Posted 12 May 2012 by Interview:

Lazar Angelov

How and when did you start training?

I started really young, around 10 - 12 years old. I watched a lot of action movies and wanted to be like the heroes in them. Then I got into basketball, but lifted weights at the same time. After I was done with basketball I went in the Army for a year and there I completely switched to bodybuilding.

I would say I’ve had some very tough periods in my life, but I have gone through them all and I am ready to overcome anything that life throws at me. To me life is like a bench press – if I don’t push the weight, it will fall on me. This is why I have to overcome each challenge life throws at me and to move forward.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

My biggest mistake was the lack of proper nutrition. Back then I would work out without eating almost anything. I have even gone through two basketball practices and weight training at the gym without eating anything. I wasted a lot of time in the gym before I found out how to train, how to eat and how to recover. This is why I decided to make my own website, where I can save people those wasted years of wandering without getting any results.

Tell us a little about your website what can people expect to find there?

I offer personal Training Programs and Nutrition Plans to different people. Each program is based and made in accordance with the person’s experience, way of life and the goal they want to achieve. I work with people from all over the world and I’m glad that most of them are really happy and recommend my services to their friends and families. I am planning to add a lot of motivational and training videos by the end of this year. I am in the process of completing this new video section at the moment.

We know consistency is key, what tips would you give to anyone struggling to stay consistent?

You have to be 100% motivated. You have to find something to push you forward and to make you go to the gym every day and leave it all there. This is why I advise people who have no clue about fitness to not comment and criticize people who have lived and achieved a lot more than them in this sport. I only accept advice and critique from people who have achieved more than me; the rest – I just ignored them.

Do you listen to music whilst training?

I listen to music everywhere, I can’t live without music. Mostly I like hip hop, mainly the new tracks by Rick Ross, as well as some metal songs and music from movie soundtracks. Here is my current training playlist:

  • Rick Ross - MMG Untouchable
  • Rick Ross – High definition
  • Rick Ross – King of diamonds
  • Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross – Tupac Back
  • Bugatti boyz – Another one
  • Breaking Benjamin-Blow me away
  • Paul wall – They don’t know
  • Nas – Hate me now
  • Godsmack – I stand alone
  • Rammstein – Sonne
  • Tupac – breathin

What do you think about when you have to
dig deep and push out that last rep?

I think about the pain I’m feeling in that moment and how I should not let it beat me.

Free weights vs machines what do you feel are the pros and cons of both and which do you prefer?

I prefer free weights; only by using them you can develop muscle mass, density and strength. I love hardcore training and this is why I emphasize on free weights. I only use machines at the end of my workouts.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud when I receive e-mails from people thanking me for helping them improve their physique and achieve their goals or just when someone tells me I am motivating them to work out and continue to move forward. This is my mission in life – to motivate people and guide them into the right path, whether it’s in or out of the gym.

To me, it's not about how many competitions you've won and on how many magazine covers you've been in; it's about how many people you've motivated to get in the gym and how many people have changed their bodies with your help.

Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I stay cut pretty much the whole year, but during the winter I go up to about 10% body fat; this is when I gain muscle mass, but since I’m natural I cannot get over the 94 kg plateau in a bulk period. Pretty much the level that I am at now is close to the maximum of my genetic potential and if I gain 1 - 2 kilograms of clean muscle mass in 1 year I would be really happy.

What types of cardio do you do?

Pretty much I try to avoid cardio, but in general I like aerobic exercises. Cardio causes me to lose a lot of muscle mass. Usually I would switch between HIIT and regular cardio, but I do those very rarely.

What is your training routine like?

I don’t have a specific schedule; I train often and heavy. I rest from 2 to 4 days a month. I like basic exercises and heavier weights – this is the only way for a natural athlete like me to maintain decent size. Most people don’t train often, because they are afraid they might overtrain, but I would rather overtrain than feel like I haven’t trained enough. Here is how my split is set up:

  • Day 1: Chest/Abs
  • Day 2: Back/Traps/Forearms
  • Day 3: Shoulders/Abs
  • Day 4: Triceps/Biceps/Forearms
  • Day 5: Legs/Abs

Lazars Full workout routine here.

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

In the beginning I just stop carbs about 4 - 5 hours before going to sleep. The second step is cycling of carbs and then I would go on a ketogenic diet. That happens when I am at about 5% body fat. If I don’t have enough time I would go straight on a ketogenic; still, this way I would lose a lot of muscle mass, but I would cut much faster.

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

I like aesthetic physiques, so I would say my favorites are Ulisses Jr. and Max Philisaire.

What supplements do you use if any?

  • Whey protein
  • BCAA
  • Glutamine
  • Arginine
  • N.O.Booster
  • Fish oil
  • Glucosamine

Those are the main ones.

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

  1. If you are not confident in what you are doing – find a personal trainer.
  2. Don’t take advice from people, who haven’t achieved anything.
  3. Remember that training continues for 2 hours the most, but your diet goes through the entire day, so you decide which is more important.

Lazar Angelov

Born: 1984 
Weight: 88-94 kg  (194 - 207lb,  13.8 - 14.8 stone)
Height: 5ft- 9inches (180cm)


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