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Posted 01 January 2012 by CutAndJacked.com

CutAndJacked.com Interview:


Clark Bartram

How and when did you start training?

I've been training since High School...1979, Henry McGee from the YMCA saw my bicep and said, "you have so much potential you should consider bodybuilding. He was the local trainer at the YMCA. I never forgot that. This big, buff guy noticed me. I actually called him (after tracking him down) he remembered me thirty something years later and had followed my career. It was awesome to let him know that his positive comments actually had an impact on my life. Lesson: You never know what an interview or positive comment will have on someones life.

You have appeared in over 100 fitness publications, what advice would you give to someone trying to get a break into the industry?

Be is shape always, treat yourself like a business, understand you are a commodity and can easily be replaced, always act as if you are being watched by someone...the list goes on. I actually have a book, You Too Can Be A Fitness Model and teach seminars on the subject. If someone is truly interested they need to attend www.fmievents.com

Tell us about your website clarkbartram.com

It's been around for about 12 years or so. It was made for people to have fun watching videos of a variety of things from training, to travelling, to me joking around with my kids. It's got hundreds of really fun and informative videos on it. People could easily spend hours watching photo shoots, travels to China or practical jokes.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

It's my job, if I'm not in shape I don't eat :) Honestly, I struggle like anyone else. I actually kinda am sick and tired of lifting right now as I write these words, but I'll get back on track. You just need to realize fitness should be a lifelong passion, not a 12-week transformation. If you understand that, a few months off never hurt anyone.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

30 minutes...I get in and out. No need to waste time. It's hard sometimes cause so many people know or recognize me I end up talking and not getting a good workout. I'm actually changing gyms now because of that very reason.

What is your training routine like?

If I'm being totally honest here, currently I have no routine what so ever. I just go to the gym and train whatever I feel like. I might mix it up and do my whole body, I might do one body part, I might turn around and leave. When I'm really going after it I do something like:

Monday: Chest
Tuesday: Back
Wednesday: Legs
Thursday: Shoulders
Friday: Arms
Saturday: Cut the grass
Sunday: Go to Church, and sleep!

What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?

I'm not a guy who cuts carbs, I actually do better on carbs...my muscle bellies get fuller and more impressive. I pretty much do what everyone else does. Here is my best advice for people looking at their favorite fitness personality for advice. Get your own program from a qualified nutritionist!!!! You are an individual with specific needs....who cares what your favorite pro eats, you are not he or she. You MUST get your own caloric and nutritional needs calculated for yourself. It is a must.

Do you count calories or weight your food?

Never, no way too much time and effort. Last night I counted 6 pieces of pizza I ate :)

What is your greatest bodybuilding/fitness
achievement so far?

Bodybuilding ended for me in 1997....Maybe being on stage with International Superstars like Ade Rei, Tito Raymond, Kenneth Etta, and guys like that in the Muscle Mania Championships. Fitness...wow, so many to mention. I feel blessed and honored to have done so much throughout my 25 plus year career. My own TV Show, Multiple Endorsement Deals, Gyms, Fitness Equipment branded in my name, QVC/HSN appearances, speaking around the Country, I'm sure I'm missing so many things cause my career has been, and still is, so diverse. I really am so fortunate to have experienced so much!

What are your future goals?

Too many to list, enjoy quality time with my family is #1, do more movies,
be able to slow down and relax.

If you could have one superpower what
would it be and why?

Who says I already don't? I would say, slow down time! As we age, time really does speed up and we tend to look past the important littler things...the people, the places, the simple things that really bring us joy.

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

My personal Mission Statement is, and has been for the past 15 years. "To Positively and Powerfully Affect Everyone I come into Contact With"

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone
wanting to get CutAndJacked?

  1. Be Patient
  2. Enjoy The Process
  3. Love yourself Now!

 

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