|Image 1: Adelfo Cerame in his job as a firefighter (backrgound) and as a competive bodybuilder at the 2011 Buckeye Classic, where he took an amazing 2nd place (foreground).|
It is thus more of an honor than a mere pleasure for me that he was not only willing to recount his story, some of you may already have heard of on Super Human Radio in the SuppVersity Student Spotlight, but that he will also be documenting his preparations for the upcoming Wheelchair Nationals in March '12 in a series of blogposts, images and videos on the SuppVersity.
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Adelfo Cerame's Road Road to the Wheelchair Nationals 2012
Don't forget to check back for exclusive weekly updates on Adelfo's progress. In his contest-prep documentation you are goint to learn more about Adelfo's raw-foods approach to intermittent-fasting and in his pictures and videos you will see how diet and training will gradually transform a well-built athlete into a freakishingly ripped muscle-freak with a realistic chance of grabbing his pro-card at the Nationals in March '12.
The Crash, the shock... the motivating challenge
My journey started on November 10, 2005, when I was involved in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down, being diagnosed as a T-12 paraplegic. The reality of paralysis and not being able to walk again was a huge eye opener and reality check for me. I had to cope with the fact that things would be a bit different now, and I would have to learn and adapt to a new way of living. The realization of being a paraplegic broke me down spiritually, mentally and physically. It took me about a year to come to terms with my situation, and once I came to terms, I embraced it with open arms, and used it as a driving tool to challenge and motivate myself. I rebuilt myself from the ground up, from my self-esteem, my relationship with God, my new outlook on life, to my physical fitness and physique.
"It took me a while to figure out the whole dieting scheme and put it all together "
|Image 2: Adelfo late 2007 (left) and in summer 2008 (right), when, as a result of research, networking and experimenting, for the first time in his whole life, he was finally able to see his abdominal muscles.|
Through research, networking, and experimenting, I was able teach myself about nutrition, fitness and dieting. Grasping the concept of weight loss and dieting was like finding a formula for a math problem after trying to figure it out for years. I eventually figured it out and did my first bodybuilding contest in 2008.
|Image 3: Adelfo during his firefighting days before the accident. While he was not exactly athletic, he never had weight issues with all the physical labor.|
"I had to find a different method of maintaining my weight, because I could not run or hike anymore"
|Image 4: Adelfo after his first bodybuilding competition in the summer of 2008 where I took 1st place|
|Image 5: 2010 was not a good year for Adelfo. In the beginning stages for my prep for the 2010 season, he was bed ridden for almost the whole year, due to an pressure ulcer on my behind that was infected with MRSA and needed surgery.|
"A perfect diet should be something that you can convert into a lifestyle"
I have tried many, and different approaches to dieting. Through experiment, trial and error, I have taken what has worked for me and used it to build (or still building) a perfect diet, which suits me. I feel a perfect diet should be something that you can convert into a lifestyle not just a 12-week thing then get off of it. A diet should be flexible where you can still be happy, social, and not live like a hermit due to the fear of “F” ing’ up your diet. I call it find your happy medium.
For my nutrition, I am a big fan of having a high fat, high protein, and low-carbohydrate diet. I feel that my body runs better on fats, but I understand that carbohydrates have their place and importance in nutrition, so I also incorporate some carbohydrates into my diet.
Making a handicap your training advantage
|You think you could use some advice on your own training, diet and supplementation regimen and want it from someone who obviously knows what it takes to build muscle and lose fat? You can reach out to Adelfo via Facebook.|
- Monday- chest/ triceps (emphasize chest)
- Tuesday- back/ biceps (emphasize back)
- Wednesday- rest
- Thursday- triceps/ chest (emphasize triceps)
- Friday- biceps/ back (emphasize biceps)
- Saturday- shoulders and 1 body part depending on what I worked out on Friday.
- Sunday- rest
Adelfo finds sticking to basic supps both economical and effective
For my supplementation, I try to just stick to a quality protein powders, bcaa’s, creatine and oils like macadamia and coconut oil. If I have extra money to spend then I’ll supplement with N.O.’s , pre-workouts (only when I prep), fat burners and beta alanine.
Intermittent fasting is the newest tool in Adelfo's contest prep arsenal
|Image 6: There is no doubt - Adelfo knows how to get (back) in shape.|
Convenience is a big plus of intermittent fasting
Another factor that made me want to try Intermittent fasting, and I think it was the deciding factor for me to experiment with it for my upcoming contest prep, was the relief from not having to prep meals for the whole day and waking up super early just so I don't miss breakfast. I was just getting burnt out on prepping meals and basing my daily schedule around my meals. My meals kind of dictate how my schedule goes.
Coming soon: Dr. Andro's Intermittent Fasting Write-Up - All about its effects on your training, your physique and your general health. You may also want to check out my posts on glycogen-free muscle growth in the meantime.A final word from Dr. Andro: If Adelfo's bio got you interested - and I am pretty sure it has - make sure you don't forget to check back for the upcoming SuppVersity exclusive "Adelfo Cerame's Road Road to the Wheelchair Nationals 2012 - Raw Foods and Intermittent Fasting Pave His Way"! The best way to make sure you don't miss it, is to join the SuppVersity Facebook page, where you will find all the daily updates on what's going on in the world of exercise and nutrition science.