Interview with up and coming Pro bodybuilder Jeff Nippard-Zelsh

A quick update on Jeff.  He’s competing this weekend, October 17th, in his pro debut!  Good luck!

What are your current stats?

  • 155 lbs, 5’5
  • Present competition lifts:
    • Squat – 446 lbs
    • Bench – 353 lbs
    • Deadlift – 451 lbs

So Jeff, how’s your present season going?

I’m at present prepping for the WNBF Pro Intercontinental Championships in Edmonton, Alberta and am slightly below 14 weeks out. Things are going rather well beneath the steerage of bro-genius/coach Eric Helms of 3DMJ. I’ve by no means been as conditioned this far out. I competed in a powerlifting meet last weekend the place I put up a 424 wilks, simply 6 factors shy of the 430 qualifying commonplace for the Arnold Basic/USAPL Pro Uncooked Challenge. So I should be sure that I get hit that number earlier than 2016 rolls around because I really need to do this meet and have for so long as I’ve been competing!

Who are your bodybuilding idols and sources of motivation?

My favourite all-time IFBB execs are Lee Priest and Franco Columbo. Since I’m a shorter guy myself, I feel I are likely to favor the shorter, more compact physiques with the spherical muscle bellies. I also have respect for Franco as a result of he was a powerlifter too. Ronnie Coleman is one other guy I watch to get amped up principally because he is simply so entertaining and enjoyable to observe. My favourite current IFBB pro physique is Flex Lewis.

In pure bodybuilding circles, I look up to a whole lot of guys like Doug Miller, all of the 3DMJ guys, and have all the time been massively inspired by Skip La Cour. I feel a better connection and camaraderie with most of these guys and the group is so closely-knit that I find it even more inspiring on a personal degree to me to get to know the individuals who encourage me a lot.

What inspired you to start out bodybuilding?

My mother and father have been all the time into bodybuilding and health. There would all the time be bodybuilding magazines round the house once I was rising up, so I was introduced to the game at a very younger age. At first, I assumed it was actually bizarre and swore to my dad that I might never compete. When he introduced me to the health club at age 15, I was inspired to train to extend my vertical bounce for basketball since that was my primary passion on the time. Even at slightly below 5’5 I did work my approach up to a 40 inch vertical, and might dunk a volleyball in highschool. However after highschool, I noticed I might be limited as far as professional aspirations go in basketball and was extra genetically gifted for bodybuilding. Plus I had been “bitten by the iron bug” by this time. At 19, I made a decision to do a provincial contest after encouragement from considered one of my good buddies who confirmed me the ropes with weight loss plan and training. I gained Three awards that contest: the junior general title, the light-weight general title and “best wheels” award. From there, the remaining is historical past.

Do you have got any sponsors? How would you advocate a bodybuilder getting sponsors if he at present does have any.

I don’t. I’ve had a number of prior to now but I might a lot somewhat not be sponsored until I REALLY stand behind what they characterize as a company.

Sponsorship’s are all about social media presence on this business. It’s attainable to be the highest professional on the planet and not have a sponsor should you don’t have the advertising potential. One of the simplest ways to get a sponsor is to build a social media platform. One of the simplest ways to try this in my experience is to supply content material that folks like, hold producing that content (be consistent) and be interactive online with your following. Be affected person and it is going to begin snowballing ultimately. After you have built up an honest following, supplement corporations and other sponsors will come to you. I’ve never requested for a sponsorship and I don’t assume that’s the easiest way to go about it, personally. But then again, I don’t have a sponsor so perhaps I’m not one of the best individual to take that recommendation from! LOL

How does your routine change between offseason and pre-contest slicing (if in any respect)

Because I stability both powerlifting and bodybuilding, this can be a little bit of a knotty question however I’ll suffice it to talk usually. When I am off-season for both bodybuilding and powerlifting, I are likely to do very excessive quantity exercises with loads of train selection, rep range selection however with a concentrate on hitting the squat, bench press and deadlift 1-3x per week. As a powerlifting meet approaches, I take the standard peaking strategy of getting extra and more specific with my coaching. This implies growing concentrate on the primary Three lifts, growing depth (%1RM), reducing quantity and mimicking meet efficiency in training. Often this occurs over the course of an Eight-12 week time span leading into the meet. Nevertheless, this yr (2015), I made a decision that I needed to let bodybuilding take the front seat for everything of my off-season, so I didn’t peak for any of the powerlifting meets I competed in, which I in all probability a part of the rationale why I had a less successful season as a powerlifter than I did in 2014. As a bodybuilding contest approaches, I place even much less emphasis on the large three and focus as an alternative on hitting all muscle groups evenly for the sake of hypertrophy and balanced improvement. In a powerlifting meet prep, bodybuilding coaching should take the back seat. Equally, in a bodybuilding show prep, powerlifting training should take the again seat. In the off-seasons of each, they compliment each other nicely and I’ve found a hybrid strategy to be very efficient.

Thoughts giving us a sample of the present routine? (solely in case you have one useful).

I truly just did a video on this for my youtube channel:

What made you determine to modify over to 3dmj? Who have been you with beforehand?

I used to be with The Power Guys from 2013-2015. I earned my pro card in pure bodybuilding with them, tied a nationwide bench press document for my weight class, competed at multiple provincial and regional meets, placed 2nd at 2014 Canadian Powerlifting Nationals in the 74kg class with a 434 wilks as a sponsored athlete. After teaming up with my girlfriend Robin Gallant earlier this yr and founding Strcng Coaching and Clothes (, we decided that we needed to start our personal journey as coaches and entrepreneurs. It was a no brainer for me to contact Eric Helms for contest prep coaching – he’s merely the perfect within the enterprise and I couldn’t imagine going with anyone else.

Have you ever ever tried to handle a prep or offseason by your self? How’d it go?

I did my very own prep for the Muscle Mayhem in 2014 where I turned professional. It is something I will in all probability by no means do once more. I do know some individuals wish to have full control of their prep and wish to name the photographs for themselves. I discovered that I am not a type of individuals. I did study rather a lot about find out how to greatest go about prepping your self, in case you can’t afford coaching, or in case you happen to be a type of “control-freaks” who wish to take every thing into their very own palms. I am within the means of putting collectively a undertaking that may either turn into an e book or long blog publish for our new weblog at that may break down step-by-step find out how to prep yourself for a contest.

The toughest part is learning to overcome the psychological torment you’ll experience on the subject of when and how regularly and how aggressively you need to make changes to macros. It’s tempting to make drastic decreases when prepping yourself because it is extremely widespread to feel like you’re behind all the time. Having a coach, or even an unbiased second-eye can really assist alleviate that psychological strain, which is what I’ve found since hiring Eric.

What would you say is your greatest raise and your weight for that carry. To pair with that, what is your worst raise.

My greatest raise is certainly the bench press. I did a touch and go rep with 405 lbs at 170 lbs body weight and 353 lbs as a paused rep, in meet, at a bodyweight of 154 lbs.

Worst carry these days is the deadlift. I used to be truly pulling 545 lbs in 2014 in training, but since then sustained an upper again damage and have been having problem getting back within the groove since (admittedly, it hasn’t been prime precedence). Because of my very brief wing-span (5’2) I am not mechanically blessed to be an enormous deadlifter.

Do you take part in any preventative upkeep (Stretching, Foam Rolling, Other mobility work) and how typically?

Undoubtedly. I do a common heat up, pre-hab work, dynamic stretching and foam rolling (decrease body solely) earlier than every coaching session.

I did a video final week overlaying my full routine (I also voiceover this video with some muscle science stuff):

How do you assume powerlifting impacts you physique. How do you stability each?

Another really involved query! If you’d like my full view on this, I did a podcast with Jason Tremblay, president of The Power Guys discussing “powerbuilding” in full, gory element:

I feel powerlifting is barely over-rated in the pure bodybuilding group in terms of physique improvement, but I do assume it can be extremely priceless as a motivational software within the low season. Speaking from my experience, I did notice an enormous enchancment in my entire posterior chain and my chest after immersing myself in competitive powerlifting. Nevertheless, like most issues, it may well grow to be problematic if used excessively and if other physique elements like aspect delts, arms, lats, and so forth. are displaced by the quantity dedicated to training the powerlifts. I feel aggressive powerlifting ought to be reserved for the off-season for most bodybuilders who’ve the central focus of creating the absolute best physique.

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Thoughts on cardio? Whether or not Regular state or HIIT or none at all.

I wish to limit HIIT to an effective minimum. I often have my contest prep athletes do it once per week – typically twice. The literature on this matter is fairly bushy, but the basic consensus is that HIIT is more efficient for fat-loss, but in addition harder to recuperate from and probably redundant if resistance training is sufficiently intense. For me, cardio is used as a software to increase the power deficit and enhance aerobic capability for cardiovascular health. For the previous, I want to rely totally on caloric restriction by means of weight loss plan, but personally take pleasure in a couple of periods of LISS in the form of a stroll 3-4x per week. I feel incorporating some type of weekly cardio routine is a good idea for just about anybody. What I prescribe for athletes will rely upon a myriad of way of life and preferential elements.

How do you handle being a professional with real life. What’s a typical day for you?

I am grateful to have established myself online to the point the place I’m able to work full-time as a web-based coach for natural bodybuilders, powerlifters and common health populations. So I spend a variety of time at my pc. A typical work day consists of loads of e mail, writing packages and engaged on new tasks for STRCNG. The most important challenge we are working on now’s the discharge of our first e book, which will probably be out there free of charge by the top of the month, and the Fall launch of our clothing line. Despite the fact that I’m very busy, I am able to stability these two very easily. My present schedule pales in comparison to once I was a full time university scholar in school from 9-5, balancing 5 science programs and an element time job along with contest prep.

I discover meditation to be helpful in providing stability and perspective to my day.

What attributes have made you profitable in bodybuilding?

Real ardour, consistency and self-discipline. Additionally genetics, skepticism and an ability to filter bullshit.

What are your future bodybuilding objectives.

I’d like to compete at Worlds. Since I’m such a brand new pro, I am nonetheless making an attempt to figure out what’s reasonable for me. My most important aim proper now’s to have a successful professional debut. I might love to win a professional show.

I also have objectives to grow to be the most effective coach and leader that I can probably be for others who share my ardour.

What’s your stance on consuming as a bodybuilder? Do you ever go out and do the normal “partying”? In that case do you assume it affects your coaching?

I feel moderation is vital. If I celebration, it’ll all the time be in the off-season. I feel it’s high quality from time to time for particular occasions. If you want to be one of the best you might be within the fitness center and on stage, then this shouldn’t be an enormous temptation. It definitely affects my training for the subsequent day or two and often sets my weight loss plan off monitor for a pair days as nicely. I’ll take pleasure in a beer or two as soon as every couple weeks all yr round although, if I really feel prefer it. I don’t assume it will negatively have an effect on anything.

Do you assume sporting belts (like a lever belt) harm your physique?

Undoubtedly not.

Compression Tights. Yay or nay?


Would you ever wear gymshark clothes?

Truthfully, I don’t know the model that nicely or what they stand for, however I actually like some of their sponsored athletes like Christian Guzman, Matt Ogus and Chris Jones. I’ve by no means worn their clothes myself however I do find their widespread success very inspiring from a business perspective and their advertising mannequin is genius.

Favorite Health club Footwear?

I exploit Adidas Powerlifts for squatting and benching. Chucks for every part else.

What else would you wish to say to our readers?

Thanks for reading and I hope you discovered it informative! And thanks Zach for the interview, hold it up with the good content material!

You’ll find Jeff on social media here:

Instagram – @jeffnippard
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