Hello dear friends. Today I have the opportunity to
interview a bodybuilder that wants to
make major damage in all the pro shows that he will
compete in. His name is King Kamali and he is one of the
newest IFBB Pros, ready to take on the ranks at the
2001 IRONMAN and Arnold Classic.
His nickname is "Terminator" and you can easily understand this nickname when looking at his pictures.
As a competitive bodybuilder, he has been the featured
guest poser and/or honored speaker at several local,
regional, and national competitions, where his
distinctive one of a kind posing and knowledge of
kinesiology and sports nutrition have been utilized.
He truly loves the sport of bodybuilding and has spent
many years training and studying to become an expert
on this subject.
Even with all of the ups
and downs that come with the iron sport, he has become even more involved with this
wonderful and brutal sport and King Kamali
has discovered that his enthusiasm has steadily
Although King Kamali is a new professional in the
IFBB, he has already built a strong fan base and he
will do his best to stay true to the hardcore
King Kamali's Interview!
[ Q ] King, in just a few weeks you will compete in the
very prestigious lFBB lronman Pro lnvitational, and
shortly later, in the Arnold Classic which is the
second most important bodybuilding show on earth. What
do you expect from these two bodybuilding
competitions, and with what place, in both shows,
would you feel satisfied with yourself?
K.K. I expect to be at my absolute best for the Ironman Pro. This is my
debut, and in my opinion, a very strong showing will push me to the
the pack as far as the new professionals go. I'm not even considering
top ten in the world as of now.
My mission is to push Chris Cormier
Priest to the limits at the Ironman and bring the house down at the
Top 5 at the Classic and I will satisfied. The most important factor
I need to get a major sponsor after these two shows. I will not
again without one!
[ Q ] I will continue my questions by talking a
little bit more about the two contests you will
compete in. I saw on your site that you "warn" your
opponents about your current condition which you
referred to as "bone dry", even though you are 4 weeks
away from your first show. I also observed that
every 2 weeks you put some new pics on your site in
order for everyone to see your current condition. Do you
believe that this is the right "tactics of the game"?
Since every one of your opponents can see how you look now,
just a few weeks before the show, do you think that you
might "risk" too much by revealing your current
condition sooner than you should?
K.K. That is just my personality coming out. I did my homework since the
Nationals and accomplished my goal of adding an additional 20 - 25
of lean muscle for my Pro debut. During the past couple of years
I had the
opportunity to meet all the top Pros in the world. Through personal
conversations, rumors, magazines, and Mr. know everything himself Chad
Nicholls, I realized that 95% of my competitors do not suffer half as much
as I do. Most are satisfied that they are now professionals and that their
genetics will take over from this point on.
And let's not forget about all
the trash talking one hears before big shows.... so and so is 320 pounds
hard, this guy is shredded at 5 weeks out, that guy only diets for 4 weeks
because his metabolism is too high, etc...... BULLSHIT! Most of them f***
around the entire off-season and crash diet to get ready for a show. Then
the last minute call Chad and beg him to "dry them out". So, I wanted
show the world that there are some people who do start their diet 16
out, do their cardio everyday, practice their posing, and transform
physique slowly and correctly without resorting to drastic and dangerous
My "ROAD TO...." pics were also a great addition to my web
fans love it and so do most bodybuilding enthusiasts all over
the world. I
have put the fear of God in some of the Pros out there and
the best thing is
that there is nothing they can do about it. I'm 4 weeks out
great and will look just that much better as the weeks go by.
[ Q ] I read in your site that your training style
is like powerlifting and bodybuilding. (More precisely
you named it "powerbuilding"). A few lines
later you say: "Never ever sacrifice quantity for
quality. Be real with the poundages you use. Don't be
a guest poser in the gym, trying to show-off will only
result in serious injuries, and that is the biggest
downfall for all bodybuilders trying to make big
gains". About this statement, I would like to ask
you, how "careful" can someone be in order to avoid
injuries when he is doing 800 pound deadlifts for reps as
you have mentioned you are able to lift?
K.K. Some bodybuilders look strong but in actuality they are not. And then
there are some who are as strong as they look: I am one of them. My
strength has always been an asset to me but there have been some
when I was younger, when it has also gotten me into some trouble
time to time. One should never try to show off in the gym. Technique is
very important but then again so is going heavy to pack on the mass. That
why I use reliable and experienced training partners when I train. I
heavy and they keep me moving through the entire set. It has worked
and kept me injury free to this point.
As far as the 800 pound deadlifts
go, I am shooting a hardcore training video that highlights King
style training. Super heavy training is a part of my program and
wanted to show my fans how to blast out heavy weights with proper
[ Q ] If you had the opportunity to change only one thing
in the sport of bodybuilding in order to make it even
more well-known to the public what would it be and why?
K.K. The problem with Professional bodybuilding is very obvious to me. Lack
respect! We need to form a union of some sort setting minimum standards
all IFBB Pros. We work harder then any other Pro athlete in the world
we get paid nothing!! $120,000.00 for first prize at the premier
show in the world..... are you kidding me!?! There are
make more than that. And how many Pros do you know who
have to maintain
a "regular" job to make things end. It's f***ing
embarrassing. I could
not begin to tell you the nonsense I have heard in the
past 2 years, especially
from the supplement companies. They have all the
money in the world but
dish out nothing to the athletes... and do you want
to know why? Because
we let them!
I promise you, if we all got together
and said enough is enough
they will cave in. Without the Pros endorsing
their products they have
no products... and they know this, but, when you
can approach some top
amateur or desperate pro and offer them free
supplements and their face
in the magazines, they will jump at the
opportunity and that kills it for
When I turned Pro, EVERYONE told me
not to charge more then $500.00
to $800.00 for guest posing. They said no
one will hire me for anything
more than that.... PLEASE. and I am suppose to
be the best poser in bodybuilding.
I did not listen and set my standards
much higher than what was recommended,
and you know what, it worked. Supply
and demand, it's worked from day one
and it will keep working. I will make
my mark at the Arnold Classic and
I promise they will come with the offers,
but, I will not accept anything
that I would feel is disrespectful as a
professional athlete. I proved
to myself and the world that I can do it on
my own but there does come
a time where enough is enough.
[ Q ] Ok, it's time for my last question to you King.
From what I know, you are training very hard for your
current contests, you are eating plenty of protein,
you are sleeping around 8-10 hours every day, but what
about your supplementation? What supplements do you
currently use and trust?
K.K. Here is a break down of the supplements I use:
ISS Research Complete Whey
Nitro-Fuel from Twinlab
Mega Liquid L-Carnitine from Twinlab
Hydroxycut from MuscleTech
Ripped-Fuel from Twinlab
Jacked from DNA (Chad Nicholls new line)
BCAA's from SportPharma
FFAA's from Ultimate Nutrition
Z-Mass from Cytodyne Tech.
Glutamine from Champion Nutrition
Therajoint from Iss Research
Yohimbe Fuel from Twinlab
and tons of water.
Check out his GREAT web page at: www.kingkamali.com There are hundreds of photos, training guides, personal and contest history, and much more! You can
contact him at:
PO Box 401
Dunn Loring, VA, 22027
Don't miss out on the opportunity to get a photo of
him for only $10 (plus $2 shipping), as well as his
video production "The Road To Be King" which will be
released March of 2001. (During the Arnold Classic
Weekend Expo) Check out his site for more information!
I would like to thank King very much for the time that
he spent giving this interview. I wish him good luck
in the Ironman and Arnold Classic, and I hope after he
competes in these two shows I will again have the
opportunity for an even more "revealing" interview
Till my next interview, take care all.
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