Posted 18 April 2012 by Interview:

Roger Snipes

How and when did you start training?

I started training with some small sand gray weights, which were named ‘York’. I had these from around 10 years old but I didn’t really start to use them properly until I was around 15 (1994). My background was sprinting but gave this up after a couple of years competing and my interest for bodybuilding began. I always had a sculpted frame thru intense cardio circuits but not big muscles. I was a big fan of Mr. Olympia in the 90’s and watched many videotapes of body builders on stage. My favourite was Shawn Ray but it was Arnie and his movies that kicked off the whole craze. Muscled physiques were such a motivation I would find myself skipping the partying and drinking in the parks to go to a friend’s local garage or my bedroom benching, squatting, curling, whatever it took to get that body.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

My biggest mistake as a newbie was not learning the correct form of exercise. I trained with guys, which were always bigger than me so I just assumed they knew exactly how it should be done. When I started feeling awkward pains and read about the “do’s and don’ts” in the muscle mags I then realised that you can’t just pick up the weight in any way to get a good shape. “Bad form will make u deformed” when I learned the correct way I realised I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was. I soon found myself teaching my teachers the correct way too.

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

It's true. Some people think that those who go gym are either boring or freaks. I prefer the term "freak" but the truth is dedicated regulars struggle just like everyone else and crave for the same things like your average person. I’ve had people send me routine workout plans, which they have constructed for 2-3 months. I personally find that scary. As long as every muscle group is hit every week I don’t make it a rule that Tuesdays MUST be legs. My target is to make sure I go gym then I train what “I” want to. I set the pace and the rules so as long as I remember that then “I’m” happy. Not everybody would follow this and I’m not saying it’s the formula to success but I would say if people stop being so calculating they may enjoy a hardcore sweaty workout. Another thing I would suggest is a good variation of exercises. Join some classes, learn about TRX or Kettlebells. Jump into the ring and hit the pads. Create a circuit and speak with the instructors to sort out a plan for you. You’re paying your gym membership so get whatever u can out of your direct debit payments every month.

Do you listen to music whilst training?

Music sets me in my zone when I train. I’m a die hard hip hop fan so when I’m on resistance training I listen to some wild crazy lyrics from Hopsin or Eminem and when hitting the cardio something more upbeat like techno, club anthems or funky house is what sets me off.

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

That last rep is what counts. If that last rep is easy then damn it I’ll do another one. If that one is a little shaky then I might even push it again. I set the rules so I don’t always stay on a certain rep scheme all the time. The same goes for if I have to do less. If I want 10 but do 6 then I’ll leave it. I’ll look at the weight as if to say “you may have won this time but I’ve got u on the next round” Anyone who trains with me knows I talk while pushing the last reps. I say things like. “Come on/Lets do this/ I got this/ Easy/No Pain and a few grunting sounds” I try not to make this a habit as people get intimidated but it needs to be done sometimes.

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

In my early teens I was always on the machines. In fact I didn’t see why people used free weights if you could get the same result. I chose machines because I was afraid of struggling with the free weights and the fact that they weren’t supported by frames. Machines are good for beginners and for anyone wanting to target certain muscle groups without other parts being stimulated and overworked. You’d probably find people would have less chance of injury as its alot easier to control. Free weight on the other hand gives you extra range for development, as it stimulates extra muscle groups and fibers. It will most definitely build greater strength and core stability. Free weight has a higher risk factor. i.e. bench press and pec deck would be two good comparisons.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all my achievements that have emerged due to my physical condition. For years I’ve looked at magazines of people who looked like nobody to jump and scream about because to me they looked average. For some reason these people where on the front cover, writing articles, on leaflets and the face of brands. I one day told my wife that if they can do this then so can I. I had a photo shoot then entered one competition called Mister UK in (July) 2010 .I won and it blew up and ended in a national magazine and I was called to appear on national TV. I started to have a little following but then wanted more. I then entered Mr. Britannia in (November) 2010 and won. I entered my first body building competition called MuscleMania I was supposed to enter the novice category and I ended up in the heavy weight open category for the regional heats and came 1st again (April) 2011 and approached by PhD the UKs number one nutrition company. I entered Fame UK (June) 2011 and came 1st place as Muscle model. I then prepared for my British championship final in MuscleMania and won the heavy weight and overall in (September) 2011. I had several magazine features and to be honest I still can’t believe it’s happened. It just feels like a blessing.

Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

For years I’ve always just stayed lean as its more pleasing for the eye and I hadn’t always competed too. Being photoshoot ready was pretty cool. When togs would ask how long I would need to prepare for the shoot I could just say however long it takes to get to the studio. I think the realism behind bulking is to just train more intense so not really losing much definition. If you lose too many lines then I think your just eating crap. I say “keep it clean and keep it lean” just eat bigger portions.

What types of cardio do you do?

Spinning, cross trainer and circuit training.

What is your training routine like?

I always change my routine so I’d be lying if I give a set one.
I’m a big fan of super sets and high reps.

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

No cheat meals. I just take out my little food fetishes like: cake, chocolate, ice-cream, biscuits. I take out dairy products. Bread, sauces and incorporate L carnatine, fat burners, Low carb, high protein.

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

I’m a natural athlete so anyone who can look better than me, naturally would give me a goal to look better than them. It helps me to always raise the benchmark. My mate Ulisses and Mo Mendez set very high standards so I’ve got my eye on the prize.

What supplements do you use if any?

I use only PhD supplements. Not only does it do the job but they have some kick ass flavours too. The top sups on the list would be Pharma whey, L glutamine, Amino acids, Battery and V max pump. I take others but these are generally always on my list every month.

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

1. Cheat meals cheat only yourself. Eat clean.
3. PhD supplements

Roger Snipes

Born: 1979 Weight: 220lbs/100kg Height: 5ft 10inches

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