Sam Mamo destined to become the best Grandmaster in Australia
I have always been interested in weight training. Photo’s of bodybuilders always fascinated me. I had the usual bullworker, housebricks on the end of broom sticks etc.
But nutrition was a dirty word in 1989 I walked into a bodybuilding supply store in Penrith and I was hooked, I think I asked the guy about 10,000 questions without taking a breath anyway we became friends and still are to this day, I started training correctly eating correctly and suddenly the changes started to materialize.
Then he showed me the benefits of dieting so I depleted and we took some photos and I thought I was the greatest.
Well a couple of years passed and it was time to enter my first show the Mr. Western Suburbs masters division in which I took out third place and well the old cliché next to my children being born this was the greatest plus I had seen my first pro bodybuilder Garry Strydom and again I was hooked many competitions followed from northern Nsw right up to Australasian where again I placed 2nd in the masters division
By the way I was so impressed with the bodybuilding store in Penrith I bought it (Australian Muscle)
Then like most bodybuilders I became disillusioned with it and had a rest for approximately 15years although I keep in touch with all my friends.
Now to the good part, don’t ask me why but in October 2006 I attended the ANB Nationals at the Marconi club I hadn’t been to a show in ages years but for some unknown reason I said to my mate lets go and have a look at a show and he said yea lets go well we rocked on up to the show and most of the usual faces were still there from Craig Reynolds at the door to Kevin Riley and Robert Powell the president whom I hadn’t seen in a while ( did I mention he owned the bodybuilding store I bought in Penrith)
I came home that night and made a promise to my self that I would compete at the following ANB nationals (I can hear the rocky theme playing now) well I dug out all my old diaries etc and got to work.
At this stage I was 5ft 5inches tall weighing 96kgs with approx 98% body fat and 2% water anyway it was on.
First my diet that was the hardest to change.
Second was aerobic activity also hard at first but as time went by became easier to manage.
Third, the regular training that was easier as my mate mark said if I joined the gym he would too and train with me, so off we went to
Penrith Elite X-treme training centre in Penrith (Check it out if you can penrithelite.com.au) Thanks to the owner Mr. Tama Te Huna for his patience and assistance So here we were training six days a week starting at 7pm Monday to Friday.
Cardio at the start was long walk on Sunday mornings and plenty of recovery everything seemed much harder to do then it did approx 15 years ago.
Mark and I were the only ones who knew of my plans to compete again.
Ok training dieting aerobics all working together and the old body shape started to change and the more I changed the more motivated I became to keep going.
Sunday mornings my partner or my daughter would drive me 10ks from home drop me off and I would walk home.
Training was going well as was the diet now was time to up the cardio so treadmill time: here is the routine I employed 4 months out from the show.
5am wake up drink 1 glass of water 1 hour on the treadmill.
Get ready for work and work from 9am to 6pm.
Finish work pickup mark hit the gym by 7pm train till 8-8.30pm.
Home. Hit the treadmill again no less than 45minutes no more than 1hr.
Shower then bed Monday to Friday. Nothing Saturday and then Sunday big walk.
Here is a true story one morning I was so tired I dozed off on the treadmill and it threw me into the wall my partner said it was the funniest sight she had ever seen thanks Vicki.
Well I wont bore you, by now the day was approaching and it was a week before the nationals and the tanning process began and I was reminded why I hated it so much but now nothing was going to stop me from entering the show and surprise the mc
Well the big day came, my weight was now 71kgs and my six pack was now visible, needles to say I felt great.
I placed 4th in the grand masters over 50 years of age and everything was great.
The 2008 National I dedicated to myself and my partner Vicki, by the way a special thanks to my friend Steve Perceval who was a positive reinforcement to me when I felt it was all too hard, thanks Steve.
So that’s my story so far, but there is still a long way to go, and I want to invite you to make the journey with me. It’s never too late to start improving your life, together I can create an environment for you to train up to your capacity and make positive gains, at any age. I will be adding new goods and services to this website at regular intervals and if you want to receive my free regular newsletter, go to the contact page and fill in your name and e-mail address.
Remember my slogan, Grandmaster Sam is your best option, and it is!
So keep and eye on my web site and follow me in my journey to the ANB Nationals in October 2012 and you can say you were with me on this great trip.
Here is the road I've walked so far . . .
1989 3RD IFBB MR WESTERN SUBURBS MASTERS
1990 2ND IFBB MR NORTHERN NSW MASTERS
1991 3RD IFBB MR WESTERN SUBURBS MASTERS
1992 4TH IFBB MR NSW STATE TITLES MASTERS
1993 2ND IFBB MR SOUTHCOAST MASTERS
1993 3RD IFBB MR NSW STATE TITLES
1994 2ND IFBB MR NORTHERN NSW
1995 2ND IFBB MR AUSTRALASIA
1995 1ST IFBB NORTHERN NSW MIXED PAIRS
2007 4TH ANB AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS grandmasters
2008 2ND MR SOUTHCOAST CHAMPIONSHIPS GRANDMASTERS
2008 2ND MR SYDNEY GRANDMASTERS
2008 2nd ANB CENTRAL COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS under 80kg
2008 1st ANB CENTRAL COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS grandmasters
2008 3rd ANB AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS grandmasters
2009 2nd ANB CENTRAL COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS grandmasters
Sam's website has diet, training, videos and a stack of information that makes Sam the champion he is today. Sam can also be found training at Fit4All gym at Penrith. Let's look out for Sam who is making a comeback in 2012...