Posted 22 November 2019 by interview:

Marius Florentin

Published: Nov 23rd 2019

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How and when did you start training?

I've been into sports ever since I can remember. In school, I was captain of the volleyball team for 4 years and in high school I was dabbling with arm wrestling but didn't catch on. When I was 18 I started training in the gym and at 19 I also started doing Kyokushin karate which I did in parallel for about 4 years. After 4 years I suffered an injury at a competition and I had to quit. But that was the turning point for me, from that moment all my energy and drive went into the gym and it has been my passion ever since.

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What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

Well because I was quite strong I wanted to lift very heavy weights and in doing so, I didn't use proper form.

I was also eating whatever I wanted, not having much knowledge regarding nutrition at first.

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

The training part is easy. Most people struggle when it comes to food. You have to make it a lifestyle so that you don't have to struggle through it. Don't follow some crazy strict meal plan, like eating Tilapia and Broccoli all day because it's not sustainable in the long run and you will end up jumping on fast food. That's why I always listen to my clients and make them meal plans with foods they enjoy eating. I'm not talking about burgers and fries but there are a lot of whole food options out there that can be delicious to eat all year round.

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Do you listen to music whilst training?

I always listen to music. I have my own ritual before training, I prepare my pre-workout then I put on my headphones and listen to music while I drink it.

It helps me focus and gets me into "gym mode". I listen to a lot of rap, rock and hip-hop but sometimes when I feel I lack that edge, I listen to a motivational speech, they always give me goosebumps and that boost that I need.

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

I could say things like think about your competition, think about someone you love and do it for them, that could work for someone, not for me though.

This may sound crazy but what I sometimes do before a very hard set is that I think of something that makes me really angry, to the point that my heart starts pounding in my chest and I get that adrenaline rush. Try this if you never have, see how easy the bar will feel after you do this.

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Do you follow a particular nutrition protocol?

To be honest, I've tried everything in all these years, IIFYM, keto, intermittent fasting, carb cycling, etc. It all depends on my goal. At the moment I am on a high carb diet as I am trying to GRADUALLY add muscle mass.

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Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year-round?

I never bulk up, I always am in decent shape, no more than 12% BF. If you go into a crazy bulk it will only make things harder for you when you shred.

I tend to eat the same things year-round, the difference is the quantity of food I eat.

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What is your training routine like?

So at the moment, I am training push-pull-legs 2 times a week like so:

  • Monday: Chest / Triceps / Front and Medial Delts
  • Tuesday : Back / Bicep / Rear Delts / Traps
  • Wednesday : Quads / Hams / Glutes / Calves
  • Thursday: Break
  • Friday: Chest / Triceps / Front and Medial Delts
  • Saturday: Back / Bicep / Rear Delts / Forearms
  • Sunday: Hams / Glutes / Calves / Adductors - Abductors

Then I take a break again and start my week on Tuesday with chest.

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

In peak week I usually go full keto meaning I don't eat any carbs while I manipulate water and sodium intake. It's not healthy and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are preparing for a competition.

Who are your favorite people in the fitness industry?

Well, this is a hard one. I look up to athletes from the golden era of bodybuilding like Arnold or Frank Zane but I also love bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman or Kai Green for their crazy work ethic. But what I am actually aiming for is a classic physique like Chris Bumstead or Steve Laureus.

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What supplements do you use if any?

I always take multivitamins, Omega 3, EAA's, L-Glutamine, Creatine, Hydrowhey and Pre-Workout.

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone wanting to get CutAndJacked and achieve their ideal physique?

  1. Train your muscles, not your ego. Lift as heavy as you can but don't forget about TIME UNDER TENSION, that is the most important part of growth.
  2. Make a meal plan that you can sustain year-round. Don't starve yourself and then binge eat, you will get nowhere.
  3. Don't listen to the nay-sayers! I remember when I first started I had people around me that did not believe in me. Not everyone will want the best for you or will understand why you do it. If you love training, that is all that matters. Stay consistent and you will achieve anything you want!

Marius Florentin

Year born: 1988
Location: Romania
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 195

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