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 every week, bi’s and tri’s collectively. I alternate from one exercise to the subsequent so far as which space I practice first. That stated, primary arm coaching for me is selecting three workouts 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 like everybody who has a podcast is a bodybuilding skilled when it comes all the way down to predictions and evaluations of bodybuilding exhibits and athletes. What’s your place on random guys speaking like they’re specialists 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 via freedom of speech, and social media supplies that platform to succeed in a wider viewers. That stated, take into account your supply of data as an essential element for factual, dependable info. Guys sitting at residence, of their mother’s basement, being keyboard warriors, breaking down world-class physiques and analyzing skilled contests that they by no means see in individual whereas critiquing promoters, analysts and athletes they know nothing about will not be at all times the most effective supply of dependable info.
3. Why is it that you just’re one of many few execs that by no means counted energy, took measurements of your physique components or used the size as a information as you ready for the game’s largest contest, the Mr. Olympia, for nicely over a decade?
Effectively, there are a selection of causes for that. I’ve at all times thought of 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 watch my progress. The mirror was my primary supply of affirmation by way of watching my physique change all through the weeks and months of competitors coaching. My eating regimen would modify based mostly on my power and energy 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 capable of modify and adapt via manipulation of coaching and sure meals to vary my look from one present to the subsequent.
4. Through the years we’ve seen numerous nice pictures of you throughout your bodybuilding profession. Who’s the most effective photographer that you just labored with and why?
That’s an excellent query that has a number of layers to it for me to try to reply. I assume the photographer is also requested who’s the most effective bodybuilder that they ever labored with. I’ll do my finest to reply your query.
I’ve labored with a number of the finest 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 by way of “assignments.” Fitness center 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 largely physique pictures within the fitness center and coaching pictures within the fitness center nevertheless it was enjoyable, it was by no means work and the standard was a number of the finest! Not solely was Chris Lund an incredible photographer, however he additionally turned an incredible buddy through the years. I got here to know his spouse and his daughter as I used to be making my manner via the professional trade through the ‘90s, and each had been essential components of these photograph shoots and had been supporting the work that Chris did working at Flex journal via the years.
5. Are we’re level in our bodybuilding trade that there are too many contests and too many qualifiers?
It’s sort 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 teen. Now now we have exhibits all around 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. Nevertheless, development comes from participation and generally you must watch out what you ask for as a result of now we’re at some extent the place we received precisely what we had been lacking – so now now we have to determine a technique to gradual it down, so we don’t proceed to qualify common athletes nor can we need to have marathon finals at primary competitions.
6. Are you able to inform us about your tanning course of for the Mr. Olympic contests? It appeared like your coloration was at all times picture-perfect on stage and it actually set you other than others.
Early in my profession I met 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson in Santa Monica. He shared with me that dwelling on the seaside, numerous instances it could 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 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 coloration 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 received 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 world sport. Are you able to share with me your favourite go to to a overseas nation?
It’s exhausting to slender down a favourite place that I’ve visited on the planet, on account 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’d 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 glad place as of late is Hawaii for a lot of causes that aren’t associated to bodybuilding, however magnificence.
8. has been blowing up the trade the previous 12 months, sponsoring exhibits and athletes whereas releasing new merchandise like and MRP! What’s subsequent?
Thanks and good query! The previous 12 months we’ve been making numerous noise with our athletes like Jamie “The Big” Christian, two-time Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw, Dusty Hanshaw, Shelby Guillaume and Ron Partlow, who’re the driving forces behind our athlete ambassadors – however our firm CEO, Jim McMahon, has been actually aggressive in making merchandise our shoppers want, need and need to assist them attain their health objectives! Rumor has it that we’re bringing on a HUGE asset to the MutantNation Staff and we are able to’t wait!
9. Very thrilling that the Big Killer, Shaun Clarida, has joined the 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 every little thing to really retain his title nevertheless, his rival and nemesis, Derek Lunsford, was somewhat bit larger than Shaun and truly nailed his peak on the finals to narrowly eke out the victory! All that being stated, I don’t see anybody who’s gonna be capable of cease the Big Killer come this December from capturing his second 212 title! With a full 12 months of coaching beneath his belt, we must count on there’s gonna be an entire lot extra enchancment to an already championship physique!
10. The place can we see the MUTANT crew subsequent by way of exhibits globally?
On the Comedian Con Fan Expo Canada (Toronto), imagine it or not, on the finish of August! Some fairly cool new publicity to an rising shopper – particularly of our clothes and power/pre-workout. We’ll even be out in full power on the Arnold Sports activities Pageant UK, on September 23-25 in Birmingham. Lastly, after all, we can be sponsors on the 58th annual Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, supporting two-time Ms. Olympia and Mutant athlete Andrea Shaw as she defends her titles, whereas after all supporting our latest champion athlete, Shaun Clarida, making an attempt to recapture his 212 Olympia title once more in December! Please drop by our Mutant Sales space on the Olympia Expo on the all-new Venetian Conference Middle!
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