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Earning a top 5 spot at every show he has entered.. Michael Oliver is considered to be a pioneer in Oregon for the new Men's Physique division. Michael's demanding onstage presence will always make people remember him even after the show. Michael brings in a level of conditoning and muscularity that can rival anyone in any height class. Now with height classes added, Michael could very easily be a top 3 guy everytime and possibly a win!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
Weight training has been a way for me to stay in shape and feel good. I started competing in 2010 after frequently getting asked at the gym “are you getting ready for a show?” I never thought about it, and my trainer at the time convinced me I should. The Washington State Championships was my first competition in this sport, placing 3rd in the Men’s Open Heavy Weight. At 6’-3” and 195 lbs, I realized to be completive in Bodybuilding I’d have to put on more size, but wasn’t something that was for me. I was very excited when the NPC added Men’s Physique in 2011. And in April, I competed and placed top 5 in the Northwest’s first Men’s Physique competition, The Vancouver/Tanji Johnson Classic.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
After the Vancouver/Tanji Johnson Classic, my own personal competitiveness took over to see how far I could take myself. It was a remarkable experience, and I met some really great people and now very close friends in my life. Two of those people are Derek Kaneshiro and Kiana Phi, the coaches and owners of Team DreamQuest. I joined Team DreamQuest in May of 2011 and competed in the Oregon Ironman, Oregon State and Seventh Feathers; placing top 5 in all three.

My fascination with the capabilities of the human body is what keeps me going. Being a personal trainer, it’s amazing the unlimited potential of what can be achieved by the body, through training and nutrition. Think about it… we are built to survive!

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training is the same throughout the year and consists primarily of weight training. The hardest thing for me is I don’t have an “off season” and maintain this condition all year around. This has made it difficult and slow in a goal I set to get to 215 lbs. I am currently at 210lbs, which is 5 lbs heavier than last year and 15 lbs heavier then when I started.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
Food in my option is key; and it’s another interest of mine and how different proteins and carbs will change the way the body’s conditioning looks. Like my condition, my food is pretty much the same year around. I don’t even call it a “diet”, but it’s the way of life and a lifestyle. I eat pretty clean; eggs, chicken, lean red meat and fish for proteins; oatmeal, steel cut oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa and lentils for complex carbs and olive oil, avocados, peanut and almond butter for healthy fats. Right now I am trying to get fullness to my look and through the help of my coaches I have introduced whole wheat pastas into my food. Of course I have days which I “cheat” and my favorite foods are pizza and homemade cinnamon rolls.

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’d like to thank Derek Kaneshiro, Kiana Phi, Noel Fuller, Anthony (Twan) Chacon, Bob Briede, Dominic Current and Team DreamQuest for all their help and support.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
I want to get my Pro Card. Each competition I strive to do my personal best and continue to learn more about this fun and amazing sport.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I am currently training for the upcoming Emerald Cup in April and would like to do a national level show this season.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory will always be my first competition with Team DreamQuest, the 2011 Oregon Ironman. The memory of staying in this little hotel in Lincoln City and how the team was one big family, helping and supporting each other in getting ready to compete.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
You can follow me on Facebook @ Michael Oliver NPC Mens Physique Competitor

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

Being a personal trainer, I see a lot of men and women with great physiques. What a better way to reward yourself then to compete and show off all that hard work.




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