Name: Mikhail Gittens
Height: 6’ 5”
Why did you get started with your fitness journey?
Addressing these health risks I was previously informed of was the ultimate goal of incorporating fitness into my cycle, but as I became more involved and invested, I realized that it was becoming much more than just “addressing a concern” and that it was actually becoming a lifestyle.
Outside of the concerns, I started to feel positive benefits and impacts in other areas I would’ve never imagined. The physical and aesthetic gains were definitely noticeable and admirable, but what really got me more attached were the mental and emotional gains I started experiencing. These not so noticeable benefits to the eye started playing a major role not only in my daily activities but also the way I started looking at life and different challenges I faced.
For me currently, my fitness journey and focus isn’t solely wrapped around building the best physique, but it’s now also about building/improving my overall wellness and outlook while maintaining what I do as a positive lifestyle.
What is your ultimate goal with fitness?
In addition to that, I want to ensure that everyone I’m surrounded by is meeting their goals and maximizing their full potential by being a valuable resource while providing continuous motivation and inspiration.
What is your current training program?
The way I organize my split is starting with the largest muscle group at the beginning of the week to smallest towards the end with a mixture of rep styles (e.g. pyramid, drop sets). Here’s a look at my usual split:
Wednesday: Active Rest Day
What does your diet consist of?
Currently, I have two different types of diets, one for my bulking phase, which I normally go through October-March, and my cutting phase, which happens April-September. In both phases, I consume about 5 meals per day, all preplanned and portioned out.
During my bulking phase, I make a big increase in my nutrition intake, consuming around 350g of carbs, 250g of protein and 120g of healthy fats. I usually weigh in about 220lbs on my bulk. I prefer bulking with complex carbs and try to minimize simple carbs as well as unhealthy fats to ensure that I am picking up as much good clean size.
During my cutting phase I decrease the amount of carbs I intake to around 200g, fats to around 100g, and maintain my protein intake around 250g. A key difference in my cutting phase is that I will also include CLA and Carnitine into my diet, 2 amazing supplements for assisting with fat loss. My weight usually ranges between 205-210lbs on my cut. Here’s a layout of what my intake daily intake schedule looks like:
4PM: Pre gym snack
8PM: Post gym shake
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