Posted 11 December 2019 by interview:

James Whipp

Published: Dec 11th, 2019

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How and when did you start training?

I started training when I was about 18! My friend at the time, good looking fella, had an awesome physique and was around 3 years younger than me. I guess it just motivated me to want to look good. I went along to the gym with him and as I continued to do so, in my mind it became a competition to try and look better than him haha. I think I become obsessed with whatever I am really passionate about, I give it my everything. The rest is history. 

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What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

Taking yourself too seriously, over complicating the process and sacrificing too much of your LIFE to succeed in fitness. It’s easy to stress yourself out starting out. Relax and enjoy the process. Enjoy your life at the same time.

Not resting enough. Recovery is key, it’s so easy to want to train every day starting out but it’s taken me 7 years to realise that when I rest more, I advance in all areas. Physically and mentally. 

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

I think set short term goals instead of long term. Focus on each day and remember why you started. Everyone has something that drives them to get themselves to the gym… keep envisioning that and DREAM. I think imagining what COULD happen is motivation. That’s how I’ve been. 

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Do you listen to music whilst training?

I love tech house. Anything that just gets you buzzed and on a euphoric vibe. Saying that, I usually listen to hardcore metal on leg days haha. 

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

That I CAN do this. I almost mentally tell myself to fight through the pain. A lot of training is all in the mind. 

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Do you follow a particular nutrition protocol?

Honestly, no. When I’m offseason, I just eat what I want. But, I enjoy good quality whole foods anyway so it’s never really that bad. But if I want a pizza one night, I’ll get one. When on show prep, I just keep it simple. Old school dieting works best for me. 

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

I bulk and then cut, yes. If I’m going to grow, I eat big to get big. I’ve personally never understood trying to stay shredded and grow. It doesn’t work for me anyway! 

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What is your training routine like?

I literally don’t follow a routine and haven’t for years. I improvise every day and keep everything different, more fun that way. I always aim for progressive overload on anything I do so it works well. I will always aim to hit weak points twice a week, split quads and hams up. 

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

Very plain. Chicken and jasmine rice mainly. I’ll add steaks in too and don’t really switch to fish until 4-6 weeks out. That’s when it really gets bland haha. 

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Who are your favorite people in the fitness industry?

Anyone who has a sickening work ethic to become the best version of themselves. There are many physiques I like but what inspires me is the relentless mindset of doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals. 

What supplements do you use if any?

Pre-workout every day and whey protein!

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

  1. Consistency is key.
  2. Discipline to stay focused. 
  3. Self-belief.  Believe you can do it and you will. Especially when it gets hard.  


James Whipp

  • Year born: 1993
  • Location: London / Dubai
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 106kg

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