MASS & FULLNESS with NICK PAPANIA
Interview by Ben Yosef Photography by The Impakt Lab
Would you say your thickness is one of the most impressive attributes of your physique?
I have always struggled keeping my fullness and thickness throughout competition training and show prep. This year I was thicker and fuller than I have ever been. My fullness and thickness, this year, was definitely one of my more impressive attributes combined with my conditioning. I am not sure I can pin point my most impressive attribute because like most competitors I will never be content.
How much do I contribute this development to genetics versus training?
“ I DON’T DOUBT THAT GENETICS PLAY A PART IN THE FULLNESS AND THICKNESS OF MY MUSCLES.”
I don’t doubt that genetics play a part in the fullness and thickness of my muscles. I have also seen myself on and off stage without these attributes in the past. I have been bodybuilding for 15 years. I have been extremely active and involved in sports all my life. I was brought up to believe never give less than 100%. I believe my physique and conditioning came from the years of blood, sweat, and tears.
I tell my patients it’s never too late to change your body, the way you feel and look regardless of genetics. I have altered my on and off-season diets and incorporated very popular, all natural supplements and protein with no additives or preservatives. That has definitely propelled me to the best shape of my life and winning my Pro card with an all natural organization.
Can you give us a general idea of how you manage to present such fullness with your physique?
During the off-season and all the way up through competition prep, I train very heavy with anywhere between 6-15 repetitions. I never decrease, but constantly try to increase the weight with every set until the last week of prep. I will hit 3-4 very heavy working sets of 6-8 reps and 2-3 lighter sets to fatigue with all of my core lifts. I perform 4 sets of 6-10 reps for all of the auxiliary lifts. I also did not sodium or water deplete for the competition and kept a considerable amount of carbs in my diet. I believe this helped me maintain my muscle size and fullness throughout the show prep and the past year.
What advice would you give people looking to build or hold onto fullness in their muscle?
“ DO A COMBINATION OF HIGH AND LOW VOLUME TRAINING TO KEEP THE MUSCLES GUESSING”
I would tell people to train heavy and hard! Do a combination of high and low volume training to keep the muscles guessing. Stay heavy and don’t taper your weights down as your show or competition nears, but also listen to your body. If you are depleted from a diet or training, you have to do what your body is telling you, not your head. Your mind will tell you to stop but your body can do a lot more! “LIFT BIG, GET BIG!”
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