Take Us Through the Life of Erik. Who Are You and What Do You Do?
My name is Erik, I’m a 20 year old university student and my background is Persian/Russian. To say that I’m in love with the bodybuilding lifestyle would be an understatement, I’m hoping to become a fitness model and compete in bodybuilding competitions in the near future, inspiring and helping others along the way. Also at this very point in time of this interview I acknowledge I’m a constant work in progress day-by-day and there is a long road ahead of me. If your not impressed by the end of this interview I’ll definitely be working towards making shockwaves in the future by staying consistent. I will improve and achieve all of my goals.
How and When Did You Start Training?
Throughout high school and my teens I was very shy, personal, and kept to myself. I remember being skinny but also fat around my abdominal area often avoiding situations that would involve me and my physique because of the embarrassment or fear of someone laughing at me in a public situation, like taking my shirt off at the beach or swimming events for example.
Rewind 8 months ago when a few friends and I went to a small gym with some dumbbells and machines in a housing compound. That is when I had my first taste of what its like to workout on a regular basis. Shortly after that I joined my first gym, which is where I am currently and have been training at for the past 4 months.
As my fascination for the sport grew I started researching and watching greats such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and other old school bodybuilders such as Frank Zane and Lou Ferrigno, being inspired by their hard work and achievements realizing I have a lot of genetic potential and haven’t looked back since!
What Does Your Training Routine Look Like?
To give you 1 routine that I religiously do week in week out would be impossible due to the fact I change my routine every few weeks, but here is a sample of what a typical routine of mine would be:
- Bench press – 6 x 8-10
- Incline bench press – 6 x 8-10
- Flat bench flyes – 6 x 8-10
- Incline Bench flyes – 6 x 8-10
- Cable crossovers – 6 x 8-10
- Dips (body weight) – 6 x failure
- Dumbbell pullovers – 6 x 8-10
Tuesday: Back & Biceps
- Lat pull downs – 6 x 8 -10
- Seated pulley rows – 6 x 8-10
- Bent Over Rows – 6 x 8-10
- Deadlifts – 6 x 8-10
- Barbell curls – 6 x 8-10
- Cable crossovers Standing – 6 x 8-10
- Dumbbell concentration curls – 6 x 8-10
Wednesday: Legs and Triceps
- Squats – 6 x 8-10
- Leg press – 6 x 8-10
- Leg extensions – 6 x 8-10
- Leg curls – 6 x 8-10
- Close-grip bench presses – 6 x 8-10
- Pushdowns – 6 x 8-10
- French press (barbell) – 6 x 8-10
- One-arm triceps extensions (dumbbell) – 6 x 8-10
- Dumbbell press – 6 x 8-10
- Barbell shrugs – 6 x 8-10
- Lateral raises (standing) – 6 x 8-10
- Rear-delt lateral raises – 5 x 8-10
Friday: Full Body Compounds
Squats, deadlifts, bench press, cardio and abs.
What Does Your Diet Look Like?
There are no 1-size-fits-all diets, different things work for different people but this one has worked well for me in the past.
- Meal 1: Oats 100g, 4 eggs, 10 almonds, 1 spoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Meal 2: 6 eggs, 100g brown rice, 200g chicken breast.
- Meal 3: 200g tuna, 200g brown pasta, 100g broccoli, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
- Meal 4: handful of almonds and banana.
- Meal 5: 200g steak/chicken, 100g spinach/broccoli. 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Meal 6: can of tuna or cottage cheese before bed.
What Supplements Do You Take?
To be honest with you, I have never taken any supplements in my life, I have indeed tried pre workouts such as Jack3d and Mesomorph but if you need artificial motivation to head to the gym then maybe working out isn’t for you. Pump some music, go with some mates and enjoy yourself! I spend most of my money on my diet so I don’t feel the need for supplements. But for the interest of this interview a beginner should be investing in a simple whey protein, some dextrose/waxy maize and multivitamin, and fish oil.
What’s Your #1 Training Tip?
You might be thinking how the hell did this guy go from skinny fat to what he is now in just 8 months? My answer to that is I have come along way in 8 months (4 months in an actual gym) because of my dedication to my diet and long hours at the gym, but to give you 1 tip would be to train smart but heavy. Training smart means doing that last negative rep for extra burn or knowing correct and proper form which is so important I cannot stress that enough. Training heavy is never overlooking compounds such as deadlift and squats these 2 exercises will transform your body if done correctly each and every week, a great way to start from a base if you’re a beginner.
“Every time you miss a meal, every time you miss a workout or were
too lazy to get up and train, it makes it easier for me to beat you.”
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