How to Get Big, Overcome Injuries, and How to Stay Motivated Forever: IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad Explains
January 30, 20192 min read
Tune in to this week’s episode of The Knowledge and Mileage Podcast to get a peek into the life of IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad. Nicknamed “Hoss,” Fouad Abiad is one of the biggest IFBB pros pound-per-pound on the circuit, weighing a powerful 290 lb on a 5’9” frame. A former Canadian National Champion (2006), the Toronto-based Abiad has a no-nonsense approach to the sport, summed up by his motto: “sacrifice without regret.”
1:20 Biggest challenges to being so big “Every day things are a challenge. Fitting into clothes. I have two wardrobes, one for off-season and one for on-season. Going up the stairs is hard. It’s like walking around with a 40-50lb backpack all day long.” 3:08 Is the bodybuilding lifestyle healthy or not? “Bodybuilding itself at its most extreme level is not healthy. You mitigate the risks as much as possible.” 5:14 Fouad’s life before bodybuilding “I fell into bodybuilding by accident. I wasn’t a fan of bodybuilding, I didn’t think it was cool, but once I started doing it I got hooked.” 11:00 When Fouad decided he wanted to pursue bodybuilding full time “If you chase two rabbits you lose both.” 19:00 #dyingbreed: where that came from and what that means “I feel like the new generation, the social media generation, is missing out on what’s great about bodybuilding. If you think it’s about the likes you’re missing the point.” 33:00 How Fouad stays motivated “If you quit something once it makes it easier to quit time and time again.” Bodybuilding vocabulary Spilled over: physical conditioning is not as good and you don’t look as lean onstage because you’re holding water underneath the muscle. 48:00 How Fouad’s social life has changed 49:17 The last time Fouad flew Economy “I’m feel worse for the people who have to sit next to me than being uncomfortable.” 52:00 Fouad’s goals for 2019
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