National-Level NPC Men’s Physique Competitor Dan D’Ottone Trains Back and Biceps 1.5 Weeks Out from Competition
NPC Men’s Physique Competitor Dan D’Ottone Dan D’Ottone, an NPC national-level men’s physique competitor, has always had big arms. He…
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I’m a United States Marines Veteran, 5-years active duty in security forces and Infantry and a certified personal trainer. I’m the CEO of aXethetic physiques LLC online coaching, contest preparation and personal training. My ultimate goal is to open my very own gym.
A little bit of myself… I moved a lot when I was younger. I grew up in Puerto Rico and found myself more stable when I moved back there. I loved sports growing up, and I was dedicated to playing baseball. I never really went to the gym in my younger days, but I was very active and athletic playing sports all the time. One thing I always did growing up was pushups, lots and lots of pushups.
My journey in the fitness industry all started my second year in the Marines. I was on deployment, and I started working out in an old rusty gym that was at the base. It’s what kept my mind off work, stress and distractions from problems back home. I looked forward to getting off post to get that two hours of freedom in the gym. Never would have thought I’d be where I am now. I fell in love with lifting and the process, as I noticed my body develop more and more with time. It wasn’t until my last year in the military when I decided to compete. I contacted Terry Placker CEO (head coach) of Team Fidelis, who is now not just my nutrition coach but became one of my best friends. When I first started competing, I didn’t know If I had what it took to win. I was hard on myself and always have been. My first show was a very hard prep for me, since I was still living in the military government quarters aka the barracks, which had no kitchen. There was a mini fridge and a microwave, which was also the bathroom as funny as that sounds. Gotta love the good old Marine Corps! I had to adapt and overcome to the situation in order to make my goals and dream come true, becoming an IFBB PROFESSIONAL athlete. So, I went and got a rice maker, skillet and George Foreman Grill, and I started prepping just like that. The fridge was like 3 feet tall, so keep in mind I can’t fit too much food in there. It was constant cooking and prepping.
My first show was the NPC John Lindsay Productions San Diego Championships, March 2014, where I took overall novice and 1st place open. Taking a 4 month break to rebuild and work on my weak areas, I did the NPC LA Championships taking 1st place open followed by the USAs in Las Vegas a week after in July 2014, where I earned my IFBB PRO card. Now, I transitioned to classic physique as I believe it fits my physique better, and it’s closer to who I am. I want to grow, and I love to train legs, so when this category came out, I saw it as a blessing with big opportunities. The goal this year is to make it to the Olympia and just keep improving my physique and as an all-around athlete.
|Weight (Competition)||185 lbs|
|Weight (Off-Season)||210 lbs|
|Bench Press (Max)||435 lbs|
|Bench Press (Reps)||315 lbs x 10|
|Squat (Max)||465 lbs|
|Deadlift (Max)||525 lbs|
|2016||IFBB Puerto Rico Pro||Classic Physique||Pro||3rd|
|2016||IFBB New York Pro||Classic Physique||Pro||5th|
|2014||IFBB Felicia Romero Pro||Classic Physique||Pro||3rd|
|2014||NPC USA Championships||Men's Physique||Class A||2nd Pro Card|
|2014||NPC San Diego Championships||Men's Physique||Open Class B||1st|
|2014||NPC San Diego Championships||Men's Physique||Novice Class B||1st Overall Champion|