Weight: 202 LBS (CurrentOff-season stats)
Chest size: 46″
Bicep size: 16 3/4″
Thighs size: 27″
My routine is very basic. I like compound movements at a high weight. Typically, I stick to 6-8 and 8-12 rep rage. On some workouts I’ll feel the exercise well and do supersets for maximum results
My food does not change much during the off-season and contest time. I eat every 2 hours and consume between 6-7 meals a day, depending on my work day as the road is my office. My selection of food is as follows: Beef, chicken thighs, rice, pasta, oatmeal, bananas and mixed greens.
When and why did you get started?
I got started back in 2007 because my brother always complained of my scrawny physique. I never listened because I was comfortable in my skin. Finally until one day, I was sick of being tired and my brother repeated it again. I had agreed. I took his book called “the book of muscle”, read it from cover to cover and signed up for a membership on 02/28/2007. I will never forget this date.
Achievements so far?
I’ve been fat-bulky, I’ve been skinny, I’ve been shredded. What this makes me realize is that I have total control over my body, physically and mentally. Not many people can say the same. When you have total control, you will be focused, disciplined and hungry. Even some bodybuilders lack this “skill”. I think being strong is the first step to being successful in this sport.
In terms of competition history, I’ve done 3 shows so far. I plan to take this journey slow and steady. Quality>Quantity
3. 2nd place, 2010 Ontario Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships (welter) – National Qualifier
2. 1st place, 2010 Sudbury Championships (welter) – Provincial Qualifier
1. 1st place, National Capital Classic (light weight) – Regional Qualifier
What would be your biggest dream to be able to achieve?
My biggest dream is to be around my family and true friends. These are the people that will help you get up when you fall or push you on a wheelchair when you cannot walk. Never forget them. My long-term goal is to be 212 Mr. Olympia, achieve my financial goal through bodybuilding and open a business that would ultimately be self-running without my full time. This would roughly be the ideal painted picture for my life. I’m a results driven individual, when progress starts, I have a hard time stopping.
Do you ever struggle to stick to your diet and eat lots of junk food?
I’ve never been the type to crave junk food. As a kid, I’ve always viewed food as a source of fuel. However, I am human and do like to enjoy myself. Whenever I feel like it, I may have a whole pizza from the pizza store across my house or a bag of doritos. I dont worry much about my body fat as it stays in check year round and I get in contest shape with little time and cardio. For my last prep, I was doing flat treadmill at a moderate pace, 20 minutes, every other day. I took 1st and 2nd.
Will you always strive to get stronger or at some point just try to maintain?
I dont think I can ever put myself in ”maintenance’ mode. I get bored quickly and want to make changes. I love to evolve. My personality dictates to always improve and mature. I could not imagine being satisfied with my result.
Allot of us out there love a good drink of alcohol from time to time, do you ever drink, if so how often?
I dont drink alcohol for several reasons. The main reason is because I’m a practising Muslim and as many know, Muslims are prohibited from consuming alcohol. The second reason is, I’m generally in an excellent mood with full of energy. I don’t need start drinking to loosen up and “get the party started”. People always compliment how they have a good time around me, even if I’m sober. (The trick is to being positive and just having a good time, not worrying about others too much)
If you could pick only one supplement what would it be? (Not protein as you can get that from foods easily).
Since protein has been taken out of the list, this is a tough question. I like to keep my supplement selection tight as you start to get overwhelmed over the years with different products “one should take”. At one point, I found myself taking handfuls of pills before going to bed. I got sick of it. I stepped outside the box and examined what I was doing. However if there was one to choose, I would have to choose a multi-vitamin. I dont think I get wide spectrum of nutrients necessary to keep me healthy since my food selection is limited through the year.
Your favourite food?
My mom’s sour Lebanese Tabbouleh. No shawarma store or any other mom can beat it. (Mom, if you’re reading this, my mouth is watering)
If you could pick only 3 different body parts to put on your body from 3 famous people, what would they be and why?
Shoulders: Levrone (Big bold and bad)
Back: Ronnie Coleman (Unmatched width, thickness and traps
Legs: Tom Plants (Self Explanatory)
Who do you look up to these days and why?
I’ve recently changed who I idol. I used to directly look up to the pros, but as time has been going, other amateur bodybuilders are starting to inspire me as well. Some names that would come to mind include, Antoine Vaillant, Jason Huh (before turning pro) just to name a few.
Your favourite quote?
There are so many that inspire me day to day on twitter. most quotes that have inspired me came from Imam Ali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali).If I could choose one that’s helped me in life it would be “Faith has four pillars patience, certainty, justice, and struggle.” -Imam Ali
Your top 3 tips to someone that might be just starting out bodybuilding?
1. Be the best at what you do, but be careful, dont try to be superman.
2. There is no rush. The faster you go, the earlier your end comes.
3. Have fun. Dont let bodybuilding take over your life. These are moments in your life you must enjoy while you can, don’t forget your friends, and mostly your family.
What is your favourite motivation picture online and why?
I cannot say I have one, but any picture that yells “intense: all or nothing” is great pre-workout motivation.
Thoughts on Steroids?
I do recognize that Steroids are part of the sport, which in reality, is part of every other sport. I’m not one to tell you what’s good or bad, but if you’re gonna use, don’t be a loser and enter a natural show.
Lastly, I’d like to prove to those who use their “bad genetics” as an excuse for their lack of progress that, it can be done. Work ethic outweighs genetics.