Is being onstage stressful?
Xavisus: I tell myself, it is what it is. When I am at an event I just tell myself I’m here now, and I’m here to do my best. This is the day that I’m going to have fun! Going onstage is a fun thing and is no different in some ways than any other day. Being a bodybuilder -it’s all about decisions. Everything is based on the decisions you’ve made. This is a lifestyle and you live it!
What about the off-season: do things change for you?
Xavisus: Do you think a 12-week prep is the only time that you’re going to tell yourself to deliver results that you like for being onstage? I say you’re wrong if you do it that way. You have to work on the off-season too. OK, sure, I’ll take a couple of days and eat carbs after an event, but I shut that down after a couple of days. I’m
What concerns me are how some people new to the sport think that they deserve something instead of it’s all based on what they earn. In the past, it seemed more athletes got it that you hurt for everything and strive for everything that you achieve. There are no shortcuts in this: it’s really simple and it’s all about you sticking to that plan…
We interviewed Xavisus right after his intense morning routine work-out. As an aside, every day his work-out is like that.
So Xavisus, can you tell us what is the single most important piece of advice that you have for all the bodybuilders out there whether they’re starting out or looking for some inside scoop to help upgrade their game?
Xavisus: It’s all about consistency with all aspects of life in this sport. I mean it starts off with having that balanced diet that you eat throughout the day. I eat 6 to 7 times in a day, and I’ve been doing that since 2007. Eat like this and your energy improves, metabolism kicks in, and your body works as it is supposed to work. You do notice changes physically when you eat smaller meals frequently through the day, but for me, it’s about how it makes you feel. After changing my diet to this, I noticed how much happier and more confident I am, and I feel it every day. It is scientifically proven that smaller, more frequent meals are better for you.
Look, I’m all about structure. I’m talking about consistency in your work-out and having that balanced diet and staying on it and not stopping. You have to choose to do that, and stick to it, if you want to see results. When you mess up and don’t do your homework, then you’ll see THAT on the stage.
What are your goals?
Xavisus: Winning Mr. Olympia is my ultimate goal, and it would be awesome just to be in the top five. I look at my consistency with my routines and plans as what brings me closer to those goals and also helps me feel relaxed and happy at events. I’m more excited now than I’ve ever been in the sport! I derive my satisfaction out of my routine and the people in my life, and what I’m achieving in it, and not staying stuck on looking to these events and how I do with them as a source of my happiness. I’m getting something out of ALL of my life and that is what I bring to the sport.
back on the diet. You got to wise up and stop eating that little candy and remember to get back to eating clean and healthy and develop that consistency to sustain your results. You’ve got to like this lifestyle.
What about a coach?
Xavisus: Well, you got you regardless of the coach. If you decide to be lazy it’s on you. When I started out, I was deployed out in Iraq. On active duty, training 30 other service members for strength and weight, getting family to send food that I can’t get at the canteen or mess-hall, you wouldn’t think it’s possible to train for bodybuilding on top of all of that. Well, I’m the first marine on active duty to get my IFBB Pro Card. I’ve achieved top 10 at the Olympia and top five at the Arnold. I’m also now going to get to my fifth Olympia this year (I missed two of those events because of deployment!).
Has being in the Marines helped at all?
Xavisus: Of course being a Marine helps because everything is about getting things done in the military. It’s totally the same with bodybuilding: it’s about results.
Where do you see this sport today?
Xavisus: I’m blessed because of the sport. There is so much growth, and it’s coming really fast. What concerns me are how some people new to the sport think that they deserve something instead of it’s all based on what they earn. In the past, it seemed more athletes got it that you hurt for everything and strive for everything that you achieve. There are no shortcuts in this: it’s really simple and it’s all about you sticking to that plan, about that nutrition, and proper rest for recovery, and doing the work day in and day out.
What was your last bodybuilding competition and what did you place?
IFBB PRO Governors Cup 1st Place
What prior competitions have you been to and what did you place in those?
IFBB PRO Governors Cup 1st Place
San Diego IFBB Tournament of Champions – 1st Place
IFBB PRO Titans Grand Prix 1st Place
IFBB Japan Pro 3rd Place
IFBB Sacramento Pro Championship 4th Place
IFBB Pro Salt City Showdown 5th Place
IFBB Arnold Sports Festival 7th Place
What competitions have you won?
IFBB Tournament of Champions 2018
IFBB Titans Grand Prix 2017
IFBB Los Angeles Grand Prix 2014
NPC USA Championship (Pro Qualifier) 2013
NPC Spartan Championship 2013
When/where is your next competition?
Sacramento Governors Cup March 30, 2019
IFBB Los Angeles Grand Prix April 6, 2019
Briefly describe your current workout regimen
I train everyday. I do about 2-3 hours of cardio a week. I am currently on off-season and I start prep January 1, 2019.
What is the name and location of the gym that you currently work out at?
What supplement brands do you currently use?
Performix, MHP, Evogen nutrition and Global Formulaz
What are your Top 3 songs to workout to?
Young Buck – Start It Up
Trey Songz – Rotation
Jaden – Goku
Genres – Rap, R&B, Southern Hip Hop
What are your hobbies?
What sports do you watch?
- ice skating
- figure skating