What do you do besides bodybuilding?
There is not too much time left between business and bodybuilding, but I like to read or listen to interesting lectures on youtube. Right now I’m into archaeology. There is so much on our planet, we don’t have a clue who built it and how they did!
I haven’t had TV for 5 years now, and I can only recommend everybody to stop watching TV! It’s the worst thing you can to with your time! You better read a book or spend time creating something, than getting brainwashed by mass media!
What is your sports background?
I had a few Tennis lessons as a kid. When I grew up I did some Judo. Actually I always wanted to do bodybuilding.
Who are the people or sponsors you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my former coach Detlef Herget who helped me to win the German nationals in 2008 and to achieve top placings in many international amateur shows, such as the IFBB World Championships or Arnold Classic Amateur. He just loves the sport and spends a lot of his spare time and money to help athletes to show their best.
Also I want to thank my current coach, IFBB Pro Roland Cziurlok and his girlfriend Dagmar. Roland is one of the most motivating persons I’ve ever met. We had a lot of fun and success in the past three years and became good friends. Roland was one of the top German pros when I seriously started bodybuilding in 95. Every time I train with him, I remember looking at his poster in my little gym at home when I was a teenager. Without him and Dagmar I would not have won my pro card.
Special thanks to Universal Nutrition and all the people working for this extraordinary company. They have been a reliable partner for years and it was a pleasure to be an Universal Athlete and represent them. Working at the trade shows all over the world, photo shoots in the best gyms you can imagine and being on the famous Universal Road Trips – those memories will stay in my heart forever.
I am very happy and grateful to be sponsored by Body Attack now, my long time business partner from Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to everybody at Body Attack!
What are your future goals?
I plan to have my pro debut next year. As for every competitive bodybuilder, my goal is to improve my physique and get as close to perfection as possible. I hope the pro judges will like my classic physique. Qualifying for the Mr. Olympia some day would be a dream come true.
Also I’m going to launch an online coaching business, so I can help a much larger number of people to reach their goals. It's called Muskelmaschine.de.
What motivates you?
In the beginning it might have been to get bigger or to impress other people. But now, after 20 years of bodybuilding, it just has become my life. I sometimes say it’s like brushing your teeth. You don’t need motivation for that. You just do it! What motivation do you need to breathe? When I’m going to the gym, I don’t even think about any other possibility. I can’t remember one single time, that I did not feel better after training, than I did before. But I know for sure, that I’d feel like a looser if I’d quit a workout! If you have the iron in your blood, you have it. It’s that easy.
What is your pet peeve in the gym?
People who come to the gym to talk and distract others. I don’t expect everybody to train 100% hardcore, but at least don’t spoil other people’s work out! And when you’re sick, stay at home and don’t spread your germs in the gym.
What mistakes did you make as a newbie?
I read a lot of magazines when I started and gained a lot of knowledge. That’s how I was able to put on 44 lbs. in my first year. So actually I did not make too many mistakes as a newbie. I would say my biggest mistake was to wait too long after my first competitions. I competed as a junior in 2000 and became runner-up at the German Nationals. Then I waited for four more years until I competed again, and another four years till I won the German Nationals in 2008. I always trained hard, but did not compete, because I did not believe in myself enough. If I had had people like Roland around me back then, I would have turned pro much earlier. I lost a lot of time.