IFBB Pro League bodybuilder Troy Alves joins us today to share with us his vast amount of knowledge and experience. Whether or not you are a fan of bodybuilding is irrelevant because professional bodybuilders are normally the most knowledgeable form of athletes when it comes to resistance training, nutrition for fat loss AND muscle gain, and of course supplementation. We are truly privileged to have Troy join us today!
Thanks so much for taking time out to speak with us Troy, we really appreciate it! To start with Troy can you give us some background on your history as an IFBB Pro in terms of shows?
It is awesome to be on FitMag, I love reaching out to my fans in the UK! My results as an IFBB pro bodybuilder are as follows -
2003 Arnold Classic - IFBB, 10th
2003 Grand Prix Australia - IFBB, 2nd
2003 Grand Prix England - IFBB, 6th
2003 Grand Prix Holland - IFBB, 6th
2003 Grand Prix Russia - IFBB, 4th
2003 Ironman Pro Invitational - IFBB, 4th
2003 Maximum Pro Invitational - IFBB, 5th
2003 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 8th
2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational - IFBB, 5th
2004 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 15th
2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship - IFBB, 5th
2005 Arnold Classic, IFBB 8th
2005 Ironman Pro Invitational, IFBB 3rd
2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, IFBB 4th
2006 Arnold Classic, IFBB 11th
2006 Colorado Pro Championships, IFBB 8th
2006 Ironman Pro Invitational, IFBB 3rd
2006 Mr. Olympia, IFBB 15th
2009 Europa Show of Champions Hartford Pro Show, IFBB 1st place *
2009 Mr. Olympia, IFBB 16th
2010 Phoenix Pro Show, IFBB 5th
2010 Tampa Pro Show, IFBB 2nd
2010 Europa Show of Champions Hartford Pro Show, IFBB 2nd
2010 Mr. Olympia, IFBB 15th
2011 Europa Show of Champions Hartford Pro Show, IFBB 1st place *
2011 Phoenix Pro Show, IFBB 1st place *
2011 Mr Olympia, IFBB 16th
Awesome! So for the last 8 years you have been a pro bodybuilder. Since you first started training, how has your approach in the gym changed over the years?
From heavy mass training to more conventional muscle building training.
Why has it changed?
Because your body changes and you have to take care of your joints and tendons as you get older.
That’s great advice! You have to think long term with your training! What are some of the most common training mistakes you see people make?
Not using mind muscle connection with the lifts and just throwing the weight up!
For beginners, what should they focus their training on? Super heavy weight or moderate weight?
They need both and training depends upon what their goals are. However, to build muscle using a combination of high intensity heavy training and high repetitions volume training works great!
In regards to nutrition, just how important is it to any kind of athlete on a scale of 1-10?
What does your diet look like when you are aiming to add lean muscle?
60% protein, 25% carbohydrates, and 15% fat!
What do you believe is the most important factor with diet when adding muscle mass?
Make sure that you get your protein in first!!!
Any recipes for us to try which taste great?
Ground turkey, rice (either brown or white), salsa, avocado and pineapple.
That sounds delicious! I love pineapple so I will give this one a go! In regards to supplementation, you're with USN, a market leading brand. How have their products helped you?
Overall they have helped me tremendously with gaining lean muscle mass and body fat control.
Which products will you be using to add on muscle, why?
USN Muscle Fuel Mass, USN Creatine Anabolic and USN Amino Acids. They're the best combination for me.
Which ones do you use to get into show condition?
USN Pure Protein IGF-1, USN Pure Glutamine, USN Triple Omega and USN Xedra cut XT.
Which supplements should a beginner use to pack on muscle mass, why?
Same thing I would use, USN Creatine Anabolic, USN amino acids and USN Muscle Fuel which is an awesome mass gainer!!!
How important are supplements in your opinion, scale 1-10?
Food is the most important and supplements are also vital, I would give them an 8 and half on a scale of 1 -10.
Troy thank you so much for sharing with us your knowledge and experience as a top flight IFBB Pro! We wish you the very best of luck for the future and we hope to see you again soon right here on FitMag!
I would like to thank you guys for having me, and I really hope that you guys are able to benefit from some of the advice I have given! I would also like to thank USN for all their support and enabling me to use their great products!