10 Questions With Shawn Ray
1. Are you able to share with us your arm exercises? I’m having a tough time constructing my peak and my horseshoe on my triceps.
I practice my arms twice per week, bi’s and tri’s collectively. I alternate from one exercise to the subsequent so far as which space I practice first. That mentioned, fundamental arm coaching for me is choosing three workout routines for 4 units every.
Biceps: barbell curls, one-arm curls and focus curls for my biceps are customary.
Triceps: Triceps press-down, skull-crushers and one-arm dumbbell presses.
2. Looks as if everybody who has a podcast is a bodybuilding professional when it comes all the way down to predictions and opinions of bodybuilding exhibits and athletes. What’s your place on random guys speaking like they’re consultants however by no means go to bodybuilding exhibits but really feel the necessity to chime in with their opinions on what the game must make it higher?
I’m all for everybody having an opinion and expressing themselves by way of freedom of speech, and social media gives that platform to achieve a wider viewers. That mentioned, contemplate your supply of data as an vital element for factual, dependable data. Guys sitting at house, of their mother’s basement, being keyboard warriors, breaking down world-class physiques and analyzing skilled contests that they by no means see in particular person whereas critiquing promoters, analysts and athletes they know nothing about should not at all times one of the best supply of dependable data.
3. Why is it that you simply’re one of many few execs that by no means counted energy, took measurements of your physique elements or used the size as a information as you ready for the game’s largest contest, the Mr. Olympia, for properly over a decade?
Properly, there are a selection of causes for that. I’ve at all times thought-about myself an artist and an artist constructs issues utilizing their instinct more often than not. I didn’t have a blueprint, I by no means used a guru and I relied closely on exercise companions to observe my progress. The mirror was my primary supply of affirmation when it comes to watching my physique change all through the weeks and months of competitors coaching. My food regimen would modify based mostly on my vitality and power or lack thereof. I realized what my physique wanted to make use of as gasoline to construct muscle and break down fats by trial and error. As soon as I realized to take command of my physique I used to be in a position to modify and adapt by way of manipulation of coaching and sure meals to vary my look from one present to the subsequent.
4. Through the years we’ve seen loads of nice pictures of you throughout your bodybuilding profession. Who’s one of the best photographer that you simply labored with and why?
That’s an excellent query that has a number of layers to it for me to attempt to reply. I suppose the photographer may be requested who’s one of the best bodybuilder that they ever labored with. I’ll do my greatest to reply your query.
I’ve labored with among the greatest physique photographers on the planet throughout my profession, together with Chris Lund, John Balik, Mike Neveux, Robert Reif, Invoice Dobbins, Ralph DeHaan, Paula Crane, Jim Amentler, Irv Gelb, Per Bernal, Harry Langdon, Gary Phillips and Herb Ritts, to call a number of. All very totally different when it comes to “assignments.” Health club shoots are totally different than studio shoots. Physique photograph shoots are totally different from stage pics.
My private favourite is and at all times has been Chris Lund from England. He captured principally physique pictures within the gymnasium and coaching pictures within the gymnasium nevertheless it was enjoyable, it was by no means work and the standard was among the greatest! Not solely was Chris Lund an important photographer, however he additionally grew to become an important pal through the years. I got here to know his spouse and his daughter as I used to be making my method by way of the professional trade throughout the ‘90s, and each have been vital elements of these photograph shoots and have been supporting the work that Chris did working at Flex journal by way of the years.
5. Are we’re level in our bodybuilding trade that there are too many contests and too many qualifiers?
It’s form of a loopy query as a result of I used to be there after we didn’t have sufficient exhibits and we didn’t have sufficient qualifiers within the sport developing as a teenager. Now we now have exhibits everywhere in the planet due to the IFBB Professional League and NPC worldwide federations. With all the brand new divisions, it’s created a saturation impact giving a number of people the chance to qualify and take part within the sport’s next-level competitions. Nonetheless, development comes from participation and typically you need to watch out what you ask for as a result of now we’re at a degree the place we obtained precisely what we have been lacking – so now we now have to determine a strategy to sluggish it down, so we don’t proceed to qualify common athletes nor can we need to have marathon finals at fundamental competitions.
6. Are you able to inform us about your tanning course of for the Mr. Olympic contests? It appeared like your colour was at all times picture-perfect on stage and it actually set you aside from others.
Early in my profession I met 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson in Santa Monica. He shared with me that residing on the seashore, loads of instances it will be overcast and cloudy when he ready for competitions. So he’d get in his automobile and drive two hours to Palm Springs within the desert simply to lie out within the solar and get a very good base tan for 4 weeks previous to competitors. He would lie out within the solar for as much as one to 2 hours at a time. Chris was able to be photographed as early as two weeks out from competitors and two weeks after competitors as a result of his tanning would assist tighten and dry his pores and skin whereas his physique would have a fair, deep, darkish colour to it. I adopted his recommendation and in 1987 I met the CEO of Professional Tan USA, Stacy Kaufman, as he was within the first 12 months of launching his new tanning enterprise after I gained the NPC Nationwide Championships in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey. He added a few coats of Professional Tan to my already “tanned” physique and along with my base pure tan, we created magic all through my profession, ending in retirement in 2001.
7. We all know bodybuilding is a worldwide sport. Are you able to share with me your favourite go to to a international nation?
It’s arduous to slim down a favourite place that I’ve visited on the planet, because of my bodybuilding profession and subsequent travels. I can inform you a number of locations on the planet that my bodybuilding profession took me to that I might love to return and go to as only a common vacationer. Italy, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Dubai, New Zealand, Austria, Peru, Aruba, Mexico and Brazil to call a number of, however my joyful place as of late is Hawaii for a lot of causes that aren’t associated to bodybuilding, however magnificence.
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9. Very thrilling that the Large Killer, Shaun Clarida, has joined the MUTANT crew. His physique is an actual throwback just like the symmetry you made so well-known. What are Shaun’s possibilities heading into the 2022 Olympia in December?
Shaun has all of the instruments to recapture his Olympia 212 title from a 12 months in the past. Final 12 months, Shaun had all the pieces to truly retain his title nevertheless, his rival and nemesis, Derek Lunsford, was somewhat bit larger than Shaun and really nailed his peak on the finals to narrowly eke out the victory! All that being mentioned, I don’t see anybody who’s gonna have the ability to cease the Large Killer come this December from capturing his second 212 title! With a full 12 months of coaching underneath his belt, we must anticipate there’s gonna be an entire lot extra enchancment to an already championship physique!
10. The place can we see the MUTANT crew subsequent when it comes to exhibits globally?
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