How did you get started?
At the age of 14 I started boxing and strength training was a sure way to improve knock-out power! I soon realized that I was getting really strong, really fast. After a shoulder injury when boxing, I decided to stick with powerlifting.
What your diet consists of and why?
I eat a massive amount of egg whites, chicken, rice, steak, and fish. I try to get in a lot a clean calories. I also don’t worry when I eat fast food or at restaurants, as a powerlifter as long as you get your protein and calories in, you are fine.
What supplements do you use?
I use NLA Performance Supplements a lot, I just got into them and they are the best around! They are releasing to the public I think sometime in January 2012. Before every lift I hit the pre workout SUPP-D and every day I take my FRAT PACK which is an all-inclusive vitamin pack that gives me vitamins, minerals, BCAA’s, and body cleansers. This keeps me feeling healthy and keeps my energy levels peaked. I also take HIGH-T every day which gives me increased recovery, stamina, and absurd intensity when I hit the weights. on top of all the above, I use various protein powders in between meals.
Example of diet?
- Meal 1: 15 egg whites, 2 cups oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 handful blueberries, 2 pieces of toast, natural peanut butter.
- Meal 2: Protein shake with peanut butter
- Meal 3: Chicken and Rice
- Meal 4: Steak and Rice
- Meal 5: Chicken and Rice
- Meal 6: Fish and Rice
- Meal 7: Steak and Rice
What does your current work-out routine look like?
- Monday: 5 sets of 1-5 reps on either the 2 board, 3 board, or touching. My assistance work is 4 sets of 10 on hammer curls then 4 sets of 10 on tricep extensions
On a various day throughout the week I will lift light bent over rows, pulldowns, and other back exercises.
- Friday: Same as Monday. If I hit 3-5 reps Monday, I will try for singles and doubles on Friday. I can no longer deadlift and squat because of a severe ankle injury
What are your max lifts?
- Unofficial Bench: 1105
- Squat: 900
- Deadlift: 880
What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training?
As a powerlifter I don’t have to follow this style of training. In regards to bodybuilding, I believe you do have to bulk and cut but people often take it to extremes. They will use bulking as an excuse to eat like a pig then put too much fat on and end up loosing too much muscle during the cutting phase!
What music do you listen to when your training?
I like a little bit of everything. My powerlifting team can put on whatever they want so it will be anywhere in the range of rap, metal, classic rock, and modern rock. I personally prefer metal music while lifting.
How do you stay motivated?
My addiction to success, I love breaking world records and holding onto them. When I have a record I just want to keep it, when I don’t have it I want it. It’s a great cycle of motivation.
Free weight’s vs Machines, what are the pro’s and cons and which do you prefer?
Free weights all day. Free weights take more technique to use which activates more stability muscles. Using free weights makes the lift more of a full body movement than isolation, which is what a powerlifter is looking for
Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (bodybuilding)
- Mariusz Pudzionowski (strongman)
- And for powerlifting…….Me 😉
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
Learn the proper technique and stay dedicated to learning it. Proper technique is the only way to master hitting big weights. Without it you can only hit a certain point of strength before you injure yourself and can’t progress