Tri-Athlete Photo Shoot with Kimberly Kelley
July 18, 2017

Studio Shoot with Justin Butterfield

Name: Justin Butterflied
From: Sacramento, CA
Age: 27

It’s not everyday you get a sexy scientist in the studio for a hot physique shoot.  From fitness, physique, dudoir and fine art nudes – we covered all the genres with Justin.  He was an incredible subject and when not working out keeps busy at Sacramento State as a student and teacher in the science department working towards his Masters in Chemistry – Smart and Sexy! 

1. Tell me about yourself; How did you get started?

My friend was doing an implied nude photo shoot and she invited me along. It looked really fun and interesting to be in front of the camera so I asked him a few questions about being a model. He told me If I could get in a little better shape I could do it too. Three months later went from 16% body fat down to 9.5% and did my first implied nude shoot!

2. Why do you keep going?

It’s great motivation to keep in shape and not to binge too much on unhealthy food and alcohol. I also grew up as a slightly fat kid who played World of Warcraft and video games a lot. Being in front of the camera and seeing a view of myself that I don’t get very often is very powerful, a confidence booster and uplifting.

3. What is your athletic background?

Refer to “World of Warcraft” in the last question. Absolutely no athletic background prior to discovering weight lifting and nutrition.

4. What keeps you motivated?

I like what I see in the mirror every morning. The fact I can control how my body is shaped is an amazing feeling. If I want to go up 10 lbs, I eat more, if I want to cut down to look more shredded I do it. Every week I step on the scale I’m not surprised at the number, I control my weight.

5. Why do you do it- what do you love most about it?

The amount of control I have over my body keep me going.

6. What does your training look like?

5 days a week, all compound exercises focusing on the big three, Bench, Squat and Dead lift. When bulking LISS incline cardio 2-3 times a week for 30 min and when cutting HIIT sprints 4 times a week for 30 mins. Weightlifting choice never changes when cutting or bulking.

7. Typical daily food?

Massive amount of Fat-free milk, basmati rice, coconut curry sauces, avocados, chicken, black beans. Those are just a few of the foods I eat. I have the luxury of a variable diet because I have about 10 staple foods I eat and keep track of my macro nutrients daily.

8. Cheat foods/meals?

Cheese, beer and whiskey! Cheers!

9. What is your advice for someone who wants to get started?

Don’t start. Haha. It becomes an obsession. Honestly though, push through the first 4 months. Those are the hardest. Do what keep you motivated in the beginning and don’t start with doing too much. You’ll overload your brain and fail. Baby steps, there is no such thing as “Get shredded in 60 days”

10. What does a day in your life look like?

Gym in the morning, then usually off to Sac State to work on my chemistry research for majority of the day. At days end, I usually wind down by cooking dinner and play an hour of video games (The gamer in me will never go away.)

11. Pre/Post workout tips/routines?

EAT!!!!! Fruits, carbs, amino’s. Pre-workouts are nice and fun, but they wont keep you going like a banana will.

12. If you use protein shakes do you have a favorite?

Costco!!!!! Optimum Nutrition has a great deal on whey protein. Don’t get too caught up on “Casein vs Whey” debate. Only the top 10% of lifters truly need to worry about digestion times of the protein they intake.

13. Any hobbies outside of the gym?

Video games! Drinking! Floating on the river! Snowboarding in the winter! All around shenanigans!

14. What is the most important aspect of training?

Consistency and diet. You’ll never see if you’re improving if you constantly change your workout routine and diet. Keep at the same one for at least 3 weeks to assess changes. If it’s not working, move on to the next.

15. What do you love most about working out/training/bodybuilding?

Back to the control I have over my body. I tell my body what to do it doesn’t control me.

16. Any heroes in the field, anyone you admire and why?

Arny, obviously.

17. Favorite muscle building exercise?

Pull-up, they wreck the back muscle and just look cool when you can do 10 perfect pull-ups.

18. Milestones that have given you an extra motivation boost?

The first 10 lbs I ever lost with diet alone and the moment I was able to hit 225lbs on bench!

19. Any training mistakes you want to admit to?

Drinking….a lot. Alcohol is one of the biggest contributors in my very slow progress to 200lbs and 9% body fat.

20. Favorite cardio?

HIIT sprints or when I’m feeling lazy, LISS,  2.0 MPH 25% incline treadmills walks for an hour.

21. If you could only chose 3 exercises what would they be and why?

Bench, Dead lift, Squat. Between those three compound lifts and eating correctly you can build a great physique.

22. Any secrets you are willing to share?

Unlike a relationship, I cheat on my diet…a lot. If you give the gym and your diet 90% effort and cheat 10% of the time, it keeps you sane while being able to build a lean physique.

23. What’s on your workout playlist?

A lot of Heavy metal and scream-o. Look up “punk goes pop” albums, that get me gym blood flowing.

24. What’s the funniest thing you have seen at the gym?

Me trying to pose. I laugh at my self all the time in the gym for doing stupid stuff. I’ll even lip sync screamo songs. I wonder if people think I’m on too much pre-workout.

25. Any fitness myths that make you chuckle?

Any thing that says “get fit quick” or things like “lose 30lbs in 30 days” Fitness is not quick, but it’s extremely rewarding.

26. Favorite motivational quote?

“Don’t look at how far you have to go, look at how far you have come.”

27. Transformation story?

World of Warcraft + taco Bell —> 10% body fat lean muscle.

28. Biggest accomplishments so far?

When I was able to achieve 9% body fat and keep it for a month while gaining lean body mass.

29. What are your future goals, dreams and plans?

Finish my Masters in Chemistry and get a big boy job.

Show him some Instagram love at  @jdbutterfield