Today’s regular content will be interrupted to bring you another interview. The purpose of the ideas that come out of these interviews are not for you to copy/paste the regime of a successful role model. It is to take you into their mind and heart so that you might understand, intrinsically, what it is that drives us. Action and plans are only the byproduct of exceptional thinking.
Our guest today: Huan Nguyen
- 30 Years old
- 179lbs (82kg)
- 5’9″ (175m)
- And strong as hell!
What we can learn
We often find ourselves searching for the next big thing in fitness. We start a program for a month and fall off of them for just as long. We search for the answers through copying the actions of experts, but very seldom do we ask what it is that drives them. Is that not what we really want? Today we share with you an inspirational life and hopefully you can learn your ‘why’ through him.
Huan recently left USA to go reside in the Philippines. His life in the States was always one filled with activity. At school he would always partake in sport and at the mere age of 14 he started weightlifting. He too originally found his initial motivation from another person – his brother.
Now he changes lives
The Philippines gave him a big hit of realization through how stark the contrast is to the US. The opportunities and motivation of the general population is radically more focused on creating a life rather than looking after your health (how ironic). The once so accessible gyms and prevalence of activity that Huan knew now became a commodity to have. Work, study and putting food on the table became the highest priority. His love for fitness was now to be tested.
Needles to say, living as a fitness trainer in the Philippines is not one of the most demanded jobs. Huan’s passion to improve the human race through health and fitness lives on, despite the circumstances. He took his training online to reach a bigger audience and circumvent the problems of demand.
What is it that drives him to continue inspiring and change lives? Here are his answers to some of the most important questions we should ask for real motivation:
WHEN DID YOU START WEIGHT TRAINING AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?
The first time I entered a gym was when I was 13 years old, which only lasted about a few months. When I was a Freshman in High School at 14 years of age, my older brother (4 years older), came back from college during winter break and it looked like he gained 12-15 pounds of muscle! Mind you, he was skinnier than me. He told me about how much he enjoyed lifting in College, so I knew that once it was my turn to go, I would dedicate my free time to working out. My official start of weight training would probably be in September 2005 as a Freshman in College.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO KEEP WORKING HARD IN THE GYM?
As an Online Coach, I have to make sure that I set a good example for my clients to see. I am not someone who just tells people what to do when I have never done it myself. I am currently prepping for two shows within the next three months, and possibly a third show by the end of the year. I aim to motivate and inspire my clients (and others on social media) through my posts about flexible dieting and lifting through progress photos and doing shows (and lifting competitions). The other part that keeps me going is just so that I can be the best version of myself even as I get older. I do not want to have aches and pains when I reach my 40s and 50s, or at least not as much [laughing]. Being that I am 30 years old, I want to help my former batch mates see that age is just a number and that they don’t have to use their age as an excuse that it’s “too late” for them.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
I would tell my younger self that the future is exactly what it is supposed to be, that every person I meet and action I take has a purpose.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS IN BODYBUILDING?
I would love to work with actors or be a celebrity trainer for movies and train them MY way. I feel the actors that are fit are always being coached by trainers with an old school mindset (no flexible dieting and just base their foods around the typical bro diet).
*This next question and answer is where it really hit home with me. Hence the title.*
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My father. He fought for the South Vietnamese in the Vietnam War, was eventually captured by enemy North Vietnamese and put in 13 different concentration camps as a POW for almost six years. He’s been through many hardships, lost friends through suicide, starvation, and torture. What got him through it all was his strong will power to survive and endure torture from the communists. I was born years after he got released from prison, then our family moved to the U.S. for a better life. Both my parents worked very hard, and I can safely say my brother and I got our work ethic from our father. I am reminded that every struggle I face, no matter how little or big, they are just crumbs compared to what my father has been through. Because of him, I push on through pain and hatred and spread positivity.
Following those extremely motivating questions, here are his practices. Although it might not be a tad as important as what he offered you in that paragraph, there still lies value in our habits.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING SPLIT?
I love training every muscle group twice a week. A typical split would be:
HOW DO YOU CONTROL YOUR DIET?
During contest prep, I use My Fitness Pal and a food scale (that I take with me when I go out to eat) to measure my food and stay accountable.
DO YOU USE ANY SUPPLEMENTS? WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
For supplements I take whey protein, creatine (cycle this), preworkout, BCAAs, flaxseed oil, calcium, and multivitamin. I would recommend to eat food, and if you are low on micronutrients to take supplements. If there are three that I would prioritize, it would be a multivitamin (to get in micros), whey protein (since it’s more difficult to meet protein goals when you are on a low fat diet), and creatine (to optimize strength during any phase of lifting).
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE?
Be kind, humble, selfless, forgiving, and understand that you are not perfect. When you understand that you are not perfect, no one can be perfect. This is why you should forgive often, give more of yourself, do not ask for anything in return, and spread positivity.
Thank you Huan for your time and thank you for your undying will to keep going. Hopefully our readers can see now what it is that you need as fuel to stay true to your health. Without your fundamental WHY the hows don’t really matter!
You can follow Huan on his Instagram tagged in this post or for his coaching services, shoot him an e-mail at: Hazthetics@gmail.com