Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Kai Au

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How Did You Get Started?

I originally started working out when I was high school. I used to be a fat little nerdy kid and everybody mad fun of me. Working out was pretty much a place of escape for me. But as I got older, I started getting skinnier and leaner... I looked like a twig 5 years ago. Trust me. You don't want to see those pictures.

But truthfully, I didn't get seriously into Bodybuilding until 3 yrs ago. And it was Marty and Lavinda Tully who convinced me that I should get into bodybuilding. I was sitting at 140 some odd lbs. when I first started and I'm now currently at 200 lbs., solid. I plan to go up to 215-230 lbs., solid. A lot of people tell me that it's impossible, but I've seen bodybuilders similar to me achieving that goal. I'm sure I could do it.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The best workout plans that I've created deals with tricking my body every single week. Every week's different. But I pretty much work only one to two body parts a day. But it doesn't matter which body part that I work on, I always make sure that I do 12-15 sets for that one body part, and that each set be 15-failure.

That translates to 4 different workouts per body part, 3-4 sets per workout, and starting reps of 15 to failure on the last set. I also make sure that I include free weights, machines, dumbbells, and cables in every body part workout. Because my schedule varies, the days are never set in stone. But I always give each body part 4 days rest before I work on it again.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I usually start my day with a good breakfast that has at least 30 grams of protein all together. At the same time, I'll take my multi-vitamin. Throughout the day, I'll have a 70-80 gram protein shake with me everywhere I go. And I'd be sipping a little of that every hour so that it keeps my body from going into the catabolic state. And because I'm a hardgainer, I try to take in about 300-330 grams of protein a day, 600-800 grams of carbs, and 4000-5000 calories a day.

I know that sounds outrageous, but I put food in my mouth on average of every hour to hour and a half. It's great, I don't loose energy, nor do I feel fatigue. I just have to watch and be smart with what I eat and make sure that it's all healthy. But then again, every once a while, I crave a piece of cheesecake!

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein has pretty much helped me a lot. Think about it. You can't eat that much protein in one day. Every once a while, I'll take a Tribex pill. But when it comes to building lean solid muscle and staying lean at the same time, it's all nutrition. You are after all what you eat.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding not only because it is an alternative competition sport, but it's a competition against myself. It's about reaching the limit, breaking the limit, and pushing for the next limit. Getting bigger, leaner, stronger, etc. It's all about drive and ambition. That's what I love about bodybuilding. I have full control of where I want to be and what I need to do.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My future bodybuilding plans... hmmm. Well, hoping to get into some serious bodybuilding competitions soon. Would like to start with the NPC and later get an IFBB pro card in the near future. Who knows what the future holds. But definitely dreaming big. I don't want to leak out too much just yet.

I am currently doing some photo shoots with photographers Eric Jacobson (, John Mitchell (, and Mark Lee ( So far, I'm just taking baby steps.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

If you really want to be serious in this business... NETWORK! Don't treat it like it's a hobby. Treat it like it's a business. It may be hard, but all the emotional, physical, and sometimes nutritional struggles are all worth it. Everything in this world is a learning curve. The only question is, are you willing to learn. The choice is yours, make that choice before it's too late.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Marv Blauvelt, Marty and Lavinda Tully, Mark Dugdale, Chris Cook, Stan Mcquay, Eryk Bui, and definitely Chris Dim. Check out their history and bios, and you'd understand why. If they made it, I'm sure I can too.