How did you get started?
I started weight training when I was 20 but given that I was a model into my late 20’s, I was contractually obligated to maintain a certain weight and size. I didn’t start bulking up until 1998 when I was already in my early 30’s. This is when I got my first camera for Christmas and it immediately became the conduit for all of my creative expression.
What your diet consists of and why?
I try to eat lots of natural and healthy foods such as the ones I’ve listed below. I am sensitive to wheat and corn so I stay away from products made with either. I rarely eat simple sugars either, I’ve figured out what my body responds best too and I stick to it.
- Soy yoghurt.
- Peanut Butter.
What supplements do you use?
As of now I don’t endorse any brands so I don’t stick to any one brand-name of supplements. Like I say – my main focus is to derive my nutrition from the food I eat. When I do have supplements however I will go for probiotics, psyllium husk, milk thistle and probolic/anabolic/anti-catabolic protein powders.
What does your current work-out routine look like?
I’m currently running a 5 day split which I really enjoy, I also try throw in 45 minutes of cardio every other day.
- Monday: Legs & calves.
- Tuesday: Chest.
- Wednesday: Back.
- Thursday: Biceps & Triceps.
- Friday: Shoulders & Abs.
- Saturday: REST
- Sunday: REST
What made you get into photographing bodybuilders?
Photographing bodybuilders is a recent endeavour for me. My body of work consisted of photographing celebrities as well as advertising and editorial campaigns for fashion, beauty and cosmetics. However, I started shooting fitness models last year when I decided I wanted to do a study on the male form that was out of context with stereotypical images from those that I had seen in the past. This effort culminated in my first coffee table book ‘Pretty Masculine”. Now, word has gotten out about my work and I am contacted by body builders from all over the world, interested in having me shoot them. Never underestimate the power of word-of -mouth…(smiles)
What are your max lifts?
I don’t do any heavy lifting any more due to various injuries; I try aim for higher reps & perfect form.
How do you stay motivated?
As I’ve aged, I realize that my body doesn’t respond the way it used to when I was in my 20’s or 30’s. I metabolize my food differently and as I pushed myself hard in my 30’s I became prone to injuries. So, today, I take a more conservative approach to exercise. I make sure that I am deliberate in my movements and cardiovascular exercise is definitely a very important part of my regime. I make sure not to strain my joints and give my muscles enough time to recuperate and rebuild themselves. By the way, I am horrified when I see people lifting and using bad form. My partner and I tend to like to work out together and we spot each other. We tend to motivate one another to look our best, and as a result, we stay in shape while looking our best.
What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training?
I don’t compete so I’ve never really tried to bulk or cut. My goal with working out is to just stay in shape and feel good. I maintain a weight of 216lb all year around.
What kind of cardio do you prefer? Steady state, HIIT or a mix?
Again, my cardio regime varies, depending on the day of the week. However, I always start by stretching. Then, I tend to “wail” on the eliptical for about twenty minutes to get my heart/anaerobic rate up and then I go into my workout routine. I finish up by doing 45 minutes of low impact cardio on the treadmill and then I wrap it up by doing some more stretches.
Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?
I just photographed Antoine Vaillant who is 24 year old bodybuilder from Montreal and his body is insane for a 24 year old. He will be a big star if he continues on the path that he is on.
What music do you listen to while working out?
RuPaul, who is a good friend of mine, keeps my music fresh for me. He periodically downloads about three weeks-worth of music for me on my iPod. It contains a variety of music, but when I’m working out, I tend to listen to really high energy dance/underground music.
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
Eat for your metabolism. It took me a long time to figure out how to eat for my metabolism.