- Posted by phytomaniac
- On January 8, 2018
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Korin Sutton, a vegan bodybuilder based out of Florida, USA. Korin is a certified fitness trainer, studied Exercise Science and has also served in the Iraq War.
He has been a vegan bodybuilder for 4 years (3-time pro) and a vegan for 5 years. Korin was kind enough to sit down with me to answer many questions I (and others) have related to exercising and gaining weight on a vegan diet. During this interview, Korin was in his off-season working on clean bulking.
I particularly wanted to ask Korin these questions in the context of the 30-Day Vegan Bodybuilding Challenge I am partaking in during the last month of 2017. Most of the questions and answers are applicable to vegan fitness and bodybuilding in general (but for transparency, keep in mind the angle I’m approaching this interview). You can watch the full interview below!
Some highlights I thought were interesting, useful, or intriguing.
- It’s always important to build a base, don’t jump into intense workouts or high-volume training without the proper prep.
- If you feel full of energy, go hard. Don’t hold back on a day you expected to go light. But be smart and safe.
- Being mindful of the state of your body is important. It’s more than just physical, it’s about mental, emotional, etc.
- Always have an active rest day or day off on a set interval (depending on your plan).
- Mobility, flexibility, and conditioning are important and should be addressed before jumping into more advanced workout programs.
- Rep ranges arent as important as time under tension.
- You don’t need to lift heavy weight in order to big build muscles.
- You need to change up your exercises, rep ranges, and sets every so often in order to get the best results.
- The body is one unit, you have to train the whole body. Doing squats can benefit the upper body and vice versa.
- Cardio is important, even when building muscle; focus on HIIT style cardio (sprints, etc.)
- You’ll get sore, but push through it (unless it’s a legitimate nagging issue).
- No excuses, get your butt to the gym. It doesn’t matter if its cold, or if you’re tired, you gotta get to work!
- If you can’t get to the gym, do SOMETHING. Something is better than nothing.
- Get someone to hold you accountable. It’s better if you can have a penalty if you aren’t hitting your goals (or a reward in the end).
Here are the questions I went over with Korin
- I understand periodization and things like general prep or base building phases, but I only have 30 days. What should I be focusing on? Jump right into hypertrophy reps?
- How do I determine how much my workout volume should be?
- What intensities should each workout be? I know I can’t go hard every day and expect to not eventually crash.
- Are there any ways I can hack my workout plan to squeeze in that extra intense day, whether it be increased rest, supplement, or just greater will.
- How often can I train? I want to maximize my time in the gym without overtraining and actually hindering my performance? What about 2-a-days?
- How many rest days, if any, should I have?
- Since I’m going for size, what should my rep and set ranges be?
- How much rest between workouts/reps should I have? What if I feel I need more or less rest?
- I really like Olympic lifts, is there any place for these if I haven’t been working out, or more importantly, in a workout plan specifically to gain size?
- Should I be working towards supersets or is that too soon or too complicated for the first 30 days?
- Am I able to work out every area of my body equally in 30 days or should I be picking areas of emphasis (like chest or legs, etc.)?
- Do I have to do cardio or any type of running? I’m going purely for muscle size not the ability to run a marathon.
- High-intensity interval runs, I’ve heard this is great to help keep the fat down. How often should I do this?
- If I’m feeling good on a particular day is it ok to do a few extra sets?
- Is there any times when I should avoid training, if I’m really feeling overworked. Sometimes I have a propensity to overdue and injure myself.
- What if I’m tired one day and don’t want to go to the gym?
- If I’m sore, is it better to stay home or should I still workout?
- What if I get snowed in or the gym closes before I can get my workout in? What’s my backup plan?
- How many different muscle building schemes should I be incorporating within the 30-day challenge (super heavy big rest 3-5 mins, pretty heavy with only 30-60 seconds rest, supersets, etc.)
- Do Isolation lifts have a place in my 30 days?
- Shocking the muscle: I know we need to change exercises in order to keep the muscle growing most optimally over time, will I need to worry about this during such a short time frame: 30 days?
Big shout out to Korin for making time for this interview. It’s obvious he is an expert in the fitness and exercise field and he is a wealth of knowledge.
Vegan Bodybuilding Interview With Korin Sutton
Apologies for the first half audio (it was engineered, but was corrupted in the original version).
Obviously, this interview is for information purposes only. You should consult with your physician before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.