Published: 7th Dec 2019
I started training at the age of 17 when I moved to Canada for my undergraduate degree in engineering. I was always actively involved in sports in school but with the increased course load and irregular schedule of classes, I couldn't play any sport in university so I started going to the gym as it was easily accessible. From there on I was spending all my free time learning about exercises and dieting principles and eventually started using whatever I used to learn in the gym and for my meals.
The biggest mistake I did was try to stay shredded all year round. Being an ectomorph, putting on muscle should've been my main goal but instead, I was just trying to get leaner and leaner. So I wasted a lot of crucial years that could've been used to get stronger and bigger.
In order to be consistent, you have to have the drive and patient mindset. You have to treat fitness as a lifestyle and not actively seek results too fast. Once you start to learn to enjoy the process, staying consistent becomes easy.
While training I only listen to hardstyle (EDC) music as it's energetic and upbeat and sometimes dark which is what I need to get in the zone. My favorite artists are Coone, Brennan Heart and Ran-D.
In the beginning, I used to imagine a family member dying if I didn't complete it. It helped a lot. Now I just visualize my goal and completing that last rep would mean getting closer to my ultimate goal.
I follow carb cycling religiously which I feel is the best way to ensure you retain maximum muscle while getting and staying lean.
I used to stay lean year-round before I started competing, but since 2016 I bulk for 6 months and then cut for 4 and then maintain for 2 months.
I like to train intense and heavy, very similar to how old school bodybuilders used to train. I keep switching my splits every 3-4 months. Currently, it is:
I utilize carb-cycling with 3 low carb days (as low as 100g) followed by one high carb day (as high as 1000g per day) so I create a big deficit on my low carb days and get to at least maintenance calories on my high day to keep my body guessing and continue burning fat without hitting a plateau.
I love Dorian Yates mentality and ideology as well as Jay Cutler as they show how an underdog can become a champion with the relentless pursuit of their goals.
In Mens Physique my favorite athlete is Jeremy Potvin who when I started was my idol and now is a good friend.
My year-round staples are Greens supplement, Creatine HCL, Whey Isolate, Fish Oil, Multivitamin, COQ100, and a good pre-workout.
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