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If you are still struggling with that weight loss resolution or have given up already. Don’t sweat it, we’ve all been there. Be inspired by fitness expert, Julius Roberts, a certified personal trainer, boot camp instructor, and national men’s physique athlete. This interview was originally published in 2013 with Contributor George Stewart catching up with Mr. Roberts in between workouts for Healthy Black Men.
HBM: So, what inspires you to pursue a career in personal training and competitive body building?
Julius: As a former Division I Track & Field athlete at the University of Southern Mississippi I have always possessed the passion for fitness and had a competitive spirit. After my collegiate career I wanted to find a way to share my passion for fitness and display my competitive spirit so I chose to become a personal trainer and a competitive bodybuilder in the men’s physique category.
HBM: You see the guys in the gym who think that just because they are big and strong, that qualifies them to give fitness advice. How important is understanding the “science” of exercise, as opposed to just “looking the part?”
Julius: A doctor is a doctor for a reason and a personal trainer is a personal trainer for a reason. The science of exercise is beneficial because it prevents injury, helps an individual reach goals, and maximizes results more efficiently.
HBM: What advice could you give those struggling with trying to lose weight?
Julius: Living a healthier lifestyle is a marathon not a sprint. Losing weight comes over time with a consistent healthy diet and dedication in the gym. Possessing these two key factors will surely help you win the battle.
HBM: How important is diet to an exercise routine, and what should be included in that diet?
Julius: Diet and nutrition is very important in an exercise program. It is 80% of the battle. Every diet should include healthy fats, lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and lots of water.
HBM: As a competitive body builder, how do you mentally and physically prepare for a show?
Julius: Bodybuilding is an awesome sport! The mental and physical preparation to compete at a show is very intense. It takes an extreme amount of focus and discipline to stay on track with dieting and your workout program. There are times you want to cheat on your diet and you’re so exhausted from working out but you know that’s the only way to get in top shape to have a good showing on stage.
HBM: What’s your biggest achievement in personal training or body building?
Julius: As a personal trainer receiving those thank you text and cards make me feel the most accomplished. Knowing that you have helped someone in a positive way is huge for me. 2012 was my first year in the sport of bodybuilding in the men’s physique category. It was an awesome year with a lot of first place finishes which lead to my Top 10 placing at the 2012 NPC Nationals in Atlanta.
HBM: Project yourself five years into the future professionally, what do you see?
Julius: In the next 5 years I can see a very bright future in my personal training and competitive bodybuilding career. I plan on continuing to gain knowledge about the science of exercise and hope to become an IFBB Pro in the Men’s Physique category.
HBM: Thank you for speaking with us, and we wish you much success in your future endeavors.
George Stewart II is an educator, author, and fitness enthusiast and was a 2013 Contributor to healthyblackmen.org.