Fitness Model Sadik Hadzovic Talks With Simplyshredded.com

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Quick stats:

Age: 27
Height: 5’11” – 180 cm
Weight: 194 lbs – 86 kg

1

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. Back then I was your typical 140 pound teenager who used to think it was impossible to put on muscle mass. Eventually I got fed up with my self-image. I always envisioned myself with a well built, superhero like body and after looking in the mirror one day I said NOW IS THE TIME. 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. It wasn’t long till I outgrew it and then joined a local gym. That was the moment where I knew I would take my training to the next level.

Everything just fell into place; my vision became a reality and ultimately a very healthy hobby.

2

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.

3

What workout routine has worked best for you?

The best routine for my particular body has always been heavy weights mixed with high reps. This is how I was able to pack on dense muscle to my lean frame.

Full Routine:

Monday: Back

  • Deadlifts 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

4

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

HIIT seems to work best for my body type (ectomorph). Conventional cardio usually gives me a very undesirable “flat” look and is just plain boring to me. My HIIT cardio routine consists of a 1 minute sprint on an incline followed by a 1 minute walk, repeat for 20-30 minutes.

This is also fun to do on the stair master or spin bike. I try to keep my cardio interesting and do a combination of all three throughout the week!

5

What is your approach to nutrition?

I follow a high protein and high fat diet. I noticed my body responds best this way. I also like putting a majority of my carbohydrates in the first 3 meals (before my weight training session). After training I remove a majority of my carbs and increase the fats.

Daily Diet:

  • Meal 1: 1/2 lb. of Lean Chicken or Turkey or 8-10 Egg Whites, with 1/2 a cup of Oats
  • Meal 2: 1/2 lb. of Red Meat & 1 cup of White Rice
  • Meal 3: 1/2 lb. of Fish & a large Potato
  • Meal 4: Protein Shake
  • Meal 5: 1/2 lb. of Fish, with Asparagus or Broccoli
  • Meal 6: 1/2 Lean Protein Chicken or Turkey or 8-10 Egg Whites, with some Egg Yolks or Almonds

6

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

My biggest accomplishments are winning 3 IFBB Pro League titles and qualifying for the Mr. Olympia 2 consecutive years in a row. I am also very proud of the fact that I been featured in multiple spreads in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, and FitnessRX for men.

I am also very fortunate to be the first men’s physique athlete signed to GAT supplements and most importantly I am blessed to inspire so many people to follow their personal fitness goals.

7

Favorite Quote?

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

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