Posted 04 April 2011 by Interview:

Raymond Querido

How and when did you start training?

As a kid I had a passion for basketball. I started playing competitively at the age of 9. I always had the mentality of wanting to improve and be the best at whatever I did. I thank my dad for instilling that trait into me, he always told me practice makes perfect and hard work always pays off. So that’s what I did, I went to team practice and even practiced on my own for hours whenever I could. I got into high school and played on the team at the point guard and shooting guard position. I wasn’t growing much taller, lol. So I started thinking of ways to improve my game in other ways. I decided to sign up for a weights elective class to learn more and improve my strength. I started to see an increase in my speed and vertical very quickly. I also began to see drastic change in my appearance which was a nice plus. After that my mom got me my first gym membership over at 24 Hour Fitness. I was totally hooked after that.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

I’m happy to say that it always has been very easy for me to stay motivated and consistent. Fitness and bodybuilding is my true love and passion. The fact that my progress is based on how much work and dedication I put in, has kept me going strong all these years.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

During the offseason I’m in the gym 2-2.5 hours with no cardio 6-7 days per week. During contest prep I live there, 3 hours average with cardio, 7 days per week. When I’m prepping I am in twice per day, cardio first thing in morning and weights in the evening.

What is your training routine like?

Chest, tris and abs

Back, bis, and calves


Delts, traps and abs

Bis and tris


Back and calves

Right now I do 3-4 movements for each muscle, 4 sets of 15-25 reps. Cardio is 7 days per week usually on the step mill and the stationary bike. I don’t have any set exercises that I do, I focus on constantly changing it up to always keep my body surprised. I keep it very simple, I start with all my compound movements then go on to isolation movements. I train by how I feel, my main focus is stimulating as many fibers as I can with each rep. I’ve always believed it’s all about quality and not quantity.

What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?

Meal 1:
Oatmeal, ground turkey and egg whites.

Meal 2:
Chicken breast, asparagus

Meal 3:
Chicken breast, asparagus and white beans

Meal 4:
Ground turkey, asparagus and white beans

Meal 5:
50 grams of whey, blueberries and Peanut Butter

Meal 6:
Tilapia and asparagus

Do you count calories or weight your food?

Everything I intake is measured and weighed. I’m lucky to have my amazing coach and dietician Tad The Diet Coach guiding me with all that.

How do you deal with cravings for junk food,
sweets and salty food?

It was real tough when I first started competing because I am fat kid at heart, I love junk food. But it got easier as time passed. It’s all mental for me, I have to think in my head that it’s not worth it and another competitor out there is going through the same temptation and not giving in.

What is your greatest bodybuilding/fitness achievement so far?

In my eyes it is the fact that I finished. Prepping and dieting for weeks is brutal and takes a lot of heart and discipline. It really tests your character and will power.

What are your future goals?

My future and ultimate goal is to get that pro card.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?

To have an on and off switch for hunger, lol.

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

Always be grateful for what you have and not what you don’t have. If you carry that mentality with you, it will always manifest a positive energy to whatever and whoever you are around.

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone wanting to get CutAndJacked?

  1. Eat clean, abs are made in the kitchen.
  2. Be patient, there are no short cuts or magic supplements and nothing comes over night.
  3. Read, read and read. The more knowledge you have on diet and exercise the more tools you will have for your journey.

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