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ALEX ATANASOV
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Men's Physique is one of the fast aspects growing in the NPC and in Oregon we feature some amazing competitors. Alex Atanasov is one of the many guys pioneering the sport on the Northwest stages and soon to be on the National level stages. Check out Alex's feature & photos below...

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I have always been involved in sports and athletics and got involved with weight training when I was 16. I played two years of college soccer and then got more serious with weights so I gave up on sports and picked up on the weights. I started progressing very fast so people started telling me I should do bodybuilding shows but I was never too fascinated by it. Although I have a lot of respect for bodybuilders, I didn’t think it was the right thing for me. I first heard about men’s physique category in summer of 2011 when I started training at Xtreme Edge from my co-worker and now teammate Josh Coleson. He is a competitor himself so he explained to me what it is about and I was immediately interested. Xtreme Edge is also home of team Dreamquest owned by Derek and Kiana so I met up with them and they saw the potential and invited me to join the team. I started preparing for my 1st competition which was Seven Feathers. I did the show and it ended up being a split decision, I got 2nd place but it still felt like a great accomplishment for a 1st show.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I have been actively involved with a local Sports & Fitness agency, and the experience I have gained doing that transfers over to what is needed to do well in this category. I feel like I have what it takes to become competitive at a national level in men’s physique so my goal is to get my Pro Card in the near future.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training routine always changes. I believe in shocking the body with different styles of training to make it grow and not adapt to what it’s put through. Since I have a very high metabolism and am a hard gainer, I always have to train with heavy weight just to see small improvements. That is one principle I stick to every time, off-season and pre-contest. I do cardio year-round because I believe in having a cardio program just as much as a nutrition and resistance training program.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite dieting meal is eggs and oats for breakfast. Every time I go to bed I look forward to waking up and having breakfast! My favorite cheat meal would be any type of pizza. I am not a big fan of sweets so some pizza is ok whenever I feel like eating junk food.

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
I have always been self-motivated and have pushed myself to the next level! Since I joined my team, my coaches Derek, Kiana and Twan have been extremely supportive and motivating to keep progressing and help me get ready for a show. The rest of my team has also been very supportive, as well as everyone at Xtreme Edge! And of course my family and my girlfriend Allison Fay who is always there for me.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
The perfect symmetry and proportion is much more appealing to me than the huge size and bulk so I strive to have the absolute perfect physique with the right size and muscularity. What inspires me the most is earning a Pro Card! I think I have a great chance in accomplishing that goal and will shoot for that in the upcoming years!

I have always been fascinated by great aesthetics and people who indirectly inspire me are old-school bodybuilders like Arnold, Steve Reeves, Frank Zane, Milos Sarcev, etc.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
Right now I am 7 weeks away from the Emerald cup! That will be my 2nd show and depending on how that goes, I am shooting for Nationals in the summer!

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My most memorable experiences are when doing cardio and weights on low carbohydrates to deplete all the glycogen stores. It’s not the best feeling but it is a must to bring out the separation between muscles. Since I am used to eating high carbohydrates just to maintain muscle, going on low carbs that last week right before the carb-up is something that really shocks my body, but the shredded dry look is well worth it!!

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
You can find me on Facebook and theedgegym.com

10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

Yes, I encourage everyone who has thought about competing or thinks they have what it takes, to go for it! Excuses like “bad genetics” or “lack of time” can be overcome with hard work and the right focus! I want to thank everyone for the support and look forward to seeing everyone in the upcoming shows!

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