Posted 07 August 2013 by Interview:

Nick Olsen


How and when did you start training?

My involvement in fitness started 11 years ago. I was 20 years old, weighed 230 LBS and partying like crazy. I started playing soccer when I was 3 years old and that kept me fit up until the mid-teens where my unhealthy habits started to catch up to me. I would drink alcohol every weekend, eat fast food and I dropped from playing soccer 4 times a week to 1 time and that made me gain about 50 lbs over a short period of time.

One day when I looked at a picture of myself and saw how big I was I decided to change my life. I quit smoking cigarettes, cleaned up my diet and started to exercise. From day 1 I hit the gym I was hooked. It was and still is my outlet to keep me sane and healthy.


What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

I over trained my untrained muscles and didn’t focus on nutrition. I did change my diet, but I had no ideas about macros or supplements. And that let me to hitting a plateau rather fast and I had two major injuries with in the first year.

What are your current ambitions?

I want to become an IFBB Men’s Physique Pro. I am from Denmark and I have only lived here in the states for 5 years. SO I have to take the European way to a pro card.

I will be competing for the Danish Championships in October. If I place well, then next step will be the Arnold in Ohio and hopefully the European championships.


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

Always figure out your WHY. Why are you training? Why do you want it? Why do you go to the gym every day. WHY is the most powerful question you can ask yourself, because you force yourself to be honest.  If you can’t find your why then you don’t want it and that’s why you are not consistent.

Do you listen to music whilst training?

I do for sure. I can’t train with out my music!!

I will give you my top 3 right now:

  • Started from the bottom  - Drake
  • Like Whaaat - Bad luuc
  • Loca people - Sak Noel


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

That somewhere someone is pushing harder than me. That’s all I need for inspiration. I have a winners mentality and I want to be the best. So I push myself by knowing someone is training harder than me, or at least trying.

How far ahead do you plan and prepare ahead your nutrition and training if at all? I plan nutrition week by week when I am in prep mode. All depends on what the mirror has to tell me.
I like to train by intuition. I have done it for so long now plus it’s my career so I know what my body needs. Some weeks I train 6 times some weeks 4. Depends on soreness levels.

I am proud of how far I have come since I was that depressed fat kid with no ambition. I pulled my self out of my depression and made my self a life I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have had a lot of help from many wonderful people and I couldn’t have done it with out them, but I made the decisions to change and that’s what I am most proud of!!


Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I do control bulking. So I like to stay as lean as I can year around, but I try to keep my body in a surplus in off-season. I just have a fat kid syndrome so when I start to see fat I freak out :)

What types of cardio do you do?

  • HIIT sprints on the track
  • LIIT on bike, treadmill or Hiking.

What is your training routine like?

Nick Olsen's workout routine

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

It changes on a weekly basis, but here is a sample of what I am doing now:


  • 5 egg whites + 1 full egg
  • 1 scoop Whey
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Cereal


  • 8oz 99/1 Lean Ground Turkey
  • 3/4  cup brown rice
  • 1 cup steamed dark greens (broccoli, spinach, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 25G Whey + 25G Casein
  • 2 Scoops Glycomaize


  • 8ox 99/1 Lean Ground Turkey
  • 5oz Sweet Potato
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 8oz 96/4 Lean Ground Beef
  • 5oz Sweet Potato
  • 1 cup steam veggies (broccoli, spinach, etc)


  • 1.5oz Almonds
  • 1 Scoop Whey + 1 Scoop Casein


Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders or fitness models?

Arnold will always be my biggest inspiration. I don’t care what people say about him. He made himself what he is and that I respect. In my sport I think that my two Optimum nutrition team mates Alex Carnerio and Steve Cook have the best physiques and I am pretty sure one of them will take down the Olympia title.

What supplements do you use if any?

  • Optimum Nutrition CLA
  • Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy
  • Optimum Nutrition Multi
  • Optimum Nutrition Pre Work out
  • Optimum Nutrition Creatine Mono
  • Optimum Nutrition Tri Cell Casein
  • Optimum Nutrition BCAA’s
  • Digestive enzymes GlycoMaize
  • Digestive enzymes


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

  1. Figure out your why. If it’s the way it makes you feel or the feeling of accomplishment what ever it is, figure it out because it will be your long-term motivator.
  2. Get educated!! Read, study, ask, try things out and figure out what works best for you.
  3. Don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it! If they don’t understand or try to belittle you keep pushing and fighting. You will be able to be the best you can be if you put everything into it.

Nick Olsen

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Year of birth: 1981, Weight: 201lbs, Height: 6.0 ft


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