Interview Rui Ferreira

Interview with athlete Rui Ferreira.

This time we interviewed Rui Ferreira, an athlete with a name not only in Portugal but also with excellent results abroad!

Some of Rui's competitions and results:

  • October 2012 – Arnold Classic Europe Men's Physique winner up to 178 cm – Madrid
  • March 2013 – 2nd place Arnold Amateur, Men´s Physique Class A – Columbus / Ohio
  • September 2013 – 7th place in the World Championship Men’s Physique up to 178 cm – Kiev
  • October 2013 – 7th Place Arnold Classic Europe Men’s Physique up to 178 cm – Madrid
  • June 2014 – 16th place Olympia Amador Europa Men's Physique up to 178 cm – Prague

How and why did you start training?

I started training at César Sport Gym, in Quinta da Luz, in 1992, under the influence of a great friend, Pedro Jardim and because he was very thin and slight at the time.

What kind of food do you follow?

I am not a “slave” to the diet, as with everything and I only dedicate myself 100% to the diet when I have competitive goals.

As long as my metabolism permits, I think I will continue!


Pre-competition diet

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100 grams of oats with 50 grams of protein

Pre workout
Recovery based on glutamine, BCAA's, arginine and beta-alanine

After training
50 grams of protein
50 grams of vitargo

200 grams of chicken
100 grams of rice
100 grams of broccoli


200 grams of hake
150 grams of baked potato

Middle of the afternoon
1 Can of tuna
3 egg whites

200 grams of chicken
100 grams of rice
100 grams of broccoli


200 grams of hake
150 grams of baked potato

Before bedtime
50 grams of caseinate

What kind of training do you follow?

I usually train between Monday and Friday, 4 times a week.

The training is usually regulated by what I need to balance and according to the requirements that I have a notion in competitive terms, having no specific model that follows constantly.

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What are the main differences when you want to gain weight and when you want to lose fat?

I increase my caloric intake to the level of simple carbohydrates and I try to maintain my regular protein intake.

Since I can't eat a lot, I always try to manage things according to my availability and predisposition.

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Where does your motivation come from?

My family, especially my brother, my shadow, who goes with me everywhere and never leaves me, and my friends, for EVERYTHING!

As long as they are here for me and I feel capable, I will be on stage.

What supplements do you use?

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Any tips in particular for those just starting out?

May you have LOTS OF PATIENCE because the results do not appear overnight.

There is no point in wanting to skip or "burn" stages as they will always return to the same and mainly, choose the people they surround themselves with well.

I had the LUCK to be with the same trainer for about 20 years.

I thank the Virtual Gym for the opportunity to talk a little about myself and make myself known.

I hope I can serve in some way as a “support” for those who are already in this world or are thinking of starting.

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