Nic Troupe is a regular guy. Just like you, he’s ambitious, talented, and ready for any challenge that comes his way. He’s got a good job, a love for the gym, and a family he adores. And when an injury kicked his professional football dreams to the sidelines in college, he decided to pursue what he did best: teach fitness.
“Being a member of the strength staff as a graduate student were some of the best days of my life,” Nic explains.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Fitness Management and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Wartburg College and Northern Iowa University under his belt, he is determined to practice what he preaches in every aspect of his life.
Nic is a 31-year-old Physical Education teacher who lives in Colorado. Hailing from Iowa, he moved to the Mile High city in 2007 for a change of scenery and a new job—which led him to a teaching gig at Pinnacle Charter School.
Today, he not only keeps up with his demanding work and home schedules, but he also pours everything he has into making a lasting impression on the importance of a lifetime of fitness with his students.
While Nic’s always had a knack for athletics—he now spends most of his time coaching his students in gym class as well as the school’s cross-country team. “Originally I saw myself as a college professor or strength and conditioning coach, but I’m happy where I am—the kids are amazing. It’s a great feeling when you can give back to the students and understand that you were once in their shoes.”
Nic is also an NPC Men’s Physique Competitor and has competed in four contests over the past couple of years. He says he plans to crossover to bodybuilding one day. He discovered iSatori supplements at one of his first competitions when he saw their booth and decided to enter into a draw. He was shocked to discover he won some free products, and from then on, he was hooked. “I tried the iSatori products and loved them! The rest is history.”
2013 Colorado State Championships-Open Class (placed 9th)
2012 NPC Denver Novice and Masters Championships (placed 2nd)
2012 Max Muscle Mile High Natural Championships-Novice Class (placed 4th)
2012 Met-rx Rocky Novice Class A (9th) Open Class B (placed 9th)
Weight: 207 pounds
Nic prefers to train on his own. “I like to try different things with my body—if something doesn’t work, then I don’t have anyone else to blame but me.”
Though Nic is serious about his training, he admits it’s different from when he was in college and played sports. “In college, I worked out for strength and power, and now I don’t care as much about how much weight I lift compared to how I’m moving it. It’s about technique, not trying to impress my friends anymore.”
Nic does a lot of drop sets, supersets, and giant sets (see his training program below), and he doesn’t waste any time getting results. His workouts are approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length, and he goes hard. All volume. “I’ve been training long enough to know how my body best responds.”
Sample Weekly Training Regimen:
Sunday: Legs/Rear Delts
I don’t care as much about how much weight I lift compared to how I’m moving it. It’s about technique, not trying to impress my friends anymore.
Pull-Up: 5 sets of 15 reps, rest 60 seconds
T-Bar Row: 5 sets of 8 reps
Single-Arm Lat Pull-Down: 5 sets of 12 reps, rest 60 seconds
Dumbbell Row: 4 sets of 8 reps
Rope Straight Arm Pull-Down: 4 sets of 12 reps
Cable Rear-Delt Flye: 4 sets of 8 reps, rest 60 seconds
Preacher Curl: 4 sets of 6 reps
Hammer Curl: 4 sets of 12 reps, rest 60 seconds
Nic tries to eat pretty clean 24-7 but admits he goes “off the wagon” a bit if he’s not prepping for a show. He is, however, very strategic about what he eats and how much.
“Currently I am on a 40/40/20 split. I really like food, and most of the time, I’m eating good, nutrient-dense foods. But I do have to let you know I don’t restrict myself from eating anything,” Nic laughs. “If I want Cinnamon Chex, I eat it, or Pop-Tarts, yep, I eat them too! I just track my macros, and when I don’t have any left, I am done eating.”
But don’t get us wrong—Nic really enjoys eating clean foods too. “Most of the time, my diet is chicken, rice, yams, lean red meat, ground turkey, and peanut butter. One of my favorite meals to eat is yams and ground turkey with mustard on it. It may sound gross, but I really like it. Simple, nutritious, and delicious!”
Sample Daily Meal Plan:
MEAL 1: POST-WORKOUT
Blend together the following foods:
Spinach: 1 ounce
Greek Yogurt: 6 ounces
Since Nic has been using iSatori supplements, he’s seen a very noticeable improvement in recovery, which is great since he trains using a lot of super, drop, tri, and monster sets with his training.
Blueberries: 1 ounce
Blackberries: 1 ounce
Almond Milk: 1 cup
Ground Beef: 6 ounces
Sweet Potato: 10 ounces
Chicken: 8 ounces
Peanut Butter: 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon Chex Cereal: 1 1/2 cups
Chicken: 8 ounces
White Potato: 12 ounces
Nic has tried all of the iSatori line, but his staples are BIO-GRO™ for recovery, AMINO-GRO® for the extra aminos, 100% BIO-ACTIVE WHEY™ and ISA-TEST® GF because they take his “workouts to the next level,” and BIO-GRO of course. “BIO-GRO is the one I feel has taken my training to a whole different level. I had the chance to use it while prepping for a show last year, and I can honestly say I was shocked at how well my prep went.”
Since Nic has been using iSatori supplements, he has noticed his “pumps with Morph® are awesome!” He’s also seen a very noticeable improvement in recovery, which is great since he trains using a lot of super, drop, tri, and monster sets with his training.
“Lately I haven’t been able to get to the gym as much as I would like with a lot of change recently happening in my life. My wife didn’t have the easiest pregnancy, so my training was sporadic.
I am super excited about being a dad! This has been the one thing in my life I have looked forward to doing the most.
“I am super excited about being a dad! This has been the one thing in my life I have looked forward to doing the most. So I’ve had to re-set my priorities lately,” he says.
Although being a father is his number one priority in life, Nic is still determined to keep fitness a big part of his life. “I find myself using the weight room at the high school I work at or trying to do some of the workouts I have the kids do—a lot of bodyweight training.”
“But with regards to my training, I think I will be able to get back on track when I go back to work and a somewhat normal routine. I work better when I have a time crunch and knowing I have a limited time during the day—I can see my workout sessions being more focused and shorter. I am very disciplined. I also see myself doing even more of the daily fitness component of my PE classes to get that extra bit of time in.”
At the time of this interview, Nic’s new baby boy was a mere 24 hours old. Whew! Talk about one dedicated guy carving some time out in his busy schedule to talk to us and shed some insight into his life firsthand.
But besides being an elated first-time father and dedicated husband to his wife of one year, Nic says he aspires to one day compete at the national level. “It’s on my bucket list,” he says. “Who doesn’t want to be one of those guys on the cover of Men’s Health magazine,” he laughs. Nic looks up to a few people in the fitness industry for some daily motivation, such as Steve Cook, Marc Lobliner, and Joe Donnelly.