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Aesthetically Pleasing: Zyzz Shreddedshian Talks With Simplyshredded.com [Updated 2011]

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

Throughout high school, I was always an extreme ectomorph. I could eat anything and not put on fat, muscle, or weight, or so I thought. I was always fascinated with bodybuilding but lacked the motivation to start training hard until after I was done with my final year of school and exams were completed – it was time for a lifestyle change. I was ridiculously thin, I’m talking the skinniest guy in my grade in school; people always commented on how skinny I was and I hated it. I was always known as the skinny kid. I remember feeling like a little bitch when I was out with girls, walking next to them and feeling the same size as them. After My HSC, it was holidays, and I started going clubbing every weekend and always noticed whenever a jacked dude walked by, they had a presence a lot greater than that of a ‘normal’ person. The guys respect them, and the girls are all over them, and really, who wouldn’t want that?

At the time, my brother was training for a year and I was very impressed by his progress, and joined up at my local gym. I had absolutely no idea about anything gym-related, and it took months and months of research to know exactly what to do and how to go about my training and eating.

Where does your motivation come from?

If you asked me this question when I started training, my response would’ve been completely different. Originally, it started out innocently enough, I wanted to get bigger so I wasn’t so skinny, and have a bit of a build on me to impress girls. I’d look at pictures of shredded guys and tell myself, that’s going to be me. 4 years into my training, I can safely say that my motivation to train goes far beyond that of merely impressing people, it is derived from the feeling of having set goals and achieving them and outdoing myself in the gym.

I absolutely love it, the feeling of pushing out that last rep, and getting skin tearing pumps is something I don’t see myself without.

I wouldn’t even use the word motivation, I don’t need motivation now, as training is a necessity in my life. It’s all a part of my lifestyle, and I couldn’t imagine any other life than the gym/training/dieting lifestyle, as it is rewarding physically and mentally in ways beyond measure, you would have to experience it yourself.

My end goal is not to be some massed up freak, but rather to have a physique that can be looked as art; streamlined, tapered, and universally appealing.

What is your training philosophy?

My philosophy is – in a nutshell – don’t follow what a piece of paper says. Go with how your body feels. If you have written down that you want to do 8-10 reps, but you feel you can push out more, then you do exactly that.

If you’re counting every single rep like its nothing, you aren’t training hard enough. When I deadlift, I don’t think “hey I’ll stop at 5 reps” I think, I’ll stop when my wrists won’t let me hold the damn bar. It’s all about pushing yourself. The human body wants to stay idle and does not want to change unless you force it to. The more uncomfortable and the more pain you feel in your workouts, the greater the end result of your physique.

Pump your favorite music, visualize your goals in your head, and eliminate all negativity in your mind and get into the zone.

Honestly I count down the hours, take a pre-workout shake, and make it an epic event to go to the gym so even right before my first set I have a ‘mind-pump’ as it were. Sometimes when I go normally and go through the motions it feels like I’m not working out at all. When you train like this, the time goes like nothing, rather than the norm of people having chats, chilling out, doing a set, waiting for ages, talking, etc. Trust me, when your mind is in it, you will get more effective workouts and better results. Stop with the “I hate leg day, not looking forward to it” etc remarks. You ****ing love leg day. You can’t wait to ****ing squat

Here’s a little trick I use in my training, it may be of use to you.

Pretend there is a crowd of thousands watching you, and if you pull out as many reps or pull the weight that you hope (say 200kg deadlift 3 reps) you win a million dollars, and actually believe in your mind that it is true. Watch yourself push harder for reasons that I cannot explain. Try it in your sets tonight. When you think you can’t even push a single more rep out, picture this in your mind and you will push out 3. Or even up the stakes, pretend a gunman is pointing a gun at someone you love and you MUST complete the reps or push the weight to let them live. That’s seriously the lengths I go to in my workouts, sets, and reps, to push myself as hard as possible.

It’s as much of a mind game as a physical one. You are battling against your body with every single rep, and in the end it’s your willpower and determination that are the ultimate deciders in whether or not you will achieve your goals, or fail and give up. I take it if you have read this far, you don’t want the result to be the latter.

So that’s your training philosophy, what about your philosophy of life?

Definitely. Personally I’m a very friendly and happy person, and believe that people need to lighten up and enjoy life more. Even though I put on a lot of size and to some look intimidating, I’m one of the friendliest people you can meet.

I love playing up my perceived stereotype, and at the end of the day, never take myself seriously, which is one of the reasons I have accrued the fan base that I have.

What workout routine has worked best for you?

Sample Routine:

Monday: Chest/Biceps

  • 4 sets of Incline Dumbbell Press, 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Bench Press, 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Incline Flies, 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Chest Dips until failure
  • 3 sets of Barbell Curls, 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Preacher Curls, 8-10 reps, then drop the weight to half, and push out another 8

Tuesday: Legs/Calves

  • 4 sets of Squats 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Lunges 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Leg Press 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Leg Extensions till failure
  • 3 sets of Leg Curls 8-10 reps

Calves are self explanatory, just use some of the machines till failure, a lot of reps, feel the burn.

Wednesday: Back

  • 3 sets of Lat Pulldowns 8-10 reps
  • 4 sets of Deadlifts 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Bent Over Rows 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Dumbell Rows 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Hyperextensions 8-10 reps

Thursday: Shoulders/Triceps

  • 4 sets of Shoulder Press, alternate with Barbell & Dumbell every week 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Upright Rows supersetted with Lateral Raises 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of front raises 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Lying Rear Delt Raises 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Close-Grip Bench Press 8-10 reps
  • 4 sets of Pulldowns 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Skullcrushers 8-10 reps

Saturday: Full Body

  • 3 sets of Deadlifts 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Squats 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Clean and Jerk 8-10 reps
  • 3 sets of Weighted Pull ups 8-10 reps

If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

  1. Deadlifts – This exercise will transform you body if done every week, correctly. Go hard and have fun with them. Notice how you rarely see people deadlift heavy at the gym? Do you also notice how all these people have average physiques? Put 2 and 2 together.
  2. Lateral Raises – This is an isolation exercise that I love. Pushing yourself through the pain barrier is a mental game, and the pump it gives yields a quite aesthetically pleasing touch to the physique
  3. Incline Dumbell Chest Press – I have always started my chest workouts with Incline dumbbells. This allows for a far greater stretch, burn, and overall hypertrophy of the chest then a barbell, as well as targeting the upper chest from the get-go.

What is your philosophy on nutrition?

  • No fast food.
  • No soft drinks
  • No sweets or sugar
  • Only fluid you shall drink is water, and green tea

I have never counted calories, I just make sure I get a good amount of protein in every meal, and have around seven or eight separate meals a day as this ignites the metabolism. Basically, to put on meat, you have to eat meat. Try have some sort of meat product in most of your meals. Chicken Breast, Steak, Lamb, Kangaroo and if you don’t love these already, you will have to learn to.

Sample Daily Diet:

  • Meal 1 – 6 boiled Eggs, 2 cups of Oatmeal and a Protein Shake
  • Meal 2 – 300g Chicken Breast (boiled) Broccoli and Brown Rice
  • Meal 3 – 200g Tuna chunks in spring water, mixed with Spinach Leaves, and Wholemeal Pasta

Have your workout. Immediately post workout, consume your Whey Protein

  • Meal 4 – Stir fry Beef/Kangaroo Mince with some vegetables
  • Meal 5 – Steak or Kangaroo and Brussels Sprouts
  • Meal 6 – 4 scrambled Eggs and some Salmon
  • Meal 7 – One cup of no fat Cottage Cheese 10m before bed

When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?

Neither. If you have your diet 100%, you don’t even have to look at the treadmill. It’s a simple case of calories in vs. calories out. If you consume more calories than you burn, you put on weight. If you consume less calories than you burn, you lose weight.

What cardio does is help accelerate burning those calories, but if you are already under your caloric maintenance, there’s no real need to do any cardio, although it can bring about fat losses much faster, you may also find it to be catabolic (muscle-wasting).

What is your supplementation like?

My supplementation consists of:

  • Hydrolyzed whey protein
  • Fish oil caps (6 a day)
  • Animal pack multivitamin
  • Xtend for BCAA’s
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Green Tea
  • Mesomorph or Jack3d preworkout energy
  • Phenadrine and Inferno fat burners

Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane. I love the classic bodybuilder look, with lean, tapered waists, rather than the blocky physiques of today. More examples of admirable and ideal physiques would include fitness models like Marco Pietrowski, Pham Woodbridge, and Tyler Mcpeak.

Most of these individuals have done interviews with Simplyshredded before and I highly recommend you check them out.

Favorite Quote?

“Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZyzzShreddedshian
Personal Training: Zyzz also offers paid personalized training and diet routines that are tailored towards your specific goals. He can be contacted @ [email protected]

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460 Comments

  1. Adnan "Mirin" says:

    I never got to meet you in person, but you are my biggest motivation, i listen to all your music through out my entire workouts. RIP Aziz. God bless.

  2. Forever mirin bra says:

    Just pushed myself further than i have ever done in my life at the gym, you taught me that I am capable of anything i set my mind to, rip bra

  3. Goku says:

    Always a legend.

  4. Will never be forgotton! says:

    I lost 20kg because of this guy, so inspiring. God bless bro rest in peace !

  5. U mirin? says:

    God bless you legend!

  6. 2012christ says:

    zyzz didnt die, god needed a personal trainer!

  7. Captain Shreddeshian says:

    Miss you, bro. You were one of a kind! R.I.P

  8. Anonymous says:

    One and Only

  9. Scott says:

    Wish you were still around cunt :(

  10. Anonymous says:

    Forever mirin brah

  11. Shaun Doc Glasgow says:

    Rip brah mirin hard

  12. Varma says:

    Zyzz I always read or watch his vedios…..brah u fucking motivated me ….rip

  13. Ceko says:

    Forever mirin! Thanks for getting me started with training. Getting shredded in memory of you brah!

  14. Thomas says:

    Such a shame I didn’t really know about him before he died :(
    Inspirational, nonetheless

  15. Xibit says:

    Thanks for the motivation, R.I.P

  16. Anonymous says:

    thanks fr the motivation r.i.p bro.

  17. Chris says:

    Aziz,

    Still mirin’ brah! Every rep I do is for you! Zyzz lives on!

  18. Alex says:

    This guy has changed my entire life. He is my daily inspiration and motivation to live this beautiful life. RIP MY KING! You will always be in my heart

  19. Rutger says:

    Aziz/Zyzz,

    I started training over a year ago.
    I was a skinny cunt.
    The first 3 months in to my training I never heard of zyzz.
    but as a lover of trance, I saw allot of comments on youtube: RIP ZYZZ.
    ZYZZ WE MISS, and shit like that.
    So I got curius enough to search your ”zyzz” on youtube
    First vid I saw was aesthetics strike back.

    now I watch your videos EVERY day fuark

    ZYZZ you are the king of aesthetics.
    and I will join you on mount olympus

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for motivation to start more healthier life..
    I’m gonna make it and gonna meet my ex later.

    I mean… I was a nerd who played videogames all the time because I moved to another city.. now moving back to my old city where I used to live.

    I will miss you Zyzz-Angel protect us at gym

  21. slay3r says:

    king of kings, forever mirin.

  22. Mac says:

    Zyzz your a king and an amazing inspiration. It’s always cool when someone else shares your ideals and I totally agree with the way you approached bodybuilding. Too bad we couldn’t meet.

    You’re the sickest cunt, forever mirin. Lift in peace.

  23. Kolzahn says:

    Leaving a comment on this unique interview is a must.

    R.I.P

    We’re all gonna make it brah.

  24. HC says:

    Whatever preconceived notions you had about Aziz, you should know he gave it his all in the gym. He wasn’t some cocky douchebag but a regular guy/nerd who didn’t take life too seriously. He trained his ass off and got the results. He did it for himself and helped others along the way. He lived life, he didn’t spend his short years on this Earth to spread hate and negativity. His death is a loss, not only for nerds, but bodybuilders and guys who wanted to have fun in life. RIP Zyzz, forever mirin’ brah, one day we’re all gonna make it.

  25. J says:

    Rest easy, brah. Forever mirin.

  26. jayy says:

    brahh your an inspiration brahh i am more dedicated now more then ever. R.I.P Zyzz

  27. KiaDaS says:

    Mirin all day long <3

  28. JJay says:

    You taught me to live life and train hard ill see you up there. for a one and one session

  29. Fuark The Rest! says:

    What a muse you are my friend!
    Hopefully I get to thank you in my next life for enlightening me!

  30. ForeverMirin says:

    Zyzz gave me the push and inspiration I’ve always needed. Wish he was still here. Forever mirin, brah. You’re a legend.

  31. Brahbrah says:

    Zyzz you are a sick cunt. RIP brother, hope your lifting in heaven and rooting heaps of angel sluts. You are a motivation to us all

  32. Will says:

    R.I.P Bro!

  33. Inspiration says:

    Aziz will never be forgotten! He died too young. RIP, 4ever mirin.

  34. Yasin says:

    thanks for the motivation, you helped me change myself, going gym 5 times a week been doing that for almost ½ year now. the results are amazing, wouldn’t never hitted the gym if i didn’t knew you. R.I.P goodnight sweet prince.

  35. Rich says:

    Zyzz brah I don’t know what to say other than thank you and rest in peace brah. Hope zeus took kindly to you now being the god of all gods. Forever mirin brah. R.I.P

  36. jordz says:

    Zyzz I didn’t even know you until my brother told me about you after your death. I’m just a kid in South Africa but JESUS CHRIST you got shredded and you motivate me more than anyone has ever motivated me I will be exactly like you Zyzz with the same body physique,same tattoos and same hair. My goal in life is to be like you R.I.P my Hero. And to those of you out there in 5 years I’ll be famous like zyzz.

  37. oscar sanchez says:

    R.I.P forever mirin bra. thanks fr the lifestyle. sickunts

  38. Sander says:

    Thanks for motivating me. Rest in peace brah.

  39. Cali Aesthetics says:

    This guy here started a flame inside of me that I never knew was even possible. I was serious into weightlifting but he literally brought the beast out of me. I have never had such intensity and seriousness into the life of fitness. Watching his videos on youtube are more than enough for a preworkout hype. Insanely disappointed I didn’t get to meet you, but you are with me every set and ever rep. Until I ascend to the heavens, i’ll be forever mirin brah.

  40. Casmeron says:

    Rip brah Ben & I love you forever xoxoxox

  41. ben says:

    Your an inspiration brah.I fucking love youand miss you so much/ Without you i wouldnt be training and becoming a fucking sick cunt.

  42. SeymourCake says:

    You’re the best friend I’ve never met. R.I.P brah.

  43. FlyingBirdFlip says:

    You’ve changed mmy life, both physically and mentally. I now enjoy my life much more everyday because of you. Forever mirin’

    Thank you Aziz

  44. DANIELsonOFzyzz says:

    fucking inspiring brah

  45. Brah says:

    R.I.P Brah, you’re a legend.

  46. Sup Brah says:

    Zyzz your sick cunt bro! Haters are going hate. Were all going make it brah! You got mad luv in Chi-Town playboy! See you on the other side bro, til then let the good times roll!!!

  47. G says:

    You’re The most inspiring sick cunt out there brah. Your legacy lives on forever Zyzz

  48. Nikola Zyzz says:

    Love you brah .. R.I.P. .. I found inspiration in you , im training hard 5months and i want to get ur results .. REST IN PIECE BRAH !! LOVE YOU , FOREVER MIRIN’ … <3 ! LEGEND BRAH !

  49. Zeus says:

    Zyzz , we b forever Mirin! i strive for ur physique and attitude everytime I hit the gym , I train hard and diet right , u inspired me to b the best and that’s my goal that’s my plan , to finish what u started, haters gunna hate right , it’s time to push my mind and body beyond it’s limits

  50. MIlian says:

    I Just … I have no Words … I`m so f*ckin` sad … Zyzz for my .. is like my brother , my best friend, I never Meet him but … on my heart is like my bro … Thanks for all what you says and… :'( R.I.P. Zyzz Hope was just a Dream and you wake up with all your muscles … :'( God Bless You … I think .. now you are at Heaven Gate and … you look at your fans … :'( R.I.P…

  51. Jakke says:

    Started to use this workout routine 2 years ago and still using it. R.i.p <3

  52. Lucas UK says:

    R.I.P mate you still inspire me 3 years on after i first saw you on facebook! fucking legend <3

  53. Midox says:

    You were an incredible inspiration and always will be to me, it is so fucking sad that you passed away Zyzz. You are a fucking legend.

  54. Millz says:

    Legend, SickKunt & an Inspiration
    Forever mirin brah, R.I.P.

  55. Vinit Darekar says:

    This guy was the main reason I started lifting. He made me realise How short life is and how 2 make full use of it. Forever mirnin.. Rip brah we shall unite at Mt.Olympus when the time shall arrive. Love you Braaah <3

  56. Sw3dish3lit3 says:

    Zyzz bro, what can I say, there will never be anyone like you, ever. There will be many people following and attempting to persue what you have achieved but no one will ever inspire as many people as you have and keep doing. You are my inspiration and everyday motivation to getting fitter and leaner!!
    God bless!! Thank you!! Peace out Aziz!! Lots of love!!

  57. Fawkin Joocyy says:

    Zyzz bro..I don’t know why I have not left a message on here yet lol Where do I start, you are the reason I changed my life around, in terms of taking care of myself, not giving a fuck and getting shredded as fuark, we all love you and miss you, r.i.p to the sickest kunt, King zeez <3

  58. Forever mirin says:

    You’re an amazing inspiration and you personally brought me back to the weight room. I also took your thoughts on dead lift to heart and started doing them because of you. RIP Zyzz, forever mirin!

  59. Big Dan says:

    The Zyzz personalty is what made him utterly unique. You often don’t see someone like him willing to be himself and have a goofy time. You are my shredded brother from another mother. We will be forever Mirin’ and spreading the memory of Zyzz brah in Wichita, Ks, USA!

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