I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of my readers. I appreciate all the support and love I receive for Gym Rat so I especially loved the enthusiasm from my interviewee, Vic Sharma. Thank you for your support and I hope that from this interview, many other readers can be inspired by Vic's insight. Enjoy!
First things first, who are you and what do you do? Where are you from?
Hi, I’m Vic Sharma. Thank you for having me as an interviewee! I currently work in the health care field as a nurse. It is a very tedious career, which requires me to be on my feet all day. I live about 30 minutes north of New York City in Rockland County, NY.
As a nurse, what is the number one concern you have for patients?
As a nurse, I cannot further instill the idea of keeping in check with your doctor from time to time. Even if you have a perfect diet and a great exercise routine, go for that annual exam! High blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar can creep up on anyone over time. Stay in tune with your health by consulting with a professional.
How did you get started as a body builder?
As a teenager, I honestly never really had any knowledge about working out or even how to properly use the weight room! My friends got me motivated when I was about 20 – 21 years old and since then, I’ve been a regular at different gyms.
What is your favorite fitness routine apart from body building?
Playing basketball and spending time with my niece and nephew are my favorite things to do. Both help me keep up with my cardio haha!
What type of foods do you eat to gain muscle?
You CANNOT, I repeat, you CANNOT get the results you want without having some sort of discipline in your diet. Try to eat 5 to 6 meals a day, never full, never hungry. This will keep your metabolism at an optimum level.
For the ladies out there, we all know they don’t like to “gain muscle.” Any advice for them on how to build lean muscle?
My advice is: don’t kill your body doing 1000 sit-ups or only eating salads all day long! Getting lean is about keeping your metabolism going throughout the day with nutritious meals and doing some good ole’ cardio. Work out ALL your muscles (with light weights) one in awhile just to “shock” your body. This will remind your body to wake those muscles up and help you get your ENTIRE body lean.
Who inspires and motivates you?
Although my family is my inspiration for most things in life, I would have to say staying in shape is influenced by my increasing knowledge of health problems over the years. I want to live a healthy and long life without saying, “I should of, could of, would of.” You only have one body to take care of so treat it right!
What is your personal fitness mantra?
Staying focused is often difficult and many of us need a spiritual connection between mind and body to achieve this. I listen to a lot of hip hop when lifting heavy weights and turn all music off when stretching or doing breathing techniques. Hey, whatever works for you.
Finally, what is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
No matter how aggressive I look at the gym, I’m a lover not a fighter. People judge by what they see, but I think I’m one of the kindest people you will ever meet! Thank you for this opportunity, Priya!
No, thank you! Vic has a great sense of humility and understanding when it comes to health and fitness. I definitely agree that it’s vital to go for an annual physical checkup every year in addition to going to the gym on a regular basis and eating properly.
On another note, the weather is beautiful outside and can’t wait for it to get even warmer. I hope you have a great weekend!
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