Life is filled with triumphs and failures. We are not defined by these events, but rather the choices we make when faced with them. Natural bodybuilding is about choice. It is not our place to judge the choices of others, but we celebrate the choice natural athletes make on a daily basis.
We believe the only requirement to take part in natural bodybuilding is the dedication, desire and discipline to do so. In this sport there is no vast fortune to be won, nor any great fame to be awarded. The journey to the stage can be a transformative experience and it is the journey rather than the destination where the true rewards are won. Through honor, integrity, blood, sweat, and tears, this transformation can be beneficial in all aspects of life. The physique is not the end goal, but rather a testament to the years of dedication, desire and discipline required to reach one’s potential.
Our goal is to provide a community where you can look at your brothers and sisters and know that they are walking the same path. We exist to serve the drug-free strength and physique community by providing evidence-based information, community support, recognition to natural competitors, and holistic coaching to help athletes fulfill their true potential in all facets life.
JEFF ALBERTS – HEAD COACH
Jeff Alberts started out in the iron game back in 1986 and has been in the gym consistently ever since. His first competition was in 1993 and over the years he’s seen success by turning professional in multiple organizations as well as placing high on the pro level. Jeff has experienced firsthand just about every do and don’t of the sport over the past few decades. Those valuable lessons continue to be his best teacher which has surely molded him as one of the best natural bodybuilders and coaches in the industry. An enthusiast for the basics, Jeff has put an emphasis on making sure his approach to the sport is balanced both in and out of the gym for his athletes. His success stems from that balance and by working with a sound structure for his athletes’ training, nutrition and recovery.
BRAD LOOMIS – HEAD COACH
Brad Loomis’ experience in strength sports is very diverse. His career started in natural bodybuilding competing as an amateur from 1998 to 2008 when he earned his pro card with the WNBF. He founded, owned and operated “Healthy Bodies Fitness” from 2002 to 2012. He’s been certified with the RKC School of strength multiple times and in 2009 started competing in Drug Free Raw powerlifting. He has earned national podium placings in both 74 and 83kg weight classes as a USAPL Master Powerlifter. His true passion is coaching and believes that’s what God put him on this earth for. To deliver effective coaching of any content he’s mastered in a language that is enjoyable and easily understandable. Also to be coached and execute with excellence and commitment.
“Brad, I do believe you could coach a 1 legged man in a butt kickin’ contest” – Anonymous Co-worker in Health Care.
ALBERTO NUNEZ – HEAD COACH
He first stepped on a competitive stage in 2007, and then the very next year he earned his pro status in virtually every major natural organization. While Alberto Nunez is relatively new to the sport of competitive bodybuilding he has played a vital role in promoting the natural movement. His contributions as a coach, athlete, and author have helped propel some of the growth the sport has seen over the last decade.
Despite all this success, Nuñez claims his most successful accolade comes in the fact that he gets to be called Coach Nuñez. “My biggest thrill is that I was lucky enough to be one of the founders of Team 3DMJ. I can honestly say we as a team have changed this sport we love for the better. Everyday I am thankful that I get to be part of this movement, alongside Coach Helms, Loomis, Alberts and Valdez.”
ERIC HELMS – CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER / COACH
In addition to some coaching, Eric Helms PhD, CSCS is the Chief Science Officer of 3DMJ. He ensures 3DMJ stays up to date with best practice and acts as a science communicator, helping lifters find sustainable pathways to high performance. Eric is a research fellow at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology, pursuing research in training, nutrition and psychology for strength and physique sport. Eric has a PhD in Strength and Conditioning with a research focus on autoregulating powerlifting, a masters with a research focus on protein and macronutrient manipulation for dieting bodybuilders, a second masters in exercise science and health promotion, and a bachelors in sports management, fitness and wellness. Also an athlete, Eric earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011, is a raw powerlifter in the IPF, and dabbles in weightlifting.
ANDREA VALDEZ – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
With a background in competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, bodybuilding, and powerlifting, Andrea has been a lifelong athlete. She carried this love of athletics into her continuing education, with a B. S. in Sports Management from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Oklahoma.
Andrea became a part of the 3D Muscle Journey coaching team in 2015, and in 2018 shifted rolls to focus on the company’s business development and operations. Her main objectives are to help the team provide useful information to our growing community via free content, and to build The 3DMJ Vault into the best bodybuilding education platform on the internet.
STEVE TAYLOR – REGISTERED DIETITIAN
Steve has a Master’s Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology. This formal training, combined with a decade of experience, has equipped him with powerful tools, skills, and strategies which he now teaches and shares with others.
Steve began his fitness journey in 2006. Since that time, he has completed three competitive seasons (2013, 2015, 2016) as a men’s physique competitor.
Steve has been the team’s registered dietitian since 2016.
AMANDA RIZO – MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT
Amanda Rizo obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Counseling Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. Rizo is currently an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California and Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida.
She is a primary therapist at Weber Community Center within Special Service for Group. Rizo has worked with adolescent and adult clients experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma and PTSD, relationship difficulties, and life transitions.
Utilizing empirically validated treatments, Rizo’s ultimate goal in therapy is to help clients lead fulfilled and empowered lives and she views therapy as a partnership in which she works with clients toward this goal.
NICHOLAS M. LICAMELI, PT, DPT – INJURY REDUCTION & MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Nick believes in giving himself to others in an attempt to make the world a happier, healthier, and more loving place. Bodybuilding and physical therapy just act as ways to give back and carry out that cause. He sees himself never as an expert, but always as a student starving for knowledge and improvement. Nick wants to be an impactful and positive resource from which his younger self would have benefitted and of which his older self would be proud.
Nick is a doctor of physical therapy and professional natural bodybuilder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with his bachelor’s degree in biology, then furthered his education by completing his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences (previously the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) at the age of 24. Nick started competing in natural bodybuilding in 2013 and has since earned professional status in the NGA and PNBA. Nick writes for various health and fitness publications, presents at community educational events, and has his own Youtube channel.
A doctorate in physical therapy and professional status in bodybuilding are similar in that they both don’t mean a thing…it’s not the credentials that matter, it’s what you do with them that matters. The work of 3D Muscle Journey is changing the sport and has helped make Nick the person he is today. The mission statement says it all. To paraphrase, 3D Muscle Journey provides unity, support, evidence-based information, and holistic coaching to help athletes fulfill their true potential in all facets of life. It should come as no surprise that Nick sees it as an absolute honor to have the opportunity to contribute to that cause.