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It's the year of the Man in Oregon! Once the first Men's Physique Pro Card was awarded to Travis Young, then the doors opened up wide. Avery Hancock is one of the three new Men's Pros coming out of Oregon and it came with alot of work and dedication. Both Avery and his wife are competitors and have made it a lifelong goal to stay healthy and fit, not only for themselves, but also for their children. You can see it in his before and after photos below how hard work and persistence pays off! Check out Avery's feature below and congratulate him when you see him at some of the local shows.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I started competing in 2012.  My wife Sonja was competing and I would go to her team practices, at the time with Team Dreamquest.  After several attempts by the coaches and my wife to get me to compete, I decided to do the Oregon State Bodybuilding Championships.  I had to cut down from 260 lbs to 196 lbs in 6 months to step on stage.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I feel that I have not reached my full potential in the Men's Physique Division.  Even though I have achieved getting my Pro Card, I can still improve and make a push for the Olympia stage.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training varies during contest prep and off season.  Pretty much, I lift heavy throughout.  I also look for and try different styles of training.  I don't just train one way!

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
I really don't have a favorite diet meal.  I have started to use a variation of different protein sources during my contest diet.  My favorite cheat meal will always be Pizza Pull Apart Bread.  If you want the recipe, follow me on FB. It's delicious.

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?
There have been several people along this journey but the main folks have been:  My wife, Sonja, who has sacrificed so I could do whatever I needed to do to have a successful prep.  Anthony Chacon, who has helped me with nutrition and training.  And, my training partner and fellow new IFBB Pro Neal Blassingame, who has pushed me to limits in the gym I did not know I had. Also, quick shout outs to Andre Scott and Team Dreamquest for helping me with posing and stage presentation over the years.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
My wife is my inspiration.  I wish I had half the discipline she has for prepping for a show.  I look at her and I am thankful every day for what she has shown me by her being a full time mom, competitor, trainer, business owner and still having time to make sure I am taken care of.  She makes me feel like the sky is the limit, and helps me to continue to chase this dream.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
My next show with be November 2015, the Sacramento Pro.  I hope to make a push for the Olympia stage in 2016.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory was when I finally knew I had received IFBB Pro status at the North Americans.  At that time I realized my dream of becoming a Professional Athlete had come true.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
Twitter | Facebook Athlete Page | Instagram | Facebook Personal Page

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

First I would like to thank Dominic Current for all you do for the NPC and Oregon's athletes.  Thank you to all my family, friends, fellow competitor and judges. I would like to leave a quote - "Remember that even though it's a competition, just have fun, be yourself, and truly understand the only competition you have is what you see in the mirror everyday" - Hancok




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