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Interview with IFBB Men’s Physique Pro Leon McCall

Interview with IFBB Men’s Physique Pro Leon McCall Interview with IFBB Men’s Physique Pro Leon McCall

Tell us who you are and a bit about where you come from:
My name is Leon McCall I was born in sunny California. I’ve been living in Savannah, Georgia the past 12 years. I’m the owner of McCall fitness in Savannah. I spend most of my time training my clients as well as myself. I’m a huge Chicago Bears fan, and I love pizza lol.

How did you get started in fitness and competing?
In 2004, I joined the Air Force, my first duty station had one of the most impressive gyms out of all them! I began spending a lot of time there and slowly started learning about the sport of bodybuilding. I quickly became fascinated with it, though never thought I would compete until a moved to Savannah GA, where I met a guy at the local gym who was a nationally qualified bodybuilder. I told him that I was interested in competing. He took me in as one of his clients and trained me for my first show; after that, I was hooked. My first show was a small local one in Savannah, where I placed third weighing 175 pounds. My second show was the Dexter Jackson Classic, I won the novice overall, and took 4th place in the open men’s heavyweight division. My third show was again the Dexter Jackson Classic, where I placed 2nd in the men’s heavyweight division. After that, I switched to men’s physique. I won the overall at my first show, the All-South and two weeks later turned pro at the 2015 NPC Nationals.

Explain to us what your process is when you are getting ready for a competition:
The first thing I always do is clear my kitchen of all food; then restock it with nothing but the foods that are on my diet plan. From there I make sure I eat every two hours according to my diet plan, I usually train at the same time every day. I do cardio seven days a week, and I prefer fasted as I believe it’s very efficient.

leon-mccall-mens-physique_IFBB MPDCan you talk a little bit about winning your first overall title? What was that like and how did it affect you heading to compete at the national level?
Winning my first overall title at the NPC all south let me know that I had made the right decision switching to men’s physique. The win felt amazing, it felt right; I knew I was on the right path at that moment. I knew that after winning that show if I came in tighter and better, I had a good chance at turning pro at nationals. It was great to have that momentum prepping for nationals.

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?
The biggest sacrifice is the diet. There are a lot of foods that I cannot eat. Usually, when I go to events with family and friends, I have to pack my foods and bring them with me. I also spent a lot of time training in the gym and doing cardio, so my social life almost becomes non-existent; this is only during show prep, I must stay focused, so the sacrifices are well worth it.

What are your upcoming plans for this contest season, do you plan on making your pro debut soon?
My plans are to eat clean during my entire off-season, which is new to me because usually during the off-season I eat what I want. But as a pro, I want to be the best and be a contender at the Mr. Olympia, so I know that this is something that I must do to better my chances. My training will remain the same it’s always high-intensity training and well planned to work on the areas that I need to bring up the most. I plan on making my pro debut at the Eastern Seaboard in Atlanta Georgia.

What has it been like working with your legendary coach, bodybuilder Don Long?
Working with Don has been amazing. He is very knowledgeable and professional coach. I’ve been working with Don since 2010 when I competed at my first show the Dexter Jackson Classic in Jacksonville Florida. Don’s philosophy states “leaving no stones unturned” and this is what I focus on during my prep. In the beginning, I did not fully understand that. I wasn’t the most disciplined athlete but as time went on and I grew and matured in the sport. I learned what that meant, and I applied it to everything. It paid off tremendously, taking me all the way to the status of IFBB pro. I have learned so much from Don, and I plan to continue to work with him throughout my career.

Is there anything you can tell us that he has taught you that has made you a better athlete and competitor?
The biggest thing I have learned from Don is how to be a disciplined bodybuilder. Meaning, never missing a meal, never be late for a meal, never miss a gym session, and never miss a cardio session. There is no room for errors, mistakes, or excuses; you either want this, or you don’t. If you follow the blueprint that Don gives you, and you apply these things, doing it all perfectly, you will have much success at what you’re trying to achieve in this sport. It’s like coach always says ‘leave no stones unturned.’

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?
I would like to thank my coach Don long for showing me the way and believing in me. I’ll never forget when we made the decision to switch to men’s physique, he told me he could turn me pro first try; I honestly believed him. I would like to thank my girlfriend, Tiffani for showing me how to be strong mentally and speak the things I want to achieve into existence, I’d like to thank my dad for being my number one fan and telling me I would turn pro from the first time I stepped on stage. I would also like to thank my friends and family, who believed in me and supported me since day one of my journey. Be sure to follow my journey; I’m on Instagram @ifbbproleonmccall and also my Facebook page @leonmccallifbbpro


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