VitalsName: James Kinthiseng
Years competing: 1.5
Sponsors: Nobullsupplements and PsychoGear Clothing
Competition History: 2013 Mr. Syracuse, Usbf Pro Npc Mr. Buffalo. 15th at 2014 Team Universe
ABFITT. Can you give us some background information?
JAMES: I've always had a passion for working out just not so much for dieting. That all changed when I decided to start competing. I never imagined in a million years that I would ever look the way I do now. Now I love and breathe health and fitness and I just want to inspire and motivate others to change their lives for the better.
ABFITT: What sparked your initial interest in weight training and a health and fitness lifestyle? Can you share with us how this lead to competing?
JAMES: Honestly I always wanted to look like my father growing up. He always was very fit and it showed and I strived to look like him so that's when I first started working out when I was probably 13 years old. I started competing because I wanted to see how I stacked up against my peers. I wanted to see if I had what it took to actually compete because I recall numerous times I would attempt to start a diet but I always failed in the past to stay on one.
ABFITT: What is your take on training? What has worked best for you? With so much information available to people looking to start, what the best advice you can offer?
JAMES: Currently I utilize a push/pull split with legs on the third day with a off day after that and then I start the cycle over again. The best advice I can give is everyone is different and responds differently to workout methods, supplements and diets. Everyone is different so a cookie cutter approach to everything will never work. Trial and error is the only way to truly learn.
ABFITT: Talk to us about the importance of nutrition and how you dial it in when preparing to step onstage.
JAMES: "You can't out train a bad diet." I never knew how important nutrition was until after I completely a contest prep. It's awe inspiring how food science works with the human body. I follow a flexible dieting approach but I hit my macros exactly and I eat the same way up until my show. I cheat/refeed twice a week. I don't mess around with any of the peak week stuff except I tweak my water. I figure if you diet up and make progress up until your show, then there's no need for peak week tactics. Just keep it simple. Stick to what got you there.
ABFITT: Discuss your competition history. Tell us about it and what if any one show stands out the most, for better or worse?
JAMES: I have had a very short competition history. My worst experience was at the 2014 Team Universe. I failed to complete a mandatory back shot because I took to long completing a side pose that the judges didn't ask for when us competitors first walked out onstage individually. So because of the that I didn't listen and do what the judges ask for, I paid heavily for it. Because I didn't have a back shot for the judges to see, I then didn't get a proper call out. So now it's redemption time for me. I have a huge chip on my shoulders and I want to show the world that I have what it takes to turn ifbb pro someday.
ABFITT: Can you discuss your experience competing on the National level?
JAMES: Come prepared and be stage ready week in advance and practice posing. With so many competitors it's easy to get lost in the shuffle because everyone looks good. But I feel if you practice your posing and wow the judges by standing out, they will bold very well for you. Another thing bring enough food. You don't always step on stage at the times they have mapped out. If it says physique is going on stage at 10am, we'll be prepared to go then or at 1pm. Adjust accordingly and plan for worst case scenario.
ABFITT: How do your friends, family feel about your contests and getting in such great shape to compete?
JAMES: Everyone is very supportive and it helps because we all know how grueling contest prep can be sometimes. It take incredible discipline to stay on track and I think everyone realizes that and it inspires them to take control over their only lives for the better.
The best thing you can do for yourself and for those who love you is build the life you want and prove to those who love you that supporting you was worth their time and energy. That's why I work so hard.
ABFITT: What is some advice to guys who may be contemplating giving Mens Physique a try.
JAMES: Just have fun with it and always practice your posing.
ABFITT: Any thought to tying for an IFBB pro card?
JAMES: I dream about it night and day. And I'm working hard to make it a reality. "Winners are not those who never fail, they are the ones who never quit"
ABFITT: So what’s next?
JAMES: I plan on doing the Jay Cutler classic to warm up for nationals and then flying down to South Carolina to compete at junior usa"s at the end of May and then competing at every national show this year to try to get a pro card.
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