Fouad Abiad - Sacrifice Without Regrets
We catch up with Canadian Pro Bodybuilder Fouad Abiad. Fouad lives and breathes hardcore and he does everything with full dedication and focus. True #NoCompromise spirit. Sacrifice Without Regrets
GASP: Your signature on your website is fouadabiad.com is "Sacrifice without regret." Can you give us the story behind this? Fouad: A friend of mine who actually got me into bodybuilding decided to quit bodybuilding after a few years. That got me to thinking that a lot of people get into the sport and spend a lot of money on competing, and time away from friends and social events and then end up looking back on bodybuilding with regret. My approach will always be that I will sacrifice the money, the time away from parties, vacations and training how I need to train and won't have regrets because I am doing what I love. If someone is doing bodybuilding to try to get famous or make money as the end goal then if they dont "make it" they will definitely have regrets. Brutal Workouts
GASP: You have been known to have lifted some crazy weights and have brutal workouts. Would you have been able to build the physique you have without that as a foundation? Fouad: If I post a video of me squatting 5 plates it'll get 10,000 views on Instagram and if I post some extravagant movement for arm training it'll get 200,000 views and people will think that this is how I must've built my physique. I want to stress one thing: The body and most of the best physiques in the world are built usually with heavy basic compound lifts. Period. The boring stuff that hurts is the stuff that works. The fancy super-set that I finish my leg training with is what gets people thinking I built my leg mass with NO, NO, NO. It is the 14 plate leg presses. Innovation is important with a lot of things in life BUT for bodybuilding, mastering and loading up on the basics with intensity is key. I want to get the point across that bodybuilding is painful. I feel like a lot of people don't want to get to that place of pain. Fouad Abiad Championships
GASP: How long have you promoted the Fouad Abiad Championships and why did you want to promote competitions? Fouad: I've been promoting my contest for 9 years now. Just like bodybuilding it is more of a passion project. I will make money where I need to but I want to again, sacrifice without regret. I want to promote a contest that shines a great light on bodybuilding. From venue, to lights, to taking care of the competitors and having the bells and whistles that make a great event, that all goes into making the participants feel great and also makes the parents and friends of the competitors proud of the accomplishments of whoever is competing. Together with partner Paul Lauzon, it's not about making money. It's about putting out a product we are proud of and shedding a great light on what bodybuilding means to us.
Training after injuries
GASP: How is your training after your triceps injury? Fouad: I am currently rehabbing the tricep and I am training everything else. More of training around the tricep without pressing. Isolation movements and then of course I am able to train legs and do cardio. People ask me why I do cardio and it is an easy response. I LOVE THIS. I am hoping to be back in competition in late November but if the doesn't happen then late winter next year to try and qualify for the Olympia 2020. Regardless of what happens I will enjoy the process and sacrifice without regret!