Posted 23 March 2018 by Interview:

Nathaniel Hampton

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How and when did you start training?

I started getting serious about training when I was 20, I was getting ready for my first MMA fight.

What obstacles have you come across whilst reaching for your goals?

I had 3 botched surgeries in a row a few years ago which resulted in all of my internal organs shutting down, and I no longer have small intestines.

So getting and staying in shape is significantly tougher for me than most people.

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How did you over come this/these obstacles?

I never took no for an answer. If doctors told me I couldn’t or shouldn’t be able to reach a goal, I would just stay up all night researching as much as I can to  find a way to reach my goals. Now that I’ve gained 100lbs without intestines I think it’s safe to say I proved all the doctors wrong.

What advice would you give to someone struggling to get motivated to get to the gym?

Remember that someday your life can depend on it. 

What does your workout routine like?

I typically stick with heavy compound lifts to start off each session, then finish off with moderate weight for a lot of volume for isolated work.

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What does your nutrition consist of?

Because of the nutrient malabsorption I have it is crucial for me to maintain an extremely high calorie diet. Mainly high carbs, because I absorb less than 20% of the carbohydrates I consume.

So roughly 10,000 calories a day just to maintain my body weight.

How far ahead do you plan your nutrition and training if at all?

For me, I really need to feel how my body is handling/responding to the food I just consumed so I really need to choose what I eat on the fly. For training I stick with a 5 day split. Legs/Calves/Biceps, Chest/Abs/Triceps, Back/Biceps/Calves, Shoulders/triceps/Abs, and Rest Day

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Who in the fitness industry inspires you?

Furious Pete for sure, like me he has had his share of medical set backs and is still making great progress.

And Stefi Cohen, because she is a physical therapist, and I now have so much respect for physical therapists because I wouldn’t even be walking right now if it wasn’t for them. Plus she is showing people that you can be a power lifter and still have a physique that looks good. 

What supplements do you use if any?

I really don’t use many supplements, but for now I am in love with Beyond Raw’s Lit preworkout

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

  1. Patience is most important, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  2. Rest is equally important as training, you can’t expect to perform optimally if you aren't feeling well rested. It’s fine if you have to take a day off for an extra day of sleep if you didn’t sleep well the night before. This goes hand in hand with patience.
  3. And lastly don’t be afraid to do your own research. Just because somebody says something will make you stronger on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Do your own research then make up your mind if you want to give something a try.


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