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Posted 19 March 2012 by CutAndJacked.com

CutAndJacked.com Interview:


WBFF Pro Brock Aksoy

How and when did you start training?

I was always skinny when I was younger. I was given the nickname “Boney Brock” in high school as I was an extreme ectomorph just trying to fit in. A friend of mine at the time had told me to eat eggs and drink milk if I wanted to gain weight. I remember eating over 8 raw eggs and drinking multiple cups of milk before bed every night but nothing worked. After starting university, I felt even skinnier. My first year of University is when I started training in hopes of putting on some weight whether fat or muscle it didn’t matter at the time.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

Being a newbie, I had a major lack of knowledge when it came to training with high intensity as well as proper nutrition. I didn’t realize the importance of specific timing of the right food and supplements in order to maximize my results. It took me years to learn and apply the concepts that I know now. If only I had someone share all this information with me when I first started, it would have made a big difference with the speed of my results.

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

1) Believe in yourself: Self-belief is vital. Many fail to believe in themselves because others didn’t. You might not be born with the best genetics but you can always get there if you believe in yourself. Successful people believe that they have control and can make it happen no matter what.

2) Plan, Plan, Plan: Plan out your weekly workout schedule and even the specific exercises you should be doing within each workout session. Your workout should be treated as an important appointment that you can’t miss.

3) Track your progress: Most people give up because they don’t see any physical change right away. It’s hard to see physical changes on your own body sometimes as you look at yourself in the mirror every day. Take measurements of your body parts or even ask other people who haven’t seen you in a long time if they notice any change. Always remember, as long as you’re consistent, the change will come.

Do you listen to music whilst in the training?

Yes. I enjoy listening to house, electro and trance music when training.
Here is my current playlist:

1. Micha Moor - Break my World
2. Avicii - ID
3. Coldplay - Paradise (Fedde le Grand Remix) - Official
4. Filip Jenven feat. Max C - Lifting It Higher (Micha Moor Remix)
6. Armin van Buuren feat. Adam Young - Youtopia (Michael Woods Remix)
7. DJ Tiesto_ Motorcycle- As the Rush Comes
8. Micha Moor - Love Is Chemical (John De Sohn Radio Edit)
9. Mozzymann - Never (Radio Edit)
10. Mozzymann- Only ( Alchemists Project Mix )
11. Nadia ali starkillers & alex kenji - pressure (alesso remix)
12. Stoneface & Terminal - Here to Stay (Original Mix)
13. Aion Night Hounds - Final Hour
14. Alex Sayz feat. Nadia Ali - Free To Go (Original Mix)

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

I think about my lowest point in my life when I had come out of a long relationship and gotten into a car accident at the same time. I’ve honestly tested the power of the mind and I can truly say that it’s one of the most powerful assets we have to change anything in life. We’ve all heard the saying “It’s all in your head” and let me tell you, it truly is.

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

Free weights allow for full control so you can work all of your stabilizer muscles which don’t usually come into play when using machines. Free weights can also be used to work different muscle groups so you don’t have to switch from machine to machine. The disadvantage of free weights is the high risk of injury due to fact that there is no fixed path and it’s harder to achieve good form.

Machines are easy to use and provide support so it’s easy to achieve good form. It’s also easy to change weights so you can always hit an effective super-set or drop-set. The problem with machines is that you use both arms together to push weight on most machines so one arm could end up being stronger than the other (no isolation).
I prefer to use free weights just because of the fact that I feel a better squeeze or peak contraction. I usually train with a partner so I have a good spot when throwing up heavy dumbbells.

What are you most proud of?

I’d probably have to say my full body transformation and WBFF pro card win. Following through with the goal of winning the WBFF pro card 8 months before actually stepping on stage. I was nowhere close to being ready to step on any stage when I had set my goal. I pushed my body to the limits each and every day for 8 months of savage style training with proper nutrition and supplementation. Waking up at 5 am to train abs in the morning and then training again at night took a lot of dedication but it was well worth it in the end. Special thanks to Jonathan Joseph for going through this journey with me. I will never forget those days bro!
"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ~Douglas H. Everett

 

 

Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I bulk but it’s not your average bulk. I call it smart bulking! Basically bulking with minimal fat gain. It involves monitoring the amount of fat in my lower abs on a weekly basis and carb cycling accordingly. I stick to a clean diet all year round whether I’m bulking or cutting. I’ve managed to master the techniques of building considerable amount of muscle without gaining much fat.

What types of cardio do you do?

I don’t do any traditional cardio like using the treadmill or elliptical machines. My cardio is high intensity circuit style abs training so I’m basically building my abdominal muscles and losing fat all at the same time. Traditional cardio is just way too boring for me and not only that, I personally think you burn more muscle than fat. At the same time, I’m an ectomorph so it doesn’t take a lot of effort to lose fat.

What is your training routine like?

Sample Schedule:

Monday – Legs, Calves
Tuesday – Chest, Abs
Wednesday – Back, Calves
Thursday – Shoulders, Abs
Friday – Legs, Calves
Saturday – Bicep, Tricep, Abs

The days where I train abs, I like to train them separately in the morning on an empty stomach for about 30 to 45 minutes. I train abs in a circuit with minimal breaks. I also change both my schedule as well as specific exercises on a monthly basis. This technique helps me bust through plateaus and grow consistently. I train with a lot of super-sets and drop-sets. Training with high intensity is the key to muscle growth.
What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?
I stick to a gluten-free diet all year round. As I get closer to a competition, I gradually lower my carbohydrate intake and monitor my fat% on a daily basis. I might add in 10-15 minutes of high-low intensity cardio on an incline treadmill.

Below are the general rules of my everyday diet:

- No pasta
- No bread
- No white Rice
- No mayo
- No salt
- No sugar
- No fried food
- No animal fat
- No dairy products

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Undisputed King Of Bodybuilding
  • Greg Plitt, World’s Top Fitness Model
  • Mike Raso, Optimum Nutrition Sponsored Athlete & my most dedicated workout partner
  • Moody Halbouni, Defensive Back and all Canadian Punt and Kick Returner & my original training partner who introduced me to the world of intense training.

Tell us a little about your site brockaksoyfitness.com
what can people expect to find there?

I have access to articles, images, healthy recipes that I’ve created as well training videos that can also be found on my youtube channel. I also have a product section where I offer a one on one custom training & nutrition package.

What supplements do you use if any?

Whey-Protein, BCAA’s, Creatine, Glutamine and Flax Seed Oils

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

  1. Train Legs. Not only to look symmetric but you also burn the most calories when training legs.
  2. Don’t look at the overall picture. Take it one day at a time. Dedication = Results
  3. If you eat like everyone out there, you will look like them too. Educate yourself on the power of food.

WBFF Pro Brock Aksoy

Website: www.brockaksoyfitness.com
Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/brockaksoy
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brockaksoyfitness
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Brock_Aksoy

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