Eddie "The Savage" Abbew will be competing in this year's Iron Man, which will be his 4th one. Having competed for the first time in last year's Mr. Olympia, he knows how to look his best at this show and will, hopefully, place top 3 again (he placed third place last year).
We interviewed him to see what he's doing differently in his preparation for the Iron Man this year compared to last year's Mr. Olympia, in which he didn't place, and what happened there. See for your self what Eddie has to say, from a rainy day in The United Kingdom.
[ Q ] So how's the preparation for the Iron Man going so far? How is it different from last year's Mr. Olympia and previous Iron Man competitions?
training is the same really; I prefer high reps and volume training. I tried to change it slightly for the Olympia by doing low reps, but that doesn't work for me.
[ Q ] You mention in a previous interview with Kris Gethin that at last year's Iron Man, you were eating about 2500 grams of carbs (that only is already 10,000 calories!) a day when you were carb loading. Could you tell a little bit about your protein intake; how many grams of protein do you take during- and off-season, what types of protein and when during the day?
I try to eat 7 meals a day in the off-season and the
protein intake per meal is about 80 grams. They usually come from sources like
chicken, lots of
eggs. I eat lots of
whole eggs in the off-season because my
metabolism is fast. I always have a big bowl of
oatmeal and 10 whole eggs before bed in the off-season.
[ Q ] Do you prepare most of these meals in advance or once every week?
Well, I scramble the eggs and roast the chicken then keep it in the fridge. I blend my chicken with
water and drink it. The amount I have to eat, I won't be able to chew, lol. I blend it with some water and drink it. It tastes like sh!t but I am used to it. It's the smell that is worse than the taste.
[ Q ] What supplements do you, in either season, generally take?
I won't mention
vitamins and minerals because we'll be here all day. I use
creatine ethyl ester,
leucine, and of course, the usual proteins. I use mainly
CNP products because they sponsor me with supplements. They have a protein called
ProPeptide which I think is probably the best powder I have used since I started bodybuilding.
[ Q ] With the Iron Man being quite early in the year, how do you stay motivated to stick to your diet plans and training regimen; especially with the holidays? I would imagine you would be tempted to cheat on your diet a little bit during New Year's and Christmas.
Nope. I have a very fast
metabolism. The main problem I have is that if I don't diet over Xmas, I tend not to eat enough
calories per day and lose weight. I lost about 5 kilos (11 lbs) one Xmas and I wasn't even dieting, so now, I prefer to be on a diet over Xmas.
I have a cheat meal once a week but no simple sugars, just savoury stuff so I made that cheat meal fall on Xmas day and had a nice meal with my family.
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[ Q ] At last year's Iron Man you took 3rd place. Any predictions on what place you will be taking this year? Any predictions on the top 5?
Ha, ha, ha! You know what, I have absolutely no idea who the h-ll is competing at the
Iron Man. I have made sure I don't know. Just focus on my game.
[ Q ] So you don't psych yourself out, right?
[ Q ] With the Iron Man 1st Prize still being the same ($15,000), and other competitions being more extrinsically rewarding, why is it that still so many pro's compete in the Iron Man Pro, especially if you're coming all the way from Europe?
Is it because you are taken care of very well, or is it just a motivation to get in shape earlier and to see how you're doing before competing at the Arnold Classic and other bigger competitions?
Maybe, but I am doing it because I prefer to diet over XMAS. And that is the 1st show so naturally, I will do that one.
[ Q ] Talking about bigger competitions, let's talk about last year's Mr. Olympia. What do you think of the top-5 results of last year's Mr. Olympia? Did you think Jay deserved to win?
Do you want to know why I looked so sh!tty? Lol.
[ Q ] If you want to talk about that too, then yeah that would be great (not that I think that you looked sh!tty though).
Lol, I don't mind you being truthful. I made some last minute elementary mistakes that cost me dearly. I know I am capable of looking much better than that.
[ Q ] What kind of mistakes? Why did you decide to do these things different if I may ask?
I think that I was slightly overwhelmed by the razzmatazz of the whole contest. I forgot that the
Olympia is really just another bodybuilding show with higher caliber competitors. I think I over carbed immensely and used the wrong
tan. One would say that tanning is just an excuse but when you are as dark as I am, you need to be lightened on stage.
I naively trusted someone else to experiment with a tan that made me look smooth and even darker on stage. I carbed up an extra day in attempt to come in bigger.
[ Q ] How far out did you start carbing? And who tanned you?
The tan, well, I don't really want to say. All I am saying is that I was sold a tan that ruined my condition although I knew what worked best for me.
[ Q ] You said that you still couldn't gain from carbing up with 2500 grams a day before the Iron Man though, how many grams of carbohydrates did you start out with carb loading before the Mr. Olympia?
Well, I started with 3000 and reduced it to 2500 on the extra day. That meant 4 days of loading! At least these mistakes won't happen again in this year's Iron Man. I will make sure of that. Stick to what works for you.
[ Q ] Back to last year's Mr. Olympia really quick, what did you think of the top 5 results?
I have absolutely no comment about that, most of the people in that top 5 are people who I get on very well with. My only comment is that I think
Jay Cutler is a much better ambassador for the sport than any of us.
[ Q ] You mentioned in a previous interview that bodybuilding as a sport is more "frowned upon" in Europe and is less popular. Being from Europe myself, I completely agree with this. What is your motivation as an IFBB pro bodybuilder to still reside in The United Kingdom though?
Well that is a personal one. I have traveled to so many countries in the world and there is no other country I would want my children to grow up than the UK.
My kids come first; their welfare is the most important thing in my life. I love this country and want my kids to grow up here, if that means not doing as well financially in bodybuilding as my equals in the States, then so be it.
[ Q ] Well Eddie, thanks a lot for your time to do this interview; we highly appreciate it. We'll keep everybody updated on this year's Iron Man Pro and look forward to seeing you there and hope you'll look your best and do great!
Thank you very much mate. Bye for now.