Posted 09 May 2011 by Interview:

Michael Hildebrandt

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

I sure do. I was 12 years old and I decided to start curling some old sand filled weights I had in my basement while watching a Rocky movie. I was so sore the next day!

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

Over training and under eating. I always thought that muscle was built in the gym and that more time spent in the gym meant more muscle.

How do you manage to stay motivated and consistent?

Two things keep me motivated and consistent.

1) I have worked to hard for what I do have and I know that I could start losing it at any time if I get lazy.

2) The guys standing at my right and on my left at the next show I do are probably drilling the iron and eating spot on so I can’t relax or I will go un-noticed.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the clients that I have trained to either live a better quality of life or to take home a top placing at a show. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that I have helped someone else accomplish their health and fitness goals.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

All day, I work in a gym! I assume you mean working out. In that case, I usually get my workouts done in 60 minutes in the off-season and 90 minutes + when I am preparing for a show. I have always lived by the motto- “Train to stimulate, not annihilate.”

What rep ranges do you prefer and why?

Always changing to provide a new stimulus. We know that 8-12 reps is the best range for hypertrophy however, we can’t just lift in the same rep and set range forever without hitting a plateau. I usually spend 3 weeks in a strength phase with 5 sets of 4-6 reps, 5 weeks in a hypertrophy phase of 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps, followed by a 2 week de-load of low intensity foundation training.

What is your training routine like?

Monday: Chest and bis
Flat bench press, incline hammer press, cable fly, alternating dumbbell curl, hammer curl

Tuesday: Heavy legs
Squats, GHR, hack squat, standing calf raises

Wednesday: Cardio and abs
20 min HIIT and various ab exercises

Thursday: Back and tris
Bent over barbell rows, pull-ups, hammer row, lat pull down, close grip bench press, skull crusher

Friday: Isolated legs
Split squat, Romanian dead lift, walking lunges, leg extensions, seated calf raises

Saturday: Shoulders and Chest
Standing military press, lateral db raise, upright rows, reverse fly, flat db press, incline bb press, db fly

Sunday: Rest

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

When I am getting very close to a show I usually go about 320 grams of protein, 130 grams of carbohydrates, and 50 grams of fat.

Meal 1- 1 whole egg, 9 egg whites, 2 TBSP Salsa, 1 cup spinach, ½ cup oatmeal, 1,000mg CLA

Meal 2- 6 oz chicken breast, 5 oz yam, ½ cup broccoli, 1 fish oil, 6 almonds

Meal 3- 2 scoops whey, ½ cup oatmeal, 1,000mg CLA

Meal 4- 6 oz chicken, ½ cup broccoli, 6 almonds, 1,000mg CLA

Meal 5- 6 oz tilapia, 1 cup spinach, ½ TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP vinegar, 1,000mg CLA

Meal 6- 10 egg whites, 1 cup spinach, 2 TBSP Salsa, 1 Fish oil

Meal 7- 2 scoops whey, 1,000mg CLA

What supplements do you take?

ON Gold Standard- 100% whey
Higher Power- CLA
DotFit- Super Omega 3
DotFit- Muscle Defender (Glutamine)
DotFit- Thermaccell
DotFit- Creatine XXL
Melaleuca- Vitality 6
Scivation- Xtend
Apex- Caffeine free fat burn

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

Gum and the occasional rice cake with peanut butter and honey.

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

How good it will feel to stand on stage knowing that I left nothing behind
that I could have done different.

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

  1. Log your food every day
  2. Train to stimulate not annihilate
  3. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.


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