Picking up a February issue of Natural Muscle Magazine, I happened to notice a picture of Markus Kaulius staring back at me; there seemed to be something about this guy. After reading about him and his company, Magnum Nutraceuticals Inc., I was convinced there was something more to Markus than meets the eye. Turns out, Markus is an extremely positive individual, one of the good guys in the supplement industry, and we could all take a lesson from him. Markus really inspired me and I’m sure he’ll do the same for you.
- Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
- Current Location: South Surrey, BC, Canada
- Height: 6’6
- Weight: 220lbs
- Age: 36
- Status: Ecstatically married with 2 gorgeous girls
- Favorite Books: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Outliers, Blink, Tipping Point & Discipleship Essentials
- Favorite Supplement: Magnum Hi5; I can’t live without it!
- Website: Magnum Nutraceuticals
How did the creation of Magnum Nutraceuticals Inc. come about?
I started Magnum in January of 2005. At the time, I had 3 supplement stores and I have always sold everything with a personal guarantee. At that time, no brands could stand with me on promising results and I discovered a real lack of integrity in the manufacturing of supplements. Just look at all the companies being sued for cheating on proteins right now. I decided I had to be the one in charge, so Magnum was born.
From day 1, the focus has always been quality and integrity; in everything we do and every decision we make. Magnum offers guarantees no company would ever consider making.
Plus, as a natural athlete, I consume more Magnum than anyone else on earth, so I need the best supplements for my own training.
I am very impressed at how your company uses Pharmaceutical Grade products and genuinely cares about the quality that goes into your products; tell us about that.
It is very important to me to be able to look you in the eye and say “you WILL see amazing results from this product,” and I can only do that by using the best ingredients in the world. I am also very socially responsible and it kills me knowing how many young kids are turning to the needle and other drugs because they believe natural supplements can’t get them real results. With so many companies cheating on labels, that is sort of true; you won’t get results by taking a supplement that has nothing good in it. Magnum is here to offer a healthy, real option; natural supplements that have results guaranteed. No need for needles.
Would you ever consider creating an egg, rice or plant protein for those who can’t consume whey?
I would love to say yes, but there are a few problems with this category. First, my primary target market, males 17 – 30 years old don’t buy these products. Second, and very sadly, protein products are where companies cheat the most, so when Magnum makes a Pharmaceutical Grade protein, our cost is 10-30 times the cost of a bucket of ‘protein’ from a competitor. And since consumers still buy these ‘protein’ products, even though Forbes and The New York Times have shown that these big companies have cheated on their labels, the consumer is telling companies ‘it is okay to cheat.’ Once consumers stop buying those products and teach cheating companies a lesson, there will be more room for quality products and Magnum can offer more in the protein category.
How do you feel your line of supplements and diet have contributed to your physique.
My body wants to be very skinny. I load Magnum supplements hard. I have to be relentless and perfectly consistent with my diet and supplementation. I love knowing how hard my supplements are working and I rely on them to get me through the grueling training sessions. My coach, Micah LaCerte from Hitch Fit, puts me through something nasty with every gym experience. Magnum gets me through it.
Tell us what you look for in a Magnum athlete and who are some of the Magnum athletes?
I have the best team of athletes on the planet. First and foremost, we look for good people. These are down to earth humans who are so positive. These are traits very hard to find in this industry. I am a huge fan of all of my athletes. A few standouts for me are Alain Gosselin & Emilie Provencher, Jean Jacques Barrett & Michelle MacDonald, Micah LaCerte & Diana Chaloux-LaCerte, AJ Ellison, Justine Munro, Holly Barker, Marie Robertson, Heidi Cannon, Caitlyn Bellamy, Kyla Gagnon. Tell me when I should stop, because this could take awhile! My athletes treat Magnum like it is their brand; they own it and I respect and love that so much.
As a young teen you were super skinny and picked on a lot; tell us what it took for you to build the physique you have today?
What are you talking about? Look at that photo of me; I was a beast! I had a rough family life growing up and we were poor. I don’t know if you can tell, but my diet was not very good and I was not getting 1/10th the calories I needed.
I started working out a bit at 16 and fell in love fast. I loved the confidence it gave me; purpose, drive and getting noticed for the first time by women. Naturally, I obsessed about it and worked harder and harder, learned more and more and started looking into proper natural supplementation.
I love this lifestyle and I love showing people what is possible if you stay natural and go the Pharmaceutical Grade route.
I know you have concern for young teens getting into steroids. What would you like to tell them to discourage them from doing so, and what supplements from Magnum could you recommend for them to help reach their goals naturally?
I wish you all could see how many emails and calls we get EVERY WEEK from 20 year olds suffering from impotence because of steroid use.
Yes, 20 year olds. What do you think is going to happen to these guys at 40, 50, or 60? It is going to cost you $30-$40 for every sexual encounter; I am referring to the pills they will be popping. And for what, I don’t know many people who think that look is good.
With Magnum, you can get incredible results that will keep you healthy, happy and fully ‘functioning’. For starters, getting on Magnum Thrust for crazy good sleep and natural test boosting, Magnum Rocket Science + Magnum Opus + Magnum Hi5 for insane energy and training enhancement including strength, endurance and recovery; these are clinically tested and proven to improve your lifts and physique. Isn’t that why you started training in the first place?
I noticed in a recent interview with Natural Muscle your meals consisted of very little fat; can you tell us about your diet and give us a sample of your daily meal plan?
Markus’ Typical day
Meal 1 – Slow Oats with Magnum Quattro & Magnum Primer
Pre-Cardio – Magnum DNA, Hi5, Opus, Serum, Tonic, Heat, Rocket Science, G & Big C
1 hour Cardio
Meal 2 – Chicken, yams and broccoli (or similar)
Pre-Workout – Magnum DNA, Hi5, Opus, Serum, Volume, Tonic, Heat, Rocket Science, G & Big C
1 hour training
Meal 3 – Tuna, quinoa and asparagus with 2 Magnum Mimic & Magnum Primer
Meal 4 – Shake time! 2 scoops Magnum Quattro Chocolate Peanut Butter Addiction + almond milk, + 1 tbsp natural peanut butter + ice
Meal 5 – Steak, brown rice and broccoli with 2 Magnum Mimic
Meal 6 – 15 egg whites with Magnum Quattro
Meal 7 – 2 scoops Magnum Quattro with 1 scoop Magnum Performance Greens
I let most of my fats come through fish and natural peanut butter. My body doesn’t respond well to fats, so I don’t take in too much. At times I will add more avocado, but otherwise I stay fairly clear from fats.
I’m curious about your 7 day a week training program; would you break it down for us?
Markus' Training Schedule
5 days per week I double up – 1 cardio session + 1 workout. 10 workouts per week and 2 full days off, to let my body rest.
Chest and tris
Shoulders & abs
Back and bis
Legs & abs
How did you find Christ? And how do you feel your walk with Him has helped you in this industry?
Christ is good! He has always been there for me and really woke me up when I was 21. I made the decision to turn away from my old ways and devote myself 100% to His will. Within 1 year, he rewarded me with the most incredible wife on earth, the most amazing business ever, Magnum and built in me strength and trust that I can never turn from. He leads me every day and everything I do, I do for Him. I know Christ put me in the fitness industry.
This is a very dark place and I know Magnum is a bright light. We do things differently.
No ‘sex sells,’ no skimpy clothing, no frills or gimmicks; just honesty, integrity and love. We love what we do, we love training, we love the healthy lifestyle and we love changing lives. Come see the positivity and love the clouds our every athlete and everything Magnum does.
With such a hectic schedule, how do you find time to be active in your church? Tell us how you were able to do a discipleship at your church and what did the discipleship consist of? What special gifts have been given to you?
Funny you ask; I was up at 5:15 am today so I could be here at work for our 5:45 am discipleship! Like anything in life, if it is important, you will make time for it. I have been blessed in life far more than I deserve and I know I need to give back. God has definitely given me the gift of leadership and discipleship has been a perfect outlet to utilize this gift.
Discipleship is Jesus’ first to call to action for every believer; Then Jesus came to them and said, “all authority over heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefor, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit.” (Mathew 28: 18-19) Pardon the loose translation; I wrote from memory. Not to show off, but to illustrate one of the great things discipleship has done for me, making me read and memorize many verses.
Discipleship is me and four brothers-in-Christ getting together to create an intentional relationship with Christ and to walk alongside each other to encourage, equip and challenge one another to love and grow toward maturity in Christ. We follow Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden. I have been through it two other times and absolutely love it and recommend it to every Christian, no matter where you are on your walk.
Tell us what your favorite scripture is and why.
Psalms 23: 4-5
Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies and anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
I know that no matter how scary life can be, in my darkest hour, it is only this short breath called life and what Jesus has planned for me is 100% perfect. Pain and fear will be only temporary, but His love and life with Him is everlasting.
What does success mean to you?
Knowing that I am following God’s path for my life. He reminds me constantly when I am doing His will, and also reminds me if I veer off path. I wont lie, I love seeing people message me how much they love Magnum or that Magnum has assisted them in creating a much better life, but I know this is only through His will.
He gave me Magnum and made me who I am today.