Posted 20 December 2013 by

Interview: Michael

Anderson IFBB Physique Pro


How and when did you start training?

I was a high school and collegiate Track & Field athlete. So I’ve trained athletically most of my life. But I didn’t start serious weight training until later in life, around age 33. And to be honest, it was more for getting dates than good health.


What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

I thought that “lifting was lifting.” Despite having had some of the best trainers in the industry when I was college, I q1_michael_anderson.pngnever paid attention to why they had me doing the things I was doing. So, left to my own devices, I just tried to replicate what I had always done before, not knowing that specific training yielded specific results.

And, of course I knew nothing about proper nutrition…


We know consistency is key, what tips would you give
to anyone struggling to stay consistent?

For me, consistency is directly correlated to the importance of my goals. Once I establish a goal for myself, I map q2_michael_anderson_0.pngout a plan to reach that target. So when training gets tough, I simply remind myself of what my ultimate goals are and what needs to be done to reach them. If I find myself unwilling to commit to the demands of my training, then I have to accept that what I thought were goals were really just wishes.

Do you listen to music whilst training? If so what¹s currently on your playlist?

I do listen to music to help me tune out the distractions around me. But, I must have the most eclectic playlist out there. It ranges from Busta Rhymes to Pink, Korn and Linkin Park… Kanye West, Jay Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m literally all over the board.


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

Being on the 2014 Mr. Olympia stage. It’s that simple. It’s really what drives me to continue to train at this level at 41 years old.

How far ahead do you plan and prepare ahead your nutrition
and training if at all?

Even though I’m unofficially in my “off-season,” I have my training and nutrition planned weeks in advance. I know when my next competition will be, so I also know what my program will look like 20, 16 and 12-weeks out. And, at a minimum, I always prep my meals for the week ahead. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

What are you most proud of (inside or outside the gym)?

I won’t use the term “proud,” but the thing I celebrate most in my life is my sobriety. As a recovering alcoholic, I feel absolutely blessed to say that I’ve been sober since January 23, 2006. It is because of this that I am able to even have a chance to do what I do today.


Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

I’ve never used traditional bulking strategies. However, I will adjust my macronutrient split and cardio to allow for metabolic recovery and greater nutrient availability for optimal growth during the off season. As a rule, I won’t let my body fat get above 10% though.

What types of cardio do you do?

Off-season, its primarily low impact, steady state cardio on the bike, elliptical or stair climber, once or twice a day, most days of the week.

In season, I tend to do fasted steady-state cardio in the morning, and HIIT in the afternoon after my lift. I have chronic lower back problems that prevent me from running. So I use the same equipment listed above.


What is your training routine like?

I use a pure split training approach, dedicating an individual workout to each muscle group at least one once a week. For the areas that I want to see exponential improvement, I add a second lift each week. For the most part, I hit 18-24 sets each workout, depending on my particular growth and conditioning goals.

I’ve always believed in mixing mediums when training. So my workouts typically involve a cross of free weights, machines and functional equipment.

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

Generally speaking, during contest prep my macro split is typically 45/45/10 protein/carbs/fat. During this period I’m also gluten and soy free. The majority of my calories come from whole foods, but may include shakes and bars occasionally.


Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders or fitness models?

In terms of favorites, I think more in terms of the gentlemen with whom I enjoy competing. Anton Antipov, Sadik Hadzovik, Alex Carneiro, Billy Sullivan, Matt Christianer, Tory Woodward and Matt Acton (just to name a few) have always challenged me to bring my best on stage, and make the experience of competing memorable, win or lose.

What supplements do you use if any?

  • Pre-workout (BRN/House of Vitamins)
  • Post-workout recovery (Cell KEM)
  • L-Carnatine
  • L-Glutamine
  • CLA Complex
  • ALA
  • Hormone Modulator (ErasePro)

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

  1. Develop a clear cut vision of what your ideal physique looks like.
  2. Ask yourself what you are legitimately willing to commit to in order to achieve that goal physique
  3. Develop a long term plan to achieve your goal, and be flexible enough to make necessary adjustments to see continued progress.
  • Michael Anderson, IFBB Physique Pro
  • Birth date: June 12, 1972
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Contest Weight 185-190
  • Off Season Weight 205-210
  • Social Media:
  • InstaGram: @physiquephan
  • Twitter: @physiquephan
  • Facebook: IFBBPro Michael Anderson


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