Sunday, April 1, 2012

Winston, Mo, Colin & More!


At the close of another week, we go out in style. A few days a I was able to shoot some great videos with Winston Tsai, who took a jaw-dropping 2nd Place in Physique at the 2012 NPC Simmons Peckam Classic!The video above, shot a few days after the contest, gives you some idea of good the young champ looked. This is a guy that gives it his all in the gym, and with the help of his friend Colin Weng (who's currently prepping for the NPC Junior Nationals), Winston has been able to build a first class look. Please take the time to watch the featured videos and if you have a facebook - please join his fanpage "Winston Tsai Fitness."

Mo Saaidi with Collin Weng at Powerhouse Gym - East Lansing


Also, I was able to catch with Mo Saaidi, who I've been trying to get on camera for weeks! He's been able to pack on a decent amount of muscle and trains with strategic precision. He's in full control of his weight; he's meticulous when it comes to good form, and he's a very sociable and approachable kind of guy. What I really like about his look, is that he's good arms, excellent abs, a solid back, but more than anything, I think his best bodypart is his chest.


Make sure to check back for more; we're going to be doing a lot more videos with Mo, Winston, Kyle Hein, and hopefully Colin Weng!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hardcore Physique Training

I think a lot of things get easily lost in the shuffle. A lot of people in our sport think bikni girls come off the beach and walk onto an NPC stage - they don't know about the girls that powerlift and/or do triatholons (as seen on; many people also don't know about the numbers that natty powerlifters move, they just assume that because their natural, the numbers must be lower by at least 40% -- WRONG! But one are where a lot of people are in for a shock, is Physique.

People see these young, good looking model types, wearing colorful boardshots, tanned bodies, and catwalk poses to a sea of camera flashes. There's no pushing or shoving (as seen in the bodybuilding posedown), there's no trash talk (like at the Olympia press conference), and there's no dvds featuring these guys throwing weights around or looking like total meatheads (sorry Branch,lol). Most people think Physique guys eat rice cakes and drink wheat grass tea. They don't life hard, they're models. WRONG!

In this article we take a look at three Lansing/E.Lansing Physique stars. The top video features Winston Tsai, with bodybuilder Jeff Vasque offering some encouragement. In the second video, we tune into Colin Weng's channel. Colin is a top level Physique competitor aspiring to hit the Junior USA stage in 2012; he's also training Winston Tsai.

Moreover, we shocase an interview (above) with Kyle Hein. Kyle is getting ready to compete in two shows, in Ohio & Kentucky. He has a great physique, highlighted by quality guns (peaking biceps and thick triceps).

Finally, if you scroll down to the next post, you can read a great interview with Martin Mester, who won the C Class and the Masters Division (both in Physique) at the 2012 NPC Iron Man Naturally. An interview with overall winner of that show, Shaka Smith, is on the way!

Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out my interview's Aaron Singerman. Aaron is an aspiring physique star, who's taken as high as 2nd Place in open competition. He's also the co-host of the popular industry-wide radio shows, "Access Bodybuilding" and "Iron Empire Radio." He's also the national spokesperson for IronMagLabs, a wonderful supplement company that makes the strongest prohormones legally availabe. IML is a huge supporter of our sites, and we couldn't ask for a cooler company to work with!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Interview with Physique Champion, Martin Mester!

Christian Duque: Please tell us your full name, age, height, and regular weight/contest weight. Also please tell us where you were born & raised.

Martin Mester: My name is Martin Mester I'm 35 years old. My height is 6´2. My contest weight is 216lbs, with my off-season weight at 222lbs. I was born in the Czech republic, but I live in Madrid, Spain.

Christian Duque: When did you first start training with weight, how old were you, and what inspired you to transform your physique?

Martin Mester: I was started my training at a young age - 15 years old. My motivations were movie stars like Van Damme, Stallone, and Arnold. I wanted to be strong and have muscle, so I started step by step. I started going to the gym and developed from a skinny body to a muscular one.

Christian Duque: As far as your training goes, do you incorporate everything in the gym (machines, barbells, and free weights)? Or do you prefer any particular forms? What does your split (programa de entrenamiento) look like for the week?

Martin Mester: I prefer "change" with every workout, whether I'm training heavy or doing circuit type work.

I try to surprise my body through heavy working sets and/or intensity. I usually will use the machines, barbells, free weights, with a split of three days on, with one day off. When I'm close to a competition, I'll train 2x a day. Before breakfast, I'll be doing my cardio on the stepper or bike. I'll schedule my weight-training session for the afternoon.

Christian Duque: Many people want to have definition and good lines, talk to us about how important cardio vascular training is for you? How important is it develop lean, vascular look?

Martin Mester: I think that cardio training is very important to be lean. And generally, intensive workouts are really good for shedding extra calories and looking lean. Everybody has muscle but if that muscle is under fat, nobody can see it. So if you want to be lean with great shape, you have to do put forth some real effort, because nothing is free in life. If you put 100% to your workout and diet you can expect 100% awesome results - results you'll be proud of!

Christian Duque:
As far as diet goes - do your dietary requirements change vary during the year, or do you keep a pretty consistent set of meal plans? What does your normal diet look like?

Martin Mester: My diet is more or less the same year-round. I try to always be in good shape. Just before the competicion, I am more strict with my diet, exerting greater control over what I eat.

I eat 6 meals a day with 2 protein shakes. I need more good fats than carbohydrates so I eat more steak, salmon, almonds, etc. I try to consume 3,5 g of protein per 1kg of body weight, with just a bit of carbohydrates - normally oatmeal or potatoes.

Christian Duque: For those men reading this, that would like to compete in Physique, do you recommend staying lean year-round (todo el a~no) or do you advocate for an On and Off season? Is there a danger for the Physique competitor to "Bulk Up?"

Martin Mester: In my opinion is better to stay lean year-round. Physique is not bodybuilding so you dont need to have huge muscles, what you need is to have quality muscle come the contest. Of course there isn't a danger "bulk up," if you do it correctly; however, I think you really dont need it. Instead, focus all your efforts at developing rockhard muscle! Physique isn't about size, it's about quality muscle and symmetry.

Christian Duque: Talk to us about your record, how many competitions have you entered? Has it been all Physique, any bodybuilding?

Martin Mester: I just did 2 competitions and I won both of them - I'm very lucky. My first competition was last year, the West Coast Classic, where I won the Men's Physique, Class C. And this year, I won the Iron Man Naturally Mens Physique (Class C & Master's Physique).

Christian Duque: I think everyone that sees your photos, is blown away (WOW) by your abs. What tips can you give the readers as far as seeing improvements in their own bodies?

Martin Mester: I work my abs like I would any other muscle - remember that, surprise is the name of the game. Sometimes I'll train heavy for high reps, other times I'll do circuit super-sets, but other times I'll just mix it up even further. You have to remember that there's many different exercises to stimulate the abs. In order to reap the best results, consistently introduce new exercises and follow through with a clean diet.

Christian Duque: Talk to us about your supplements. What's your favorite protein, creatine, amino acids, etc? What companies have you had the best experiences with?

Martin Mester: I use supplements such as a protein shake, bcaa's, glutamine, and crealkaline from Scipharm and Beverly Nutrition. I also use a fat burner from VPX, because I have great results from it.

Christian Duque: Please tell us what you have planned for 2012 and where your fans can go to reach you.

Martin Mester: For this year, I definitely plan on doing the West Coast Classic! In October, I plan on doing the Arnold Classic (Europe) in Madrid. This is the first year they'll have Men's Physique and I can't wait to be there.