IFBB MENS PHYSIQUE PRO
How many guys at the age of 60 are capable of competing with guys at the age of 20... Well, Steve Taylor is one of those guys! Steve has been competing in Mens Physique for a couple years now and his physique has held it's own against guys that are much younger than Steve. Not only has he held his own, he actually has won classes with younger competitors!
Steve's level of conditioning and muscularity made him a standout in his class at the 2016 Masters Nationals enough to give him a win and an IFBB Pro card!
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I was talked into doing my first competition at the age of 57 by a fellow masters competitor, bodybuilder Bill Pliska. I competed at Seven Feathers in 2013 and finished 6th in a field of 14. No trophy and the competitive entrants all beat me. That was not okay though. My life changed from then on because I decided that it looked like more fun if you win. I dedicated myself to improving and thus began "the beautiful grind."
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I’ve just always been a competitive person. The moment of victory is like nothing else.
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
In the off season this last year I went on a quest to see if a 60 year old man can put on significant muscle. I went to 260lbs. and ate everything in my path – very uncomfortable.
Worked individual body parts over a 5 day split lifting heavy with lower rep sets. In season training is light weight, higher rep (15) and more shaping type movements.
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite meal while dieting is a nice 8 oz piece of halibut with a baked sweet potato and asparagus. As far as a cheat meal for me nothing beats a ½ lb burger with cheese, bacon and fries... oh, and a nice cold Widmer Hefeweizen!
5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
I would first thank my lovely and talented wife Janice. I’ll just say that she’s endured a lot and hasn’t thrown me out yet. I want to especially thank Anthony “Twan” Chacon and IFBB Pro Travis Young.
For the past year Travis was my coach and instrumental in my National Win. He is as knowledgeable and thorough as they come with great attention to detail. Twan Chacon has been with me most all the way, or I’ve been with him. He’s been an extremely vital trainer and promoter. His support of me over the long haul has been positively inspiring and enabling. Those people are dear to me.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
What really inspires me to compete more than anything is winning. Did I mention that it’s like nothing else?
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I’m not sure what is next for me. I may do a smaller pro show just once for the experience and just to say “I did."
I want to try to stay involved in some way and maintain some motivation to stay in shape. I’m not sure what but watch for me!
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
Well, maybe not at the time but as I look back there’s nothing more beautiful than the memory of me doing fasted cardio in my living room at 5am while just dreaming about food. It doesn’t sound all that great but if you really think about it – it’s just perfect.
9. Any website you would like to plug, Facebook, Twitter, personal site, etc...
I am 1 of 8 featured representatives on a website called “Aging Evolution” (AgingEvolution.com), a company out of Texas geared towards fitness for 50 and older. The website has info for all ages with many features on competitive bodybuilding and physique. A young company that continues to add more features to an already rapidly growing and exciting site.
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
I would like to thank everyone out there who supports the NPC Oregon in any way they can. It provides a forum for so many of us to do what we truly love. It inspires and motivates. It celebrates and rewards. It entertains. We all need to support the NPC Oregon, I know I will.