Posted 30 June 2011 by Interview:

Craig Capurso

Do you remember the first time you
picked up a dumbbell?

I was 11 and my older brother just entered high school. He used to lift weights to prepare for the football season in the basement of a friends house. I tagged along and remember trying to keep up. I used the old over the shoulder bicep bomber belt that keeps the arms locked in front. I was hooked from that point on.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

Not getting the proper nutrition. When you’re new you can touch a weight and get stronger but there is a point where you will stop growing. I got strong and fast but never grew. I was young and had the skinny build. If I had the proper nutrition plan in place even at 11, I would have made a much bigger foundation for the future.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

Set goals and train for a purpose. I do fitness shows now but in my earlier days I was training to be the best athlete I could be. Bigger, stronger, faster was always the motto when playing football. I find it best to set a 6-month goal and then re-evaluate and set a new 6-month goal once that time frame is reached. Be in a competition with yourself!

How do you feel about the new men's
physique division?

I think this division is great! I have competed in other divisions in fitness through multiple organizations however I believe the NPC did it right. They have an amazing pro league called the IFBB and when you give guys a goal like that it creates fierce competition. I have won other shows and the road just stops. In the NPC this will give athletes another shot at going pro in something they love doing anyway. It also gives the guys who don't want to go to the extreme or even just don't want to be bodybuilders a chance to be on stage and compete.

What are you most proud of?

I am beginning to get a voice in this industry and I am happy to be able to help shape our youth. To be in a position to inspire the ones who will grow up with pictures of you on the wall and say I want to be like Craig Capurso. Sometimes you have to stop and see where you came from and where your are in life and embrace what you have, cause we all know it can be gone in a flash.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

Depends if I'm leading up to a competition I'm putting an hour in the am for cardio and what other body part may need some extra attention. In the evenings I will spend about an hour and half in the gym cross between weights, extra cardio if needed or posing. If I am outside a competition or months out usually just doing about an hour to an hour and a half in the evenings.

What rep ranges do you prefer and why?

I used to be your typical meat head and worked the 6-10 rep range for 3-4 various sets. I was a on a mission for strength and size. Now a days I am training with Victor Munoz and introduced volume training and supersets. I believe we are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing physique focusing on overall balance. I was always familiar but never spent much time with it. With his coaching I am finding I am getting some intense workouts. I am getting blood flowing into the muscle I squeeze and focus more on the contraction instead of just "LIFT THINGS UP AND PUT THEM DOWN ." I also find this training less prone to injury.

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

I count calories and take in 500 calories less than what my body would require. This should have you loosing 1 or so a week. I split these meal up into around 6 to 8 over the course of the day. I know a lot of guys slash there carbs. My body works great when I am full of carbs so never cycle below 100 grams on the day. I don't believe excess protein is necessary either body weight per gram to a gram and a half is ok. Adjust the other ratios in fats and carbs to make up the rest of your caloric intake.

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

I was so strict for the first 3 months of my diet this year starting in January however I have come to land at the 5-6 % bf between shows. Now that I'm here I give a little I allow myself a cheat meal maybe one to two a week tops though. There are many foods out there that are not so bad if you read the label and if you pick the right healthy food it may actually satisfy the craving. Sodium is never much of a concern on my diet it helps satisfy some cravings as well. Walden farms dressing mainly just sodium no calories is a must have in your diet prep. If you are a few weeks out everything changes that ones proprietary.

What do you think about when you have to
dig deep and push out that last rep?

I actually set small bets with myself in everyday in life. Example a stupid thing like when I'm going up or down stairs. With out breaking into a sprint, I say if I can beat this person down the stairs or up the stairs that is much further a head of me then something good will happen. I do this in my last set if I can finish one more rep then something good or whatever I'm betting at the time will happen. Note its a competition within yourself not with others be the best you can be for that day or that moment.



Who are your favorite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

Certainly Arnold. He put bodybuilding on the map and turned that career into acting etc. That is what I would like to do with this eventually. I molded part of my modeling after Frank Sepe the bodybuilder turned model. The Athlete I always favored Walter Payton "Sweetness" and have worn his number out of tribute on many teams I have been a part of.

What are your future goals?

I am an OIL trader on Wall St, it has big opportunities but comes with major stress. I am currently enrolled in Sport Nutrition Classes and want to head up that as a career in the future. After working with numerous nutritionist I find it very interesting and want to learn why we do what we do and why it’s happening. I also would like to turn pro in the men's physique division and look to be a major role model for all who are inspired by fitness and taking your body to its natural potential.

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

  1. Set Goals 6 months out and hold your self accountable.
  2. Diet IS 80 % of the battle in my opinion hire good help or do your research.
  3. Consistency is the key don't be on and off like a light switch.



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