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MUSTAPHA "MOUSS" EL BAKKOUCHI
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Coming out of Portland, Oregon by way of France, Mustapha "MEGATRON MOUSS" El Bakkouchi has made his mark on the American stages. Jumping into a record breaking Emerald Cup with over 540 competitors, Mouss not only won the Super Heavyweights.. he also walked away the Overall Winner in his first ever outing on the Emerald Cup stage. Mouss has also made an impact at the 2010 Excalibur by winning the Super Heavyweights and is now shooting for a spot on the IFBB Pro stage. Mouss brings a package that is reminiscent of the classic physiques such as Bob Paris, Porter Cottrell, and many other outstanding bodybuilders that came with symmetry and aesthetics.

Side Note: Mustapha's English is improving the longer he is in the USA, please excuse any grammar due
to the fact that we like to keep the answers in their own words.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I had the chance to start bodybuilding in a "school" of bodybuilding in France when i was 15 years old. The owner would organize beginners competitions between clubs in order to motivate us. I didn't place well the first time, but came back soon to win my first novice competition. I weighed around 150lbs! I initially joined this club, to gain a little weight because i was practicing martial arts at that time, and i was too light.

My first real experience is as a junior at 17/18 years old, the Paris Championships. Due to a lower back hernia, i didn't compete until 2002. I really wanted to present a good package on stage, so it took me a little while. From 2002 up to 2012, i competed in various international championships, in WABBA & NABBA (i am the 2007  Overall French & World Champion), Mr Universe NABBA I was 4th in the tall class, 2010 NPC Excalibur I won the Super heavyweight class.

Since the beginning, i love competing. I like to present an improved physique on stage every time.  I'm unsure people here will know what WABBA and NABBA are... WABBA is Serge Nubret 's federation, and i was close to his environment at that time. NABBA is the legendary Mr Universe, that quite a few IFBB Pros won, such as Arnold, Steve Reeves, Dennis James, Charles Clairmont, Bill Pearl, and Frank Zane.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
We are all looking for perfection in this specific sport. As far as i'm concerned, i consider bodybuilding as an Art even more than a sport. I'm trying to build an harmonious body with good proportions. Knowing i'm a Super Heavyweight, it's even tougher to bring mass, elegance and symmetry.. but i know the result will be amazing at the end! I consider each competition as an expo, and it gives me the opportunity to present another "live sculpture" everytime.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I base contest prep and off season training on sensations, but one rule won't change, the intensity. I won't focus on weight basically, but more on the mind/muscle connection. I usually stay in the 15/20 reps, with 4 to 6 exercise per muscle, depending on the muscle (2 basics exercise + 2 to 4 isolation.) Some would say it's too much, but i like to feel that burn and blood into my muscle. I'm very mental in my approach of training, which means also that i pay full attention to perfect techniques of execution. With my hernia, i quickly learned how to avoid injuries.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
I usually keep a basic diet pre contest with low fat, high protein and a moderate carb intake. I like to keep things simple as much as possible.

As far as cheat meals.... Cheesecake is my favorite! I'm definitely more of a sweet tooth. When i was in France, i would also love to go to my sister's to eat traditional Moroccan 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?
My first coach in France, he's also my spiritual father, Guy Ignace. He was one of the best bodybuilding athletes in France in the 70's. My wife definitely, i met her 6 years ago and she's very supportive. Since i arrived in the US, my coach Noel Fuller is a great help, and my friend and training partner Matt Porter. Him and his wife not only helped us in the NPC Bodybuilding environment, but also in the daily integration in the US lifestyle. I would like to thank also Brandon at 24h fitness Tanasbourne, i'm new in the country, my english is obviously far from being perfect, but he gave me the opportunity to get a position as a trainer in the gym. It means a lot for us in terms of integration in your country. I thank God everyday to allow us to move here, discover a new culture, meet new people and leave my dreams.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Perfection, this quest is my goal....

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I will discuss with Noel when i'm back from vacation, but being French.. i unfortunately can't compete in NPC Nationals. We will ask if the North American Championships is possible for me, as i'm looking to get a pro card to compete with the best competitors.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
I consider it as a good memory now, but the good old way of prepping was tough: 21 days of white fish and lettuce, breakfast/lunch/dinner with 4 hours of training a day (1 hour for abs, 2 hours of weightlifting, 1 hour cardio). It was stupid but it was the way to do at that time in France with my 1st coach. That's how you realize experience, curiosity are great skills in that sport.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
I was the Gasp and Better Bodies distributor for France, and i would be my own sponsor. Since we moved here 5 months ago, i closed the company. Therefore, i'm looking to get sponsors here. Hopefully, my recent result at Emerald Cup will help me in that quest. I will start sending letters to different brands next week, but if anyone is interested by my profile, or would like to give me any advice/suggestions, here is my email mouss.elbakkouchi@yahoo.fr.

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

I was really impressed by the precontest/contest organization, the venue, the emails sent to give you all info needed. I had the chance to see the Vancouver show also as a spectator, i felt a very good energy and atmosphere on stage and in the crowd. I'm looking forward to seeing the Oregon Ironman in Lincoln City and the Oregon State Championships July. I would recommend the federation to any competitor! For all competitors in the area of Portland, feel free to come to the Tanasbourne 24 Hour Fitness and say hello!

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