% is the training as a whole," says Mike
"6 weeks out, I eat only fish (tilapia, orange roughy) for protein and totally cut out red meat and chicken.
This way I get more cuts and separation.
I still maintain my carbs like oatmeal in the morning, sweet potato and brown rice for the rest of the day.
1 week out, I eliminate eating carbs at lunch and morning meals and then 1 day out I eliminate eating carbs in the evening.
I always get my energy from eating green salads, vegetables and fruits.
I don't do sodium depletion and my protein intake is constant," says Mike
There you go.
seems to be congenial in sharing with us the secrets of his
Mike's goal in the future is to get his
This will enable him to get endorsements for his
business and his
Maybe when they create a class for athletes below 200 lbs. then he
will seriously go for it.
But for now he
realizes that the odds in going up against the big guys are high.
Whatever challenges that come his
has overcome them and is working harder to achieve his
And to top it all, Mike
is proud to say that he
has done every show and training drug-free and natural.
is so proud to have a Filipino-American share his
dreams and successes to our athletes in the Philippines and abroad.
sure is a role model in this sport!
Congratulations Mike for a job well done!
Mike graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law at the University of Iowa.
He is now a personal trainer in Aliso Viejo, California.
You can reach him at (949) 289-7164 or his
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
new website www.my-body-evolution.com will soon be up and running, so check it out!