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ANDREW RASMUSSEN
Sport: Bodybuilding | Recent Title: 2009 Middleweight Winner, Emerald Cup
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Andrew is one of the nicest guys and what we call a sleeping giant in the sport of bodybuilding. Andrew is one of the guys you will see more of in the coming future after winning his class a couple times as a middleweight at the Emerald Cup. He now has decided to take it to the next level and competed at the NPC USA Championships.
Andrew was literally one of the most conditioned guy onstage, but after seeing the level of competition... He is hitting the gym and ready to step up his game. Remember that you heard it hear first.. you will see alot happen for this young Portland guy in the sport of bodybuilding!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
My first body building contest was in 2001.  That is the year I met Troy Tate my current Trainer/coach.  I introduced myself to Troy at a local gym because it was obvious to me that he knew what he was doing. Troy stood out as someone with purpose and expertise rather than just some guy pushing around weights. At the time I was looking to gain nutritional/training knowledge and had no idea I was about to embark on a journey into the bodybuilding sport. I was just another guy pushing around weights, lol. Troy had no problem with me training with him. He'd simply tell me when, where and what muscle group he would be training and sure enough I would show up! Troy convinced me to enter my First Body Building show that same year and I've been competing ever since. I'm hooked.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I guess for me its more of a personal goal to improve my physique. I have a vision of what I would like my physique to look like present more fully on stage. Whether that look places me high with the judges is ultimately out of my control. However, my diet is in my control. The reps I do and the schedule I maintain is in my control. I love seeing the progress from show to show, knowing it's a direct result from my hard work. It's not an overnight change and I have enjoyed the years it has taken to get me to this point. I love this sport. The structure, discipline and accountability brings out the best in me. Then of course there's the stage rush, my wife painting on pro-tan, the first cheat meal after a diet down, bumping elbows with people who also share this love. What wouldn't make me want to go farther?

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
Being creative with my training is a must. I always keep it fresh so that muscle groups are always in shock. I create weeks and phases and usually stick to one muscle group per week. Example; week 1 could be 8 to 10 rep range with 5 different exercises per muscle group. The phase 1 of the week 1 could require you to do 3 sets per exercise incorporating training principals like drop sets, progressive sets, giant sets, etc. Only difference between contest prep training and off season training is the amount of weight. I go about 80% during contest preparation. My rest time in between sets is usually under 60 seconds versus the off season regimen which is up to 3 minutes of rest in between.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?

Favorite dieting meals could be any white fish, flank, or chicken, with oat meal or sweet potato, and some greens. Cheat meals... Mm Mm Mmmmm loving a good nacho, steak fajitas, and pizza! Oh yeah, IN-N-OUT BURGER was amazing. That just made the list this year. I just finished a show and its funny how many cheat meals I could list right now! It all sounds good.

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 do have an open mind and seek some knowledge from others but ultimately Troy is my coach/trainer and we have fun and work well together. My wife Naomi Rasmussen has been a huge support in my life and in this sport.  

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Because of what the sport has already taught me, I simply want more of that. More confidence, structure, consistency and goal setting. All of which in turn applies to my everyday life. Vivian Dayna, my 4 month old daughter has brought another reason for me to pursue my dream. I want her to do the same one day.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I'm done competing for the year twenty ten. I am still deciding on what contest to enter for the twenty eleven season. Keeping in mind though that it must be a national qualifier so that I can attempt to re-qualify for a National event.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
It's funny I've just had the worst placing of my competitive body building career this year and yet the best time I've ever had competing!  The USA's was an incredible experience for me. Regardless of my placing, being a player on that stage was a high light. It was a very professional event with outstanding staff. Plus, there were all the booths with fantastic free loot! I can't wait to do it again!

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
People can find me on Facebook under Andrew Rasmussen.

10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
Thanks to all that visits this site! Whether your a competitor or fan you are what keeps this sport alive. Thank you!

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