Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Ethan Grossman

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Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Ethan Grossman

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Amatuer Of The Week Interview with Ethan Grossman, he started training for sport and progressed into bodybuilding without even knowing it. Learn how he trains and diets to keep his body in shape.

Interview with Ethan Grossman
Name: Ethan Grossman
E-mail: Click Here
Age: 20
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190 pounds
Location: Springfield, MA
Experience: 3 years

Could You Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And How You Got Involved In Fitness?

Bodybuilding began for me as it does for many, when I came to the realization that I enjoyed the thrill and passion that I got from training and dieting more than the sports I was actually training for. All of a sudden I realized that I was living as a bodybuilder and I didn’t even know it. The next step was simply putting a name to it, bodybuilding, and that was it. At that point, it was easy for me to accept that this is what I was meant to do.

I was influenced early by my mother who as a single parent managed to raise me while also becoming one of the best female marathon runners in the state of New York. As a result, she urged me to try just about every sport out there. By high school I was a captain in football and also competed in track, lacrosse and eventually rugby. For those four years my love was football and my dream was to play at a division one school. It was not until my final year of high school that I discovered that my heart and passion truly lay in the sport of bodybuilding and that it had been there all along.

What Is Your Training Philosopy?

To quote the great Ronnie Coleman:

“As heavy as possible for as many reps as possible.”

Typically I train four days a week in the offseason and five pre-contest. Right now our team is in a strength phase.

 Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Ethan Grossman

What Does Your Workout Plan Look Like?


Snatch Grip Deadift 4 x 4-7
Pendley Row 3 x 12 seconds
Complex Set 1: 3 x 6-8 each
Seated Cable Rows
Chinese Rows
Alternating Dumbbell Shrugs
Core Complex Set 2: 3 x 15-18 each
Band Pull Aparts
Cable Trunk Rotations
Monster Band Walks
Side Bridge


Incline Dumbbell Press 4 x 12-15
Close Grip Bench Press 3 x 30 seconds
Assistance Complex Set 1: 3 x 10-12 each
Weighted Dips
Resisted Push Ups
Lying Tricep Extensions
Core Complex Set 2: 3 x 15-18 each
Scapula Dips
Dumbbell Flye
Prone Bridge
Dumbbell External Rotation
Sprawl Ball


Weighted Pull-ups 4 x 4-6
Chain Saw Row 3 x 10 seconds
Assistance Complex: Set 1: 3 x 6-8 each
Dumbbell Rows
Rope Shoulder Extensions
Neutral Grip Lat Pulldown
Core Complex Set 2: 3 x 15-18 each
Hip Rotations on Swiss Ball
Prone Dumbbell Scaptions
Band External Rotations
Standing Plate Twists
Fat Bar Supine Row


Seated Dumbbell Overhead Press 4 x 12-15
Dumbbell High Pull 3 x 30 seconds
Assistance Complex Set 1: 3 x 10-12 each
Standing Single Arm Overhead Press
Rear Dumbbell Raises
Barbell Shrugs
Core Complex Set 2: 3 x 15-18 each
Face Pulls
Lateral Raise
Prone Shoulder Press
Dynamic Side Bridge


Back Squat 4 x 8-10
Leg Press 3 x 20 seconds
Assistance Complex Set 1: 3 x 8-10 each
Romanian Deadlift
Traveling Lunge
Step Up Jumps
Core Complex Set 2: 3 x 15-18 each
Alternating Leg Extensions
Dumbbell Reverse Hyperextensions
Push Crunch
Single Leg Supine Bridge
Swiss Ball Leg Curls

 Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Ethan Grossman

What Does Your Nutrition Plan Look Like?

Meal 1: Upon Waking

25g whey hydro
5g bcaa
10g glutamine

Meal 2:

6 oz. Ground beef 95%
1 egg
10 oz. Potato

Meal 3:

6 oz. Ground beef 95%
1 egg
10 oz. Potato or 5 oz. potato and  cup oatmeal
12 oz. Iced tea

Meal 4:

6 oz. Chicken
1.5 cups White Rice

Meal 5:

6 oz. salmon
2 cups white rice
8 oz. iced tea

Meal 6:

6 egg whites
1 scoop whey
1 scoop casein
1 oz. walnuts
10g glutamine

How Do You Deal With Cravings?

In the offseason I have no problem having a cheat meal once or twice a week or enjoying some home cooked meals with my family or girlfriend. Pre-contest its easy, you just put your head down and do what needs to be done period.

What Do Find Works Best When Cutting?

Low intensity cardio 20-30min 5-6 times a week is what I did for my show. I think high intensity cardio is great also as long as you eat prior.

What Supplements Do You Use?

Whey protein
Micellar Casein
IMR or Jack3d
Fish Oil

What Activities and Hobbies Do You Enjoy When You Are Away From The Gym?

Hanging out with friends. Competing in sports or just about anything

What Is Your Favorite Workout Music?

I listen to mostly rap but my training playlist includes hundreds and hundreds of songs from all different genres. Every few months ill add another ten or twenty to the mix.

What Is Your Greatest Achievement?

In regards to bodybuilding, it would be the overall teen title at my first ever show this summer the NPC Mr. Rochester.

What Is Your Favorite Quote?

Make your own luck.

What Do You Love About Competing?

The actual competition is actually kind of boring at times. I just love to train like an animal and push my limits in the gym and in life every day.

If Someone Wants To Connect With You How Can You Be Contacted?





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