Get To Know Adam Beveridge
Adam Beveridge is a 24 years old bodybuilder from Canada. Join us as we get to know him a little better. What’s your athletic background? I started off playing competitive soccer at a real young age until I was 16 and moved onto football. I was extremely lean but I wanted to be a linebacker, so adding muscle to my lanky frame became priority. Not long after I started lifting at 16, I discovered bodybuilding. What sparked your interest for bodybuilding? I was on the internet looking for new workout routines to follow and came across a video of Jay Cutler from the early 2000’s training with that white headband on. It was the first time I ever saw an Olympian bodybuilder, other than Arnold from a few movies. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I had no idea that the human body could actually achieve that amount of muscularity and be so low in body fat. I began to research all about bodybuilding and nutrition every night I got home from school for hours, finding different articles and interviews from the top IFBB pros. It was mainly Jay and Dorian Yates’ old school training videos that sparked a lot of motivation within me. What aspects of training do you enjoy the most? Progressive overload and the pump. Since day one, I’ve always enjoyed going into the gym and beating my log book. Whether it’s increasing the load, time under tension or getting a few more reps. Becoming just a little bit better each week is something that has always motivated me and wanting more. Plus, nothing feels better than throwing so much blood into the muscle that it swells!
What has been your most challenging workout ever? One that consisted of many giant sets. I remember working with a few trainers that followed a lot of methods from Charles Poliquin. At the time, I believe Ben Pakulski was working with him as well. It was a leg workout of course, that had 4 exercises back to back. No rest period other than a few deep breathes in between. Every exercise within the giant sets had extremely long tempo’s which made every rep hurt and feel as if it were 30 seconds long. The entire workout was 4 rounds of a giant set that included; Stiff Legged Dead’s, Leg Press, Barbell Back Squats, and Glute Ham Raises. The second giant set was another 4 rounds of Leg Extensions, Weighted Walking Lunges, and Hamstring Curls. I puked at the end and not mid workout thankfully. What are the most challenging things you face with training and competition prep? With training, I find the most challenging thing is dealing with minor injuries that come and staying on top of mobility, stretching and other habits that’ll aid in injury prevention and improve longevity. I always want to bring 110% intensity into the gym, but sometimes you have to know when to back off and avoid certain exercises when you have a severely tight muscle or tweaked something. So finding that perfect balance between being intense, and being smart. As for competition prep, I lose fat very easily, and can do so on high calories until the last 2-3 weeks out. Those last 2-3 weeks are still tiresome though. I’ve always found my off seasons to be more difficult than competition prep because I’ve never had a crazy appetite, and eating 5,000+ calories per day of good nutritious food is always a tough task for me. What are you working towards? Do you have a daily mental strategy to make sure you “win the day”? Currently I am working towards my IFBB Pro card for the Classic Physique division. I want to be a competitive pro in that category within the near future. My daily mental strategy is just pure gratitude. I feel very blessed to be so healthy and doing what I love on a daily basis. Those two things are so important. Is drive and self belief something you relate to? Since I was a kid, I’ve always set both long and short term goals for myself. I believe with doing that from a young age, it has instilled a lot of drive within me. I’ve always been working towards something. What advice would you give to younger people? My advice to anyone would be to try new things. Many of my hobbies have changed over the years as I’ve gotten older, but regardless of that my days have always consisted of them. Every day I am doing things that I enjoy and I surround myself with people who love and support me. If your day doesn’t consist of your hobbies and doing things you enjoy, change that. If your circle of friends don’t understand you or support you and your goals, change that.