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1) What made you decide to start lifting?
The first event that pushed me into changing my occasional visit to the gym, which consisted of screwing around with light reps on whatever, into a fully dedicated body punishing workout was seeing my brother ( Eric ) after just 2 months of lifting. Vascularity and striations were showing through his delts, and I was amazed at how much better it looked and how big he had appeared to have gotten! Of course I couldn't let my big brother get bigger and better than me, so I started hitting the gym with a weekly workout log.
2) When bulking, do you prefer to eat clean foods or “dirty” bulk?
I begin all bulking phases at a 400-700 calories surplus then as the months go by and I can into the second half of my year long bulk I will have to continue increasing the calories exponentially. I will start my bulks at around 3000-3500 calories and I will end them at 5000-6000 calories.
3) What does a full day of eating look like for you?
In the morning I have my fruit smoothie (2 frozen bananas, 1 frozen random fruit, 1 scoop of brown rice protein, almond milk, cacao nibs), then I'll lift in the midday, the following meal will be something like 2 servings of black bean pasta, 1 serving of spaghetti squash, onions, bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms and pasta sauce. The next meal is either a large meal I cook (750-1,250 calories) which would be something like 3 servings of seitan/tempeh sauteed in olive oil and carmelized in orange/teriyaki sauce with a huge 8 serving plate of veggies OR I'll go out and get chipotle/pho/sushi/mongolian. Then the final meal will be 500-1000 calories which could be anything from a clif bar and a cookie to a whole additional meal, something like oats.
4) What struggles have you had to overcome?
I've had to deal with borderline anorexia when I began lifting, I was 135 lbs at 6'1 and I've been lifting now for 9 years and weight 200 lbs at 6'1. I've also had to deal with extremely severe acne which was caused by my original intake of tons of dairy products (a gallong of milk a day) and processed foods. After a year on accutane I switched my diet to further clear my skin and have been able to keep my skin clear for over a year now by switching to a vegan diet.
5) How do you balance a social life while still staying fit at the same time?
I hardly have a social life because of the sheer amount of work that I end up doing...luckily it's my passion and also luckily my closest friends are all integrated into what I do on a day to day basis to improve my business!
6) How have you managed to improve your skin?
Originally accutane and then I switched to a vegan diet about 14 months ago and have seen my face clear up more than I've ever had it in my life.
7) What is it like knowing so many people view your social media every day?
It's amazing to have such a vast amount of people that you can touch. It comes with responsibility if you choose to use it wisely and therefore it takes a lot of effort and time to create content that will not only entertain but also improve/educate other people.
8) What is your favorite part to train and why?
I LOVE to train back, I have a perfect connection with it whereas other muscles I will sometime have a hard time firing.
9) What supplements do you take?
Multi-vitamin, brown rice protein, nutrigreens (dehydrated veggie powder), preworkout and creatine.
10) What has been your favorite food challenge?
The 10,000 Calorie Chiptole challenge was one of the hardest ones I've done to date - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-AY7VUA4U0
11) Are you looking to compete in the future?
I just competed on June 11th, 2016 and I plan to compete again but not until next year, once I've had time to make ample improvements!
12) What advice do you have to people looking to start their own fitness journey?
DO IT! Start and start for the right reasons, you can only go so far doing it for other people, for attention, for money but when you truly love and enjoy it you will never leave it. I will never remove fitness from my life, it brings me so much therapy and brightens my mood so much!