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Interview with the “Bulldog” Mark Featherstone
Most of you know Mark from the workout videos done
with Hunt Fitness sponsored athlete Nick Wright. Mark is a wonderful person and
has a lot of experience in the iron game. Mark is also a personal trainer at
Powerhouse Gym in Plymouth Massachusetts, if you want to contact Mark his Facebook
link is provided below.
Q-How did you get started working out?
MF- I got started lifting in the 80’s with Nautilus
and someone showed me the bench and some squats and I was hooked from there. My
gym kept expanding and the Nautilus stayed the same and finally got put into a
small room while the free weights just got bigger, more and better…
Q-What do you love most about training?
MF- What I love most about training is the feeling of
overpowering massive amounts of weight and controlling it from start to finish.
I love the feeling I get when my muscles are hard and pumped and I can see the
striations in each one and the separation of each muscle for one another…
Q-What training program has given you the best results?
MF- Right now I get the best results from a 5 day
split and hitting every muscle group once a week with very heavy weights, 10
reps and high volume of sets. I do 25 sets on chest day, 33 on shoulder day, 24
on back and 33 on arms and on leg day as well…
Q-Where does your motivation come from?
MF- My motivation comes from the people I train and
the confidence I get from being big and lifting huge weights. People look to me
for advice and training and I am so happy to be able to help them any way I can
so I stay motivated to be my best so I can help them be their best…
Q-What is your current diet like? Do you cut or bulk, if so how does your diet change?
– I do not cut or bulk, I stay lean and strong all
year long. I do not feel that I need to bulk to get bigger I simply need to add
weights. lower the reps and hit that body part twice a week rather than once a
week and honestly it’s hard for me to get enough calories in every day just to
maintain so I never need to cut because a lot of times I run close to deficit
anyway. I always eat clean 4 or 5 meals a day and if i ever want to cheat I
just do it. I just DON’T do it more than once in a few days…
Q-What supplements do you take/recommend?
– I take a pre-workout, usually Hemo Rage Black Ultra
or 1MR or C4… I use whey isolate twice a day, once right after lifting, I
take a multi, a C and 2 fish oil tabs a day and other than that I eat. I make
sure I get all colored veggies every day and all of my macros, that, food, is
Q-Why do you think people do not get the type of results they are looking for?
MF- A LOT of people come to me with nutritional
questions because they are not getting what they want and I ask them what they
eat but then they have a complete and healthy list of food that they eat. I
personally believe the biggest problem most people have achieving their goals
is that they don’t know how to exercise properly to achieve the goals they have
set. 99% of the people who come to me for diet get their results from the
lifting program I give them…
Q-How did you get involved doing personal training?
MF- I got into personal training on a whim in 1991.
They offered a 6 hour course and a certificate for $50.00 at my gym so I did
it. Back then it was fresh and new and the gyms didn’t need their cut and we
made our own money. At first I started in people’s homes but I hated the
perverts and getting hit on everywhere I went, lol… Honestly… I didn’t know
at the time it would actually be my calling and my career.
How do you balance living the bodybuilding lifestyle while still having a social life?
MF- I don’t have much of a social life lol, but when I
do go out I go out with athletes and we all have the same things to lose by
going too wild so we just grin and bare it. I mostly only go out to Cage
Fighting events to support friends and clients that fight.
Q-If you had to give a young aspiring bodybuilder one piece of advice what would it be?
MF- My advice to young bodybuilders most importantly
is to let your body grow naturally. Get to know it and understand it before you
start adding supplements to it. When you DO start supps add one at a time to
see and feel what it does to/for you. So many young bodybuilders start so young
stacking supps and they have no idea what is doing what so they are now
mentally committed to using all of these supps all of the time and that is when
they run into trouble… Learn to understand and communicate with your own body
THEN play with it here and there. You have all sorts of time to get there, you
don’t have to get there tomorrow…
Q- Any shout outs or people you want to recognize?
MF- There are so many people who have influenced me
that I really just want to thank EVERYONE because I don’t want to leave anyone
out. I’ve been lifting for 28 years now and I have met and worked with so many
people it’s impossible to name them all and they are all important so.. if I
know you, I want to thank you, lol… no matter who you are you have somehow
helped or pushed me in some direction be it good or bad and without that I
would not be the good man I am today… Thank YOU!!
I just want to conclude this interview with a special thanks to Mark for taking time to do
this! If you have any questions feel free to leave some comments….
Here is part 3 of the last workout video with Nick and Mark!
Until next time “one dream, one reality”
MMA fighter Ryan Makitra
Born – August 22, 1983
Born in – Riverside California
Current residence – Corning New York
Fighting Organization – Knockout Promotions
Height – 5ft 4 in
Weight- 125lbs at fights, 135lbs offseason
Amateur MMA record: 1-0
Ryan is married with two kids and works a full time job at Dresser Rand.
I met Ryan while I was working at Snap Fitness in Corning, New York. He was a regular in the gym and immediately his strong work ethic and determination stood out to me. I knew his style of training was exactly what huntfitness is all about. Before long we were getting together for training sessions on a consistent basis. Now Ryan is training for his upcoming fight against Dennis Brown June 19 in Salamanca at 125lbs. Here is a question and answer session we had following a wrestling workout we did this afternoon.
Q (Kyle) – Ryan, let’s start by telling everyone how you got into MMA.
A (Ryan) – Well I always used to watch UFC on T.V when I was a kid back in California and I still love watching the fights to this day. So I would have to say watching the fights on T.V got me into MMA.
Q. How long have you been training specifically for MMA?
A. Really not that long. I started a few weeks before my first fight in early March of this year.
Q. How long have you been involved in weight training?
A.I first started lifting weights when I was a junior in high school so around eleven years.
Q. What got you into the weight room?
A. Building muscle and strength has always been my reason to lift weights. Since I am a smaller guy (5ft 4 in tall and 125 lbs) I at least wanted to have quality muscle and strength. Plus I have always been strong for my size.
Q. I understand where you are coming from there (Ryan and I are the same height). How has the time in the gym paid off in your fighting career?
A. I feel like the added strength and explosive power helps in most aspects of fighting.
Q. I completely agree. What is your favorite exercise?
A. That’s a hard question. It’s probably between Squats and Deadlifts.
Q. Those are two of the best exercises out there. How about your favorite and least favorite muscles to train?
A. My favorite would be shoulders and my least favorite is definitely biceps.
Q. What is your favorite workout routine?
A. That’s an easy one, our legendary leg days. I always get a great workout after we do legs. I normally can’t even sit down the next day!
Note. Ryan and I meet together to train legs once per week. These workouts are intense and brutal. Here is a bonus look into a typical “legendary leg day”.
- Squats 4 sets 8-12 reps * drop set on 4th set
- Leg Extension 4 sets 8-15 reps * 2 forced reps on last 2 sets and last set is a drop set
- Dumbell Walking lunges 3 sets 8-12 reps * we walk across the gym and back
- Romanian Deadlifts 4 sets 8-12 reps
- Lying Leg Curl with cable machine 3 sets 8-12 reps * 2 forced reps and drop set on the 3rd set
- Standing Calf Raise 3 sets 8-12 reps
- Seated Calf Raise 3 sets 12-15 reps
Some times to add intensity we super set two exercises together. Talk about a tough workout.
Q. What is your current training routine?
A. Currently it is something like this.
Mon – (A.M) Chest, shoulders, Calf’s (P.M) Hit heavy bag and pads, ground and pound heavy bag and cardio.
Tue – (A.M) Legs and Abs (P.M) Tractor tire flips down street, wood sled sprints.
Wed – (A.M) Circuit training and cardio (P.M) Ground training
Thru – (A.M) Light cardio (P.M) Wrestling Practice
Fri – (A.M) Circuit training and cardio (P.M) Hit heavy bag and pads
Sat – Wrestling practice, tire flips and sled drags
Sun – Rest
* During our wrestling practices Ryan and I go over technique and do live wrestling. They normally last around two hours.
Q. Where do you do your training?
A. I weight train and do cardio at Snap Fitness in Corning New York. I also have a home gym at my house with a bunch of equipment.
Q. What supplements do you take? What is your favorite one?
A. Mainly I just take a protein drink and creatine. If I could only have one it would be the protein powder.
Q. What is your current nutrition plan?
A. Right now it looks like this.
Meal 1 (after morning workout) – Protein drink, oatmeal and banana
Meal 2 – 6oz Lean meat, baked potato, veggies
Meal 3 – 1 cup cottage cheese, whole grain baked crackers
Meal 4 (after afternoon workout) – Protein drink, Gatorade
Meal 5 – 6 oz lean meat, 1.5 cup orzo pasta, veggies
Meal 6 – Protein drink, oatmeal, peanut butter
Q. What is your favorite meal?
A. Protein drink with oatmeal
Q. How about your favorite cheat meal?
A. Vanilla bean ice cream with protein powder and peanut butter.
Q. How does your nutrition plan change as you start preparing for a fight?
A. I increase protein and carbohydrates. My main goal is to take in enough calories to maintain muscle and have enough energy to train.
Q. What is on the horizon for Ryan Makitra in the future?
A. Well my main goal is to become a pro fighter. I would like to make it into the WEC (the UFC’s sister organization).
Q. I know with your work ethic you are well on your way. We are going to do whatever it takes to get you to the top. Thanks for sitting down with me today.
A. No problem. Thanks for having me.