|Kevin Wiens,(Photos courtesy Trevor Howell/www.inbfcanada.com) |
To juice or not to juice? That has never been a difficult decision for lifelong natural bodybuilder Kevin Wiens.
“It’s a no-brainer, actually,” the muscular 49-year-old Sherwood Park resident tells Sun Media. “Why would I use steroids? Anybody could do steroids and get big. I’m proud to say I’ve always been steroid-free.”
If you don’t believe him, he’s got proof.
Prior to winning the masters men’s bodybuilding class at the INBF Canada (International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness) Calgary Cup on May 11, Wiens passed a polygraph test as mandated by the drug-free organization and required by all competitors.
Wiens began pumping iron when he was 14, after witnessing his older brother beef up with weights.
“My brother bought the weight set. I saw him put some muscle on and I was kind of interested in bodybuilding,” he recalls. “I wasn’t into many team sports, so bodybuilding was something I could do on my own. I just thought building muscle was cool.”
Wiens aspired to transform his skinny teenage body much like his first bodybuilding idol Charles Atlas had famously done.
He’s been at it ever since.
“I’ve always worked out,” he says. “If I went out of town or if I had a job where I couldn’t work out, I might’ve taken a month or a week off, but I still stuck with it.”
That consistency in the gym (he’s currently splitting time between GoodLife Fitness and Snap Fitness) has extended to the kitchen, too. Wiens, a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer with the Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic in Sherwood Park, knows that clean eating is a major part of the universal get-ripped formula.
“It’s got to be at least 70% nutrition,” he says. “You can work out and do sit-ups as much as you want, but you’re not going to look like the guys on the Bowflex commercial. It’s all about nutrition.”
Wiens follows the blood-sugar stabilization principles touted by Mark Macdonald, a fitness and nutrition consultant for CNN.
“That’s how I got down to 186 pounds (for the contest) was by balancing my blood sugar, by eating protein, fats and carbs, and keeping them balanced,” explains the six-foot-one fitness expert, who weighs around 206 pounds these days and maintains an ultra-lean look.
The married father of three teenagers notes that people will often stop eating for a period of time in order to quickly lose weight.
“When you don’t eat, your body starts to catabolize its muscle. You’re breaking down muscle,” he adds. “Then you’re hungry. The first thing you grab is a carbohydrate. You stuff yourself with that. It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize it’s full and by then your blood sugar is spiked, you’ve lost muscle and you’re going to gain fat because now you’ve got so much carbohydrate in your system that it’s going to store some of that as fat.”
It’s a double-whammy. And over time, the detrimental binge-fast cycle has a significant “snowball effect” on the body, Wiens says.
“You’re losing muscle and gaining fat at the same time,” he adds. “If you did that every day over a year, two years, five years, eventually people are going to look at themselves and say, ‘Where did all this (fat) come from?’ But you don’t realize it might’ve taken you five years to get that way.”
The former jail guard, who worked 14 years at the Edmonton Remand Centre, is now training for the 2013 INBF Canada Alberta Cup on Nov. 2 in Edmonton.
His goal is to win the overall men’s bodybuilding title, which would earn him pro status in the affiliated WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation).
It would be quite the accomplishment for only his second show, especially considering he had to be coaxed into competing in the first place.
“I never thought I could stand on stage in my underwear in front of a bunch of people,” he deadpans. “Now it’s like, ‘What’s the big deal?’”
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