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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I think about the pain I’m feeling in that moment and how I should not let it beat me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I like aesthetic physiques, so I would say my favorites are Ulisses Jr. and Max Philisaire.
Those are the main ones.
Weight: 88-94 kg (194 - 207lb, 13.8 - 14.8 stone)
Height: 5ft- 9inches (180cm)