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.”
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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."
33:00 How Fouad stays motivated
“If you quit something once it makes it easier to quit time and time again.”
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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