Military Bodybuilder Of The Month: Nahum Vizakis

When Nahum Vizakis isn't disposing of explosives he's blowing up the stage with his chiseled physique.

 Name: Nahum J. Vizakis
 Age: 32
 Height: 5'9"
 Weight: 215 lbs
 Years Bodybuilding: 4+
 BodySpace: vdiezel

 Military Background:
 Branch Of Service: Army
 Years Of Service: 9
 Rank: SSG
 MOS: 89D Explosive Ordnance Disposal

How Did You Get Started?

I was 19, and the girl I was with for a year cheated on me. I had a friend that was into working out, and I decided to focus all my pain, hurt, and frustration on the weights. I started lifting and became addicted, quit smoking cigarettes, and within six months gained 40 pounds. I fell in love with the pump and proceeded to get my personal training certification to really learn what I was doing. And yes, I got my ex jealous! Since then, I have just continued to explore all the facets of physical fitness, and after ten years of experimentation I have discovered bodybuilding is my true passion from now on.

What Is The Hardest Part Of Making The Transition From Civilian Life To Military Life?

That was a long time ago; I would say the shock and awe of contradictory rules and regulations of being "owned" by the government. They control everything and even the terminology is enforced. That and being introduced to a world of different backgrounds and lifestyles; it changes you, forces you to be disciplined and obedient.

Being from Boston I grew up around the Irish and Italians mostly, I didn't know people chewed tobacco until I joined the Army! People from the "bible belt" tripped me out with their slang and habits and were very foreign to me. In the long run it made me a more efficient leader and able to better understand society as a whole.

Alright I'll take the rifle, but I've already got two guns of my own.

What Is The Biggest Obstacle In Leading A Military Lifestyle?

Moving all the time, it was impossible for me to maintain security and relationships while in the army. The uncertainty of even coming back from a deployment would really mess with my head, it made me stay a safe distance from people and not get emotionally attached to anything, because I knew it could be gone at any point.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Day 1: Abs/Chest/Traps


Resume regular sets.

Day 2: Back/Hamstrings/Calves

Day 3: Off

Day 4: Legs/Abs/Calves

Day 5: Delts/Biceps/Triceps/Abs


Resume regular sets.

Day 6: Off

Day 7: Repeat Day 1

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I follow the zigzag approach to dieting, other than competition prep I will do 3-2 (3 days low carb/calorie and 2 days higher carb/calorie).

Sample low carb day:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have tried everything on the market; of everything I have tried these are the ones that have worked best for me:

Upon Waking:
Twice Daily:
Pre Workout:

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Continue to compete and place at the NPC USA's, to get sponsored, to be featured in a fitness magazine.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold is my biggest inspiration, Kai Greene, Jay Cutler, Toney Freeman, Ronny Rockel and Branch Warren.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders In The Military?

Never give up, there is no excuse, where there is a will there is a way. Even deployed you can maintain or improve, just ensure your goals are attainable and realistic, aim high and stay positive.

Never give up, there is no excuse.

Competition History:

2009 Camp Taji, Iraq: Middleweight and overall Winner, "Mr. Taji" 09'
2010 NPC Capital of Texas Roundup: (NQ) Novice Middleweight and Overall Winner
2011 NPC Southern California Championships: (NQ) Open Light Heavyweight 4th Place

Photographic Credit:

Nga Azarian