Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
My name is Moaad El Maguiri, 27 years old from Morocco but currently living in Ukraine. I am a YouTuber, Men’s Physique Division competitor, fitness model, and also work as an online fitness coach.
I’ve started competing in 2017 for the first time, then qualified for Ukraine Nationals then won it twice, and in 2018 I’ve started the road to get my IFBB PRO CARD, and managed to win two PRO QUALIFIER shows in Europe and I am still chasing that IFBB PRO CARD, I hope 2020 will be the year.
I’ve touched the dumbbells the first time in 2010 and I fell in love right away with it. I have always liked and admired how the Greek gods looked — the cartoon-ish small waist and wide shoulders look. So as soon as I’ve turned 18 years old, I thought this is it, let’s hit the gym!
I did and still do enjoy living the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle. First of all, it is not easy that’s why not everyone can walk with a good looking and healthy body.
I am in love with the process of transformation. Appreciating the smallest of gains over time, teaching me how to be patient, disciplined, and consistent on what I do.
Describe a typical day of training
The training philosophy for my particular body has always been heavy weights mixed with high reps. *When I say heavy, I mean the heaviest weight I can lift with the perfect form*. I will never sacrifice form over heavy weights after all I am a bodybuilder not a powerlifter.
My off-season training is pretty similar to my pre-competition training routines, the only difference is that I will be adding more intensity to my workouts and lower the weights a little bit as my carbohydrates get lower too.
By the way, I use carb cycling either in my off-season to put on size and also pre-competition to lean out and get shredded.
Most of the time I workout five times/days a week:
- Warm up my muscles pre workout;
- Keep my focus during the sets;
- Train smart not hard;
- and make sure to recover well.
- Multi vitamins;
- Omega 3;
- Whey protein;
- Citruline Malate;
Keeping my workout as intense as I possibly can. I believe that intensity is the factor that seem to work with the majority of us to put on quality muscle as soon as possible.
How do you keep going and push harder?
My motivation comes from all the people I have inspired to either exercise, quit bad habits or just becoming healthier.
Every time I get DM’s from this people, I feel that I have an obligation and a duty and that I should not stop and that I should keep inspiring them and motivating them. This is what makes me hit the gym as hard as I can even when I feel low.
I think competing in bodybuilding is what makes me always wanna improve a bodypart or work on a better conditioning or balance my symmetry even more. The magic of this sport is that it never ends because you will always have something to improve and a reason to hit the gym harder again.
How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
At the moment, I am in the middle of my off-season, trying to improve as much as I can from my last time I’ve showed up on stage.
My goal for the next five years is to turn PRO and step on the Mr Olympia stage. Make my name and brand bigger internationally, and open my own gym.
How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
Believe it or not, I have never got injured throughout all my career. Why? Simply because I do listen to my body:
I sleep seven hours a day *high quality sleep*
In case of an injury, I would definitely advise to look for help from a professional and to not try to fix it/heal it yourself as you may end up worsen it up.
How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
Currently, as I am trying to put on lean muscle, I am cycling my carbs, which means on a high-carb day, I’d do eat more carbs than I will usually do on my low-carb days.
This off-season diet is different because I am trying to keep it as clean as I can, but that would make me crave some of my favorite junk food, which are burgers, pizza, and donuts.
If the cravings get stronger this is what I do to fight it: I will keep 90% of my macros clean and healthy, and the other 10% may come from pure junk food. This way I can feed my cravings but also stay on track.
As of now my macros are: 180g proteins; 350g carbs; 100g fats. On my high-carb days, my carb intake my go as high as 650g a day and on my low carb days it can get as low as 250g.
Carb cycling work very well for me and for the majority of my clients. I like it because it makes me gain lean quality muscle without putting in big amounts of fat.
As for supplements, I do not have a specific brand, there is a lot of good brands. I use whatever product from whatever brand. I do not have a specific favorite brand.
My supplement stack at the moment:
To add, I have tried fasting in the past, I do enjoy it a lot, and the hunger does not even bother me, to be honest.
What has inspired and motivated you?
Over the years, I’ve tried to learn to be disciplined. I do not wanna be that kind of person who if I feel no motivation that day I will just sit and not do what I have to do. Motivation can come and go.
But if you learn to be and stay disciplined that’s key, because either way there is motivation or not. I will still do whatever I had to do because I am committed now.
Steve Cook is a big inspiration to me, I like everything he did for the fitness industry and especially for the Men’s Physique division where I currently compete.
Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
If I were new to bodybuilding/fitness, I would definitely hire a professional coach so I can learn from his knowledge and experience, and avoid wasting time learning everything myself from zero.
And to be honest, I see a lot of beginners in the gym doing mistakes while working out and sometimes it’s even dangerous because it can lead to serious injuries.
I try to fix and help the maximum of people that I can, of course. There is nothing embarrassing asking help from professionals.
Are you taking on clients right now?
I am currently taking clients that focus on fat loss, muscle gain, contest Prep. It just feels so good to be a part of my clients’ transformations. I love what I do and I will keep doing it.
I combine knowledge and practice and that is a very hard combination to beat. I try to listen and to have customized diet/training programs individually for each and every client, and guarantee the results if the client is willing to do exactly what I tell him to do.
Three months I would say is the minimum amount of time to see results, and it all depends on the goal and bodytypes and other details.
I only take online clients at the moment, you can sign up through my email: [email protected]