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SPC Competitor Close Up: Mohamed Isa

The basics – How old are you, which university do you go to and what do you study?

 

I’m Mohamed Isa – but everyone calls me dash. I’m 22 and I study MSc Int. Management at Loughborough uni.

How did you get into fitness?

 

Funny story, I was always more of an outdoor athlete but when I came over to study in the UK, the temperature difference between Bahrain (where I am from) and how it’s like here was so high that I was discouraged from playing anything that meant me being outside, no joke. I decided to join my local gym to ONLY jog on the treadmill to get a sweat on every now and then, one day all the treadmills were occupied and so I turned to the weights area, picked up my first dumbbell and the rest is history.

 

 

 

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What made you want to compete?

My best-friend Josh Bridgman, he in fact competed twice in the MASS over the years and won it 2 years ago, so I could see what came of it and how useful it was to try it as an experience.

How many competitions have you done? Is this year’s SPC your first? How are you feeling about it?

This year’s SPC is my first ever competition, I thought I would be scared but to be honest I can’t wait to get all my friends together.

What is your training like during prep?

Heavy! But not stupid heavy.

Training Split:  push-pull-legs-REST- rinse and repeat!!!

 

 

Push
Exercise No. of Sets Method
Bench Press 5 3 on 100kg and 2 on 80kg (2-3 sec squeeze pause at the top)
Seated incline press 3 6-8 as heavy as I can dropset with 8 reps with 4 sec squeeze
Front Military on Smith M 4 10-12 on 60kg
Front D Raise 3 Dropset starting with 16kg down to 12 kg
Flys 4 6 reps for 3 secs then 8 reps for 4 secs
Triceps if I have time I don’t usually
Pull
Exercise No. of Sets Method
Pull ups 2 sets of 10 to warm up
Heavy rows 3 sets 8 reps a side I don’t find this useful just feel like I need to do something heavy
pull downs 5 sets 6 heavy for 2 secs on the bottom dropset with another 6 for 3 sets at the bottom
rows 3 sets 8 reps try and hold for 3 secs then 4sec then 5 if I can
Bicep preacher curl 3 sets of 8
Any other bicep ting
Legs
Exercise No. of Sets Method
Squat or leg press 6 by 6
Quads 5 sets of 10
Hamstring 5 sets of 10
Behind the back military 4 sets of 6-8
Side or rear delt 3 sets 6 reps for 3 secs then 8 reps for 4 secs

 

 

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What is your diet like during prep?

How do you stay motivated during prep? Tunnel vision, in my head I’ve already stepped on stage and life is just going by slower than usual. It’s a case of having to do it because I don’t want to upset the system in my head, I just read what I have said and yes I do sound weird but it’s the only way I can put it into words.

 

 

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How do you manage your studies alongside staying in shape?

I time my meals around my study time, I know my training suffers but at the end of the day, big biceps are important, but we’re all students first.

What are your fitness goals for the future?

I want to be able to hit 100kg. I’m going to try and hit that number 5 months after the show – my stage weight will most likely be 76kg. Yes, I’m ambitious but it can be done.

 

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