Muscle-Munch Talks with the Calisthenics King: HIT Richards

Muscle-Munch Talks with the Calisthenics King: HIT Richards

How did you get started?

I got started in fitness at a young age so I’ve always been athletic. I started playing sports like basketball, baseball & football. I used basic calisthenics like pull-ups, push-ups & dips to stay in shape for these sports. As I got older I continued this form of training & became more aggressive with my training style when I saw how it helped develop my body. When I was younger I use to watch a lot of Bruce Lee movies and studied his form of training so when I found out that he used mainly calisthenics to develop his body that’s when I took this form of training much more serious because i knew I wanted to get my physique in great shape like his. To this day I continue with the same style of training, just only at a much more advance level.

What your diet consists of and why?

My diet consist of foods that are high in protein & low in carbs, this is because I do not want to focus on gaining mass like a bodybuilder, I prefer the more ripped & shredded look. I eat chicken, fish & vegetables – mostly green vegetables and I try stay away from foods that are high in carbs.

What supplements do you use?

I do not use any supplements at all, I get all the vitamins & minerals from within the foods that I eat. I’ve listed some of the food I eat below: –

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Avocado

Example of your diet

My diet varies so it’s hard to give a example it really depends on what I feel like eating!

Do you just train in Calisthenics or do you go to the gym as well?

I train strictly calisthenics, even when I go to the gym, i only do bodyweight exercises and i do not use free weights or universal machines. I love the results that calisthenics give me physically, and I believe it keeps me much more focused mentally during the workout.

What does your current-workout routine look like?

My current routine varies from day to day, i.e. I might focus on a variation of push-ups (free standing handstand push-ups, scorpions) & pull-up variations one day and lower body exercises the next. I also do lower body without weights as well, I do very high reps per set, like 50 or more reps per set at a minimum of 4 sets per exercise for legs. So as you can see my routine can vary quite a lot.

What are your max lifts or feats of strength/endurance?

My feats of strength are Muscle-Ups, tigerbend push-ups, Humanflag leg raises, scorpion push-ups and numerous routines on the dip bar etc.

What music do you listen to when you’re training?

I listen to Jay-Z, D.M.X., 50 cent, Eminem & Epic music when I work-out.

Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?

My favourite athlete would be Floyd Mayweather & my idol is none other than the legendary Bruce Lee.

If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?

The one piece of advice I would give someone is, “Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something”

Lastly I want to say thanks for the opportunity to do this interview & the continued support I get! I have 9 fitness DVDs that teach calisthenics, I also have a joint project that I’m doing coming out on DVD with Hannibal for King so be on the lookout for that and follow me on Facebook here:

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