We hear that you are identified in the fitness industry as the “Most Ripped Fitness Model In The World”. How did that come about?
I was voted and selected out of all of the fitness models in the industry as the most ripped fitness model in the world by a very popular site called criticalbench.com about a year ago and many people that I have met in the fitness industry have told me this. I think the reason why I have been identified as the most ripped fitness model or one of the most ripped is because of the conditioning that I bring consistently to photoshoots.
I walk around naturally at a bodyfat percentage between 4 to 5 percent and then I get down to 2 percent bodyfat quite consistently for photoshoots and I have been able to get that ripped within a 7 day notice of a shoot which very few fitness models in the fitness industry can do.
I think people have taken notice to my conditioning and that phrase has taken a life of its own. Many magazines I’ve been on the covers on and many supplement companies that I’ve done ads for have used that “Most Ripped fitness model in the world” phrase for marketing purposes. If you google “The Most ripped fitness model” or “The Most Ripped Fitness Model In The World” my name is the first name that comes up because it has been used so often about me in interviews, magazine covers and ad campaigns. I am honored for anybody to consider me as the most ripped fitness model or one of the most ripped fitness models in the industry. It’s a huge compliment honestly and I am deeply flattered.
Creative Boxing Photoshoot with Lyzabeth Lopez and Obi Obadike
How did you get started with bodybuilding?
I don’t consider myself a bodybuilder I consider myself a fitness model athlete. I’ve been involved in weight-training out since I was 16 years old. I was a pretty thin kid growing up so weight-training really allowed me to change my phyisque in a positive way. I also was a track athlete in college so I found that weight-training was very beneficial for my success in college as an athlete. Sports and wanting to have a physique like the bodybuilders in the magazines as a kid motivated me to get started into working out. Once I started I got hooked and the rest is history.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation now comes from fans, clients that look up to me as a role model in regards to being physically fit. I feel because so many people look up to me for inspiration that I have a responsibility to be as fit as I can for myself and for them. Also another motivation is maintaining my status as a top fitness model in the industry. Maintaining that status requires me to always be in shape at all times because you never know when you will get a call for a fitness shoot.
What is your training philosophy?
My training philosophy is quite simple where I superset all exercises giving myself minimal rest between exercises. For example if I am working chest and biceps in one day I will work chest for one set and then proceed immediately to one set of biceps. I will go back and forth until I am done with that particular chest and bicep exercise. Training like this increases your aerobic capacity because you are constantly circuit training and not resting. It really is a great way to help you stay lean while training anerobically.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
Dumbbell Chest press because I really enjoy the feel of this exercise, Pull-ups because it is an exercise not everybody can do especially guys that have some decent strength. Pull-ups is an exercise that you have train consistently to develop that strength. And the third exercise I would say is Tricep Cable Extension with Rope. I love training triceps and that is a great exercise for training your triceps.
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I prefer HIIT in my cardio training because I enjoy high intensity impace cardio for 20 to 25 minutes which will allow you an infinite amount of calories within a short amount of time. I guess because I was a sprinter in college that is where my background comes from in terms of high impact cardio training. This type of training is great for staying lean and also waking up your fast twitch fibers.
What is your philosophy on nutrition?
My philosophy on nutrition is simple and it is to make sure to follow a balance diet of protein, carbs and fats. Make sure you consume your carbs from the start of the day to the afternoon which should be enough to give you energy throughout the day. I personally follow a high protein/low carb diet which helps me to stay lean all year round on top of my high impact training. Protein is the essential blocks and ingredients in building muscle. Never forget that simple concept of building lean muscle mass.
What are your favorite meals and foods?
My favorite meal is broiled or baked chicken as I can eat that just about every day and not get tired of it. Thank God chicken is healthy or would I have problems…..Laughing out Loud!
Favorite cheat food?
My favorite cheat food is fried chicken and the favorite place to eat that is Popeyes chicken.
What supplements do you use?
I generally take a basic whey protein once a week and sometimes I’ll take K-4 Kre-Alkalyne right before weight-training.
My favorite bodybuilders are Ronnie Coleman, Flex Wheeler, Lee Haney and Arnold Schwarzeneggar. I think these are the four greatest bodybuilders of all time.
“You can have great abs, great physique, money in the bank and have all the wisdom in the world, but if you don’t have the ability to share it with people then it means absolutely nothing.” – Obi
The final things you would like to say about before closing this interview?
I would like to thank Anthony for giving me the opportunity for this interview and anybody that is interested in getting ripped to compete on stage or just want to look fit you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.obiobadike.com to get information about my special diet and training programs to help you get ripped via online. I train many clients all over the world for competitions and I train many people that just to want be in shape.
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