Natural Bodybuilder Moji Oluwa Talks With

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

I am from Lagos, Nigeria and played soccer, track, & gymnastics growing up. At the age of 12, I saw the movie “Pumping Iron” and was amazed at how the human physique could be transformed in such a way. I wanted to look like those bodybuilders in the movie but as an athlete I wanted to represent my country at the Olympics. So when I started looking into representing my country in the Olympics, all I found was Olympic weightlifting. I started to train as a weightlifter at the age of 13. Excelled at it and represented my country in numerous competitions and won 2 gold medals and a bronze medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. In 1996, I represented my country in the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the 1996 Olympics, I accomplished the goal I had set for myself at 13 years of age, so I decided to enter the world of bodybuilding since that was my dream.

Where does your motivation come from?

My motivation comes from living in a country where we grow up with very little and no motivation or support from family and friends. I wanted to prove to people there that you can dream BIG and achieve great success.

“I believe a healthy body is a healthy mind. My goal as a trainer is to encourage young athletes to stay natural without the use of performing enhancement drugs.”

What workout routine has worked best for you?

Sample Routine:

Monday: Back & Shoulders

  • Lat pulldown 12×4
  • Bent over rows 12×4
  • Pull overs 8×4
  • Deadlifts 6×4
  • Shoulder press 12×4
  • Front raises 15×4
  • Lateral raises 15×4
  • Rear delt 15×4

Tuesday Hamstrings & Calves

  • Seated leg curls 12×4
  • Standing single leg curl 12×4
  • Stiff leg deadlift 12×4
  • Donkey calf raises 15×4
  • Standing calf raises 12×4
  • Seated calf raises 12×4

Wednesday Chest & Traps

  • Dumbbells flat bench press 8×4
  • Incline hammer chest press 12×4
  • Chest dips 15×4,
  • Machine flys 15×4
  • Standing barbell shrugs 12×4
  • Dumbbell seated shrugs 8×4
  • Upright rows 12×4

Thursday Quads & Glutes

  • Squats 8×4
  • Lunges 12×4
  • Extensions 15×4
  • Step ups 12×4
  • Glute kicks 15×6

Friday Biceps & Triceps

  • Standing barbell curls 12×4
  • Preacher curls 12×4
  • Concentration curls 12×4
  • High pulley curls 15×4
  • Bench dips 15×4
  • Tricep pulldowns 15×4
  • Tricep extensions 12×4
  • Tricep kickbacks 12×4

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

  1. Squats: I feel it is the “King” of all exercises because it works quads, back, glutes, and all your stabilizer muscles involved
  2. Deadlift: I feel it is the “Queen” of all exercises because it works your back, glutes, quads and all your stabilizer muscles and it is a conditioning exercise
  3. Donkey Raises: Genetically I have small calves and have to work extremely hard to get them where they are so it is a must exercise for me.

What is your diet like?

Sample Diet:

  • Meal 1: 6 egg whites, 4 whole grain bread with peanut butter
  • Meal 2: 2 servings of ProLab NLarge 2
  • Meal 3: Chicken breast, vegetables, white rice
  • Meal 4: 2 servings of ProLab NLarge 2
  • Meal 5: White fish, vegetables, white rice
  • Meal 6: 1 servings of ProLab NLarge 2

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

I do not do cardio because I still do Olympic lifting movements which is very explosive, and these lifts burn a huge amount of calories.


Since I am a sponsored ProLab athlete, I take NLarge 2, Lean Mass Complex, Amino Gel Caps, Cuts II, ThermoFire, Glutamine, Beta Alanine Extreme and Creatine, which I really like their products.

Favorite Bodybuilders?

Mohamed Makkawy, Leo Labrada, Frank Zane

Favorite Quote?

“Impossible is an opinion, not a fact”