Q: What are your favorite Betancourt Nutrition products?
A: Creatine chewies, CLA, Carnitine Plus and FullDose.
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Bio : My name is Marco A. Rivera eldest to Three brothers and Two sisters. Born of Puerto Rican descent and raised in the mean streets of the Bronx New York. I was always very competitive and played many sports such as baseball, football and boxing. Bodybuilding was always a dream and not so much a reality due to life just getting in the way. I work a full time job and strive just as hard as any common man out there. My goal in life is to be a great father a great husband and the number #1 bodybuilder in the world.
Hometown: Bronx NY
Contest Weight: 212lbs
Off-Season Weight: 250lbs
Gym (and location): Star Fitness 1385 Commerce ave. Bronx NY 10461
Favorite Body Part To Train: legs
Favorite Exercise: Squats
Favorite Music To Train To: Rap and hard Rock
Favorite Meal (Healthy): Steak and Sushi rice
Favorite Meal (Cheat): Burgers/ ice cream (I know!)
Favorite Supplements: Betancourt Bullnox
How Did You Get Started?
I was 112lb as a freshman in high school. I was a quick sprinter but my coaches told me I needed to add more mass if I wanted to be a good power sprinter. I worked very hard at building more size and eating more and after two years I eventually started to slow down with my added size. At that point I made the transition to bodybuilding.
I trained very hard but I still needed to eat more of the right foods to improve so I read up on nutrition and eventually started logging all my daily meals. I got to a point where I would never miss a meal no matter where I was. That is what really helped me progress to the next level. Along with that I have had tremendous support the whole time.
In 2013, I became incredible sick after the season and I was admitted to the emergency room. I was released from the hospital after being there for 8 days. In those 8 days I lose 30lb. I got out of the hospital weighing 158 lb with clothes on. I literally lost everything I had worked for in the past 10 years. I had developed severe ulcerative colitis and was basically put on bed rest for a month. I had to eliminate a ton of things I was normally able to eat. I had to have help getting up stairs, even walking around. My life was changed permanently. My first day back at the gym I could Not squat JUST the bar for 6 reps. I thought my competitive days were over and I wasn’t sure what to make of all this. There were times when it seemed like there was little to no hope at all but those have all passed. I remember being in the hospital and it was emotional and then one day it just clicked. I decided I would beat this. I remember having good friends check up on me daily making sure I was ok and staying positive. I will always believe. Thank you to Betancourt Nutrition for the support. This is one example that nothing in the world can stop a positive mind. The best is yet to come.
2013 1st place LHW Atlantic States
2014 Overall Champion Iron Games California
2014 Nationals 16th
Q: What are your favorite Betancourt Nutrition products?
A: B-NOX, Pump'D and BCAA Plus
Height: 6ft 4in
Birthdate: June 22nd
Home: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Status: NPC Super Heavyweight
Facebook: @Tony Seatts
I have been involved in sports since I was a little kid. I played many, but my sport of choice was basketball, which I played religiously all the way up until college. I had some severe ankle issues that prevented me from being able to make sudden changes in direction at the level required. Thus, my basketball career ended early. I wanted to remain active and I remembered lifting weights for basketball. I decided to focus my attention on that. I was humbled, quickly noticing how weak I was compared to others,so, my initial goal was just to get stronger. I started working out consistently, setting goals in the gym, and accomplishing them. One day I was approached by an owner of a gym about bodybuilding. At first I wasn’t interested, I just wanted to be strong. After several people suggested that I had a good foundation to start with, I decided to give it a try. I did my first show in 2012 and took last place! It was this moment when I got hooked on the sport of bodybuilding and set out on a journey that would, unknowingly at the time, be the toughest, but most rewarding journey I would ever be a part of. At my height I knew I needed to be much bigger and heavier than the shorter guys just to appear as thick as they were. So my goal was to put on size, and do it quickly, but safely. I told myself I wasn’t going to step onstage again until I was at least 280lbs in the offseason. Well, it took me 3 years, but I eventually reached an offseason weight of 290lbs. This was 100lbs more than what I weighed at my first show. I competed and took 1st place in the super heavyweight class. I have since put on another 18lbs which has me sitting at 308lbs this offseason. I am excited for what the future holds and I have big plans for competitions in 2016.
2015 Michigan State Championships 2nd Place (Super Heavyweight)
2015 Grand Rapids Championships 1st place (Super Heavyweight)
I have been actively competing in bodybuilding shows since 2008. I had always been involved in sports throughout high school, but I was also very overweight. I was sick and tired of being fat and teased, so after graduating I decided it was time to make a change. I joined my local gym and was inspired by some of the guys there to learn more about the bodybuilding lifestyle. With their guidance, I stepped up my training, got my nutrition in check, and competed in my first bodybuilding competition, the 2008 Vancouver Natural. I was hooked!
A year later, I took the Novice Overall at the 2009 Vancouver Natural, which really amped up my drive to keep pushing in the sport. Since then, some of my career highlights have been taking 1st as an Open Middle Weight at the 2012 Washington State, my 1st place win as an Open Light Heavy at the 2014 Emerald Cup, and my Overall at the 2014 Oregon State. I recently competed in my first national show, the 2015 USA Championships in Las Vegas, and placed in the top 10.
Bodybuilding is a huge passion of mine! I enjoy lifting heavy weights and researching fitness and nutrition information. I like to show people that it’s possible to transform your body, regardless of your circumstances. Outside of bodybuilding I work full time for my family’s cabinet shop, and enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife, Shereena, and 2 dogs.
I want to thank Betancourt for all their support! Since the beginning of my journey, I have always been a fan of their products, and am proud to be part of such a trustworthy company. One of my favorite products is the Watermelon BullNOX Androrush. It tastes awesome and it gets me super focused for my workout, but not overly stimulated. I also take their multivitamin every morning, and always follow my workouts with the Cinnamon Swirl Beef Standard Protein.
Online Coaching Inquiries: DSJohnstonCoaching@gmail.com