Nassim Sahili is a 24 year old fitness model. He lives in Lyon, France. Nassim is a fitness model, personal trainer and a natural athlete. Read how working out transformed him from a skinny teenager to an Optimum Nutrition sponsored athlete.
Would you introduce yourself, please?
My name is Nassim Sahili. I am 24 years old fitness model, personal trainer and natural athlete living in Lyon, France.
I am 6’1’’ tall [186cm] and my current weight is 209lbs [about 95kg].
When did you start your body transformation?
My first session was in October 2006. Back then, I knew nothing about bodybuilding and I was a bit lost in the middle of all those machines. At this point my only training consisted of 50 push-ups a day in my bedroom hoping to build a chest like Arnold. I weighed less than 70kg, and at the time my goal was to transform my thin and weak physique into a powerful, effective one.
Then in my mid-teens, my desire was to build a body that we can identify as an adult one, and not as a child who never really was into sports.
Slowly I gathered all the necessary information about training, nutrition and the bodybuilding lifestyle in general, and six years later here I am.
What keeps you motivated?
I think about how lucky I am to do the job I have; a job that I love. How lucky I am to be able to train every day, to have access to healthy food in abundance and to be sponsored by the biggest supplement company in the business. I try to put things in perspective.
Even if I do this job to improve myself, I hope that one day I’ll be able to help others who want to perfect themselves. I want to inspire and change people’s lives. And when I think about this goal, I can assure you that my motivation gets high again and I can get back to work.
How many days per week you workout and your normal weekly workout schedule?
Depending on my goals, I train from 4 to 6 days a week. My most common split is 5 days on 2 days off. Sets, reps and rest period are always changing as I try to keep the muscles “guessing”.
Here is a breakdown of a training week:
Monday: Back and biceps
- Pull or chin up
- Supinated lat pulldown
- Bent over row
- One arm dumbbell row
- Straight arms pulldown
- One arm preacher curl
- Hammer curl
Tuesday: Shoulders traps and triceps
- Standing barbell military press
- Lateral raises
- Seated dumbbell press
- Upright row
- Face pull
- French press
- Front squat
- Leg press
- Dumbbell squat (or sissy squat)
- Walking lunges
- Leg extension
Thursday: Chest and hams
- Incline barbell press
- Flat dumbbell press
- Guillotine bench press
- Incline flies
- Seated leg curl
- Lying leg curl
- Straight legs deadlift
- Triceps cable extension
- Lying dumbbell extension
- California press
- Kickback or rope extension
- Barbell curl
- Incline dumbbell curl
- Spider curl
- Reverse curl
I train my calves every day and my abs – two to three times a week.
What is your favourite muscle group and your favourite exercise for it?
Honestly, I like to train every muscle group. I think my back is one of my best features. I absolutely love reverse grip bent over row and front squat.
What’s your diet like?
Right now I’m in a maintenance phase. I think my body fat is low enough and I try to maintain that type of physique.
So here is my current diet:
- 9 egg whites
- 2 yolks
- 50gr of cashew/ walnuts or almonds
11 :30 AM – Post-workout
- 2 scoops Optimum Nutrition Hydro-Whey
- 50gr muesli
- 100gr blueberries
- 250gr fish and vegetables
- 200gr chicken and vegetables
- Good carbs (sweet potatoes, brown rice)
- 2 scoops Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey
- 200gr fish and vegetables
What is your advice to anyone who wants to gain weight and build muscles?
Do your research and homework. Building a great body is not only a sport, but also a science and an art. You have to learn what it takes to build muscle. I advise anyone interested in fitness training to learn about training nutrition and supplementation.
Stay consistent with your training and diet. It might take a little more time than you would expect but in the end you’ll be satisfied.
What are your ambitions?
I’m mostly looking to improve again and again. Get my physique on point, to continue to learn about training, nutrition and the bodybuilding lifestyle in general. My goal is to build an aesthetic, yet muscular physique, and to do it naturally.
Over the long term, I want to be recognised as one of the best fitness models in the world. I want to earn a pro card in the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) Men’s physique division, and hopefully win the Olympia.
I’m glad to be an Optimum Nutrition sponsored athlete. Having such a great brand behind me really helps when I’m struggling with my training or diet. Their supplements are the best on the market and I’m happy to have their support.
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