What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with bodybuilding?
I really didn’t get into sports until I was in middle school. But as soon as I did, I knew that being physically fit would always be apart of my lifestyle.
I started martial arts training when I was high school and loved how much discipline it took. Naturally, that’s what threw me towards the entire bodybuilding lifestyle.
I got involved in fitness modeling after many of my friends telling me to signup for a spokes model search contest. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
It shows that when you spend time doing something you have passion for, It will pay off in the end.
What do you love most about bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding is truly amazing. It to me, is the true personification of dedication and hard work. We all have the ability to achieve what we want in life. No matter what your fitness goals are. It is a powerful tool to forge internal and external change in anyone. Anyone that is disciplined enough to stick with it.
What keeps you motivated?
I have been fortunate enough to keep myself around like mind fitness individuals. They help keep me motivated. But even more than that… I stay motivated be yesterday’s successful workout.
What does your current training and split look like, and what do you like most about it?
I have a 5 day training rotation split. It looks like this:
Then start day 6 with the cycle again.
I don’t believe your in “rest days”, but I do believe in rest. And that means adequate sleep. Since each day I’m focusing on a particular muscle group, it does have enough time to recuperate before I work it again.
How often do you perform cardio?
I do cardio every day and it usually in the morning. My cardio varies. Most mornings I’ll do a short interval session (about 20-30 min) and other mornings I’ll do long Steady state cardio (40-60 min). Both are great for aiding with fat loss. My objective, whenever I’m doing cardio, is to burn off fat.
Do you supplement your weight training and cardio with any other physical activities?
Yes. I still do martial arts training as well as play basketball, rock climbing and swimming. I do this not only to supplement my training, but also to remind myself that I am an athlete first. What’s the point of being called a fitness model if you you’re not able to perform any other fitness activities?
What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to build muscle and/or get ripped?
A common mistake that I see people make when trying to build muscle is not lifting heavy enough. Our bodies are built to adapt and change to external force that they are put through in order to survive. It’s our basic instinct.
So in order to force your body to grow you must put it through heavy loads of weights. Give your muscles a reason to get bigger.
What are your best tips for getting ripped and shredded abs?
We all want ripped and shredded abs. When you see someone with them, you automatically think, “Wow, that person is in great shape”. There are tons of exercises to do to sculpt your mid-section. But for them to really show comes down to your cardio and diet.
The lower your body fat percentage the more ripped your abs will look, especially your lower abs. Remember, abs are sculpted in the gym but show up in the kitchen.
What are thoughts cycles of bulking and cutting for non-competitors who just want to look good?
Personally, I’ve never liked the whole bulking and cutting phase. I feel it can be a lot of stress on your body to change weight so drastically all the time. Besides, when at the gym, I’m constantly analyzing my body to see which areas I need to work on.
Since everyone deposits fat differently, its hard to tell what needs to be fixed when you have layers of fluff over you. Staying lean will help you get a better understanding of what areas of your body needs improvement.
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
"While the other guy's sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy's eating, I'm working. While the other guy's making love, I mean, I'm making love, too, but I'm working really hard at it!" - Will Smith