Pedro Araújo is an athlete in the Men’s Physique category who collected excellent ratings this year both in the North Region and in the National Championship.
Pedro debuted on stage last year with 21 years in which he obtained the 11th place in his category in the National Championship, but this year he returned to the stage and this time won some titles.
He was the absolute champion of Men’s Physique in the Regional Norte and in the National Championship in addition to winning his category, he was also an absolute champion of Juniors.
Find out more about this athlete in this interview.
- Name: Pedro Araújo
- Age: 22
- Height: 1.80m
- Competition weight: 81kg
- Weight out of competition: 88kg
- National Championship 2015 – 11th to 1.80m
- Regional Norte 2016 – Absolute Champion
- National Championship 2016 – Junior Absolute Champion
- National Championship 2016 – 1st place up to 1.82m
How and why did you start training?
From a very young age, the aesthetic and muscular physicists of some comic book heroes caught my attention, I admired and hoped one day to resemble the register of a muscular, aesthetic and visibly defined body.
However over time I grew up and at a certain point I felt I could start taking the first steps to improve my physique, making it similar to some aesthetic references that I already had at the time.
When I entered high school I met a colleague who was already training and decided to start training with him, but it was a year later, in 2011 just turning 17 that I really started training seriously.
I enrolled in a gym near my school and started to dedicate myself and focus in order to enhance my results, researching more and more about training, food and supplementation, trying to gather the maximum knowledge from different sources of information.
I was testing the trial / error method in order to achieve the desired physical shape and over time I became more and more demanding with myself, always raising the bar to higher levels, always looking for new challenges and imposing new goals of in order to get close to the shape you wanted.
What made you want to compete?
I think what led me to compete was the fact that I like and take this lifestyle so seriously, to always seek more within this medium, both in terms of information and results, hence the competition fascinates me.
It is not only for the simple fact of competing against other athletes, but also for the curiosity of living and knowing how to prepare, being able to learn and get to know our body better during this process and extract the maximum information from that experience.
Another reason why I decided to compete in the Men’s Physique category was because I thought that my body had some lines that fit the category’s pattern, the form of presentation on stage and the whole concept of this new aspect of bodybuilding fascinated me by fact that it is a category very focused on aesthetics, balance and harmony of the male body.
What kind of food do you follow?
My diet varies according to the phase and the physical condition in which I find myself, in any case I will leave here a little of what is my day-to-day in terms of food, stressing that I never miss a meal and leave space for one. once a week for a free meal when I am off-season.
- Meal 1
- 300ml clear
- 1 yolk
- 15 almonds
- 180g beef
- 1 egg
- 15 almonds
- Meal 2
- 200g Sweet Potato
- 200g Fish
- Meal 3
- 150g Basmati Rice
- 200g Chicken Breast
- Meal 4
- 150g Sweet Potato
- 180g Chicken Breast
- 15 almonds OR 20g peanut butter
- Meal 5
- 125g Basmati Rice
- 175g Beef
- Meal 6
- 300ml clear
- 2 gems
- 60g Casein
- 20g peanut butter
What kind of training do you follow?
As a rule, I train on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, leaving Wednesday and Sunday as a day of rest that I sometimes take advantage of to do a cardio session and leave space to work with a group that I consider weaker.
When I set up my workouts I try to change every two months, sometimes I separate the muscle groups every day as in the current training or else I concentrate more groups on each day of the week.
I always have a base but I try not to repeat the same training, I always look for compound and concentrated exercises for each group, I like super-sets as well as composite series.
I look for a very slow eccentric phase in at least one of the exercises in each group, I also look for exercises that lead to failure, exercises where the load is greater and I try to adapt the number of sets / repetitions depending on the objective.
Above all I like to feel the pain, that I am squeezing the muscle to the maximum, I love the feeling of finishing the training with the feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I gave everything I had for that training.
- Monday: Chest and twins
- Tuesday: Back and abs
- Wednesday: Cardio + 2 shoulder exercises
- Thursday: Legs
- Friday: Bicep and tricep
- Saturday: Back and shoulder
Training example – Back
- Elevations – 5 series x Failure
- Rowing Horse – 4 sets x 15 repetitions + Dropset in the last
- Lat Pulldown – 4 sets x 10 to 12 repetitions
- Unilateral row in pulley – 3 series x 10 repetitions
- Hacksaw on the bench with Halter – 3 sets x 10 repetitions
- Deadlift – 3 sets x 6 reps (high load)
What are your 3 favorite exercises?
- Free squat
- Walking Lunges
- Lat Pulldown
Where does your motivation come from?
Motivation is a key element in everything we do in life to be able to do it successfully.
Every day I try to be motivated and focused to the maximum, we have to wake up and not be afraid of what is to come, we have to accept that the pain in this process is our ally and above all we feel pleasure where others fear to risk.
I will often seek motivation from videos and photos of other athletes of reference for me like Felipe Franco, Sadik Hadzovic, Jason Poston, Jeremy Buendia or Anton Antipov.
Currently on the social networks where I share my day-to-day life I will seek a lot of motivation, not only for sharing with other people, where my goal is to show and motivate those who see it, but also for receiving positive messages and feedbacks from my posts, this gives a huge help and is always an extra motivation to our day.
Since I love to train it is easy to stay motivated, and on less good days I can always count on the support of my training partners, it is not because I am not motivated that I will stop training or miss a meal!
In addition, I always try to impose goals for my goals and look for results is what motivates me the most, I do everything to not miss a workout, not to miss a meal, a series and even a repetition.
I focus a lot on my goal, sometimes I isolate myself a little so as not to be distracted by something that might influence the results, I am quite ruled in what I eat, what I drink and what I do during the day in order to always enhance my my results as an athlete and person, and I always try to make the most of every moment, live one day at a time and feel the pleasure of this lifestyle that makes me feel great and good about myself.
Above all, keep in mind that without effort and dedication, things don’t happen!
What supplements do you use?
I am very basic about supplements, I like having good Whey to have as an alternative to some meals or sometimes I like to include it in the diet.
It is a practical, complete protein source where we can get a sweeter taste.
I also use a Multivitamin that I consider something super essential, Creatine, BCAA’s in the intra-workout, Glutamine in the post-workout and before bed and sometimes I like to use Tribulus.
Any tips in particular for those just starting out?
Do not give up on the first obstacle that appears to you, do not believe everything they read and tell you and do not wait for results overnight.
Work for results, failure is part of the process, look for the best people to guide you and always look for the most dignified information, always fight to the end and never give up on your dream, if it is to give up, give up being weak!
In fact, better than reaching the goal is to enjoy all the work until then, so be patient and persistent that the results appear.
Goals for the future, what are they?
As for future goals, I am still deciding what will be best for me, in order to be able to reconcile my whole life to face new challenges.
The last titles won give me access to be able to compete abroad, something that I really aspire to like any athlete, now it is up to me to make the choices that I think are the best to be able to move forward confident and safe.
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