Name: Jeff Grant
Weight: 195 lbs
How did you get started with Fitness/Bodybuilding?
I got into bodybuilding at the beginning of high school when I needed to add more size and strength for football. About a year later as I got more and more into my training, the high school weight room wasn’t enough for me anymore. That’s when I joined Gold’s Gym.
From there, I really started focusing on the bodybuilding aspect of weight lifting as opposed to just improving my athletic ability. Since then, I have trained five to six days a week and dieted consistently all year round. Diet and exercise has played a huge part in molding my life into what it has become over the past ten years. My first national exposure though was on a reality television show was because of bodybuilding because I was discovered for the show at a local health club and was portrayed as “the bodybuilder” on the show.
What motivates you, where does your motivation come from?
I keep myself motivated by building on past success and by setting new goals for myself and things I want to achieve.
How do you maintain intensity within your workouts?
Typically I always make sure to always have enough food in my system and have the right food for energy before I get started. I also usually use a pre-workout and mentally, I always think about different goals I want to achieve so I’m not just going through the motions. I also motivate myself to work hard using past failures as motivations.
What diet plan are you currently going with?
Below is typically what I eat during the day.
Meal 1: Oatmeal, egg whites and cottage cheese in a blender that makes a batter I use for pancakes and waffles. I usually accompany this with a side of two whole eggs.
Meal 2: Ezekiel English muffin with turkey, lean ham, lean roast beef, or tuna salad with light miracle whip.
Meal 3 (Pre-workout): Monster Milk or other high protein RTD, oatmeal or sweet potato.
Meal 4 (Post workout): Protein shake (cup skim milk, 2 scoops pro complex, half banana, tbsp. peanut butter, honey) one slice wheat bread, one slice white bread.
Meal 5: Fish, chicken or lean red meat, asparagus, and salad with oil and vinegar.
Meal 6: 2 scoops casein protein mixed in water.
When trying to cut what type of cardio do you prefer? Is there a preference for you between standard vs HIIT?
Typically if I’m trying to cut up what I’d like to do is switch interval training on the treadmill, which is basically inclined walk and running combined. I also like to work in outdoor running on a track.
Did you make any mistakes when first starting out? – any advice for newbies.
Yes I would tend to over train, thinking the more I work out, the better. I didn’t take enough rest and I would get into a routine and not change it up. So I go to the gym and do the exact same thing everyday, and not change it up like you’re supposed to in order to keep your body progressing.
How long do you usually spend in the gym?
I’m usually there 2-3 hours, 5-6 days a week. It sometimes changes because of my travel schedule, but that’s usually my routine.
What are your short term and long term goals?
Right now, I’m looking to branch more into entertainment and other types of modelling other than just fitness. I’m setting my sights to do more commercial and TV work, like doing different campaigns and shows.
Long-term, like In 10 years, I would like to have accomplished all the major goals I’ve set up for myself as far as being well-established in the fitness world as well as in the commercial modelling world. I hope to also have some great experience by then as an actor in TV or film.
Also, although I’ve never really been into competing, I like to push myself and stay motivated. I like to do training and do a couple of shows now and in the future.
Fun Quick Questions For Our Readers
Favorite color? Midnight green (inspired by Philadelphia Eagles)
Favorite food? Sockeye Salmon
Favorite TV Show? I used to love Frasier, Monday Night Raw (WWE)
Favorite movie? Dark Knight Rises
Favorite Band/Artist? Nirvana
Do you have any pets? None
If you work hard enough to achieve your goals, good things will happen.
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