The Flex Lewis Interview
The Flex Lewis Interview
– For those of you that are not familiar with the bodybuilder James ‘Flex’ Lewis, he is widely recognized as possessing the world’s greatest 212 physique. His nickname, ‘Flex’, actually originated not from years of ‘flexing’ in professional bodybuilding competitions but actually on the rugby pitch where he was noted for his flexibility in avoiding tackles during his years playing elite level rugby in his native Wales. It was only later on in his career that he turned to professional bodybuilding where Flex has won Mr Olypmia 212 three times and a whole host of IFBB competitions.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the legend that is Flex Lewis at this year’s Bodypower Expo, where he took time out of a very busy day to answer our questions.
Born: November 15th 1983
From: Llanelli, Wales
Weight: 212 lbs
What made you get into bodybuilding?
For me I was always fascinated with muscle as far back as I can remember. I picked up the nicknames young – people used to call me Flexy, and that followed me all through school. Growing up around WWF and CN films such as Arnold etc had my interest captivated. It was later on in life that I discovered a book, the Tom Platz encyclopaedia, that at that moment I had the first encounter with bodybuilding. It was instantaneously my comic book so to speak; and from then on in all I wanted was big legs, the biggest legs. From then on in I got the bug – power lifting at 15, and joining my first gym at 17 and competitively powerlifting and getting into bodybuilding.
When did you first start seriously training?
Seriously at around 15/16 – that’s when I started religiously going to the gym and training with my friends and in garage gyms.
Roughly how often do you train in the week?
I train about 5 to 6 times a week.
How long does a typical training session last?
Usually it is anything from 45 minutes to about 1.5 hours.
Which is your favourite & worst muscle group to train?
My favourite is chest – because it’s my weakest muscle group. I enjoy training my weakest body groups – I can’t wait for my next chest session after each one. For me, my legs grow fast, my chest is always the lagging body part so yes – weakest is favourite.
What are your goals for 2015 and beyond?
Just to be a good representative of the sport, to encourage people in and out of the sport,
to give back as much as I can and be an ambassador as a champion. Traveling the world I get to see a lot of different countries, I get to see a lot of people from new fans to old, and as the champion I love to give back. I want to encourage the next generation to never give up on their goals and dreams.
Are you following any particular diet regime or phase at the moment & if so what is it?
I eat very clean throughout the year, but as of now because I’m on the road and travel 5 months of the year there’s no such thing as a super clean diet unfortunately. You really have to rely on the people around you to get the next meals in, and using the correct sports supplements where required – BSN’s Syntha 6-Edge post-workout is a saviour. I’ve been here in the UK for about 5 days and I think I’ve eaten Nando’s 12 times…
Any nutrition tips you can share or popular misconceptions that frustrate you?
I think the misconceptions are that a lot of people join the gym and want results straight away. It’s a marathon not a sprint. For myself, I’ve added 4-6lbs every single year since I was a teenager and that’s a tremendous amount of muscle; but it can be disheartening and discouraging for teenagers to not make the gains or meet goals that fast. If you stick to it and there’s consistency to your training and you give it your all, there’s no physical way you’re not making gains.
You’re a BSN Ambassador, how did that come about and what has it been like?
The funny story behind this – when I first came to the states, the first ever pre-workout I took was BSN’s NO explode, and now I have the ability to stand up in front of the brand product and be the face – it’s amazing how the world works and how it rotates, again coming fresh off the boat and now being a face of the brand for me it’s a weird feat.
How it came about, I think it was BSN’s persistency, and their global outreach of the quality of products is something I’ve attached myself to over the years and I was at a point in my career where I felt that was a great step for me, to join forces with the biggest company in the industry.
What supplements can you recommend from BSN that you use?
For me I start off my day with Glutamine and Amino X. Amino X is big part of my day in general – and because BSN have a variety of different flavours it’s an amazing benefit for me. I tried the BSN Syntha-6 Edge this weekend – the taste is phenomenal – and I’m very excited to incorporate that into my diet this year as it’s only just launched.
What’s your favourite workout music track/s?
I have a wide range of music that I listen to – everything from Hip-Hop to Dance. Pretty much what plays in my gym – usually trance when I’m training. On the plane I listen to anything from classical to wind myself down, all the way through to some good old Tom Jones.
If you could go back in time what advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
I would say that I was always eager out of the gate. Being involved in many sports, bodybuilding has definitely been the sport where I’ve had to learn patience and again it’s a marathon not a sprint. The amount of muscle I’ve put on over the years has come with time. And now, as a professional travelling the world, I’m on the road 5 months of the year; It takes longer to put it on now due to various commitments.
Being 18/19 and being able to go into the gym – remember it’s about enjoying yourself; having fun, being consistent with your food and training.
Enjoy the whole process.
– The Flex Lewis Interview
You can read more about Flex on his website.