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IFBB Physique Pro Laquan Jones

IFBB Physique Pro Laquan Jones

Tell, us who you are and a bit about where you’re from.

My name is Laquan Jones, and I was born in Dillon, SC. I always played sports in school growing up, so being athletic was in my DNA. I worked overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for four years as a DOD Civilian with the military. There I discovered a passion for fitness, health, and training multiple individuals. I’ve only been competing for a year, featured in two magazines, as well as on multiple times. I’m currently employed as a System Analyst in Miami, under contract with the US Military.

How did you get started in fitness and competing?

I always played sports in school growing up, so being involved in some fitness activity was always a part of me. It wasn’t until I started working overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan I fell in love with weight lifting. I first did it because I was bored and away from my family and it was a way to relieve stress and make the time go by. After seeing a few gains, I noticed more women started to look at me, so I started doing it to impress girls. People always told me I should compete and I never really wanted to, until one day I made the decision to try it and got addicted.

Explain to us what your process is when you are getting ready for a competition.

My off-season and on-season process are the same. I usually eat clean all year around except for my cheat meal here and there, and I’ve started implementing flexible dieting. Holding my condition allows me to be ready for a show within 4-6 weeks. I’m a natural athlete that doesn’t take any performance enhanced drugs, and I don’t believe in gaining 30 pounds just to lose 15-20 getting ready for a show. If I gain weight, I gain lean mass. For most shows I only lose about 5-10 lbs, and that’s really only my water weight. So if it’s off-season or on-season, the process is still the same with a little bit more cardio.

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Can you talk a little bit about competing in your first show? What was that like and how did it affect you heading to compete at the national level?

My very first show was a Musclemania event in Miami, FL. I was so nervous because I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. It was a natural model type show. It wasn’t anything like NPC. I ended up placing 6th out of 40 people. Although I didn’t win, I also didn’t expect to be placed top 10 in my first show. I was so happy, and I was addicted. I heard about the NPC from a friend and decided to try it because they didn’t want the Calvin Klein type body, but a more muscular body. My first competition in the NPC was at the Flex Fest in Pensacola, FL in which I not only won 1st but overall as well. This win boosted my confidence, but I knew I needed more experience before entering a national level competition.

After placing where you did at the national level and earning your IFBB Pro status, can you explain a little bit about the sacrifices an athlete of your caliber has to make to get to this level.

If there were one word to describe to someone what success in this process of competing and healthy lifestyle takes, it is sacrifice. I sacrificed hanging out with friends, sleep, and having a social life. Waking up at 4:30 in the morning to get to the gym before it opens, then going to work for 8 hours, then after work going back to the gym is hard. Things like not being able to hang out with friends or go out to eat with them because you don’t want to smell their pizza or burger as you have a salad. These are just a few of the sacrifices that you have to make. Flexible dieting makes the process easier, but before I was an IFBB Pro, I didn’t know anything about it.

You recently just placed 3rd at your pro debut. Tell us what the experience was like and if you plan on doing anymore pro shows this year.

Before placings, I told myself if I made the top 5 it would be amazing, but when they announced 3rd, I was still disappointed. You always go into a competition hoping to win it; so when I got on stage, I thought I could. After talking to my family and friends to put things into perspective, placing 3rd on your pro debut is awesome. It’s making me work even harder in the gym, giving me the goal of earning that 1st place. My next show will be the Phil Heath Pro in Dallas, TX on March 10th. The Phil Heath show was the show I initially planned to be my pro debut, but because the west palm show was only an hour away, I decided just to compete and see how I would compare to the other pros.

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I find interesting that you do your nutrition. Explain the process to the viewers about doing your nutrition and how it plays into you being a competitor.

I believe no coach knows your body better than you. In the beginning, it is great to get a coach that knows about nutrition. I continue to do lots of research about everything, and being backstage with other competitors, I’m asking questions about their diet techniques, etc. The internet is full of information that you can use, so it’s all about trial and errors and finding what works for you. Learning the process of dieting has helped me because I now know when I can have a cheat meal, and what I have to do to burn it off that cheat meal if necessary. Not to mention, not having to hire a coach saves a ton of money.

Give us a few examples of things you have learned as an amateur athlete that has made you a better pro.

Always stay dedicated and humble. I hear all the time that some pros think they are better than others, just because they have a pro card. I also hear ‘you have never been a pro-steroid free’, but I’m the perfect example of neither of the two. I’m always willing to help or teach someone, and I have never done a performance enhancing drug.
I think the reason so many people believe, trust, and admire me is because they see themselves; they believe that against all odds, they can still make it. I don’t strive to be better than anyone; I want to be the best version of myself, both inside and out of the gym.

Obviously, the road to IFBB Pro status is a journey is there anyone that you would like to thank or shout out that has helped you along the way?

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without him none of this would be possible. I spent a lot of roads praying and asking for guidance. I lost a lot of friends, and gained some cool new ones. I also would like to thank my family for always being there and supporting me. Win or lose, they have always had my back. To my homie Teo, who was there with me from the very beginning of my journey. He was there when I stated “All I wanted to do is be in a magazine”, and now still here motivating me. Thank you to my sponsors, Active Sports Nutrition, and BroActive Wear, for believing in me. They provide the board shorts and supplements I need to continue my journey. And last to all my fans and other friends. They say I motivate them, but they motivate me more. I love to hear someone say I motivatde them to get to the gym, or just live a healthier life. Winning awards and being an IFBB Pro is cool and all but changing someone life is way better.

Instagram: @LaquanJ

Twitter: @LaquanJ

Facebook Fan page: Laquan Jones AKA Optimus Prime


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My name is Merton Woolard. Follow me on my journey to obtain my IFBB Pro Card through all my social media outlets.

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