NPC Bodybuilding Competitor Michael Jirovec
By Eddie Cervantes, Muscle-4Life-Nutrition.comSpecialist In Performance Nutrition
CEO - Muscle 4 Life Nutrition LLC
Editor's Note: Special thanks to Michael for taking the time to speak with Muscle-4Life-Nutrition.com. All photos courtesy of Michael Jirovec
A good friend of mine IFBB Pro Kara Finer introduced me to Michael Jirovec one of the toughest bodybuilders I have met in a long time. He just kick butt in the 2009 Eastern USA's and now MuscleTech is flying him out for a photoshoot and possible sponsorship. Go get them Mike! If that is not enough he is achieving all this while dealing with type 1 diabetes. This guy is the true meaning of an athlete.
Eddie: Hello Mike, tell us a little about yourself and what got you interested in the sport of bodybuilding?
Michael: My name is Michael Nicholas Jirovec. I'm 24 years young. I work for local 46 iron workers. I have been bodybuilding serious since 2007. I started lifting weights when I was 17 years old.when I was 18 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. living with diabetes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helped me fall in love with bodybuilding. While being forced to eat clean I saw how fast I could build muscle and became hooked! The more results I see the more motivated I have became. As my physique changed and I built more muscle mass I decided to take my body to a competitive level.
Eddie: That is very inspirational! Where do you reside and train at?
Michael: I'm a Brooklyn boy born and raised! wouldn't have it any other way. I train in Millbasin, golds gym! shout out to all the guys in there push-in big weight around!!! you are a product of your environment. I'm thankful to have the guys in my gym that I do. They keep me on my toes and motivated!
Eddie: Sounds like a great group of guys. What is your competitive history?
Michael: I've competed in four shows . my first show was in November 2007 Eastern USA's. Middleweight Open 4th, Novice 2nd
2008 Atlantic States Middleweight Open 5th, Novice 3rd.
2008 CT Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championships Middleweight Open 1st. (qualified for nationals)
2009 Eastern USA's Middleweight Open 1st place (qualified for Nationals)
Eddie: Congratulations on the Eastern USA's we were all rooting for you. Can you tell us what magazines or websites we might have seen you in.
Michael: I was just recently featured on musculardevelopment.com " in the trenches" . I was also featured on rxmuscle.com "in the iron asyllum". I also have my own website dedicated to diabetes and bodybuilding but no narrowed down to just that. www.diabeticmuscle.com check it out!
Eddie: When I heard that you are a diabetic and you were bringing awareness with your website I was stoked. My Father lived with type 2 diabetes for a great many years of his life and recently passed. So please drop by and support Michael's website and diabetes awareness. What has been your stepping stone to get where you are today?
Michael: I'm a very competitive person and self motivated. I like to do things and take them to the extreme. once I found bodybuilding and saw a possible future in it I wanted to take it to the next level. I always strive for the top and try to be the best I can. I've always been like this. not to toot my own horn :)
Eddie: Toot away, it's "Mike Time" lol. Do you have a trainer or do you do it on your own?
Michael: Do I have a trainerrrrrrrr!!!!! I have the best trainer! IFBB Pro Fakhri Mubarak. He's more than a trainer he's a good friend of mine. In my opinion he has to be....if not the top guy on the east coast he's definitely up there when it comes to contest prep. He started elite prep, and the team is doing real well. I started working with fak after seeing pics of his clients and actually losing to one of them. They are all so conditioned, hard, full, vascular, dry etc...everything that is necessary to do well in these shows that many competitors lack. If you look into his stats you'll also see the facts to prove this. His clients win shows!!! faks a straight up dude, he tells it how it is and puts competitors on stage to win. He's also very health conscious which is very important for the long run of the sport. you can find him on www.myspace.com/fakhrimubarak or hit him up at email@example.com
Eddie: I hear great things about Fakhri Mubarak, he develops Champions! What is your training philosophy?
Michael: simply "Go Hard or Go Home"
Eddie: You tell them Mike! Can you give us a rundown of what your current training workout look like?
Michael: My current training is consistently inconsistent. I have learned over the years that the body doesn't respond to a specific routine. Everyday is different with some consistencies. When the body gets comfortable and too routine it doesn't react. I always keep the muscles guessing to some extent and try to shock them into new growth as much as possible. this is why I think I have been making some of the gains I have over this past year.
Eddie: Could you share with us your philosophy on nutrition.
Michael: Nutrition is hands down the most important part of bodybuilding and making changes. It's also the hardest part for the simple fact that it takes sacrifices and will power and we all know when you can't have something you want it that much more. Basic rule of thumb. I would say dramatically as much of 90% of gains come from dieting whether its building muscle or leaning down. Once a person can learn and apply the proper nutrition the results will roll in immediately. Society doesn't make it easy for people to diet clean and healthy. there's only one way...get in the kitchen and get busy. It's too hard to eat clean on the go.
Eddie: You got it, you have to get busy in the kitchen. Being a bodybuilder with diabetes, what type of challenges have you faced?
Michael: Diabetes is by far the hardest obstacle I face day to day. It's hard controlling glucose levels cause so many things can affect it. Learning how to count carbs and apply insulin's isn't easy either. There's so much math involved; people have no idea lol. Most diabetics have no idea, simple sugars vs complex carbs, training and watching out for low glucose levels. Everyday really is a challenge but its my disease and I can let myself fall apart and let it control me or I can take control and manage it to the best of my ability and live as healthy of a life as can be!
Eddie: Wow! you really got a good head on your shoulders. What was the hardest thing you had to deal with when it came to your diet?
Michael: Well contest time, when you can't cheat at all is when it gets hard. It's about being discipline and controlling your portions and not picking at other foods that are just going to set all your hard work back. It's like I said before when you can't have something, you crave it that much more and this is why it is so important to have self control. If in the end you want to be victorious, you want to know that you gave it your all and did the best you can. You don't want to have regrets, I shouldn't have cheated and ate this or that. So I would say discipline is key!
Eddie: How many calories do you consume during your off season when you are packing muscle on?
Michael: I don't know the exact number of my caloric intake off season. but its high. the diet always changes as the body weight increases. since its not precontest there's cheat meals involved and who knows how many calories that might consist of. I try to stay away from fatty, greasy foods. I try to build as much quality muscle off season as possible with consideration to dieting down contest time and not having to kill myself with supplements and cardio.
Eddie: How important are supplements in your bodybuilding program and which supplements do you use year round?
Michael: Supplements are important in this sport but I read somewhere and this person said it best. " supplements should be supplemental" I thought that was a great line. you cant get all your meals from shakes, you cant get all your energy from pills and drink mixes. The majority of your nutrients should come from solid meals. They really make a difference in the quality of muscle we build but supplements are definitely helpful. Year round I use whey protein, waxymaize, glutamine, creatine, multivitamins, bcaas etc.. when it comes to contest time we always use more supplements because we can't eat certain foods because of what they contain. So we would supplement nutrients from specific supplements that our bodies would need. Diabetic wise I use alpha llipoic acid and vpx fiberteq to help stabalize glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Eddie: Yes sir, supplements can "Help" you achieve your fitness goals but should never replace whole foods. Where and when is your next competition?
Michael: My next competition will be in November 2010, Nationals in Florida. I want to take the year and continue making gains like I have and hopefully develop more and more to the best I can. I believe with fakhri by my side and my small support crew I can go down there and stir up some trouble!
Eddie: What is your favorite body part to work out and why?
Michael: My favorite body part to work out is quads/arms. they are my weak points and I want to see them grow and mature. until that happens I'm gonna keep putting a hurting on those muscle groups.
Eddie: Dang! your quads look great to me. Can you share with us what you are bench pressing these days?
Michael: My bench press is nothing to brag of. I have a weak press. I was always intimidated by the bench press since I was in high school and all the kids pressured each other with bench press numbers. Now I laugh about it, but it is scary to be under that weight and if your like me I was always too prideful to ask for a spot till recently. Last off season I repped 145lb dumbbells for 8-10 reps on incline bench. I also did 365 lbs for a handful of reps with a spot on the flat barbell.
Eddie: Can you tell us about your family? Are you married? Do you have children?
Michael: Family is a touchy subject. The little family I have left supports me and loves me unconditionally. My aunt Janine is an angel. Someone blessed me with her. I would give my life for her with out blinking an eye. My younger brother Joseph...man he's something else but I must say he's my motivation. When I think I have it hard or I want to give up or I want to quit, I look at how strong he is dealing with the situation he has been dealt and how he overcame hardships. My problems become minuscule and he physically and mentally brings my spirits up and keeps me moving forward. I love them whole heatedly. married!!! hahaha I'm 24 years young and have a lot to offer. you gotta be an exceptionally good catch :). as for children I wouldn't mind having a little Jirovec running around sometime in the near future. soon..soon
Eddie: If one of our readers was interested in becoming a bodybuilding competitor and already lives a healthy lifestyle, what would your advice be to them?
Michael: one thing that I have learned about the fitness world is there are many categories of fitness. weightlifting and bodybuilding are NOT competitive bodybuilding. competition is harsh. It really is cut throat. your being judged and critiqued on your physique and sometimes the sport is brutally honest. there's many mental aspects as well that can lead to self esteem issues. you need a healthy balance of physical and mental wellness before engaging in a sport like this. genetics also play a huge role in bodybuilding and you can only alter them so much. Like everything else funds are also a major part of the sport. like any hobby bodybuilding is expensive 24 hours a day 7 days a week expensive. So if you don't have the finances you mighty be limiting yourself to the best of you abilities. so.... to get back to your question my advice to people is to be honest with yourself. I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to this and I think its safer this way. Ask yourself is this sport for me? Do I have the genes for this? Do I have the time to train and do cardio most days of the week? Can I discipline myself to cook and measure out food? Do I have the will power to be consistent? Do I have an ideal shape? How's my symmetry, definition etc? Do I have the mental strength to push my body physically in order to make gains? It sounds like a lot but it is. its that and so much more.
Eddie: If you could thank one person for helping you reach your fitness goals, who would it be?
Michael: If I can thank one person for helping me reach my fitness goals besides myself for my motivation, dedication and devotion to succeed hands down its fakhri. That's my partner in crime till the end. I have a lot of trust in him and am overly confident in our future together in reaching my goals of climbing to the top.
Eddie: Who has been the most memorable person you have enjoyed working with?
Michael: Would you like to give a shout out to anyone? I would like to shout out my mother. R.I.P Mom I miss you and know your with me every step of the way! I would like to bump my personal website www.diabeticmuscle.com. I'm trying to bring diabetic bodybuilders from all over together and share information with each other because there's a lack of information out there and the doctors don't know much nor want to even think about associating with bodybuilding. IFBB Pro Kara Finer for referring you guys to me. Again Fakhri Mubarak for his patients and quality training and prep methods that have me making the changes I have made. my training partner Domonick Cardone. 16 years old up and coming fast!!! Last but not least the most important shout out. I would like to thank www.muscle-4life-nutrition.com for giving me the time of day and publicity to promote myself through there website. Thank you guys I really appreciate everything!
Eddie: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
Michael: Hopefully In 10 years from now I will be in a good position with my life and my name will mean something. I also would like to look back 10 years from now and hope I could be the reason for other peoples motivation and success or at least be apart of it. My goal is to inspire and make positive impacts on others along with my own life.
Eddie: It was great having you on Muscle-4Life-Nutrition.com. Michael, I can tell you this much, you have reached your goal of inspiring and motivating others and I am sure with your competitive drive you will reach all your others. I also want to commend you on bringing diabetes to the public eye and showing people that even though you have diabetes you can still become a elite athlete and a Featured Athlete on Muscle-4Life-Nutrition.com. By the way your Lift To Cure Diabetes Logo is the bomb!
you are strong ,you are an inspiration to so many, stay focused ,there is a wonderful world waiting for you. i'm proud of you and luv u i will always be there for you. auntie
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