Muscle-Munch Talks with: WBFF Competitor Craig Kastning
How did you get started?
I started training seriously when I was 14 to get ready for high school football. When I was 16 I made the change to living in the gym and going 110% during all workouts. I packed on some lean muscle that summer and was more than ready for my first year of Varsity football. Although I was lifting hard and involved in athletics, I has awful nutrition. Little did I know that I had to eat healthy along with lifting to be lean and shredded. I trained hard and ate even harder. I gained size and put on weight for sure. I just never got to where I wanted to be. In college I thought I was in good shape…well, I was wrong. I look at pictures now and think “Man, I was a fat ass!” I would say I never saw a “shirt off worthy” six pack until I got serious about nutrition, high intensity training workouts, and a little cardio here and there!
What your diet consists of and why?
- Meal 1: 1 Cup Oatmeal & 8 Egg whites.
- Meal 2: 2 Scoop of Whey Isolate, Rice cakes & Natural Peanut Butter.
- Meal 3: 8oz Sweet Potato or Brown Rice with 8oz Chicken Breast or Lean Beef and 2 cup’s of Asparagus or Broccli.
- Meal 4: 6oz Brown Rice, Chicken or Talapia, 1-2 Cups of vegetables.
- Meal 5: 2 Scoop Whey & 1 Serving of Natural PB.
- Meal 6: 8oz Chicken or White fish with a large green salad and light Italian dressing.
I choose to go with a diet that looks like this because it works! I have tried zero carbs and all sorts of yo-yo diets, but at the end of the day high protein (325-350 grams/day) with a balanced amount of carbohydrates and fats is what I believe is best for me. I usually follow this for weeks 1-6 and then tweak my carbs a little bit for weeks 7-10. When week 11 hits I usually carb cycle until that final 10 days…that is when the transformation looks the best!
What supplements do you use?
Wow, this could take awhile…lol. I would say the supps that I live and die with are as follows: CLA Extreme, BCAA’s, Glutamine, Advocare Coreplex Daily Vitamin, Jack3d or SuperPump (just started NO EXPLODE 2.0), and of course I go with my VPX Zero Impact Protein. I also add OxyProElite when it is getting closer to show day!
What does your current work-out routine look like?
I am currently in the muscle conditioning stage of training. I am just over 14 weeks out from my next show (WBFF New England Championships November, 5th 2011). I am on a four day rotation. I complete the same upper body insane high repetition tabata style workout twice a week and then the lower body twice a week. This consists of doing two exercises for around 100 reps each and repeating for three sets and then immediately doing a 2-3 minute High Intensity Interval Training Circuit. These are 45-60 minute workouts and you are pushing it to the max. On a upper body day I complete over 1000 repetitions and lower body over 1500 repetitions. Crazy as hell but effective!
What are your max lifts?
- Bench: 375.
- Incline Bench: 315.
- Military Press: 225.
- Barbell Curl: 155.
- Deadlift: 425 x 5.
- Squat: 450.
What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training.
Honestly, I cannot stand this style of traiing. I feel like most athletes that go about off season training like this just get lazy and fat. It is one thing if you are bulking healthy and effectively…however, that is hardly ever the case. I love that I can eat whatever I want, but I don’t think it is for me. Being a personal trainer this is not conducive to my profession, I cannot be telling others to eat clean and preach weight loss and look like a fat ass. I do not believe in that…I like to feel lean and shredded. This is one of the biggest reasons I do fitness modelling and not body building. I have a lot of friends that do body build and they usually love the start of getting bigger but always end up hating life when they are uncomfortable and grossly overweight. So…I like to work out out hard, eat clean most the week and indulge 1-2 times on the weekend to reward myself.
Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?
Of all time? I would say Arnold…that is a no brainer. However, for the past 5-6 years I have been a big fan of Jay Cutler. I have had the opportunity to meet him a few times and he is great for the sport. This guy is not just massive and insanely shredded…he is a great guy and does what most in the sport do not. He is marketable and has done very well for himself and promoting the sport. Not to mention when I was talking to him people asked if we were brothers or related. Minus the fact that he has arms the size of my legs…we do resemble each other. I have been called Baby Cutler by one of his friends and on a cruise ship.
If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?
If you want something…go and get it. Do not let anybody tell you what you can and can not do…life is too short so live yours to the fullest and chase those dreams. Obstacles will appear and no matter how hard or tough it might seem…you CAN and you WILL get through them. Live each day like it is your last and always remember under no circumstances FAILURE’s NO OPTION! 100% ALL THE TIME!