How Did You Get Started In Bodybuilding?
I got started in bodybuilding when I was in high school. Everyday, after school my friends and I would hit the weight room for a few hours. We mainly did it because we assumed that’s what we needed to do to improve our performance in sports. I wasn’t really interested in building my physique at first, just gaining strength.
What Is Your Best Accomplishment So Far? Proudest Moment?
I’ve had many accomplishment and proud moments. But the best one thus far has to be becoming a team athlete with Bodybuilding.com. I stumbled upon their site when I first set out a goal to change my physique. Using the tools on Bodyspace.com help me map out my progress and also keep me on track. And now to be apart of an organization that has aided me, is truly a blessing.
What Workout Routine Has Worked Best For You?
I have a 5-day lifting routine that I cycle through. This is my current split.
Day 1: Legs
Day 2: Shoulders and Calves
Day 3: Chest
Day 4: Arms
Day 5: Back
Sundays, I like dedicating them to double cardio or dead lifts.
I don’t take any rest days. I know many people believe they are crucial but in reality they are not. What’s really important is REST. Which means adequate sleep and recovery time. Also, with a split like this, each body part gets time to recover before I hit them again.
You can view more of my full routine Here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kizzito-fitness-360.html
Top 3 Favourite Exercises And Why?
My top favourite exercises are standing barbell press, pull ups and hanging leg raises. I enjoy these 3 exercise because they each help to stabilize and strengthen my core. Without a strong core all of your other workouts will be much more difficult.
Favourite Form Of Cardio?
Cardio. My enemy and my best friend. I’m one of those people that truly enjoy cardio. It helps to remind me that I’m still athletic and agile. My favourite one has to be intervals on the Stair master. Getting my heart rate to peak around 190 bpm. Three 5-min rounds a day in cardio session will keep the fat off you for sure.
What Is Your Diet Like?
I like to stick to a high protein low carb diet. Protien intake, 200-250 grams per day, and carb intake 100 grams or less. When I say low carb, I generally mean starchy and high glycemic carbs. I eat 5 to 6 meals a day and keep my higher glycemic carbs in the morning and afternoon before my lifting workout. My last 2 or 3 meals only contain veggies.
My philosophy to my diet is to only give your body what it needs to perform and rebuild. So everything that I eat has to have a purpose.
Any Staple Healthy Meals That You Always Eat?
A staple in my diet has always been broccoli. I just love it sooo much. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have cheat meals but I do have refeeds. Which means your refeeding your body the amount of calories it was deprived from in carbs. Its never anything crazy like pizza or a cheesburger, Yuck! It’s more like peanut butter and carmel rice cakes. Yum!!
What Supplements Do You Use?
I use the basic supplements. Whey, for quick deliver of protein before and after my workout. BCAA’s for muscle repair and keeping my body anabolic. A compound protein like monster milk. Helps to fill in my nutrition during the day. Green tea extract. Helps increase my metabolism and caloric expenditure.
My favourite current supplement is Monster Amino from Cytosport. Great formula.
What Are Your Tips For Success?
Success is dependant on the individual and the amount of time and effort you put into something you really want. What ever your goals is. Whether it’s to build muscle lose fat or gain strength. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It will take a lot of time. Don’t be in a rush to get there. If you plan on living another 30 years, take your time and build the physique you desire.
1-2 years of hard work is a small sacrifice to pay for a lifetime of self-gratification.
What Is The Best Advice You Have Ever Been Given?
If heard this many times from other fitness professionals. Fall in love with the workouts, not the results. Many people are quick to give up because they are not changing as fast as they want. But when you make that switch to start enjoying the workout, you’ll notice how much heavy you’ll lift in the gym. You will always want to be better than you were yesterday. Strive to out perform yourself. And much to your surprise, your body will change.
Did You Make Any Mistakes When You First Started Out?
One particular mistake I made when I first started, was not lifting heavy enough. I used to read fitness magazine for workout plans, and when I’d see the fitness model on the page lifting a certain amount of weight, I’d assume that if did it too I would look like them. I know now that I was wrong. Your goal in the gym is to chase the pain then push past it. Pain is a signal of newly found strength.
Your Best Tips To Getting Into Contest Shape/Losing Those Last Few Pounds?
What’s Your Gym Playlist Like? Favourite Song To Play While Running?
I have an eclectic mix on my play list. Anything from Rap to rock. I always post what song I’m currently listening to on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/kizzito.ejam
Where Does Your Motivation Come From?
I get motivation from many places. Friends, family, people that see me in the gym and tell me that I’m their inspiration. But more than that, I’m inspired constantly by yesterday’s successful workout.
Favourite Bodybuilders? Inspirations?
“While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy is eating, I’m working. While the other guy is making love,… I’m making love too, but I’m working really hard at it” – Will Smith