Celebrity Trainer: Max “The Body” Philisaire Talks With Simplyshredded.com

Quick Stats:

Age: 27
Height: 6’1” – 185 cm
Weight: 195 lbs. – 88 kg


Transformation story:

In high school I was 6’1” – 150 pounds and had a deep passion for basketball, I lived for it! I didn’t have a healthy lifestyle as I would eat chips, burgers and pizza on a daily basis. I looked like a walking skeleton. People always reminded me of how skinny I was. It didn’t bother me much but after hearing it for so long, it definitely affected my self-esteem. Although at the time Basketball was my sport and as long as I could score on the basketball court, I was satisfied. Upon graduating from high school, I made it a mission to put on some muscle. FLEX magazines always stood out whenever I was at the grocery store, so one day I decided to pick one up.

I started following workouts, proper form and diet to a T, results came quicker than I expected and I guess that’s how it all started.


Where does your motivation come from?

The people who are inspired by me to live a healthier life motivate me to be the best I can be. Also with the help of the Hollywood media platform and social media I’ve been able to reach and inspire many.

Imagine how much energy these people are sending back my way. It’s unlimited energy and motivation.


What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?

My life is as amazing as it was before my transformation. I just didn’t know it back then because I thought the body would make life more amazing. The body comes with its perks but during my transformation I learned that the body is just an extension of me, the person. With or without the body, I will conquer as long as I have the right mindset. It’s important to appreciate the beginning or pre-transformation. Your beginning inspired the transformation. That’s one reason I respect beginners and get inspired when I see them getting started.

“Life is rough but we’re equipped with the tools to succeed” – Max Philisaire


What is your next goal? Where do you see yourself this time next year?

The goals have been set and are in motion. Next big project to complete on the list is my short film I wrote inspired by military war veterans like myself.

It’s in pre-production and I would like to have it complete by next year, circulating it through the film festivals worldwide.


What is your current training philosophy?

I keep things simple. Easier to filter BS and distractions that way. I don’t talk a lot about fitness. I prefer taking knowledge into the gym and using trial and error to perfect a routine, form or results. Stop talking. Shut your mouth. Sometimes you have to tell yourself and your workout partners that. More time, focus and energy should go into proper execution and form of the exercise. New exercises, new toys, no problem. They are cute. Lots of options. But too many options can be overwhelming and confusing at times. Keep it simple with basic movements and form. Your body will have no choice but to adapt and overcome which equals results.

Full Routine:

Monday: Shoulders

  • Machine Shoulder Press 3×10
  • Dumbbell Press 4×10
  • Smith Machine Press 4×10
  • Upright Row 4×10
  • Bent Lateral Raise 4×10
  • Front Raise 4×10
  • Lateral Raise 4×10
  • Dumbbell Shrugs 8×10

Tuesday: Biceps/Triceps

  • Barbell Curl 4×10
  • Machine Preacher Curl 4×10
  • Dumbbell Curl 4×10
  • Cable Rope Hammer Curl 4×10
  • Reverse Barbell Curl 4×10
  • Wrist Curl 4×10
  • Close Hand Incline Push Up 4×10
  • Cable Rope Push Down 4×10
  • Seated Dumbbell Overhead Ext 4×10
  • Cable Bar Push Down 4×10
  • Cable Kickback 4×10

Wednesday: Chest

  • Push Ups 1×30
  • Barbell Chest Press 5×10
  • Incline Dumbbell Press 4×10
  • Low Cable Cross Over 4×10
  • Incline Dumbbell Fly 4×10
  • Machine Wide Press 4×10

Thursday: Back

  • Pull Ups 6×10
  • Dead Lifts 5×10
  • Lat Pull Down 4×10
  • Dumbbell Row 4×10
  • Seated Cable Row 4×10
  • T-Bar Row 4×10

Friday: Legs

  • Leg extension 6×10
  • Leg Press 4×10
  • Squats 4×10
  • Hack Squats 4×10
  • Leg Curls 4×10
  • Standing Calf Raise 4×10
  • Seated Calf Raise 4×10

Saturday: Off

  • Rest day

Sunday: Off

  • Rest day


Favorite form of cardio?

I hate cardio. I find it boring and hate the fact that it burns so many calories but it’s important for my cardiovascular system and aesthetic look. I like running and doing sprints uphill at Runyon Canyon because it reminds me of good times in Army Boot Camp. Basketball also tickles my fancy as I stated before. There are many different types of cardio to choose from.

Experiment and customize your own workout. At the end of the day it’s your body, your rules.


What is your approach to nutrition?

Genetically I’m a lean guy and I also like to lean bulk. I don’t train or eat like someone training for definition. I train and eat like I’m bulking. That is why it’s important to take your genetics into account and use trial and error with the research you’ve done. How I eat or train will not work for everyone. The no B.S mentality will. Use it.

Daily Diet:

  • Meal 1: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 2: 10 Egg Whites and a bowl of Oatmeal
  • Meal 3: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 4: Pasta and Meat Sauce
  • Meal 5: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 6: Chicken/Turkey Sandwich
  • Meal 7: Weight Gaining Shake
  • Meal 8: Chicken Breast and Pasta/Vegetables
  • Meal 9: Fruits and Nuts


What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

Aside from the fulfilment of inspiring and motivating others, becoming an EHPlabs sponsored athlete was a blessing.

Truly honored they chose me to be their spokesperson. Running shirtless in a Pepsi NFL commercial was pretty awesome as well.


What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to reach their goal physique?

  1. Take your genetics into consideration. It’s impossible to achieve the exact same lats, abs or chest as some of the people you look up to. Be realistic about what you can genetically achieve and focus on maximizing your potential instead of achieving someone else’s look.
  2. Don’t play with distractions. They will sabotage your potential and destiny. Stay focused and remove anything or anyone that doesn’t allow for more focus, mental and spiritual growth.
  3. Do it for more than just a personal goal. Start with a personal goal but use your results to help others. Everything you achieve is with the help of someone. Pass it on. You will get further, not to mention it’s your responsibility to help others.


Favorite Quote:

I don’t have a favorite quote since different ones cover different topics and none are more important than the other but I will say that LOVE conquers all. Use love in everything that you say and do. The other option is death. Choose wisely. Much respect and love to you and thanks for reading. Peace!

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