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My name is Bradley. I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I am an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and student pursuing my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Undergraduate, I received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Business while playing Division 1 College Baseball. Baseball has been with me all of my life. I played year-round travel baseball ever since I was 9 years old. With athletics being so important in my life, fitness and nutrition soon followed.
Unfortunately, I was never educated as a youngster on what was “healthy” in terms of food. I ate anything and everything that I wanted. Any type of junk food, especially fast foods, was extremely prominent in my diet. 8 pictures out of 10 you’d see me with a soda. I was very overweight and was ridiculed by classmates in school. Yes, I performed well in baseball but social life was a different story. I had a tough time growing up when I wasn’t on a baseball field.
I was introduced into weight-lifting during the 7th grade for the high school baseball team. I fell in love. I knew it helped me perform better on the field but also saw how it affected my body. Year by year, I kept getting more and more into training that it grew into my passion. Throughout high school, I was lifting weights 3-5 days a week when baseball allowed. It was unbelievable the results I was seeing on and off the field.
It wasn’t until college that I finally started to master my craft. I was introduced to Muscle & Fitness magazines along with bodybuilding.com and really got into the scientific nature of training and nutrition. I would spend my spare time (which wasn’t much with pre-med labs and baseball practice) researching the new types of training techniques and exercise protocols to learn as much as I could about weight-lifting. It was fascinating how much information there really was. The nutrition side of it really intrigued me. Yes, I was still overweight but I was starting to put on pounds of muscle while slowing stripping away fat from the intense training.
My physique fully took a 180 when I learned the truths about nutrition. I was able to dispel all the myths and focus on what worked specifically for my body. This definitely was a trial and error type ordeal that took a few years to master but it finally happened the summer of my junior year of college. I started to count my macros and learned how many grams of protein, carbs, and fats I needed for my body to strip fat while maintaining lean muscle. Since that summer, I’ve been able to diet down to competition level body fat and compete in Men’s Physique for the NPC. I’ve done 2 shows so far and plan on competing again in the future.
Currently, I train 6 days a week in the gym with the 7th day as an active rest day. My 6-day split runs as follows; Chest, Back, Legs, Triceps/Biceps, Shoulders, and Weak point training (right now it’s chest). The 7th day I’ll perform a mix of HIIT and LISS for about 30 minutes to stay active while giving my body a rest from weights. I’ll do Abs and Calves 3 days a week, with Abs one day and Calves the next.
For diet, I follow flexible dieting or IIFYM. I count all of my macros down to the gram. I usually have 1.2-1.5g of protein per lb of BW, 0.4g of fat per lb of BW, and I fill the rest of my calories with carbs depending on my goal. When I diet, I slowly drop carbs while adding in cardio if I feel I’m plateauing with fat loss. I do follow flexible dieting like I said BUT I enjoy eating healthy foods. I’d rather eat larger quantities of wholesome foods such as chicken, egg whites, brown rice, oats, and peanut butter than follow true IIFYM and have that cheeseburger and fries.
I really enjoy creating healthy alternatives to common “junk” foods. On my fitness page facebook.com/btefitness, I have over 40 recipes such as fat-free hashbrowns and high-protein ice-creams that really make living a healthy lifestyle that much easier. My favorite recipe has to be my fudge brownie protein cake made with 1 scoop of whey/casein fudge brownie protein, 1/4cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 egg white, and cinnamon mixed together and cooked in the microwave for 1-2minutes. Throw on some melted peanut butter and you have a great high protein, low carb snack. I have this every night before bed and it never gets old!
As you can see, fitness and nutrition aren’t seasonal for me. They are my passion and my lifestyle. Working out and eating healthy are my therapy that helps give me the confidence to do anything I put my mind to. The combined mental and physical strengths I get from working out and eating healthy help me succeed in life.
Luckily, John from BBpics.com saw how passionate I was about health and fitness and reached out to me. He saw how much hard-work I’ve put into my health and my physique. He was one of the first people to help me capture the essence of my lifestyle through photography. It was my pleasure to work with him, along with Noah and Ivan during our shoot together. I would love to shoot with John again if I’m fortunate enough for the opportunity. If you have the chance to shoot with John, don’t let it fall through!