Douglas Connor Jr., aka Dougie Flexx, is an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, CEO of Huntin’ Gear, and an Axe & Sledge Sponsored Athlete. Doug currently competes in professional bodybuilding and spends most of his time training various clients, from bodybuilders to the general population, Doug helps a variety of people achieve their health and fitness goals.
Doug played numerous sports growing up, including collegiate football. Throughout that time, Doug lifted for sports, but never for bodybuilding. After leaving college, Doug needed an outlet and after watching Generation Iron, Doug found bodybuilding. Doug did his first bodybuilding show in 2015 and earned his professional status in 2020 at 31 years old.
We’re incredibly proud of everything that Doug has accomplished so far and we can’t wait to see what’s next. Keep reading to learn more about Doug!
In-Season Weight: 212lbs
Off-Season Weight: ~240lbs
Division: 212 Men’s Bodybuilding
Question & Answer
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.
What got you interested in bodybuilding?
I always enjoyed lifting weights, however since I played basketball, football, and track, I never placed a big emphasis on bodybuilding until much later. After picking up weight lifting again after college, my dad and I went to watch a documentary focused around bodybuilding called Generation Iron.
After watching that movie, my dad convinced me to compete in an actual bodybuilding show. In 2015, I placed 2nd in my class at the Pittsburgh Championship and was hooked after that. I just knew that bodybuilding was my calling.
When did you start training for bodybuilding and when was your first competition?
I started seriously training for bodybuilding in 2014 and I competed in my first show in 2015.
What’s the most difficult part of preparing for a bodybuilding competition?
It’s different for everyone, but for me, the most difficult part of prep is staying disciplined with the diet and not snacking.
What does your diet consist of? (in-season vs off-season)
Since I have a coach during prep and in the off-season, I just follow the meal plan he provides me with. So I don’t track calories or macros whatsoever, but I generally stick to whole-foods and consume a high protein, high carb, and moderate-low fat diet. In the off-season, I eat about 7 meals/day, but during prep that gets reduced to 6 meals/day.
What’s your current training split?
In terms of weight training, here is my general split:
Monday: Chest & Shoulders
Tuesday: Back & Hamstrings)
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: Shoulders & Arms
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Rest Day
I also do cardio whether I am in-season or off-season, however the duration and intensity will vary. During prep, cardio can go all the way up to an hour per day, whereas in the off-season, I generally only do 25 minutes, anywhere from 4-5 days per week. My preferred cardio machine is the Stairmaster.
What's your top two goals at the moment (fitness & business)?
Qualify for the Mr. Olympia in the 212 division of Men’s Bodybuilding
Grow my personal brand through social media, coaching, and Axe & Sledge.
What's your go-to cheat meal?
It really depends on the time of year, but I would have to go with chicken wings and french fries.
Do you have any hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
Outside of bodybuilding and coaching, I really enjoy traveling and that’s something I want to do more of in the future.
If you could make any flavor of the Home Made Bar what would it be?
It would definitely be Cookies & Cream!
Why did you choose Axe & Sledge supplements?
Axe & Sledge, I used the supplements and truly believe that they are the best on the market in terms of quality, effectiveness, and taste. So before being approached to be an athlete I already supported the brand.
After I met the owners, I realized how phenomenal everyone behind the brand was. They treat me with the utmost respect and really value what I bring to the brand. Overall, Axe & Sledge is very welcoming and treats me like family. That's not common in this industry, so it really sets Axe & Sledge apart from other brands.
Where can people find you?
You can primarily find me on Instagram and check out my website below for coaching and to purchase any Huntin' Gear apparel!