I started lifting when I was 16 years old, but during my first years, I didn’t have much knowledge and made lots of mistakes. I did my first bodybuilding show when I was 18 and didn’t stop since then. Later I became an IFBB Pro. I’ve learned and still learning a lot about the sport, my body.
My current goal is to qualify for the Olympia, so I am taking some more time to build more muscle before coming back on stage again.
Fitness Trainer, Online Coach
Share your unique training/coaching methods
I hugely believe in the importance of mind-muscle connection, application of different intensity techniques and of course progressively overloading your muscles to challenge them and make them grow, and develop strength. The exact approach and exercise selection varies and should be unique to each person based on their body, goals, and training experience.
I currently lift 6-7 days per week and do 30 mins of cardio daily to start my day.
I eat pretty much the same foods daily, current calories are high 2800-2900kcal to build muscle before getting back on stage.
I take pre-workout and pump products daily, mix EAAS in my water and drink them in my workouts, during the day. I love omegas, curcumin and vitamin D.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
Depends on the person, but I don’t see anything bad in artificial sweeteners or flavoured supplements as long as it is reasonable. I use them daily myself.
Please describe the importance of mental health
It’s everything. Without mental health, you won’t go far in Bodybuilding sports or simply in life. You need to be mentally strong, learn discipline and build the right habits to feel and perform well.
I really started focusing on my mental health more. Recently, I listen to podcasts that teach me new things and make me feel good. Walking and being with my own thoughts helps too. Journaling never worked for me, but I know people that love it. Many people don’t realize how important your thoughts, positive energy is. It can take a lot of work and effort at first, but this is how we will flourish in life.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
How did everything start with Status Fitness Magazine?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I am super excited about this. I love travelling and accepting new opportunities that life throws at me.
What does the future hold?
LOTS OF THINGS. I’m always excited about the next thing and make sure to work my hardest to get where I want. Currently excited to get back to Vegas after summer is over and travel a bit more around the United States with collaborations, my work, training, and photoshoots.
Also super excited to get back on stage this year and show off all the improvements I was able to make during this building phase. It’s not easy- but I’m pushing really hard and keeping the brightest future in mind. So so so grateful for everything I have and will receive, and gain.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
That’s a hard question because there are so many lessons learned in life and in Bodybuilding of course.
One thing that comes to mind right now is positivity and a positive attitude, the energy you have. It completely changes things in the best way possible and attracts opportunities and the right people in your mind.
It’s easy to get down and become demotivated when things aren’t working out, but if you start to change your outlook and start looking for positive things- slowly things start to go better. Worth the effort 100 percent. Good things happen to good people, this is what I’m trying to remind myself and reflect on when things get really hard.
What does success look like for you?
Being genuinely happy and ability to live freely, while having good people around you.