Interview With Bodybuilder Guillermo Escalante by Ben Tatar, Criticalbench.com
*1) Critical Bench: Guillermo Escalante, welcome to www.criticalbench.com!
Can you tell us about yourself?*
I was born in San Jose Costa Rica but was primarily raised in Southern CA.
I played football and ran track (sprinter) in high school and graduated with
top honors. After high school, I went to U. of la Verne where I got my BS
and masters degrees. I also competed in track and football while in college.
Since the age of 12, I have been into fitness, nutrition, and health. I got
my first weight set at 11 years of age.
In 2000, I started my first company, Sports pros, which provide physical
therapy, sports medicine, and personal training services. The year 2000 was
also when I started bodybuilding. We have grown over the years and now have
2 business partners. In 2004, I purchased World Gym in West Covina with my
business partners. We are opening a world gym express in Rialto in the next
Since doing my first bodybuilding show as a bantamweight, I have moved up
the chain and now compete nationally as a middleweight. Last year I won the
2005 Orange County Middleweight title and took third at the NPC Jr. USAs. I
am preparing for the 2006 North American Championships this September in
*2) Critical Bench: Can you tell us about your on season, off season, diet,
lifting and cardio routine?*
In season I eat very regimented and strict 16 weeks out from a show 7 days a
week...no cheat meal. Training doesn't change expect I add more cardio.
Off season, training is not much different, but I do only 20 min of cardio
at a low intensity 3-4 times/wk to stay a bit lean. I don't like to go above
10 or 11% body fat. I eat a lot of good clean calories 85% of the time and
have a few splurges once in a while.
*3) Critical Bench: What is it about bodybuilding that you love so much and
what is it about bodybuilding that you hate?*
I love the dedication and discipline.
I hate the sacrifices the family has to make to help you be successful. I
don't mind the sacrifice, but I don't like them to have to sacrifice....but
there is no other way!
*4) Critical Bench: At least you have succeeded! So, what does your family
think about your bodybuilding success?*
They support me in what I do. They like the success because it makes me
happy...and they like me to be happy and to accomplish my goals.
*5) Critical Bench: What has been your favorite bodybuilding moment and
funniest bodybuilding moment to date?*
Favorite- First top 2 placing at a national show
Funniest- Accidentally buying PAM cooking spray to oil up backstage that was
scented and flavored onions and garlic....yeah..I smelled great.
*6) Critical Bench: What advice would you like to tell the world to be
successful in bodybuilding?*
Always be consistent with your training and food
*7) Critical Bench: where do you stand on the use of steroids and
Kids should not use steroids. Supplements are ok for kids, but not all...is
well informed. With kids, make sure they understand that supplements aren't
magic. They provide a minimal boost. Hard work and good food are the keys to
For adults, same thing! Don't rely on steroids or supplements to get
gains...they are mere aids.
It is a personal choice what you take...I don't condone it or condemn it.
People do what they need to do to perform at their best.
*8) Critical Bench: What are your favorite and least favorite exercises?*
Favorite: I love squats. I also like doing drop set hack squats, that's
My least favorite exercise is shoulder presses
*9) Critical Bench: What keeps you motivated to be the best?
Me...The drive to win! The drive to be recognized and respected by being
the best at what one does.
*10) Critical Bench: After visiting your website (
http://www.thebiguniverse.com/gescalante/) you have made more
accomplishments than I could list from being on television and sending
messages about stopping obesity in America to even being published in big
magazines like muscle and fitness. So, what's next?*
To Open more gyms and physical therapy clinics. Then I want to earn my IFBB
Pro Card and compete in a pro show. Also to get my doctoral degree in
athletic training which I'm 2/3's there.
*11) Critical Bench: Guillermo, it has been a pleasure interviewing you. Is
there anything else that you would like to say in closing?*
I would like to thank my sponsors Sylvester Stallones Nutrition Line, and
Instone Nutrition. Also be sure to check out my website: