Interview with Brad Neitzel
Brad Neitzel is a motocross competitor, powerlifter and bodybuilder. At 22 years old he balances this as student at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a double major in Exercise Sports Science and Pre-Chiropractic with a Nutrition minor. This is not a” jack of all trades, master of none” but a young man who’s able to conquer whatever is thrown at him.
It seems like you were a born athlete. Were you involved in many sports growing up?
I started riding ATV’s at about 6 and played football in 6th grade.
USP: How did you get into racing?
BN: I’m a 3rd generation racer running the #88. My Uncle raced motocross, flat track and TT on bikes and my Grandpa use to race bikes and cars back in the day. My first race was at 12. One weekend I went trail riding with my uncle and there happened to be a race the next day and when my mom came to the park the following day I was already signed up to race!
USP: How was your first race?
BN: I finished dead last. I was an unhealthy and overweight kid. By the time I was 12 I weighed 225lbs. The ground was very wet that day and due to my weight my quad got stuck. I remember seeing a girl lap me, and I realized that if this is something I wanted to do, I needed to change my lifestyle.
USP: That’s an impressive decision for a 12 year old. So were you able to make a change.
BN: Yes that summer, I lost 50lbs.
USP: Wow. That’s incredible! Did you encounter many obstacles while competing?
BN: My dad was disabled in 2001 leaving my mother as our main source of income to fund racing expenses; A lot of my crashes and injuries have occurred due to not having the best parts such as much of my competition does. A year into racing I experienced my worse crash which ended with my 4 wheeler rolled over me and cracking my collar bone in half.
USP: Did you ever feel like giving up?
BN: No I’ve always been very focused about my goals.
USP: Did you continue to play other sports while competing in MX?
BN: In 7th grade after I slimmed down I started playing basketball. I went to the Badger State Games as a teen for disc golf. I’ve competed in 3 natural bodybuilding shows placing as high as 2nd In my first powerlifting meet in Jan of 2011 I set the USAPL junior raw 242lb American Deadlift record at 628lbs, it has been broken since but will be mine again!
USP: What would you say has been your greatest success in racing?
BN: My greatest success is when I traveled to the highly respected Loretta Lynn’s National track in Tennessee for the last national of 2011. Competing against racers traveling in $100,000+ rigs and mechanics, I strapped all my stuff onto just a pickup truck and drove all the way down to TN from WI with the intent to sleep in my truck to fulfill my dream of racing at Loretta’s. Racing with a 2005 race quad that had a cracked frame, leaking oil and almost worn out, I was able to win my last moto of the weekend leading 3 ½ of the 4 laps and coming home with a second place overall
USP: What USPlabs supplements do you use to help you train
BN: I’ve noticed first hand from 2 of my favorite sports of motocross and powerlifting how versatile these supplements are. The training goals of each are on different ends of the spectrum and every year I transition between the two while others will just focus on one sport.
The first product I tried from USPlabs almost 5 years ago, and the product that drew me to USPlabs, is Anabolic Pump. It allows me to stay leaner, eat more especially while dieting and I feel like I have smoother energy to maintain performance. Another staple of mine that I think is great for any athlete or individual is Cissus. It has allowed my joints to feel great and come back from crashes and aches/pains a lot of faster. From pec strains during powerlifting and twisting my MCL severely, couldn’t walk on it for almost 2 days, this past April and I was back racing a national the following weekend!
Probably my favorite product for racing is ModernBCAA. Everyone knows the importance of hydration and ModernBCAA is a great drink to help contribute.! The fact they are micronized, have zero artificial flavors or colors in it is great. It also doesn’t have that really sweet taste that so many drinks on the market have. It makes Modern so easy to drink between moto’s!
USP: It’s impressive how much you’ve accomplished at such a young age. What are your goals now?
BN: I’d love to race the Loretta Lynn’s track again and I look forward to deadlifting 700lbs at a Powerlifting meet next January. Currently I’m taking year off of racings due to funding but I hope to put together a great program for next year and hopefully bring in new sponsorships to take my racing to a whole new level.
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