Meet Male Model and Men’s Physique Competitor Eddy Romero. Eddy is a hot fashion plate and has a real flare for helping his local community reclaim their health. Hop on board as Eddy shows us how big dreams can come true!
- Hometown: Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
- Current Location: Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
- Height: 6’ 0”
- Current Weight: 220-225 lbs (Off Season)
- Weight: 210 lbs
- Age: 32
- Favorite Arm Exercise: Plate Loaded, Machine Preacher Curl
- Favorite Cheat Meal: Avocado Burger and Fries
For those unfamiliar with you, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in the fitness industry?
In Mexico as a kid, being overweight was a common problem in my family and in Mexico in general. Growing up, I had bad eating habits; I was overweight and really wanted to get in shape. My family owned a gym, and I would always admire the pictures of famous physiques hanging on the wall. At that time, I could only dream about achieving a physique like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone.
Now that I’ve been on both sides of the coin, I have become very passionate about helping others achieve their own transformations and a healthier quality of life. I feel it’s my mission!
What has been your most important achievement in the fitness industry to date has been?
Definitely it has been the creation of our ‘Real Transformation Center’ and the ‘Soul Camp.’ ‘Soul Camp’ has been a very satisfying experience for me because we are seeing great results regarding fat loss in just one month; this is very unique in Mexico! People that come and experience ‘Soul Camp’ become part of our family, and we change their way of thinking towards health and nutrition. After the course; they are able to put into practice all that they have learned and share it with their families; this makes me feel proud and very successful!
Tell us about some of the personal goals you achieved this year, and the challenges you faced along the way?
I have faced a lot of challenges because of the Mexican economy. All of my investments have been in U.S. dollars. It has also been a real struggle to fight the marketing of ‘fake’ supplements and supplement franchises that sell steroids as ‘supplements’ over the counter. They abuse the lack of education and knowledge of the people Mexican people and this damages the image of the fitness and supplement industry.
I’m really satisfied with the remodeling of my gym and the investment in new fitness equipment this year. Soon it will be a fully equipped gym! This past year, I’ve also been working hard to stay in super shape all year long. The photo shoot that I did in the Nevada desert was also an amazing experience.
Tell us a little about your recent photoshoot in Nevada’s ghost town.
I have always wanted to do a photoshoot in Nevada’s Ghost Town; it was like being on a movie set. It was an incredible experience for me and a huge dream come true! I chose Ron Perron to do the photoshoot because he is someone that I very much admire and is such a gifted photographer. I met Ron through my friends and previous sponsors, Magnum Nutraceuticals. Ron and I have bonded, and I now consider him my ‘brotha’ from another ‘motha.’ (Laughs)
Where do you get your sense of fashion/style from?
I guess it is from feeling really good about my body. I have put a lot of hard work and effort into the gym, diet, and my supplementation.
I have a lot of fun going shopping to see what really fits my body and my personality.
Who are your current sponsors and how did you get connected to them?
At the moment, I am in the process of deciding among different company proposals. For the past few months, I have been consuming and trying a variety of different brands; it’s not always an easy decision to make. I want the best for my body, and I feel I have a responsibility to my clients and to my weight loss camp because I consider them family. In the future, I hope to add more international sponsors.
Because of The Protein Cookie Company, I was able to compete in the NPC Texas Extravaganza in San Antonio Texas, and I won the Novice-Open and Overall Physique Division!
What is your secret to your incredible arm development?
Growing up, I got a lot of bullying from my mom. She was always telling me I should be ashamed of my ‘fatty arms.’ (Laughs) But seriously, every body part I train, I dominate the technique and visualize what I am trying to achieve. And, I always have the humility to admire someone else’s arm development and see how they are training. When I first started training, Arnold’s arms always super motived me. Now, the arms of my friend AJ Ellison motivate me.
Most importantly every day and with each set, “I embrace the pain!”
Do you implement any stretching or foam rolling into techniques?
I have been training for 12 years and have never done it. But recently, when I was in Vegas, I had the opportunity to chat with one of my idols, and he told me how much it helps him especially after a heavy leg session. So, I am going to give it a try!
Eddy’s Training Schedule
- Smith Machine Lunges 4 x 15-8
- 45 Degree Leg (Superset) 4 x 15
- Stiff legged Deadlifts 4 x 15
- Single Leg Curl (Superset) 3 x 15-12
- Reverse Hack Squat 3 x 15-12
- Lying Leg Curl 3 x 8/8/12
- Standing Calves 4 x 15
- Seated Calves 4 x 15-8
- Machine Press (Superset) 4 × 10/12
- Cable Crossovers 4 × 10/12
- Wide Grip Bench Press (Superset) 4 × 12/15
- DB Flys 4 × 12/15
- DB Incline 4 × 12-8
- Skull Crushers 4 × 12
- Dips 4 × 15
- Cable Extensions 4 × 15
- Bent-Over BB Rows 3 x 8-12
- Front Pulldowns 4 x 15-8
- T-Bar Rows 3 x 8-12
- Cable Rows 3 x 8-12
- Dead Lift 4 x 8-12
- Straight Barbell Curls 3 x 12-8
- Hammer Curls (Superset) 3 x 8-12
- Cable Curl 3 x 8-12
- DB Squats (Superset) 4 x 12
- Leg Extensions 4 x 12
- Squats 8 x15-6
- 45 Degree Leg Press 3 x 12
- Standing Calve Raises 4 x 15
- Seated Calf Raises 4 x 15-8
- Friday: Shoulders/Traps
- DB Lateral Raises 4 x 15-8
- Smith Machine or Seated DB Shoulder Press 5 x 15-8
- DB Front Raises 3 x 12-8
- DB Shrugs 4 x 20
- DB Front Raises: 3 x 12-8
- Rear Delt Machine, Cables, or DB’s (Supersets) 2 x 8-12 1×12
Eddy’s Daily Diet
- Meal 1: 1 Whole Egg, 1½ Cup Egg Whites, ½ Cup Oats and 2 Slices Ezekiel Bread
- Meal 2: 2 Scoops Whey, ¾ Cup Oats and ¼ Cup Cashews
- Meal 3: 7 Ounces Chicken Breast and 1 Cup Brown Rice
- Meal 4: 2 Scoops Whey and 1 Cup White Rice
- Meal 5: 8 Onces Red Meat and 6 Ounces Red Potatoes
- Meal 6: 2 Scoops Whey and 1 Cup White Rice
- Meal 7: 2 Cans Tuna and 1 Cup Brown Rice
How important is your pre/post workout nutrition to you? And do you have any special pre/post workout rituals that you’d like to share?
For me it’s the most important part of my day. In fact all day no matter what I do, I feel it’s the preparation for that time moment that really counts the most!
Eddy’s Pre/Post Workout Rituals
Exactly 1 hour before going to the gym
- 2 Scoops of Olympus ISO Protein, 2 Packs Oatmeal and ¼ Cup Cashews
- Revolt Pharma 1 Cap RAD140, 1 Andarine and 6 Octante Amino EAA’s Tabs
30 Minutes Pre Workout
- 1 Scoop Hades, 1 Scoop Tri-Crea Complex and 4 Magnum’s Volume
- 2 Scoops E Flow BCAA’s, Endure and 40 Grams Carbs
- 2 Scoops Olympus ISO, 1 Cup White Rice, 1 Tri-Crea Complex and 6 Octante Amino EAA’s Tabs
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without? And how do you handle cravings?
I couldn’t live without red meat. I don’t really have cravings because I have one day that I designate for a cheat meal. For me, it doesn’t make sense to crave something that I can’t have until my cheat meal.
What supplements could we find in your kitchen?
- Pre Workout Stimulant
- Fat Burner
Tell us about the tattoo on your arm.
I’m a big fan of tattoos. The tattoo on my arm is Asian Japanese art. I got it from a good friend of mine, a great Mexican artist, Ricardo Antolin. The tattoos just like the gym have been a kind of therapy for me. Each design has its own meaning and they have marked different stages in my life.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the fitness industry?
I love going to the movies, most of my cheat meals are there. I am super fan of the NBA league, my fiancée and I try to go and watch the games every year.
I love shopping, and I am a sneakers collector!
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