April 10, 2013

Cumberland Head family dialing it in


He has had a neck fusion and back surgery. Now, he works out smarter and shares his hard-won wisdom with fellow weight trainers and bodybuilders.

In 2009, he competed with his firstborn.

“Adam is taller and larger than I am. I can still get him on a few things,” he said.

For his 50th birthday, Scott wanted to train for a specific show, The Uprising, held at Beekmantown Central School March 23.

“I did very well. I took first place in Men’s Open Middle Weight Division,” he said. “That was surprising going against guys a lot younger than I was. I had a second place in a Men’s Masters Division and a second in Men’s Novice.”

On April 6, in Binghamton, he placed first in the 50-plus division. He placed by default, as he was the only competitor. Show promoters asked him to compete with the 40-somethings, and he took second place.

Definition, symmetry and presentation are the triad of bodybuilding.

Genetically, Scott is not blessed with the legs that his sons seem to have inherited from someone else.

Besides weight training, he cycles and walks. Running would draw definition from his torso to his legs, which are harder for him to reveal.

For his last show, he had a personal-dietitian trainer, his neighbor Larry Roberts, the “Diet Doctor.” 

“When I started training, my body fat was 8.2. This last show I just finished, my trainer estimated it was between 2 to 2.5,” Scott said.

He went on a 16-week bland diet of chicken and fish. It was out with the bad carbs — doughnuts, sweets and breads — and in with the good carbs — sweet potatoes, rice and grains.

“Your diet is 75 percent of your training,” Scott said. “Twenty-five percent is at the gym working out. Believe you me the gym is the easy part.”

A pro card is the elusive Holy Grail of bodybuilders, and Scott has yet to win an overall division to secure one.

But maybe it’s in the cards next month when he competes in Albany with his sons.

“This is a once in a lifetime (opportunity) to do something with my boys on the same level,” Scott said.

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