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Posted 22 November 2012 by CutAndJacked.com

CutAndJacked.com Interview:


Will Grant

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How and when did you start training?

When I was 12 my father got me a personal trainer for BMX racing. We didn’t do any weights or go to the gym but this is when I first fell in love with pushing myself and training hard. My trainer first brought me into a gym when I was about 15. I remember saying "When I grow up I'm going to be a gym rat I know it!" haha I am huge on constantly pushing myself to be better than I was the previous day. I saw the gym as a place where you go to constantly improve yourself. You can become bigger, stronger, faster, healthier, and actually better looking! Who doesn't want that? It was love at first sight! Haha

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What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

I was very fortunate to have a trainer when I was first getting into fitness and I remember being only 13-14 years old constantly picking his brain. He was just my trainer for specifically BMX though. So when I was 15 and started lifting upper body I did make a lot of mistakes... Mainly in the nutrition the department.. I wanted big muscles and was convinced the cheap food such as taco bell with their magnificent amount of calories I can get for under 5 dollars was the way to go! Hah

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

I believe that everyone is motivated from a different source. It does not matter if you’re trying to lean up or gain muscle you have to realize that it’s not going to happen overnight. I tell my clients "Nothing great happens with ease!"

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Do you listen to music whilst training?

It’s always different for me. When I'm doing weights I'm usually working out with my workout partner that I have had as one of my clients. I keep the head phones so I can do my best, training him at the same time. When I am alone working out I usually have the most country/redneck music I can find to listen too. (I know it’s weird but I'm a country boy and that’s what pumps me up) Also sometimes I will just keep headphones in my ear with no music on just so I can be left alone to focus on my training.

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

If I'm training for BMX racing I'm either thinking about how great it is going to feel to win or how bad I don’t want to lose. I'm very competitive and the fear of losing pushes me harder than anything. When I'm training my upper body just thinking about how I don’t want to be like everyone else I want to stand out. I have to do and push harder than most people will. I don’t want to just be average I want to turn heads, stand out, be extraordinary, and be the best. Again it all goes back to how competitive I am.

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

I very rarely use machines. I prefer free weights. I don't just want to train that one specific muscle but I want to work the stabilizers. Staying off machines keeps exercising more functional. Being a professional athlete my goals are not all about looks but how my body performs which I believe using free weights will get much more of a return.

What are you most proud of?

I'm proud.

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Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I try to stay lean year round. But when I don’t have any photoshoots or mens physique competitions I am definitely upping my calories giving my body a chance to "improve". I don’t like the term "bulk".

What types of cardio do you do?

I can honestly say I can count on 1 hand how many times I've done steady state cardio. 3-4x a week I do bikes sprints on my road. I also ride the BMX track 2-3x a week, which is much like hiit training.

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What is your training routine like?

Monday morning (chest/tri/abs)

4 x incline bench press 8 - 15 reps
4 x flat dumbbell press 8 - 15 reps
4 x cable flys 8 - 15 reps
3 x dips until failure
2 x close grip bench
3 x dumbbell skull crushers
10 minutes of abs

Monday evening (bike sprints)

Tuesday morning (legs/calfs).

My whole leg program is BMX racing specific and is always changing throughout the season depending on how close I am to a race. For the most part it’s a combinations of squats, leg press, and a lot of plyometrics.

Tuesday evening (BMX track)

Wednesday back/biceps/abs

3 - 4 x pull ups until failure
4 x bent over rows 12 reps
4 x lat pull downs 10 - 15 reps
4 x 1 arm seated rows 12 reps
3 x straight bar curl 10 - 12 reps (not on the squat rack!!)
3 x dumbbell concentrated curl
10 minutes of various ab exercises

Thursday (bike sprints)

Friday morning (deadlifts, shoulders, traps abs, calfs) (if not out of town for a race.)

4 x deadlift 6 - 15 reps
4 x barbell press 8 - 15 reps
4 x lateral raises 8 - 15 reps
2 x military press 8 - 15 reps
4 x shrugs 12 reps
15 of ab/calf supersets

Friday evening

(either bike sprints or ride BMX track)

Saturday morning (if not out of town for a race)

About 45 minutes of various bmx specific plyometrics

Saturday evening

(BMX track)

Sunday

Rest

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

My diet is always changing depending on what is going on at the time.
Depending on how much time I have to lose however much I need I lower my carbs depending on that. A typical cutting plan I do often is as follows.

  • Meal 1: 5 - 6 egg whites 1 cup of oats
  • Meal 2: 6 Oz of chicken 1 cup brown rice
  • Workout in between 2nd and 3rd meal
  • Meal 3: 6 Oz of chicken 5 oz of red or sweet potato
  • Meal 4: 6 Oz chicken /veggies
  • Meal 5: 6 Oz ground turkey veggies
  • Meal 6: 6 Oz lean ground beef and veggies

If I am not cutting I have carbs with every meal but the last.

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Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

Kai Greene for inspiration, Rob riches for knowledge, and almost every female fitness model to look at! (Too many to name) haha

What supplements do you use if any?

I take pride in being all natural but I do take a multi vitamin and when I'm craving something sweet at night time I use whey protein to make a night time shake!

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

  1. It doesn’t happen over night. It takes time. Nothing great comes with ease.
     
  2. If you really want something you'll get it. You can’t rely on anyone else to motivate you. It should come from yourself. The craving to not just want to be an average person. Don't try and fit in but work your butt off to stand out.
     
  3. If you’re really serious about getting somewhere do your research. There are so many different websites like this one with so much information. Don’t walk into the gym blindly. Take your time to learn a few things and constantly research it. The more knowledge you have, the better and quicker you will get your results. If you aren't getting results your either not doing something right or just plane not pushing yourself. If the exercise is easy, your doing it wrong!

Will Grant
5/21/1992 5'8 165lbs

Facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/thewillgrant

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