Posted 02 March 2012 by Interview:

Klaus Myren Riis

How and when did you start training?

I started strength training alongside wrestling and TaeKwondo at 8 years old under my dad’s supervision. My dad was my big inspiration growing up and he had his own gym. At age 13 I became real serious about weight training. I started working out 6-7 days a week and began to read more and more about proper nutrition and training.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

I always wanted to lift heavy and that also made me very strong. I have done several strongman competitions and placed 6th. Best in Denmark in 2009. Because of always lifting so heavy I let my ego get the best of me and that resulted in patella tendonitis as well as some sciatica problems in 2010. I now put my ego aside and listen to my body and constantly feel what I’m doing. This has helped me overcome many weak points I could not do before.

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

The easiest thing in the world is to give up. Would you rather be a nobody, when you reach the end of your life or will you be enjoying all the things you have accomplished throughout your life through hard work and never giving up?
Always set one big goal and lots of small ones. For each small goal you reach the closer you get to your big goal and eventually you WILL reach it ☺

Do you listen to music whilst in the training? If so what’s currently on your playlist?

I listen to whatever’s on the radio because I’m so concentrated and focused that it doesn’t really matter. My training is where I am free. Free from stress, no thoughts on anything else than lifting the weight from A to B in the best and most correct way possible to help me reach my goals.

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

I think about what I want to accomplish? Why I am doing this? That these last reps will make the difference in who is working the hardest in the gym. That this pain will set me apart from the rest because I can endure it.

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

I love free weights. They have always been the biggest part of all my exercises. I believe they are the basics to muscle growth and strength. Machines are great for isolating, especially the smaller muscle groups. I also like that machines give you the opportunity to do stuff on certain days that you couldn’t have done. Let’s say your lower back still is sore and pumped from yesterday’s leg workout. And you wanted to train back, then you can’t do bent over rows, deadlifts and T-bar rows, but you can still get a great back workout with the help of machines that imitate these exercises without stressing your back.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of being a bodybuilder. A lot of people think badly of that word nowadays. For me it means building your body to look like you want it to look. Creating a beautiful and healthy physique by using simple tools... proper nutrition and exercise. I am proud that my training has brought me so many good things in life. I am proud of being a MUTANT sponsored athlete. That just goes to show that you can work hard, get a nice contract without being pro.

Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I have always held nice low body fat percentages. But the last 3 years I have seen it necessary to bulk up, in other words increase my calories enough to make me grow for me to keep improving my physique. I always count calories. Right now I’m moving upwards 6000 calories, but this June I will start my diet towards the Danish Nationals.

What types of cardio do you do?

I like to get my pulse up. A lot of people forget their cardio vascular health while bodybuilding. I do cardio on the treadmill, stationary bike, row machine and arc trainer.

What is your training routine like?

  • Monday Back, Biceps, Calves + cardio
  • Tuesday Legs, abs
  • Wednesday Chest, Triceps
  • Thursday Shoulders, Calves + cardio
  • Friday Hamstrings, lower Back
  • Saturday Cardio, abs
  • Sunday Off

I do mostly basic free weight exercises. I do a lot of drop sets.



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

This I my diet as of now.

Meal 1:
10 egg whites or 2scoops MUTANT Whey
1 1/2 cup of oatmeal
10g Glutamine MAXX

Meal 2:
200g. ground beef
200g. rice
2tbsp Olive oil
300g. greens

2 scoops MUTANT PRO protein shake
1 scoop RAGE, 10 - 15minutes before training

3 scoops MUTANT Whey
Mazy Vaize 80g.
10g Glutamine MAXX

Meal 3
200g. chicken
400g. rice
300g. greens

Meal 4
2 scoops MUTANT MASS

Meal 5
200g. chicken
100g. rice
2tbsp Olive oil
300g. greens

Meal 6
2 scoop MUTANT PRO protein shake
10g Glutamine MAXX

My cutting diet isn’t much different besides I will slowly lower my carb and fat intake.

Who are your favourite athletes,
bodybuilders or fitness models?

Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Sagi Kalev, Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Steffan Havlik

What supplements do you use if any?

• Maxx Essentials Glutamine MAXX
• Maxx Essentials BCAA MAXX
• Maxx Essentials MULTIMAXX

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

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1. Never give up. Giving up is just making it easier for others.
2. If you see a person reach their goals, then why can’t you do the same?
3. Stay consistent – Rome wasn’t built on one day.
Consistently tell yourself all these things above and I’m sure you will reach your goals.

"A big thanks to my sponsors: MUTANT, <>  and
They take really good care of me :)
A big thanks to my family, I love you guys. Big thanks to Dan Dommer, Ed Connors and Stellan Bossen.

Klaus Myren Riis

Born: 1987 , Height: 6ft Weight: 260lbs/118kg
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