Michael Greene interview
Michael Greene: personal trainer interview for Skinny Muscles

Michael Greene is a Sydney based certified personal trainer. He is 19 years old and he knows what it takes to create the perfect physique. Read about his journey to building the perfect body and his advice on workouts, diets and motivation.

Would you introduce yourself?

My name is Michael Greene and I am a certified personal trainer. I am 19 years of age and from Sydney, Australia.

My height is 6’ 1” [185.5cm] and my current weight is 83kg [183lbs].

When did you start your body transformation?

I started weight training on my 16th birthday when my dad bough me my first ever Gym membership. Straight away I was hooked. After my first ever bulk I realized that, although I had gained a lot of muscle mass, I still didn’t look how I wanted to. My body transformation really began when I learnt how to eat properly and lost my unwanted fat.

What keeps you motivated?

I keep myself motivated by simply loving what I do and seeing the great results. I feel like crap if I don’t go to the gym for a couple of days, so motivation isn’t really a big thing for me. If I’m trying to achieve a certain goal, for example to lose 5kgs for a certain date, I will plan it. This keeps me on track to reach my goals.

What is your favourite muscle group and your favourite exercise for it?

Although not really a favourite muscle group, I love training Chest & Back together. I think hitting the posterior and anterior at the same time gives you a great pump. They complement each other very well and prevent muscular imbalances. My favourite thing to do is Bench press superset with Chin Ups.

What is your diet like?

My diet is a very important part of my regime. I eat clean foods rich in good carbohydrates, good fats and protein. A sample of my daily diet looks like this:

  • Meal 1 – 4 egg omelette with cheese
  • Snack – piece of fruit or yogurt
  • Pre-workout – Protein shake or Pre-workout supplement (if no supplements, just 2 tins of tuna)
  • Post-workout – Fast absorbing carb (like children’s cereal or waxy maize supplement) and protein shake supplement
  • Meal 4 – Chicken and brown rice
  • Meal 5 – Chicken/steak and brown rice
  • Snack – more chicken with a salad/Fruit
  • Before bed – Casein protein (alternative is low fat cottage cheese)

What is your advice to anyone who wants to gain weight and build muscles?

My advice for anyone wanting to gain weight or build muscles would be to stick to a higher rep range of 10 – 15. That reduces the chance of an injury and it sparks growth by taking the muscle to failure.

Diet would be a big key in how you gain weight and bulk up. I would not recommend doing an all out dirty bulk style diet as it will take ages to cut all the extra fat off. And who wants to look fat, right? Instead, eat lots of clean foods, like carbs from sweet potato, brown rice, oats; fats from avocado, olive oil, flaxseed oil, almonds; protein from chicken breast, lean cuts of meat.

What are your ambitions?

My plans for the future are to keep on training hard and start working as a personal trainer. I want to be bigger, stronger and leaner than ever before. I also want to build up my facebook page.

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