Our next athlete in the pro interview series is Vic Del Campo from Pennsylvania.
In 2013, after competing 11 years Vic finally made it to the pro ranks by winning the NPC USA’s in the welterweight class.
However, shortly after becoming an IFBB Pro he had an injury which led to some set backs in his training. Luckily the rehab has worked out well since the incident and Vic is now back on track to make his pro debut in the 212 division this summer.
So let’s welcome Vic for an interview on Rising Muscle!
Weight: On stage: last time 165 off season: 195
From 2005 till 2013 when I finally went pro I placed in the top 5 every time I entered the Nationals or the USA. During this run I accumulated 2 fifth places , 1 fourth place, 2 third places, 4 second place finishes, and 2 wins. It was my second win at USA that I earned the pro status.
RM: Vic, you have been away from competitive bodybuilding for some time, would you like to tell us the reasons to your time off?
VD:The last time I competed was the 2013 USA, where I won the welter weight class and my pro card. Shortly after my win I ruptured and tore my patella tendon. I have spent the last year and a half training to put on size as well as to comeback from the injury. I have never really stopped training since the initial injury. I took advantage of the opportunity to rest from competing after such a long amateur career. I was due a year or two off anyway.
My first national show was in 2002 and I competed every year since. I am currently training for a comeback in the very near future. I am not as big as I would like to be in the 212 ifbb class currently I might hit the stage around 175-180, but I just have to get up there and start making improvements as I go. Ultimately I would like to be able to compete on stage around 190 lbs and I think on my frame that will be enough to contend.
RM: How did you get involved in bodybuilding in the first place?
VD: I started lifting weights around 13 years old in my basement. But it wasn’t till I was 23 years old that I gave competition a try and learned about the importance of nutrition for gains. Once I got a taste of the stage and saw myself all ripped I was hooked.
RM: What does your weekly training schedule look like?
VD: I train 7 days a week and do cardio before breakfast 7 days a week. I have my training split in such a way that I do everything except arms twice a week.
RM: How would you describe your training style?
VD: I lift for high reps with really heavy weights. For me its more about form and contracting muscle then just moving weight around. Typically I use a rep range of 15-20 reps pyramiding in weight and reaching failure on the 3rd or 4th set. I keep the reps up. If I don’t think I can rep it controlled 15 times I don’t lift it normally. Some of the weights/lifts I use for 15 reps Include: 165lb/dumbbell rows, 65lb/dumbbell hammer curls, 100lb/dumbbell over head press,
RM: When will we see you on stage again?
VD: I am training now for the Tampa pro in August. I still am not 100% sure I’m going to do it as of today but I’m training hard for it currently.
RM: Ok Vic time for the round up – if there is anything you want to add please feel free to do so
VD: I would like to bring up that I recently signed a contract with Human evolution supplements. I am very excited for this. I have been using there products. I really like the taste and their pre workout “over ride” is awesome. I get great pumps and energy. humanevousa.com
During the last few years I have been prepping athletes for shows and have had great success. It gives me great joy to be a coach and get someone the win. In all my years of competing I have really learned a lot. I am now applying my skills and expertise to training others. I do this no matter where you live through email. I provide eating and cardio schedules while I guide you step by step bring you into your competition. Getting you in the best shape of your life. Contact me if you’re looking for this sort of help. #bigvictorytraining
RM: Thank you for making this interview with us Vic. We wish you the best of luck at the debut and we will keep an eye out when you return to the stage again.