Posted 07 December 2019 by interview:

Bhuwan Chauhan

Published: 7th Dec 2019

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How and when did you start training?

I started training at the age of 17 when I moved to Canada for my undergraduate degree in engineering. I was always actively involved in sports in school but with the increased course load and irregular schedule of classes, I couldn't play any sport in university so I started going to the gym as it was easily accessible. From there on I was spending all my free time learning about exercises and dieting principles and eventually started using whatever I used to learn in the gym and for my meals. 

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What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

The biggest mistake I did was try to stay shredded all year round. Being an ectomorph, putting on muscle should've been my main goal but instead, I was just trying to get leaner and leaner. So I wasted a lot of crucial years that could've been used to get stronger and bigger.

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

In order to be consistent, you have to have the drive and patient mindset. You have to treat fitness as a lifestyle and not actively seek results too fast. Once you start to learn to enjoy the process, staying consistent becomes easy.

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Do you listen to music whilst training?

While training I only listen to hardstyle (EDC) music as it's energetic and upbeat and sometimes dark which is what I need to get in the zone. My favorite artists are Coone, Brennan Heart and Ran-D.

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

In the beginning, I used to imagine a family member dying if I didn't complete it. It helped a lot. Now I just visualize my goal and completing that last rep would mean getting closer to my ultimate goal.

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Do you follow a particular nutrition protocol?

I follow carb cycling religiously which I feel is the best way to ensure you retain maximum muscle while getting and staying lean.

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Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year-round?

I used to stay lean year-round before I started competing, but since 2016 I bulk for 6 months and then cut for 4 and then maintain for 2 months.

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What is your training routine like?

I like to train intense and heavy, very similar to how old school bodybuilders used to train. I keep switching my splits every 3-4 months. Currently, it is:

  • Shoulders and Chest
  • Back (Width focus)
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Back (Thickness focus)
  • Arms
  • Rest

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

I utilize carb-cycling with 3 low carb days (as low as 100g) followed by one high carb day (as high as 1000g per day) so I create a big deficit on my low carb days and get to at least maintenance calories on my high day to keep my body guessing and continue burning fat without hitting a plateau.

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Who are your favorite people in the fitness industry?

I love Dorian Yates mentality and ideology as well as Jay Cutler as they show how an underdog can become a champion with the relentless pursuit of their goals.

In Mens Physique my favorite athlete is Jeremy Potvin who when I started was my idol and now is a good friend. 

What supplements do you use if any?

My year-round staples are Greens supplement, Creatine HCL, Whey Isolate, Fish Oil, Multivitamin, COQ100, and a good pre-workout.

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What top 3 tips would you give to anyone wanting to get CutAndJacked and achieve their ideal physique?

  1. Stay patient.
  2. Spend the first few years building muscle and not worry about being ripped as it gets a lot easier when you have a good amount of muscle, and you look a lot more aesthetic.
  3. Don't follow social media hype too much,  lift for fun, not to look a certain way. When you lift for fun you will stay in the game for longer and not get burnt out with constant pressure of trying to looking like someone.


Bhuwan Chauhan

  • Year born: 1994
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Height: 6 ft
  • Weight: 198lbs (Stage) 

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