Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson Interviews with Status Fitness Magazine
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I started bodybuilding back in 2004 while I was still in the Canadian Military. I did fairly well back then but a torn Bicep in 2010 put me out of training and motivation for a long time. I became a firefighter in 2008, so health and fitness are important for the job. After the injury, I tried to come back to bodybuilding a few times but life always seemed to have other plan5s. Family grew. Another injury/surgery. Losing our home and fighting the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire Aka “The beast”. So in 2018, we were into our rebuilt home, all was well or so I thought. I developed some PTSD issues from my work history and the fire. It’s not serious or debilitating to me but it is troublesome at times. Working out is great medicine for the mind but that wasn’t quite enough. My wife convinced me to step on stage again and use the prep as a focused goal. TNT offered that chance. I have found that the goal of the competition and the extreme focus really helps with my symptoms.

The TNT Muscle promises to be an amazing show. What helped you decide to enter it? What were you looking most forward to?
After competing in last year’s TNT and seeing firsthand how the event was all about the Athletes, it has blown me away. 10 years ago, I certainly didn’t feel that way. The promoters were super friendly and their support staff made everything for the competitors easy, from make-up to top-notch LSR tanning. Mostly I was looking forward to improving my size and condition from last year.

Fitness category?
Men’s open and men’s master Bodybuilding HW/SHW.

Your plans and fitness plans after the pandemic?
My plans for after the pandemic are to train harder, eat more, and enjoy lots of family time. I plan on competing at 2021 TNT.

Training Plan:
Currently 5 on 2-3 off. I hit every body’s parts once in that rotation and sometimes toss in a second leg day.

Nutritional Plan:
Simple. About 4200 calories currently.

Supplement Plan:
1500mg vitamin C, B-12, Citraline, Creatine. Mutant BCAA intra.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
In my opinion, I am impressed with the fact that Status focuses on amateur athletes, not just the top pros like most magazines. This enables amateurs to gain exposure.

What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”:
It would be self inspiring to me as I am an older competitor and never thought such a thing would be possible

What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status?
I cannot even imagine how much satisfaction and joy that would give me. Would prove to myself that I am worthy of my dreams.

Favorite Quotes:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2).

5 things people don’t know about you:  

  • I’m older than I look.
  • I hate eating.
  • I have to force-feed to get my calories in.
  • I believe in public service and helping those that cannot help themselves.
  • I suffer from PTSD

If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
If I had to pick only one person to inspire it would be my daughter Marley (6), I would like to inspire her to always strive for more. Never settle and shoot for your goals.

Who inspires you? And why?
My main inspiration is my wife, Kayla. She is a strong woman and a great partner and mother. She is my rock, my learning post, my therapist. She has been beside me and supported my dreams since we met. It is because of her that I’ve learned to chase after my dreams and find success.

Photo by: David Abooody

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