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Rising Star: Fitness Model Sadik Hadzovic Talks With Simplyshredded.com

Quick Stats

Age: 24
Height: 5′ 11”
Weight: 184 lbs.
Chest: 46”
Waist: 30”
Arms: 18”

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.

Full Routine:

Monday: Back

  • 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

Tuesday: Chest

  • 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

Wednesday: Cardio

  • Interval Sprints (1 minute rest, 1 minute sprint for 5 sets)

Thursday: Legs

  • 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

Friday: Arms

  • 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

Saturday: Abs

  • 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

Sunday: Shoulders

  • 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:

  1. Training improves your mood: When you exercise you look good, when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you do good!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  1. Deadlift: There is no other truer test of strength then lifting an object straight off the floor.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Sample Diet:

  • 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
  • L-Carnitine
  • Green tea
  • Yohimbine
  • ALA

Favorite Quote?

“I became a beast to rid myself the pain of being a man”

Website: http://sadikhadzovic.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Sadik-Hadzovic/

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36 Comments

  1. jay says:

    My goal physique right here! Incredible

  2. GET H.I.T. says:

    Nice PHYSIQUE!!!

  3. Tom says:

    Nice quads + V taper. Your front double bi pose is flawless, keep it up

  4. aulia f says:

    awesome dude!

  5. Micael says:

    One word to describe his physique: WOW! Perfect balance between size and shape. Truly aesthetic! Goal physique, definitely

  6. Dmitry says:

    Great phisique!!! Keep going!

  7. yuvraj says:

    i want to be like him.

  8. Harold says:

    something as simple as quick stats makes such a big difference, thanks!

  9. Caleb says:

    Fantastic physique! Does anyone know the name of the song? I think that would be a great lifting song, and I can’t find it!

  10. Lennie says:

    I’ve noticed that a lot of fitness models and body builders have a bump on their abdominals. Does any body know what that is ? Sadik has it also , so does Rob Riches.

  11. Jean says:

    Great Build, great inspiration!

  12. Kris says:

    Strong case for the Paleo diet!

  13. BULL says:

    @CALEB,

    it’s “Run For Cover” by Kito & Reija Lee :)

  14. alex says:

    Great physique! Impressive!

  15. Histi says:

    Woah, 2500-2750 calories sounds very small for that physique. Seems to be working though.

  16. Seif says:

    don’t forget he’s 5’11

  17. Blaze says:

    I’m the same age and height as Sadik but 2700 cals wouldn’t get me over 165. I take in 3200 currently which holds me around 170. My goal is to reach 185 but I can’t see maintaining that with 2700 or less but we’ll see.

  18. Anonymous says:

    don’t usually comment but perfect physique

  19. DisGuyCray says:

    Holy jeez, amazing physique. That’s my goal right there. Great motivation!

  20. Eric says:

    Wow! Such and old-school type physique! Very aesthetic, keep it up bro!

  21. AW says:

    Just amazing!

  22. Espen says:

    Nice article and great physique. Learned a lot!

  23. trida says:

    fantastic physique and im definitely jelly. but that diet doesn’t look too paleo with bread lentils and sweet potato?

  24. Jessice says:

    Nice physique and a nice interview!

  25. Brett says:

    @Lennie
    It might be a small cyst or something…I have one on top of my bicep that looks similar.

  26. Bee says:

    The perfect physique

  27. shredder says:

    @Lennie

    most likely just a vein, i have the same thing, when you have no fat over your abdominals even a small vein will be apparent

  28. Anonymous says:

    Incredibly motivating

  29. survivor says:

    I’m also 5’11 185, gives me some motivation that with the right diet and exercise, anything can happen.

  30. Diana says:

    What is hiit?
    he says he prefers that over regular cardio because it’s boring.

  31. Kori says:

    @Diana. HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training.

  32. CJ says:

    what exercises do you do drop sets on? whatever you feel like that day or do you have certain ones?

  33. westmj1 says:

    I agree with Trida, Ezekiel bread and lentils are definitely not paleo, but sweet potatoes are okay. I have been following the paleo diet for like 4 months now and am seeing awesome results.

  34. Drake says:

    Great physique legs too big in my opinion

  35. Solo says:

    Very impressive.

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