QUESTION

To get to the O stage, what’s more important: hard work or natural talent?

ANSWER

It’s a double-edged sword. I know guys who are the hardest workers in the world, but they don’t have the genetics to make a go of it in bodybuilding. You’ve got to work hard, because natural talent will take you only so far. But I think genetics plays a huge role, and a person might not ultimately succeed without genetics on his or her side. What I can say for sure is that the combination of the two is lethal.

QUESTION

Typical lunch?

ANSWER

Chicken and quinoa.

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QUESTION

Do you see yourself as the Ronnie Coleman of the 212 division?

ANSWER

I’m relatively young, got a few years left, and there’s currently no thought of leaving. But I’m not a guy who goes around saying he is planning on winning seven or eight titles. I want to walk out when I’m still on top.

QUESTION

How do you manage stress?

ANSWER

I’ve got a good mindset going into a contest—it’s another chance to get onstage and challenge myself. In the past two years, which have been stressful with all that’s going on, I started pursuing strategies to ease the effects of stress on my body; because stress really does have physical effects on the body. I started doing acupuncture. I was a skeptic—I walked in thinking it wouldn’t be helpful; but then, when I walked out, I felt rejuvenated, maybe even a little euphoric. So I do that, and other things, too, like deep-tissue massage. And I surround myself with good people.

 

 

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2015 Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend

IFBB Olympia Weekend 2015

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