Can The Hungarian Sensation Win The Tampa Pro 202 Class? Interview With Bodybuilding’s Newest King Of Symmetry: Steve Namat!

Bodybuilding sensation Steve Namat is the dark horse for the 220-pound title at the upcoming2010 IFFB PBW Tampa Pro show. He is gunning for the top at this contest. Find out more about his contest prep in this exclusive interview!

Article Summary:
  • When Steve moved to the US from Hungary, he had to overcome some major obstacles.
  • Steve chooses basic supplements to help him reach his goals, such as whey protein.
  • Steve has realized perfect form and a great pump are more important than a ton of weight.
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    Can The Hungarian Sensation Win The Tampa Pro 202 Class?

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    IFBB pro bodybuilding sensation Steve Namat has been quoted as saying, "A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot." Having only competed for eight years - beginning in 1999 as a skinny youth with little muscular potential - he is now among the best bodybuilders in the world. With professional bodybuilding being one of the most competitive sporting arenas on the planet, surely he has done what many would have considered the impossible.

    With phenomenal size being a fundamental prerequisite for competitive success in today's pro bodybuilding game, Steve, who regularly competes at around 190 pounds, may again have to face many doubters in light of his recent claims of wanting future Olympia top-ten glory. However, with his outstanding shape and perennial top-level conditioning combined with enough balanced size to compete with the best, with further improvements it is hard to argue against him realizing all of his pro bodybuilding objectives.

    A dark horse for the 220-pound title at the upcoming PBW Tampa Pro show, Steve is gunning for the top at this contest. If he wins, he will be the first Hungarian athlete to compete at the Olympia, another dream fulfilled with plenty more to be realized given his young age of 26.

    Since many pro champs are hitting their stride in their 40s, Steve, given his age, has much time to make the refinements in size and shape needed to become a legitimate superstar. And, surely, you would have to be living on another planet to bet against that.

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    [ David Robson ] Hi Steve. How are you feeling five weeks out from the IFBB PBW Tampa Pro?

    [ Steve Namat ] I'm feeling great. My training is getting better and better, I still have enough energy, my condition is getting better and five weeks is still a plenty of time to be on point and at my very best.


    [ DR ] Is your body looking as you expected it would this far out? How are you looking right now?

    [ SN ] I think I'm on the right track. It's hard to tell because we moved here to the States (from Hungary) last July and for seven months I wasn't able to train and eat properly. We didn't know anybody, we didn't have a work visa, we didn't have jobs - so, honestly, we didn't have any money for bodybuilding. I started training properly again in February and, of course, since then I have done a huge transformation. And I still have five weeks until the show.


    [ DR ] What adjustments will you make to your program to ensure you arrive in Tampa at 100 percent on target and ready to win?

    [ SN ] I have an advisor, and we often change my diet and training, but right now it is the same way it has been for quite some time. So no recent changes have been made. I am sticking with what has worked for me in the past.


    [ DR ] What makes you a contender for the top placements at this show? What can the fans expect to see from you come contest time?

    [ SN ] I just want to achieve my all time best conditioning. My proportions and my posing will be OK anyway.

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    [ DR ] Can you describe the training program you are using to prepare for the Tampa Pro?

    [ SN ] I'm trying to keep using heavy weights all the way to the contest. Nothing special. I always keep everything simple.

    Eight weeks out from the IFBB PBW Tampa Pro - Training Split


    [ DR ] How is your nutrition structured for this contest?

    [ SN ] I have been eating a lot of protein from solid foods, low carbohydrates and almost zero fats from 12 weeks out. With carbs it always depends on my current level of conditioning. You can't plan ahead. My carb intake becomes lower and lower as the 12 to 16 week period before the show progresses - usually they drop from around 600 grams daily to below 100 grams, or even less as the show approaches.

    Eight weeks out from the IFBB PBW Tampa Pro: Meal Plan

    Meal 1:

    Meal 2:

    Meal 3:

    • 200g Tilapia Fish
    • 1 Cup Rice

    Meal 4:

    Meal 5:

    Meal 6:

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    [ DR ] During the final week before a show how do you usually adjust your nutrition and training to ensure you peak to perfection?

    [ SN ] Usually I have to follow a really low carb diet with a maximum 100 grams of carbs per day. I'll carb up in the last two days before the show. But it'll depend on the actual form again; usually I eat anywhere between 500 and 1500 grams of carbs a day when carbing up.


    [ DR ] It is clear that top competitors such as yourself rely heavily on supplementation to achieve peak size and conditioning. Are you very big on supplementation? What products do you use and why?

    [ SN ] I'm using my supplement company's products (www.apixtreme.com). But only basic things again: caffeine pills, fat burners, whey protein, glutamine, and amino acids.


    [ DR ] You are always very lean on stage. Is cardio a key for you; how long are your cardio sessions?

    [ SN ] Yes cardio is critical to how ripped I become. I train cardio in the mornings, between 30 and 45 minutes each time.


    [ DR ] You mentioned your utilization of heavy weights right up to the week of the show. What rep ranges are you using for this show?

    [ SN ] I usually do six to 15 reps and sometimes even more for legs.

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    [ DR ] Even though your current training style is hard and heavy do you ever mix things up and use a variety of rep ranges and training methods?

    [ SN ] I always mix different styles, even in one workout session. For example, during a chest workout maybe I'll do as low as six reps for bench presses, but I'll do 15 on flyes and later I'll do a superset or a tri-set(giant set) as well. And I do the same for every body part. I have found that mixing it up is important for simulating fresh muscle gains.


    [ DR ] What training mistakes have you learned from that have made you a better bodybuilder?

    [ SN ] I have learned that I don't have to use the biggest possible weight to gain muscle. Sometimes perfect form and a larger pump is much more important. However, I still believe I need big weights in at least one exercise per workout.


    [ DR ] Will you have to drop much weight to land in the 202-pound category in Tampa? How hard is it for you to make the cut, usually?

    [ SN ] The under 202 class is perfect for me. Right now [five weeks out] I'm 206; I think I'll be around 190 onstage.

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    [ DR ] You are known for being one of the best-conditioned and symmetrical competitors currently competing in the IFBB pro ranks. Would you consider upping your mass to compete with the larger guys, or will you continue to make subtle refinements with a view to playing your own game in the hopes that the judges will eventually reward you on the basis of your near-perfect combination of balance, size and conditioning?

    [ SN ] Of course my long-term goal is to compete in the open class at the Olympia and make the top 10. But I don't think it will be possible until I'm able to compete at around 215lbs, at least. It will take time. But I'm only 26 years old right now so time is something I have on my side.


    [ DR ] How long do you think it will take before you can contest the Olympia top ten and what improvements will you need to make to ensure this happens?

    [ SN ] That's hard to answer. I need more muscle mass: at least 25 pounds. So it will take time, but I'm so young so, as I said, I have time to improve.


    [ DR ] What are your goals for the remainder of the IFBB pro season? Is an Olympia qualification within your plans?

    [ SN ] Of course, that's my main goal. In the last two years I always missed the qualification by one placing. So, hopefully this year, I'll be onstage in Vegas; I would be the first Hungarian athlete to compete at the Olympia.

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    [ DR ] What would you say are your major strengths as a bodybuilding professional?

    [ SN ] I have pretty good proportions without any major weak points, I'm a classical poser, I have full, round muscle bellies and I'm a very self-possessed competitor. I'll try to present a total package onstage.


    [ DR ] Whom do you see as being your major competition at the Tampa Pro show - and why?

    [ SN ] The favorites are Roc Shabazz, Jose Raymond, Tricky Jackson and Clarence De Vis. Very good competitors. But I want to be the dark horse of the 202 show.


    [ DR ] Do you have any final words regarding your shot at the Tampa Pro 202 pound title?

    [ SN ] A few months ago I started a whole new life with my wife Linda here in the US. And everything is getting better and better. If I'm able to qualify for the Olympia, as well, then I'll be the happiest man in the world in 2010. I'll try to do my best!

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