10 Qs with Michael Anderson ‘Overcoming Obstacles’
1) You recently had a comeback competing at the Chicago Pro, were you planning for this competition or was it spur of the moment?
Although it was an all-around amazing show and experience, the Chicago Pro was not first on my radar for my comeback. I actually intended to compete a few months earlier in May at the Pittsburgh Pro – a show I’ve been a part of since my amateur days and is very familiar to me. However, my father (who was also an amputee) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, and was laid to rest the day prep was to begin. Between travel back and forth to New Jersey and a general lack of focus, I opted to postpone until I could concentrate on bringing my best back to the stage.
2) What was your main motivation for getting back on stage?
While my experience dealing with my health issues have been brutal (and, at times, life-threatening), I know that it could have ended worse. I feel blessed and fortunate to have come out as well as I have. I, therefore, believe it is my responsibility to be an example to anyone suffering a setback in life that you can always find a way to recapture who you are and be a part of the things that bring you joy… even if it’s just a little bit different than before.
That said, I have a lot of people in my life to thank for propping me up when I doubted myself. But that’s what we do for each other. Now, it’s my turn to pay it forward…
3) You have undergone many surgeries, leading to the amputation of your leg, explain the story behind the incident.
I wanted to get back to life… I elected for amputation. My leg was surgically removed below the knee February 28, 2017.
4) Can you describe what you were feeling when you stepped on the stage for the first time after so many challenges/obstacles? What was going through your head?
“Don’t trip. Don’t trip. Whatever you do don’t trip.” Then, the competitor in me resurfaced, and I felt at home. “Let’s give them a show!”
I knew and felt in my heart, no matter where I placed, no matter what Call Out, I had already won.
I know that sounds cliche, but I had overcome so much self-doubt, all the fear, all the pain, and all the regret. The sacrifice, once again, was worth it. And, I was back where I belong!
5) How did your diet, training & cardio have to change to get into pro-level conditioning for your return to the stage?
What’s more, I also had to take a completely new approach to my posing and needed time to craft it.
6) How long did you prep for this & how do you stay motivated to keep pushing through?
I used a traditional 12-week prep for the show. But, my drive came from my desire to prove myself wrong… I wasn’t convinced that a man my age – let alone an amputee – could stage this level of a comeback. And, the last thing I wanted from the audience was pity.
So, I set out to prove to myself that I was capable of more than I gave myself credit for.
7) What is one thing you would tell someone in a similar situation to yours who is interested in getting involved in the bodybuilding sport; do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share.
Rarely has anyone who has achieved any significant level of success did so with ease. We all have obstacles of some sort to conquer. Some just seem greater than others. Stay true to who you are and what you want in life, and you will be rewarded. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Sometimes in different forms than we expect. But, ultimately, it will materialize.
8) What ALLMAX supplements did you rely on during your comeback?
My newest addiction is Pineapple Mango Impact Igniter. Not going to lie, I’m a little obsessed. But, I’ve always relied on Isoflex, CVOL and Rapidcuts and the foundation of my prep, supported by Aminocore and Carbion to fill in my nutritional blanks.
I can’t say enough about how the quality of what you put in your body impacts your results. I trust ALLMAX to keep me “next level.”
9) What was your first cheat meal after the Chicago Pro?
I had the most amazing spinach and crab dip followed by Sausage Tagliatelle, and finished it with a strawberry shortcake!
10) What’s next for you Michael?