Plenty of people watch what they eat and work out at the gym, but not many carry it to extremes like Lt. Cmdr. Treaver Wright – who willingly stood on stage and allowed his body to be judged by members of the National Physique Committee during an NPC Grand Prix bodybuilding competition in July.
Wright has been bodybuilding for about 16 years, but never participated in any kind of competition until the Virginia-based July 13 event, where he took first place in the Open Class/Lightweight Division. He also took fourth place in the Masters Class, which is contested by age and not weight, competing in the 40-49 year category.
“I’ve always been athletic; I used to be a rescue swimmer,” said Wright, a maintenance officer with the Unites States Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “I always worked out and ran. When I get off work, I go to the gym. It’s what I do. It’s kind of a hobby.”
Wright said he figured he’d compete before he “got too old to do it” and while he didn’t know much about his competition, he just went out there and did his best.
Doing his best meant successfully executing a variety of mandatory poses designed to display his sculpted physique to a panel of judges assessing his body’s symmetry, muscularity and definition. And that kind of competitive body type doesn’t come easily.
“I’ve been working out six days a week, about 2 to 2½ hours per day, for 16 years,” Wright said, “and since I’ve been stationed here at Pax, I do most of my training in the Drill Hall.”
Wright’s exercise routine is extremely regimented, working a specific part of the body on the same day of every week.
“My typical day is I’m up at 4:15 a.m. and at the gym by 4:45, where I’ll do 45 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach before coming to work,” he said. “Between 3:15 and 4 p.m., I’ll be back over there for another hour and a half to complete my daily workout.”
His diet is no less strict.
“I eat at 6, 9, 12, 3, 6 and about 8:30 each day, every day,” he said.
After his early morning workout, Wright will have a protein shake at 6 a.m. At 9 a.m., he’ll have eight eggs — but only two yolks — with three pieces of turkey bacon. Lunch at noon is a boneless, skinless chicken breast with green beans or broccoli; he’ll have two cans of tuna with peas at 3 p.m.; another shake or protein pancake at 6 p.m.; and then he’ll have 8 ounces of ground beef with green beans for his final meal of the day at 8:30. As part of his diet, he also cycles his carbohydrates — a typical rotation is 100, then 50, then 0 grams per day – with his only source of carbohydrates being oats or brown rice.
“I’ve eaten the same food every day since Feb. 16, prepping for [competition],” he said. “There’s a method to the madness.”
Wright describes his diet as “shocking my body to keep it guessing”, with the desired result to get as lean as he possibly can. He also takes supplements, such as whey protein powder, fish oil, glucosamine chondroitin, magnesium, potassium and branch chain amino acids.
“You don’t want to hold any water or fat,” he said. “You have to be able to see all of the muscle fibers.”
But even as Wright continues to shape, form and build his body, he does allow himself to let loose with what he calls one “cheat meal” per week.
“Every Saturday night I might have a greasy cheeseburger and fries; and maybe cheesecake,” he said. “But understand that this is a cheat ‘meal’, not a cheat ‘day’. And the closer I get to a show, I probably won’t do that at all.”
Wright recently competed again Aug. 17 at the Shawn Ray Classic in Baltimore, taking second place in the Open Class/lightweight division, and fourth place in the Masters Class/40-49 years. And he already has his sights set on future competitions.
“I’m ready,” he said — and no one doubts it!