Interview with IFBB Pro Mike Johnson
IFBB Pro Mike Johnson earned pro status after winning the Super Heavyweight and Overall Canadian National titles on only his first attempt. Not only is Mike known for his asthetically pleasing physique, In my Eyes commentary and for being one of the strongest pros on the circuit, he is also a family man, a motorcycle enthusiast and an intelligent voice in the bodybuilding community holding a degree in Kinesiology with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to all things related to the bodybuilding lifestyle. TheGymLifestyle.com proudly presents IFBB Pro Mike Johnson.
Name: Mike Johnson
Location: Chateauguay Quebec
Contest History: 2013 New York Pro, 2013 Toronto Pro, 2011 CBBF Canadian Nationals
Upcoming Contests: June 28 CPF Powerlifting Nationals, Oct 4 EVL’s Prague Pro, Oct 11 Nordic Pro
Sponsors: Nutrabolics and Sport Kilt
How did you get started with bodybuilding and training?
I always wanted to be muscular like the wrestlers I watched and admired on TV. For me it wasn’t Arnold, it was the Ultimate Warrior. I didn’t even know what bodybuilding was until I really started getting serious with training. My friend Colin Keeping poured gas on the fire so to speak. At 17 I started bodybuilding and never looked back.
Where does your motivation come from?
I’d say it started off from fear of inadaquecy, as with most teenagers who struggle with insecurities and finding themselves. Bodybuilding has freed me of my insecurities and developed into my passion. When something is your passion, finding motivation is not necessary, it is always there….and I want to be the best!
What is your current training philosophy?
I don’t count sets or reps anymore, muscles can’t count, they only respond/grow when they are taken to failure and beyond. I use heavy weight without sacrificing form. Now, I said I don’t count reps but I do keep my rep range between 6-15 and sometimes 20 depending on the muscle group. I do this by the amount of weight I use…but I don‘t set a certain rep target to hit, I just go to failure and if I do more reps than my set range I will increase the weight for the next set.
What workout routine/split has worked best for you?
Monday- Legs (Quads, Hams & Calves)
Tuesday- Chest & Tris
Thursday- Back & Bis
Friday- Shoulders & Calves
Saturday- Arms (Tris, Bis & Forearms)
What does your diet consist of? – What would you eat on a typical day?
Hahaha, well I am lactose intolerant and I have egg and gluten allergies. I eat a lot of red meat and salmon, once or twice a week I will choke down chicken and tuna. Pork and turkey are rare but I eat those as well. For carbs it is mostly rice and fruit, sometimes quinoia or potatoes. Fats come from, olive oil, coconut oil, avacado, nuts, meat and I also eat green veggies.
Do you stay lean all year round or do you bulk and cut?
I stay lean, not by choice. It just seems like no matter how much I eat I don’t get too fat. My metabolism just speeds up. It’s great for dieting but makes gaining weight hard.
What supplements do you use?
Omega 3, Milk Thistle/LivCare, Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM, CoEnzyme Q10, Digestive Enzymes, Anabolic State (BCAA’s), Lactose free Protein Isolate, Hemotropin2XC, Creatine2XC When dieting I use: ThermalXTC and Carnibolic
If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
Easy question: BENCH, SQUAT & DEADLIFT. These three will work the whole body and I also powerlift so they are my favorite exercises.
What are three tips you’d give to someone who’s trying to reach their goal physique?
1.: Be consistent in Training & Nutrition.
2.: Don’t worry about the scale, use the mirror as your guide.
3.: Believe, Behave and Become.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love my motorcycle (2009 Harley Crossbones), I enjoy hunting with my father (wild meat is the secret kids! ) and leather work but I haven’t had the time lately.
What is your favorite quote?
“You must show no mercy… …Nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you… …for your greatness will silence them all” – Warrior
“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees” – Emiliano Zapata
“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything”
Where can I follow you?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MJbodybuilder