Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started training?
I started training at 15 years old when I was introduced to boxing by legendary coach Russ Anber. I was constantly trying to peak my performance in my sport by adding some weight training to my boxing. Eventually weight training, health and fitness became more about my life than boxing. My goal was to maintain a good physique at the time and I was more concerned with weight than I was nutrition. I later realized that what goes on inside has more to do with real results than all the hard work I put in the gym as intense as it was. I am a big believer of the long-term rather than the quick fixes. The goal for me is not mass but more body efficiency and muscle density.
How do you stay motivated?
I have said this in past interviews many times and still find that it is what motivates me the most. My motivation usually comes from people’s negativity or disbelief in what I am doing. Being a raw plant based athlete the perception of what is possible is always questioned so I am continuously trying to demonstrate with my own body and the ones of my clients how effective some of my strategies or approaches to training really are. The idea behind my approach is to internalize principles and apply them from within rather than using quick fix strategies and junk synthetic supplements to create short-term results. So I figure as long as people out there have doubts I can be sure that I will have a reason to stay motivated!
What is your current workout routine?
My routines usually comprise of short intense HIIT training style. I do take into consideration other things than my muscles when applying any strategy. But to make it simple I have no real fixed routine I like to constantly experiment with different types of training philosophies in combination and in rotation. There is no real optimal routine that one can implement in my opinion. For the most part however my workouts are usually short typically 1hr 15 min, intense and straight to the point. The last thing I waste time in the gym doing is socializing. It is also my belief that real results come from a strong mind and consistent schedule.
What is your diet like?
When it comes to diet plant based nutrition is my domain and where I find the best interior exterior exchange can be found. The body is starving for fresh enzymatic nutrition that has all the bio available nutrients that are needed to create the results that one is looking for. When I say results I mean real results, not synthetic or steroid user-friendly bodies. I do not believe in supplying my body with destructive building blocks that create the illusion of muscle for short periods of time. My mentor is 74 years old and walks around with the body of a very well built 50 year old. This is what my target is not an aesthetic that comes from rotten fuel. So no meat, no dairy, no refined foods, no synthetic supplementation like creatine, and whey protein and no steroid use. This is completely against the whole principle of why I eat and what I build my body with. The most illusionary idea is that you cannot get protein without eating meat. There is an abundance of plant-based protein out there that will not feed cancer, give you a heart attack in old age and maintain the muscles you are looking to get. I am a big fan of spirulina and do include it as part of my building blocks it carries 60% by weight of protein. This is only one example. The goal for me when I am supplying my body is nutrition in without junk coming in at the same time. The formula is simple what can I eat to get what I need without hurting my body on the inside over time.
What gives you the best results when cutting?
One of my most famous lines when training with people and coaching others on how to get those washboard abs and high definition is. “Abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym “ We must understand as a culture that all of us have the potential to rip up and have toned muscle with plenty of definition. The only thing that is keeping us from getting the definition is the garbage that we force feed our bodies. As soon as only begins to eat things that the body can agree with in its natural for the sooner we can achieve getting serious long-term definition. There is a big difference from the definition I have and my clients with the definition you see with many up on stage in a competition. The main thing is that one is real definition and will last the long run and the other is a shirt term synthetic fix. We see this all the time after a competition with so many competitors blowing up only to start from scratch all over again. So the results are 100% connected to my Raw plant based nutrition lifestyle.
What 3 exercises have contributed the most to building your physique?
I have never advised or promoted the building of the body without the building of the mind. So my top exercise for building a good physique is to exercise strengthening the mind. The rest to answer your question is to continually using many exercises to build every muscle in your body equally. This is the secret to a good sculpture and what I believe is the key to building the greatest physique. My exercises are quite basic and are some that you would find in any simple program. I do have some of my top Dumbbell workouts on my website naturesfitnessmodel.com to elaborate more if you would like to go into further detail. They are all dumbbell workouts. This is what I find works best. No fancy stuff just pure determination.
What supplements do you use?
Supplementation is all natural and plant based as well no animal products running through my body. My favorite are super herbs and super foods. I would not consider them a supplement but more of a superfood. I do also have my sponsor Sunwarrior Protein that I believe is the best stuff on the planet do to its simplicity, taste, texture and the fact that it does not interfere with my body’s chemistry. It is the only protein supplement out there that supplies complete plant based protein without bloating and tough digestion. One of my favorite super herbs are the roots. I am a huge fan of Ginseng and have used it for years.
What is the most common training question that people ask you?
The most popular training question that I get is how do you build a physique without eating meat. My answer is simple. It is not the meat that will build you or the fancy equipment or the next RX-80 training system. It is your mental strength and determination that will. This is the base and where all the real work begins in the mind.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Proving to others that you can build a very muscular and toned physique without eating meat and loads of supplementation. It seems that this is an amazing things these days with all the junk we have circulating the health world. I am also very proud of the fact that I have helped others achieve this goal and continue to inspire people to think about alternative strategies that include the long term health benefits. This is a game for the ones who can last the long stretch not the ones that show you a snap shot picture of what they used to look like when they were “young”!
What is your favorite quote?
“It is not the body that changes the mind it is the mind that changes the body. Change your mind and your body will follow”
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans are to continue to help people implement healthier choices by incorporating more Live, Healthy and Raw plant based nutrition into their weight training and overall lifestyle. This is something that I advocate and implement on myself. It is the most optimal balanced approach in my opinion.