Meet Bodybuilder and Physique Competitor Adam Smith. Adam’s background early on in sports helped fuel his passion for the fitness industry. In this interview, Adam shares his secret to incredible quad development.
- Hometown: Mortlach, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Current Location: Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
- Height: 5’11.5”
- Weight: 220 lbs
- Age: 26
- Favorite Lift: Dumbbell Chest Fly’s
- Favorite Style of Cardio: HITT-Treadmill
For those unfamiliar with you, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in the fitness industry?
Growing up, I was very fortunate that my parents always supported a healthy and active lifestyle. When I was younger I participated in a variety of sports, and I enjoyed hockey the most. One of my most memorable moments was making the Sask Winter Games for hockey. At that time, I was only 15 years old, which is the youngest a person can be to get on the team. After high school, my love for fitness continued. Shortly after high school, in 2012, I competed in my first bodybuilding show, and I placed 2nd ! This was a great achievement for me, and it proved to me that if I set my mind on something, I could achieve anything. Since then, I’ve competed in another bodybuilding show at SABBA Provincials, placing 2nd. Now, I’m planning on doing my third show in 2017.
What were your biggest challenges when you first started training?
When I first started training, I found that the diet was the most difficult part. I always enjoyed working out and being active, so the gym came naturally to me, and I enjoyed it. It took a bit of time to get used to the routine, but now I have made it a lifestyle change. I like having a schedule and following it. I think once you start to see results, it becomes addicting. (Laughs)
Who are your current sponsors and how did you get connected to them? Is there anyone else you’d like to be sponsored by and why?
Currently I am not sponsored. I found that I was too busy to rep a company the way I would like to.
How does your training and diet evolve as you get closer to a competition?
As I get closer to a show, I tend to include more cardio to burn fat. My diet becomes a lot more strict and regimented too. My diet consists of a lot of greens including broccoli and green beans, and chicken and rice. As I get closer to a show, I try to eliminate all artificial sweeteners to avoid water retention and bloat. I also start to incorporate fat burners into my supplement stack. One of my favorite fat burners is Magnum’s Heat.
What’s the one thing you look forward to treating yourself to after a competition?
I love pizza! (Laughs) After a show, that’s one of the first things I look forward to eating! My favorite is the Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut.
Adam’s Full Routine
- Reverse Grip Barbell Rows 4×12
- Dumbbell Rows 4 x12
- Deadlifts 3×12
- Shrugs 3x 8
- Low Pulley Rows 4x 12
- 30 Minutes Treadmill (Walk)
- Incline Bench Press 4 x 8
- Flat Bench Dumbbell Press 4 x 8
- Machine Fly’s 4 x 12
- Incline Dumbbell Fly’s 4 x 8
- Arnold Press 4 x 8
- Seated Side Delt Raises 4 x 12
- Barbell Upright Rows 4 x 12
- Front Raises 4 x 12
- Dumbbell Shrugs 2 x 20
- Crunches 3 x 25
- Side planks 3 x 1 minute per side
- Planks 3 x 1 minute
- 15 Minutes HIIT
- Straight Bar Pushdowns 4 x 12
- Barbell Curls 4 x 12
- Overhead Dumbbell Extensions 4 x 12
- Concentration Curls 4 x 12
- Kickbacks 4 x 12
- Hammer Curls 4 x 12
- Standing Calf Machine 5 x 12
- Leg Extensions (2 warm up sets) followed by 5 x 12
- Front Squat 4 x 8
- Leg Press 4 x 10
- Lunges 4 x 12 (each leg)
- 30 Minutes Treadmill (Walk)
What is your secret to your incredible quad development?
To really take my legs to the next level I like to pre-exhaust my quads using leg extensions. I also swear by front squats and include them every leg day.
What kind of headphones do you wear when you train? And what are you currently listening to?
I love my Monster headphones; they connect through Bluetooth which is nice, so I don’t have to worry about carrying my IPhone or IPod around the gym with me. They really block out sounds around me, and I can completely focus on my workouts; they are great!
What does your current diet look like?
Adam’s Typical Diet
- Meal 1: 16 Egg Whites, 1 Whole Egg, 1 cup Oatmeal and ½ cup Raspberries
- Meal 2: 6 ounces Lean Ground Turkey and 16 Almonds
- Meal 3: 6 ounces Chicken Breast, ½ cup Rice and 1 cup Green Vegetables
- Meal 4: 6 ounces Lean Ground Beef, ½ cup Rice and 1 cup Fibrous Vegetables
- Pre-workout Meal: Mutant Madness, 6 ounces Chicken and 1 Quaker Packet (Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal)
- Post workout: 2 scoops Protein and 1 Bagel
- Meal 5: 12 Egg Whites and 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
Who’s the better cook; you or your fiancé?
I think I am a better cook. (Laughs) I like to BBQ our chicken that we eat in the spring, summer and fall. I like the flavor it gives the meat. But my fiancé is the better baker. She likes to bake white chocolate brownies for our cheat meals.
What supplements could we find in your kitchen?
- Creatine (Magnum Big C)
- Protein Powder
- Pre-Workout (Mutant Madness)
Where do you see yourself this time next year?
Next year I plan to compete at the SABBA Provincials again. I took some time off to make some changes to my physique, and I’m excited to see the progress and changes that I will bring to the stage next year. I am hoping to bring home a 1st place trophy!
What do you do to relax when you’re not working out?
My fiancé and I love to watch movies. We enjoy spending our Sunday’s relaxing and watching movies or a series on Netflix. Sunday’s are our off days from the gym, so it’s nice to have a day to completely relax.
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