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10 Questions with Shawn Ray





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10 Questions With Shawn Ray


1. Are you able to share with us your arm exercises? I’m having a tough time constructing my peak and my horseshoe on my triceps.


I practice my arms twice every week, bi’s and tri’s collectively. I alternate from one exercise to the following so far as which space I practice first. That mentioned, fundamental arm coaching for me is selecting three workout routines for 4 units every.


Biceps: barbell curls, one-arm curls and focus curls for my biceps are normal.


Triceps: Triceps press-down, skull-crushers and one-arm dumbbell presses.


2. Looks as if everybody who has a podcast is a bodybuilding skilled when it comes all the way down to predictions and critiques of bodybuilding reveals and athletes. What’s your place on random guys speaking like they’re specialists however by no means go to bodybuilding reveals but really feel the necessity to chime in with their opinions on what the game must make it higher?


I’m all for everybody having an opinion and expressing themselves via freedom of speech, and social media supplies that platform to achieve a wider viewers. That mentioned, take into account your supply of data as an essential part for factual, dependable data. Guys sitting at house, of their mother’s basement, being keyboard warriors, breaking down world-class physiques and analyzing skilled contests that they by no means see in particular person whereas critiquing promoters, analysts and athletes they know nothing about should not at all times the perfect supply of dependable data.

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3. Why is it that you just’re one of many few professionals that by no means counted energy, took measurements of your physique elements or used the dimensions as a information as you ready for the game’s largest contest, the Mr. Olympia, for nicely over a decade?


Properly, there are a variety of causes for that. I’ve at all times thought-about myself an artist and an artist constructs issues utilizing their instinct more often than not. I didn’t have a blueprint, I by no means used a guru and I relied closely on exercise companions to observe my progress. The mirror was my primary supply of affirmation by way of watching my physique change all through the weeks and months of competitors coaching. My food plan would alter based mostly on my power and power or lack thereof. I discovered what my physique wanted to make use of as gas to construct muscle and break down fats by trial and error. As soon as I discovered to take command of my physique I used to be capable of alter and adapt via manipulation of coaching and sure meals to alter my look from one present to the following.


4. Over time we’ve seen plenty of nice images of you throughout your bodybuilding profession. Who’s the perfect photographer that you just labored with and why?


That’s an excellent query that has a number of layers to it for me to attempt to reply. I assume the photographer is also requested who’s the perfect bodybuilder that they ever labored with. I’ll do my finest to reply your query.


I’ve labored with a few of the finest physique photographers on this planet throughout my profession, together with Chris Lund, John Balik, Mike Neveux, Robert Reif, Invoice Dobbins, Ralph DeHaan, Paula Crane, Jim Amentler, Irv Gelb, Per Bernal, Harry Langdon, Gary Phillips and Herb Ritts, to call a number of. All very completely different by way of “assignments.” Health club shoots are completely different than studio shoots. Physique picture shoots are completely different from stage pics.


My private favourite is and at all times has been Chris Lund from England. He captured principally physique photographs within the fitness center and coaching photographs within the fitness center nevertheless it was enjoyable, it was by no means work and the standard was a few of the finest! Not solely was Chris Lund a fantastic photographer, however he additionally grew to become a fantastic good friend through the years. I got here to know his spouse and his daughter as I used to be making my means via the professional trade throughout the ‘90s, and each have been essential elements of these picture shoots and have been supporting the work that Chris did working at Flex journal via the years.

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5. Are we’re level in our bodybuilding trade that there are too many contests and too many qualifiers?


It’s type of a loopy query as a result of I used to be there once we didn’t have sufficient reveals and we didn’t have sufficient qualifiers within the sport arising as a teen. Now we now have reveals everywhere in the planet because of the IFBB Professional League and NPC worldwide federations. With all the brand new divisions, it’s created a saturation impact giving a lot of people the chance to qualify and take part within the sport’s next-level competitions. Nevertheless, progress comes from participation and generally it’s a must to watch out what you ask for as a result of now we’re at some extent the place we bought precisely what we have been lacking – so now we now have to determine a solution to gradual it down, so we don’t proceed to qualify common athletes nor will we wish to have marathon finals at fundamental competitions.


6. Are you able to inform us about your tanning course of for the Mr. Olympic contests? It appeared like your shade was at all times picture-perfect on stage and it actually set you aside from others.


Early in my profession I met 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson in Santa Monica. He shared with me that residing on the seaside, plenty of occasions it could be overcast and cloudy when he ready for competitions. So he’d get in his automotive and drive two hours to Palm Springs within the desert simply to lie out within the solar and get base tan for 4 weeks previous to competitors. He would lie out within the solar for as much as one to 2 hours at a time. Chris was able to be photographed as early as two weeks out from competitors and two weeks after competitors as a result of his tanning would assist tighten and dry his pores and skin whereas his physique would have an excellent, deep, darkish shade to it. I adopted his recommendation and in 1987 I met the CEO of Professional Tan USA, Stacy Kaufman, as he was within the first yr of launching his new tanning enterprise once I gained the NPC Nationwide Championships in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey. He added a few coats of Professional Tan to my already “tanned” physique and along with my base pure tan, we created magic all through my profession, ending in retirement in 2001.

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7. We all know bodybuilding is a worldwide sport. Are you able to share with me your favourite go to to a overseas nation?


It’s onerous to slender down a favourite place that I’ve visited on this planet, on account of my bodybuilding profession and subsequent travels. I can inform you a number of locations on this planet that my bodybuilding profession took me to that I might love to return and go to as only a common vacationer. Italy, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Dubai, New Zealand, Austria, Peru, Aruba, Mexico and Brazil to call a number of, however my comfortable place as of late is Hawaii for a lot of causes that aren’t associated to bodybuilding, however magnificence.


8. Mutant has been blowing up the trade the previous yr, sponsoring reveals and athletes whereas releasing new merchandise like Insanity All-In and FLEX FOOD™ MRP! What’s subsequent?


Thanks and good query! The previous yr we’ve been making plenty of noise with our Mutant athletes like Jamie “The Large” Christian, two-time Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw, Dusty Hanshaw, Shelby Guillaume and Ron Partlow, who’re the driving forces behind our athlete ambassadors – however our firm CEO, Jim McMahon, has been actually aggressive in making merchandise our shoppers want, need and want to assist them attain their health targets! Rumor has it that we’re bringing on a HUGE asset to the MutantNation Staff and we will’t wait!


9. Very thrilling that the Large Killer, Shaun Clarida, has joined the MUTANT staff. His physique is an actual throwback much like the symmetry you made so well-known. What are Shaun’s possibilities heading into the 2022 Olympia in December?


Shaun has all of the instruments to recapture his Olympia 212 title from a yr in the past. Final yr, Shaun had all the things to truly retain his title nevertheless, his rival and nemesis, Derek Lunsford, was just a little bit larger than Shaun and really nailed his peak on the finals to narrowly eke out the victory! All that being mentioned, I don’t see anybody who’s gonna be capable to cease the Large Killer come this December from capturing his second 212 title! With a full yr of coaching beneath his belt, we must anticipate there’s gonna be an entire lot extra enchancment to an already championship physique!


10. The place can we see the MUTANT staff subsequent by way of reveals globally?


On the Comedian Con Fan Expo Canada (Toronto), consider it or not, on the finish of August! Some fairly cool new publicity to an rising shopper – particularly of our clothes and MADNESS power/pre-workout. We’ll even be out in full pressure on the Arnold Sports activities Pageant UK, on September 23-25 in Birmingham. Lastly, in fact, we might be sponsors on the 58th annual Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, supporting two-time Ms. Olympia and Mutant athlete Andrea Shaw as she defends her titles, whereas in fact supporting our latest champion athlete, Shaun Clarida, attempting to recapture his 212 Olympia title once more in December! Please drop by our Mutant Sales space on the Olympia Expo on the all-new Venetian ConferenceSR Q10 image1 6 Heart!


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