Samuel Akerson – Male Fitness Model Statistics
- Name: Samuel Akerson
- Date of Birth: May 2, 1992
- Height: 5’9″
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Hair Color: Brown
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Samuel Akerson – Male Fitness Model Interview
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. I went to Asheville High School then ABTech. I moved to Raleigh to study to be what I am now, a certified personal trainer.
How and why did you get started in fitness?
I got started in fitness because I was chubby as a child and I grew up reading comic books and saw how the superheroes looked and I wanted to look like them. I lost the weight and saw good results and I wanted to keep going.
What is the best thing about being fit and living a healthy lifestyle?
The best thing about being fit and healthy is that I’m able to do more for a longer period of time. I also like how people will come up and ask me how I got into great shape. I enjoy motivating and inspiring others to go beyond their physical limits to get to where they want to be.
Tell us about your biggest fitness influence?
My biggest influence has been my manager. He’s always encouraging me to push myself and to go beyond what I thought were my limits.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far has been becoming a fitness professional. I love helping and motivating others to be their best.
What is your favorite body part on yourself and on the opposite sex?
My favorite body parts are my arms and shoulders. On the opposite sex, it is the abdomen.
What kind of cardio do you like best and why?
I have two. Boxing and going outside to jog. Boxing, because it’s fun and I get to release a lot of energy.
What type of nutritional supplements do you use?
I use whey protein and Lifetime Fitness Fast Fuel as a meal replacement.
What do you think of the latest fitness trends like P90X, Insanity and CrossFit?
I have not tried P90X yet but I enjoyed Insanity. I think it’s a great program for weight loss and increasing one’s endurance and stamina. I love CrossFit! I think it makes working out fun and enjoyable when you’re doing the movements properly.
What type of food or supplements do you consume pre-workout and post-workout?
For pre-workout, I’ll eat a protein bar and some kind of fruit for energy. After my workouts I’ll consume a protein shake and eat chicken with mixed vegetables.
How do you deal with cravings for junk foods, sweets and salty food?
At the moment I’m training for a physique competition so when I get cravings I’ll say to myself, “It tastes like 2nd Place”.
What are the contents of your refrigerator?
My fridge consists mainly of vegetables. Also, almond milk, 5 cartons of eggs, cheese and Greek yogurt.
What are your top 3 favorite exercises and why?
Lateral raises to round my shoulders. Tire flips because it works the entire body and knee raises because it works my lower abs to get that V-shape.
What tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to stay on a clean diet?
I recommend asking the waiter what they have that contains little or no sugar.
What does your gym playlist look like and what’s your favorite song to listen to when training?
My gym playlist consists of motivational speeches. They inspire me to keep pushing and to never give up. My favorite is “Motivation – We Fall In Order To Rise”.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
The most challenging thing is going out with friends and having to always be consciously aware of what I’m eating and drinking.
Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
- Meal #1: 3 eggs, mixed vegetables, Greek yogurt
- Meal #2: Protein shake, nuts
- Meal #3: Chicken, mixed vegetables, sweet potato
- Meal #4: Meal replacement shake
- Meal #5: Fish, veggies, sweet potato
If you could share only one bodybuilding tip that has really helped you succeed, what would it be?
Consistency! Making a plan and sticking to it is the key.
How does your family, friends and significant other react to and deal with your strict fitness lifestyle?
My family loves it, my friends don’t get it but are still supportive. My girlfriend is very supportive and has been very helpful.
What are your top 5 tips for losing body fat and getting shredded?
- Clean diet.
- High endurance exercises.
- Mix it up.
- Low volume, high reps
What are your top 5 tips for building muscle and packing on size?
- Eat more grams of protein.
- Get a workout partner.
- Eat 5-6 meals a day.
- 2 warm-up sets, then 3 sets of 8 reps.
- Quality over quantity.
What is your training routine like? (Please include details like training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, etc.)
- Monday: Arms: dumbbell bicep curls, hammer curls, dips.
- Tuesday: Chest: pushups, bench press, pec dec flys.
- Wednesday: Legs and Core: squats, leg press, crunches, cable crunches.
- Thursday: Back: dumbbell rows, low back extensions, lat pulldowns.
- Friday: Shoulders: lateral raises, Smith machine shoulder press, bent over lateral raises.
- Saturday: Power workouts: tire flips, prowler.
- Sunday: Rest.
What is your favorite healthy food and your favorite cheat food?
May favorite healthy food is chicken and my favorite cheat food is stuffed crust pizza.
How do you stay motivated?
Looking at the bigger picture and visualizing the end result.
What does the future hold for you?
I want to continue being in the fitness industry. I’m going to continue being a certified personal trainer and I want to hopefully own my own gym in the future. I’m still pursuing fitness modeling and I’m currently going to school for physical therapy.