Posted 28 March 2011 by Interview:

Andrew Jones

How and when did you start training?

I had done sports my entire life, and like any serious athlete, I had experienced the physical and mental pain that you have no choice but to endure. From winning to losing, and injuries from practicing, I loved how sports made me feel and how they changed my life.

From being an athlete, I had gained discipline, patience, respect and determination. I feel like these are the qualities that allow anyone to succeed in anything they put their mind and heart to. And these qualities did not just apply to sports. My academics improved as well. I was making high honours towards the middle of my high school career. My parents were proud and my confidence was high.

It wasn’t long until I discovered the gym at my school. I had worked out in a gym before and I knew how to use the machines, use proper form, all that good stuff. But I didn’t have time to think of that. I needed my fix and I needed it immediately. So I literally ran into the gym picked up some weights and started doing lunges, then hit the bench press, then did some sprints, then pull ups. I was all over the place. There was no organization to my workout what so ever. But after I was done... I felt amazing. Not just amazing but AMAZING! I literally felt like I was on a cloud. Even though my heart was beating a thousand times a minute, I felt so relaxed. I couldn’t think of a moment where I had felt more incredible in my life. I told myself that I could feel like this every day. And I could. This is where I made the decision to train.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

I have found my true calling in life. I have found something I love to do. I am always aching to learn more about fitness and exercise and I love to see myself make progress physically and mentally. If I miss one day of training (minus my rest days) I don’t feel “right”. I won’t be able to focus in class, or sleep. Training is in my blood. It has become a part of me in so many ways. It’s like breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Without it, I’m screwed.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

It depends on what my current goal is. Right now I am trying to gain weight and size. So I will try to spend 40 minutes to an hour in the gym, because my body needs the rest and nourishment to grow. But if I am trying to get shredded, I can spend 1 – 1.5 hours working out because I run on the treadmill a lot. I already have a pretty fast metabolism; the extra time burning calories is just a boost.

What is your current training routine like?

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

When I am trying to lean up and get shredded, I cut my carbs, calories and fats and focus on high protein and very clean foods. (Extra fruits and veggies). But when I am trying to gain size, my diet changes completely. Like I said earlier, I have a very high metabolism, so I eat as many carbohydrates as possible along with 170 grams of protein a day. And I usually end up taking in 5000 – 6500 calories a day, especially when I am trying to grow. And I always drink about 80 ounces of water every day.

Do you count calories or weight your food?

Yes. Especially when getting lean. I hate doing this, but I need to know what is going
in and what is being burned off.

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

Ahh, the kiss of death! When I need to satisfy my sweet tooth I will have a small portion of my favourite candy (Sour patch kids or chocolate) I believe that cheat foods actually help in a small way. Not only do they satisfy your taste buds, but they speed up your metabolism.

What is your greatest bodybuilding/
fitness achievement so far?

My biggest achievement is being bigger than my older brothers. I know this sounds silly but it feels awesome being the one that gives them advice instead of the other way around. This has also helped me practice my personal training skills.

What are your future goals?

I want to win my first fitness modelling competition at Fitness Atlantic on April 16, 2011 (BE THERE!), to become a WBFF Professional fitness model. I also plan to become a certified personal trainer by the summer.

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

I would want to be like Hancock. He can fly, he has super strength
and Will Smith is one of my idols!

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

If you want to SUCCEED, you must be DEDICATED, you need to be hungry to LEARN as much as you can and it all needs to come from your HEART.

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

  1. Learn how YOUR body works with certain diets and training.
  2. Diet & Rest properly.
  3. Never ever EVER say you can’t.

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