2008 Europa Bodybuilding Contest
With less than one week from The Europa Super Show, no matter what time you head into Gold's Venice, you're sure to run into top IFBB Pro's. With today being no exception - this short interview takes place outside the entrance to Gold's with myself and IFBB Pro Big Will World Harris.
[ Q ] Today is August 7th and I'm sitting outside Gold's Gym with IFBB Pro Will Harris, a week out now from the Europa.
[ A ] A week from my first win!
[ Q ] You decided to do a comeback right Will? I remember us talking around Christmas time and you said that you might sit 2008 out.
[ A ] That was actually after the Iron Man, and what happens is that I always get my guest posing dates confused, on February 19th at the Iron Man I thought I was guest posing - things happen!
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[ Q ] It seems that you are taking this show more seriously than other contests in the past. We are now a week out and I can't remember how long now that I have seen you hitting the cardio for 2 hours a day along with the weight sessions. But still, through all this, you have managed to keep a smile on your face while looking like you have a lot of energy. Actually Will it's a very healthy look. You don't look drained or depleted.
Was there anything different that you did differently this year with your diet or training?
[ A ] No. Not really. I have less pressure on me. This is your business, and I take it like that, but I still always have a good time with it. If I'm not having a good time with doing what I love then I will stop.
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Will Harris At The Los Angeles Championships.
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[ Q ] When you say having a good time you actually mean that you have fun or a good time doing 2 hours daily of cardio and eating chicken breast?
[ A ] Well, when you consider that I only train a third of my body most of the year and then the other body parts come in at 11 or 12 weeks from the show that's a big help. It also helps that I'm a chef by trade, so my food doesn't taste the same. When I diet I'm smiling throughout my whole process.
[ Q ] If we can, let's go back to this whole thing you said about parts of your body not being trained. A lot of guys are still out there trying to figure out how often to train each body part, how many sets and reps and what type of weight they should be using.
You actually gain weight and grow up to your show like some of the past pro's such as Gary Strydom did back in the early 90s. You seem to keep filling out up to the show.
Is there anything you can contribute this to?
[ A ] I think it's just from looking at the body in a smarter way and using logic when making up a routine. Probably 95% of most people tend to over train. So on my off session I only spend 3 days a week in the gym training with only training chest, legs and back.
12 weeks out from the show I start adding all other body parts and they just start to flourish. I think this routine will work for anyone. Look where we came from; when Arnold was training he had started off overtraining, then in the 80s we cut back to training once a day with each body part being trained once a week. Now with my training, it's like what they did back in the 50s and early 60s - less training so it gives the body time to rest.
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[ Q ] The readers should know that you do put in your work and time in the gym. I remember training with you and on leg curls we were doing 40 reps per set.
[ A ] Well, it's the time for extreme in the sport. The fans want to see the extreme, so that also means you have to train extremes.
[ Q ] So tell me what is extreme about Big Will World Harris's body?
[ A ] Everything. Will is more than an X-Factor. I will be coming to the Europa at about 282 lbs with a larger and tighter body. Some of the guys like Toney Freeman and Quincy Taylor I have beat before and will again this weekend. This sport is about longevity and I have been here a long time and I will keep going as long as I enjoy it.