MEN’S PHYSIQUE STORIES #15: JEFF

What Is Your Instagram Name?

@J.Magnuson

 When Did You Start Competing And What Motivated You?
My first ever Men’s Physique competition was the Alberta Bodybuilding Association’s Winter Classic on Feb 24th 2017, where I placed 3rd in Physique “D” Class, qualifying me for the Provincial Championships. Originally I had no intention of getting into competitions. I hired my coach ( IFBB Pro and Olympian Bodybuilder Helen Bouchard) to help me get to the physique that I desired, and after a year under her guidance she told me that I need to do a competition. After some thought and discussion I decided to try it, and we came up with a game plan to compete in the Winter Open in Feb ’17. Motivation for me is always high when theres an end goal. As soon as we had the date of the show, the fire inside was lit and it only grew stronger as we got closer to show time.

What’s The Hardest Aspect Of The Contest Prep?

The hardest aspect of contest prep is life balance. This is an extremely selfish sport, and unfortunately our loved ones, on occasion, take a back seat to workouts, cardio, eating, and meal prep. I’ve made a very conscious effort through all of my competition preps to keep a positive and happy attitude, include my loved ones as much as possible, and not force them to sacrifice the foods that they love simply because I don’t want to be tempted by food not in my plan. I’m the main cook in the household, and to ensure Lindsay doesn’t have to sacrifice I cook her whatever she want’s all the way through my prep! It’s actually quite nice as I get to live vicariously through her! I’ll never understand the people who get angry, grumpy, and snappy at their friends and family. In my opinion, if you don’t enjoy the entire journey through prep, you shouldn’t be doing it!

Pizza Or Burger?

Pizza.

Who Is Your Biggest Supporter?  

My lovely wife Lindsay is my biggest supporter. She is very understanding and gives me all the time I need to accomplish my goals. She cheers loud at the competitions, and always lets me know how proud she is no matter what my placing.

Which Athletes Do You Admire Any Why?

Chris Bumstead has become a huge inspiration for me. What this man has done at the age of 22 is amazing. The fact that he’s Canadian is also a bonus! As far as Men’s Physique Athletes are concerned, I’m a fan of Andre Ferguson. In my opinion, he has the best lines and aesthetics, is big enough to be very impressive, while not holding so much muscle that he’s too big for Men’s Physique.

Donut Or Chocolate Cake?

Chocolate Cake.

What Advice Would You Give To Yourself If You Had Opportunity To Go Back In Time?

The best advice I could give to a younger version of me, would be to get ahold of my Coach at an earlier age! I didn’t step on stage in Men’s physique until I was 31. Had I started with Helen in my early 20’s I’d have a much more impressive physique.

 




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