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Men's Physique |

Now considered to be one of the original pioneers in Oregon's Men's Physique.. Josh Coleson has carved his name in stone with victories in a few shows already during the first season of the new class. Not only has he made an impact in the first season, he is training to make a bigger impact for his sophomore year as a Men's Physique Champion in the Northwest and at the National level.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
Last February my wife and I sat down with Derek and Kiana to discuss competing. In March we went to the Tanji Johnson Natural Show in Vancouver to watch the first NW Men’s Physique competition. After that, I was hooked I knew that I could be competitive in the sport. I jumped in with both feet and competed four times last year. My very first show was The Emerald Cup, where I placed 8th (somewhere in the middle of the pack). Then I competed in the Oregon Ironman, Oregon State and Seven Feathers, where I placed 1st in my division at each show. This year I expect there to be even tougher competition! Bring it on!

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I want to win. The competition is what gives me the thrill.  I don’t want to win by default, I want to share the stage with athletes at the top of their game. To be the best you have to beat the best!

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I believe the NPC is rewarding a strong athletic look for Men’s Physique not just “mini-bodybuilder” which is why I involve a lot of explosive movements in my weekly regimen such as Over Head Squats, Snatches, jump roping, box jumps and Dead Lifts. I also implement gymnastic movements into my routine such as pull-ups, push-ups, and dips. I use traditional methods of isolation movements as well.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite meal while dieting is oatmeal! I love it even when I’m not dieting! I eat oatmeal mixed with egg whites, cinnamon, and vanilla. I cook it in the microwave for about 2.5 minutes then top it off with some sugar free maple syrup! Yumm! My favorite cheat meal is pizza, but I’m not going to waste it on any old piece of pie! It’s got to be 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 wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of my trainer, wife, and best friend, Shawna Coleson.  I must also thank Derek and Kiana from Team Dream Quest for their continued support and Anthony “Twan” Chacon who helps me in the gym and with my diet and calls me out when I can be better.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
“What” inspires me is Success! I’ve always been a competitor and I always strive to be the best that I can be. Whether it was football, wrestling and track in high school, football and track in college, boxing after college and most recently competing at Crossfit. I like to stay busy.  As for” Who” inspires me…that’s every other Men’s Physique competitor out there. I was the first Men’s Physiquer on our team now there has to be about 15 or more. Every time we add another Men’s Physiquer, I am pushed to train a little harder and to work on my quarter turns and stage presence a little more.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
Currently, I’m preparing for Emerald Cup. The E Cup is a big show and not to be taken lightly so I’ll work on getting through this one before I start looking past it. That being said, I’d also like to compete on a National level this year as well, maybe this coming July in Las Vegas.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
Good memory – Meeting new people and making new friends back stage. Bad memory – Choking down cold gelatinous Tilapia during show prep.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
My wife and I are personal trainers so please check us out on Facebook at Fit Zone Personal Training.

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

Come to one of our many shows and support all of the hard work and dedication, we appreciate it. Also, if you think that you have what it takes to get on stage….DO IT! Set your goal and find a way to get there! I’d also like to say that NPC stands for National Physique Committee, just in case anyone was wondering.




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