How did you get started with bodybuilding?
I am from Lagos, Nigeria and played soccer, track, & gymnastics growing up. At the age of 12, I saw the movie “Pumping Iron” and was amazed at how the human physique could be transformed in such a way. I wanted to look like those bodybuilders in the movie but as an athlete I wanted to represent my country at the Olympics. So when I started looking into representing my country in the Olympics, all I found was Olympic weightlifting. I started to train as a weightlifter at the age of 13. Excelled at it and represented my country in numerous competitions and won 2 gold medals and a bronze medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. In 1996, I represented my country in the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
After the 1996 Olympics, I accomplished the goal I had set for myself at 13 years of age, so I decided to enter the world of bodybuilding since that was my dream.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from living in a country where we grow up with very little and no motivation or support from family and friends. I wanted to prove to people there that you can dream BIG and achieve great success.
“I believe a healthy body is a healthy mind. My goal as a trainer is to encourage young athletes to stay natural without the use of performing enhancement drugs.”
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Monday: Back & Shoulders
- Lat pulldown 12×4
- Bent over rows 12×4
- Pull overs 8×4
- Deadlifts 6×4
- Shoulder press 12×4
- Front raises 15×4
- Lateral raises 15×4
- Rear delt 15×4
Tuesday Hamstrings & Calves
- Seated leg curls 12×4
- Standing single leg curl 12×4
- Stiff leg deadlift 12×4
- Donkey calf raises 15×4
- Standing calf raises 12×4
- Seated calf raises 12×4
Wednesday Chest & Traps
- Dumbbells flat bench press 8×4
- Incline hammer chest press 12×4
- Chest dips 15×4,
- Machine flys 15×4
- Standing barbell shrugs 12×4
- Dumbbell seated shrugs 8×4
- Upright rows 12×4
Thursday Quads & Glutes
- Squats 8×4
- Lunges 12×4
- Extensions 15×4
- Step ups 12×4
- Glute kicks 15×6
Friday Biceps & Triceps
- Standing barbell curls 12×4
- Preacher curls 12×4
- Concentration curls 12×4
- High pulley curls 15×4
- Bench dips 15×4
- Tricep pulldowns 15×4
- Tricep extensions 12×4
- Tricep kickbacks 12×4
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
- Squats: I feel it is the “King” of all exercises because it works quads, back, glutes, and all your stabilizer muscles involved
- Deadlift: I feel it is the “Queen” of all exercises because it works your back, glutes, quads and all your stabilizer muscles and it is a conditioning exercise
- Donkey Raises: Genetically I have small calves and have to work extremely hard to get them where they are so it is a must exercise for me.
What is your diet like?
- Meal 1: 6 egg whites, 4 whole grain bread with peanut butter
- Meal 2: 2 servings of ProLab NLarge 2
- Meal 3: Chicken breast, vegetables, white rice
- Meal 4: 2 servings of ProLab NLarge 2
- Meal 5: White fish, vegetables, white rice
- Meal 6: 1 servings of ProLab NLarge 2
When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
I do not do cardio because I still do Olympic lifting movements which is very explosive, and these lifts burn a huge amount of calories.
Since I am a sponsored ProLab athlete, I take NLarge 2, Lean Mass Complex, Amino Gel Caps, Cuts II, ThermoFire, Glutamine, Beta Alanine Extreme and Creatine, which I really like their products.
Mohamed Makkawy, Leo Labrada, Frank Zane
“Impossible is an opinion, not a fact”