Height: 5′ 11”
Weight: 184 lbs.
How did you get started with bodybuilding?
Well I have always idolized the physiques of characters in comic books and action figures that I played with as a child. Since a young age I knew that I wanted to resemble those action figures, comic book characters, and superheroes. I started off by doing a lot of plyo-metric exercises in my bedroom till I made my first paycheck and bought myself a bench press and weight set and then eventually joining a local gym.
Everything just fell into place; my vision became a reality and ultimately a very healthy hobby.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from all the people I have inspired to exercise. The same people who send me emails saying they have lost 20lbs or joined a gym because of me. I feel as if I have a duty/obligation to these people and that is my motivation. This is what pushes me to go to the gym and diet every day.
It’s a great feeling and it is the reason I will continue to promote a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
The best routine for my particular body has always been heavy weights for high rep ranges. This is how I was able to pack on dense muscle to my lean frame. I am also a big believer in drop sets; I perform at least 2-3 drop sets per work out session. Once a week I typically do a crossfit styled workout as a weight management precaution.
- Deadlift 5×11-13
- Lat Pull Downs 4×11-13
- Bent Over Barbell Rows 4×11-13
- Underhand Pull Ups 3×11-13
- Seated Cable Rows 4×11-13
- Overhand Pull Ups 1 set to failure
- Incline Dumbbell Fly’s 4×11-13
- Incline Barbell Bench Press 5×11-13
- Machine Fly’s 4×11-13
- Bench Press 5×11-13
- Cable Fly’s 3×11-13
- Decline Machine Press 4×11-13
- Push Ups 1 set to failure
- Interval Sprints (1 minute rest, 1 minute sprint for 5 sets)
- Leg Press 5×11-13
- Leg Extensions 5×11-13
- Lying Leg Curl 5×11-13
- Donkey Calf Raises 6×11-13
- Squats 4×11-13
Walking Lunges to failure
- Seated Preacher Curls 4×11-13
- French Curls (on decline) 5×11-13
- Standing Hammer Curls 4×11-13
- Tricep Pushdowns 5×11-13
- Heavy Barbell Curl 3×11-13
- Seated Overhead Tricep Extensions 3×11-13
- Cable Crunches 4×11-13
- Arm & Leg Raises With Exercise Ball 4×11-13
- Alternating Leg Ups 4×11-13
- Running Plank 4×11-13
- Torso Twist with Medicine Ball 4×11-13
- Alternating Toe Touches 4×11-13
- Hanging Leg Raises 1 set to failure
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press 5×11-13
- Seated Dumbbell Side Raises 5×11-13
- Seated Dumbbell Front Raises 3×11-13
- Barbell Shrugs 4×11-13
- Barbell Standing Military Press 4×11-13
- Standing Dumbbell Arnold Presses 3×11-13
Rising Star: Sadik Hadzovic
List 5 ways that people can benefit from training:
- Training improves your mood: When you exercise you look good, when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you do good!
- Achieve better sleep: Exercise helps to balance your daily bio-rhythms and hormonal activity. If you exercise regularly you will allow your body to fall asleep deeper and faster.
- Training speeds up your metabolism: Ok you already knew that huh? You will burn more calories exercising than by watching dancing with the stars this season. Not only will you be burning fat while exercising but you will permanently boost your metabolism because you are building muscles you’ve never had which in correlation increases your metabolic rate. Win-win situation.
- Better sex life, yes better sex: Training helps your body produce more testosterone. That is the hormone that powers up the libido in both male and female genders. Exercise also fights stress and fatigue which greatly affects the libido, especially in women.
- Exercise increases energy levels: Are you moping around the office like a zombie? Just a few minutes a day of exercising can boost your energy levels. Studies have shown that there is a direct and positive correlation between regular exercise and increased sustained levels of energy.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
- Deadlift: There is no other truer test of strength then lifting an object straight off the floor.
- Incline Dumbbell Press: The upper chest seems to be a trouble area for most people and this is the best exercise in my opinion to really target it
- Dumbbell Curls: Doing them with strict form and slow reps give the ultimate pump and also women love big arms!
What is your diet like?
I follow the Palaeolithic diet all year round. I aim for roughly 2,500-2,750 calories per day at a 2:1 ratio of protein to carbohydrates. I allow myself two cheat meals a week, usually being pizza or sushi.
- Meal 1: 1 scoop ETB Grizzly Protein & 3 Liquid Egg Whites
- Meal 2: 6 ounces of White Albacore Tuna, 1/2 Avocado & 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread
- Meal 3: 9 ounces of Lean Bison Steak, 1/2 cup of Green Lentils & 1/2 cup of Cauliflower
- Meal 4: 9 ounces of Grilled Chicken & 1 cup Chopped Bell Peppers
- Meal 5: 12 ounces of Tilapia & 1 Sweet Potato
- Meal 6: Chopped Salad & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
HIIT seems to work best for my particular body type (ectomorph). Conventional cardio usually gives me a very undesirable “flat” look and is just plain boring to me.
What is your supplementation like?
- ETB Grizzly protein
- Green tea
“I became a beast to rid myself the pain of being a man”