Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Nick Grest

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Interview With Amateur Bodybuilder Nick Grest

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About Muscle talk to up and coming bodybuilder Nick Grest! Nick always struggled trying to build the muscle mass he desired until he 18 when he dedicated his time to training and built the muscular physique that he has today.

Interview With Bodybuilder Nick Grest
Name: Nicholas Grest
E-mail: Click Here
Age: 24 Years
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 205 pounds
Location: Independence, LA
Experience: 2 years competing

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

I got serious into Bodybuilding when I was 18 years old and started college at LSU. Growing up I always wanted to be big, but when I was young I was just an overweight kid. Then I went on a diet when I was about 10 years old and lost a lot of weight, but then I was just a small kid. I worked out on and off throughout high school, but I ran cross country and track so I never was able to get into a good routine and put on serious mass. Once I got to college I decided to get serious about my training and started to learn more about proper exercise, supplementation, and nutrition. After working out for about 5 years, I finally decided to step up on stage at my first Bodybuilding competition, Power Shack Classic, and I won my division, which was Lightweight Novice.

What Helps You Stay Motivated?

I just love how being healthy makes me feel and look. I love that I have energy all the time when most people get exhausted just by walking around the block or up a couple flights of stairs. Humans aren’t meant to be sedentary and to sit on the couch all the time eating chips and being unhealthy, they are meant to get out there and live their life to the fullest.

What Is Your Training Philosopy?

Pretty much my philosophy is to train hard and smart, that’s really it. You have to remember that there is a big difference in what a normal person defines as a “workout” and what someone who wants to succeed physically and obtain a great physique should define as a “workout”.

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What Does Your Workout Plan Look Like?

I have used many different workout plans throughout the years. I have found that high volume and high intensity workouts work best for me. I concentrate on getting the biggest pump I can and I tend not to focus too much on the amount of weight that I use. I find that proper form goes a long way, and that 10 reps with excellent form and lighter weight is far superior to 10 reps with decent form and slightly higher weight. I am always chasing the pump and I believe the more blood flow you can get to the muscles, the better you are working them.

Here is a sample workout plan when I am trying to cut bodyfat for a competition or photoshoot. I like to work opposing body parts such as chest and biceps on one day and back and triceps the next. This way I can superset, keep the pace faster, and keep my heart rate up to give me a cardio effect while working out. When I am dieting and cutting down I actually do abs every day, but mostly non-weighted exercises such as basic crunches, leg lifts, hip thrusts, oblique crunches, etc. I believe that the hardest part of getting abs is just doing abs, even though it seems simple, you just have to remember that the abs are a tough muscle and they need a lot of volume training to get results. Also, I do cardio about 5 days a week, starting at about 20-25 minutes during the first week and working my way up to 45-60 minutes at a time.

Monday: Chest and Biceps

Tuesday: Back and Triceps

Wednesday: Shoulders

Thurday: Legs

Friday: Alternating Monday and Tuesday workouts

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday: Rest Day

What Is Your Philosopy On Nutrition?

Very similar to what I said on training, there is a difference in what a normal person eats when they are “dieting” and what you need to eat when you are “dieting” if you want to succeed. It’s harder to diet hard than it is to train hard in my opinion and you have to remember that if it was easy than everyone would be ripped and huge.

What Does Your Nutrition Plan Look Like?

I eat pretty clean all year long, even when I am trying to gain weight. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t get some fast food or Chinese food every now and then when bulking, but throughout the day I keep it pretty clean. I go for high protein and carbs, while keeping fats relatively low when I am bulking. My diet gets extremely strict when I am cutting down though. When dieting down, I prefer to do high protein, low carbs and moderate healthy fats. I also do carb cycling while cutting, which I believe works great for me, I would generally have 1 high carb day a week, 3 very low days, and 3 moderate carb days a week.

I will include a sample diet for one of my low carb days

Meal 1: Breakfast

8 egg whites
2 egg yolks
Fat free cheddar cheese
2 pieces whole grain toast

Meal 2:

Whey protein shake with water

Meal 3:

8 .oz chicken breast
½ cup of green beans

Meal 4: Pre-workout Meal

Whey protein shake with water
1 peanut butter sandwich

Meal 5:

8 .oz ground beef and turkey
Small salad

Meal 6:

8 egg whites
2 egg yolks
Fat free cheddar cheese

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What 3 Exercises Have Contributed The Most To Building Your Physique?

Dumbbell shoulder press, Dumbbell tricep kickbacks, Close grip bent over rows and Hammer curls

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I think the thing that made me want to achieve my goals the most is the fact that a lot of people probably thought that I couldn’t, so I wanted to prove them wrong. Most people do not possess the mental and physical toughness to achieve their goals, so I wanted to show that I did have these qualities and that I will not let anything get in my way. I know when I was little, I was made fun of for being fat, and when I decided to lose weight, many people did not think I could do it, and I proved them wrong. Then when I was a skinny kid and wanted to get bigger, many people said I did not possess the genetics, body frame, or work ethic to become a “big guy”, so I proved them wrong again. So now I dare anyone to set a limitation for me, and I will prove to them once again that I am not held back by limitations, I will achieve what I want to achieve.

What Do You Love Most About Fitness?

I love fitness because of the way that it makes me feel, both physically as well as mentally. The changes that I can see in my body and feel in my mind are incredible and make me want to continue progressing. It isn’t something that comes easy and it takes an incredible amount of work, and I love how only a select few are willing and able to put forth the effort it takes to succeed in the fitness industry.

Nick Grest Bodybuilder

Who Are Your Favorite Athletes, Bodybuilders and Fitness Models?

My favorite bodybuilders are mostly old school guys such as Arnold of course, bodybuilding would not be where it is today without Arnold Schwarzenegger. I am also a huge fan of Lou Ferrigno because of all he overcame and his sheer size and Frank Zane because he was able to look huge while being under 200 pounds.

Any Advice For Our Readers?

One tip that I want to give other Bodybuilders is to remember that it takes time, and that if it was easy then everyone would be in great shape. So just stick to you exercise and nutrition plan and you will accomplish your goals in time. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do, only you can decide what you are capable of, and always remember, “Life is what you make it”.


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