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Brian "Cage" Button
Brian "Cage" Button
Off season weight: 220
Competition Weight: 190
Occupation: Sales and Nutrition Coach at Max Muscle Fresno Ca. Independent Pro Wrestler.
All My Life I wanted to be a Professional Wrestler (since age 10). And I heard it all, “You’ll grow out of that.” “Well it’s nice to have dreams.”, “You’d have better luck winning the lottery.”, “Well, what do you really want to do when you grow up?” But through it all I never wavered or gave up. My passion fueled me, and I knew what I wanted! However upon graduation I realized I had all this determination but was only 155lbs. My PE teacher (Mr. Talerico) new my drive and passion to be a wrestler and told me I would be allowed to use the weight room during the summer Mon-Thur. So every morning, no matter how late I stayed out(till 3am on some occasions) I would wake my 9, eat breakfast, and jog to my HS and work out. Every week, Mon-Thur, I didn’t miss one workout session all summer, and I was hooked!
Problem was, I didn’t really gain that much weight. And that was because I was only eating like 2 meals a day (cheerios and frozen burritos) and whatever mom cooked for dinner. I knew nothing about supplements or nutrition at that point. I quickly started to familiarize myself with proteins, creatine, gainers, pre/post workouts, etc. And read and studied so many muscle magazines and the nutrition and training plans they had listed in them. I blew up from 155 to 225 in roughly 18months. I kept putting on size until reaching 237, looking good in a t-shirt, but not how I wanted to look in the ring. So I changed my ways and started to cut down. I had finished my Pro Wrestling training, and working up and down the state (CA). I decided to move across the country to Atlanta, GA in pursuit of better opportunities for my career, and also where I enrolled in receiving my credentials for nutrition and personal training.
I eventually relocated back to CA where I had worked up a good following for myself and was training clients and getting in the best shape of my life, and the idea of competing was getting very desirable. However that would not be the case as I got an email and booked for a set of dates with WWE. I ended up getting signed by them and relocating to FL for about 2 years.
I ended up parting ways with WWE, but still competed nationally and internationally on the Independent level. I also started personal training, and setting up diet and training programs full time independently. Still having a strong desire to compete in bodybuilding, but missing a competition due to wrestling bookings in 2010, then I suffered an injury that kept me out of action for most of 2011.
I walked into Max Muscle looking at their 6 pack bags not knowing I would meet a good friend and someone who would be extremely helpful in my bodybuilding venture. Matt Stephenson (manager of the Fresno Max Muscle store at the time) was sitting behind the counter and engaged me in conversation. Feeling he was trying to sale me on something I already knew about I paid him no attention, and tried to blow him off. Whoops! He was nice about it and I realized he wasn’t trying to shark me on anything and I began coming into the shop often to purchase product after that. We became great friends this time and started my come back from my injury in the ring. I was immensely determined to get in the best shape of my life. After putting some good size and strength back on by the end of ’11, Matt approached me about competing in bodybuilding. Since I had wanted to, for quite some time but kept missing the boat for one reason or another, I figured this was it; it’s either put up or shut up time.
Matt knew a lot about preparing athletes so I figured this was the perfect opportunity, especially feeling 100% after injury. Matt helped prep me for everything, diet, posing, cardio, and all the right supplements and tanning from Max Muscle. I couldn’t have asked to have been lead any better. I felt awesome, looked awesome, and though it was one of the hardest things I’ve trained for, was very proud at the amount of effort I had put in without slipping or missing anything. The last 2 week protocol was grueling, but perfect. Every day was something specific whether it was cardio, diet, water intake, carbohydrate intake, water depletion etc. He was there to push me through work outs when I had nothing left, go 15 more min on treadmill or stepper when I wanted to get off, and constantly work on my posing when I was so run down I’d want nothing to do with him. But he stayed calm and professional and did everything exactly how it should be done. I knew I could not have done anything more than what I had done come the day of the show. I was exactly where I needed to be, and that was a big thanks to Matt and Max Muscle! And being my first time ever on stage, I was elated to walk away winning not only the novice light heavyweight class, but the open light heavyweight as well. And taking a close 2nd in the overall!
I complained and questioned Matt all the time, but stuck with it and knew deep down he knew exactly what he was doing, and the proof was in the pudding. A big thank you goes out to Matt Stephenson for coaching me into excellence for my first show. Another huge thanks for Max Muscle supplying the best supplements out there. I couldn’t of done it without them! I’ve taken a lot of stuff out there, but nothing worked like their product line did, and proof was in the pudding as I am undoubtedly in the best shape of my life!
Supplements: High 5 Protein/Max Liquid Carnitine/Max Complete Multi-vitamin/Max L-glutamine/Max BCAA’s/Max Kre-alkalyn/ F.B.X/Max cleanse and lean/Max Anabolic cuts2/Max nitros/2TX/
Favorites: High 5, 2tx, Anabolic Cuts 2, Max liquid Carnitine