Bodybuilder achieves peak performance
For Minden bodybuilder and owner of Peak Nutrition Brodie Priestly, setting and accomplishing goals is like the peak of a mountain and the climb is half the thrill.
“It’s fun to see how far you can push yourself,” said Priestly. “You set a goal and the harder you work for that goal the better it’s going to make you feel.”
The 24-year-old recently won Mr. Nevada for the light heavyweight title at the NPC Nevada State Championships in Reno.
“It’s something I always wanted to do because it’s a state title,” he said. “Besides ‘Mr. Nevada’, it’s the coolest title to win.”
The title qualifies him for nationals, where he has the chance to earn an IFBB Pro Card, which will allow him to compete at a professional level, he said.
“I just want it just to have it,” he said. “For me, that’s like the peak of my goals. It’s something to look forward to.”
Priestly said he grew up loving bodybuilding because his dad was a world-class power lifter.
Priestly said he started out as a power lifter but switched to bodybuilding because it was easier on the joints and there are fewer injuries. However, he said it is also more oppressive.
“It’s more extreme and more goes into it,” he said. “Things change more frequently and it requires more attention.”
He said typical training for bodybuilding competitions is 8-12 weeks depending on many factors, such as body fat.
By competition time, Priestly was at 3 percent body fat and had lost 55 pounds from 240 pounds, he said.
“It takes a lot out of you,” he said. “People saw me and said I didn’t even look like myself. I was basically a zombie. I had no energy.”
Priestly said stressing the body during such training causes the brain to loose fat and the body has no stored fuel or body fat, which can be dangerous.
“Your body will give in faster than your mind, so if you can get your mind to push through you can get through a lot of pain,” he said. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish.”
In addition to competing Priestly regularly works out at Pulse Fitness and has worked as a nutritionist for the last six years.
After he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015 with a degree in nutrition he ran a supplement store in Reno before moving to the Carson Valley where he bought and took over Peak Nutrition last year.
Peak Nutrition sells everything from Ephedra to meal replacements.
“Everything we have here, I use or I know works,” he said.
Priestly said that it doesn’t matter if his customers are 18 or 65, male or female, or want to lose or gain weight, he can figure out something that works for them.
He also provides training services for personal weight management and for competing.
“I can really help anybody with any goal,” said Priestly.
Peak Nutrition s located at 1547 Highway 395 in Minden. For more information call 782-2244, or visit Peak Nutrition on Instagram at peak.nutrition.minden or on Facebook at “Peak Nutrition-Minden, NV.”