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Umar Salman – Talks To Us

Age: 27
Weight: 165lbs
Height: 5’9”
Workout Routine:

5-6x a week workout
Different body part every day. For example, will do Chest Mondays, Tuesday Shoulders, Wednesday Bi’s and Tri’c then specifically right now I’ll work the upper chest again on Mondays. I like to change my routine every 1-2 months.


Diet is my weak point however a normal day consists of –
8am – Whey Protein with Oatmeal
11am – Brown Rice/Chicken
2pm – Brown Rice/Chicken
4pm – Protein Shake
6pm – Workout
8pm – Post-Workout Shake
9pm – Chicken with vegetables

When and why did you get started?

I got started while I was in university however it was more serious towards the end university when I first got into my first job and had time to do something after work. Work would finish 5pm and then I would go directly to the gym. Throughout High School I played football/soccer all the time so was always into sports and also represented my school a number of times in athletic tournaments. After university I stopped playing sports and going into the gym was the natural thing to do to spend some time and of course from a lot of encouragement from my Dad who thought it was a type of discipline I could succeed in – for my personal growth.

Will you always strive to get stronger or at some point just try to maintain?

I would like to get stronger and more defined then what I am right now then obviously there will be a point where I would be happy and would like to maintain. My goal is more the cover fitness model physique rather than a “Bodybuilder”

Have you done any competitions or plan to?

No, and yes I would like to but need more time so I can go in at the top rather then just being average. I need to be the best when I go in and for that I need preparation.

What would be your biggest dream to be able to achieve?

That’s a BIG question. I could say many, I don’t think there is one that is greater than another one. There are many things, from appearing on numerous fitness covers to being a source of inspiration to many people, to be able to help those who are climbing/learning the ropes. Those are some – but from experience and watching people and the world, I’ve learnt that any dream you have, the best one is the one you can share with another, and that other person being one person that you love higher than anyone else in the world. When you can share a dream with that person, that’s the ultimate.

Do you ever struggle to stick to your diet and eat lots of junk food?

All the time, I’m a food junkie. I love it! Pizza, Kebabs, McDonald’s, Alcohol, Vodka … Chips … I love it all. I agree that food and diet is imperative to stick to however I also do not agree to extreme’s – I think everything in life should be in balance – be it food and diet or love and relationships. When you do too much of anything it has negative repercussions, when you do too little it’s not enough to be strong.

Allot of us out there love a good drink of alcohol from time to time, do you ever drink, if so how often?

I drink for sure – possibly every Friday and Saturday but not to a point of being drunk. I am always in control – keep a glass of water handy is the key ;)

If you could pick only one supplement what would it be? (Not protein as you can get that from foods easily)

I love pre-workout supplements to amp you up before a workout – my sister and a girl I used to know always called it placebo but if it is or it isn’t I don’t know but I do know it works and so for that I have to give a shout out to Jack3d

Your favourite food?

Too many to choose! McDonald’s BIG MACCCC!

If you could pick only 3 different body parts to put on your body from 3 famous people, what would they be and why?

I’m sorry I can’t choose any – you should be happy in your own body and if you are not happy with something, do something to improve it! Never imitate, always be yourself!

Who do you look up to these days and why?

Many people in the bodybuilding/fitness modelling I look up to – Zyzz is a big one but the ultimate is David Kimmerle – the guy seems to have gone through a really really tough life, all sorts of challenges and downfalls and problems but he didn’t gave up and found all his energy in the gym and has made a phenomenal career out of it. Also he speaks the truth, a lot of people sweet talk and forget their roots, this guy says openly he found that in the gym he was able to put all the hate/anger he has inside of himself from past experiences and use it to good use in the gym – a lot of people have anger/hate but as it’s a negative emotion it’s painted as a big X across your face if you openly show it or say it – so a lot of people are 2 faced and act all nice on your face but talk behind your back – David Kimmerle is a real man,.

Your favourite quote?

Too many again …. Really can’t choose one specific one. = I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.

Your top 3 tips to someone that might be just starting out bodybuilding?

When you workout, if at the end of the workout you “sweat” then you’ve done it correctly and you WILL get results.
At the beginning you will have no haters – as you get more defined and build up others will begin to watch you. Never watch anyone else in the gym, only watch yourself in the mirror – ignore everyone. Focus only on yourself. It is the path to success and a clean mind.
Look at yourself in the mirror, look into your mind, envision what you want to be every time you workout. Find all the pain and disappoints you’ve had in life, be it from friends or from experiences and think how you will keep your integrity and never be like that to any friend or loved one of yours.

Keep your integrity, keep your word – no matter all the moments in life when others try to pull your standards down.

What is your favourite motivation picture online and why?

My favourite motivation picture could be any cover picture of David Kimmerle or Gregg Plit.

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