Interview with Tyler Morgan:
1. Share what it is that you do.
I am a men’s physique competitor and fitness model. Men’s physique is a new division in the NPC (national physique committee) similar to body building, but where bodybuilding is more about how big you can get, men’s physique does not require extreme size, and instead focuses more on symmetry, aesthetics, and balance in one’s physique.
2. What or who first inspired your passion and drive?
I had several inspirations growing up, probably the biggest one being Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since I was a little kid I was always fascinated with people who had extremely muscular and ripped physiques. Movie stars like Arnold, professional athletes and wrestlers, etc. I always knew I wanted to achieve what they had when I was older.
3. What accomplishments are you most proud of, thus far?
The accomplishments I’m most proud of thus far are honestly just the fact that I’ve stuck with this sport for as long as I have. I dieted and trained hard in the gym with extreme consistency and dedication for years before the results really started to show. I wanted to give up so many times, and I used to blame my lack of results on poor genetics and just say I don’t have what it takes to ever get really fit. To get yourself into really good shape, you need to learn what works for you specifically. Everyone has different genetics and metabolism, so just dieting isn’t always enough, if the diet you are doing is one that is not suited for how your body works.
4. How do you stay motivated?
The biggest thing that keeps me motivated is knowing that if I don’t give 100% effort to try to bring my dreams to a reality, I’m going to spend the rest of my life wondering what could have happened if I did. If I never accomplish any of the goals I’ve set out to do I know I’ll be okay with that, so long as in my heart I really believe I gave it my best shot. Besides that, people who tell me that I’ve inspired them is the biggest push of all. Knowing someone looks at you for motivation really makes you want to stay on top of your game, so you can show them anything is possible as long as you don’t give up.
5. What are you working on NOW?
Since I’m in my off season with men’s physique shows, I’m working on some modeling projects, trying to build up my social media accounts to get recognized, and trying to build my metabolism through reverse dieting. To get really lean for a competition you need to cut your calories really low, which will make your body slow down its metabolism to conserve energy. If you go back to a high calorie diet directly after the show is over, your body will not know what to do with all the excess calories it’s not used to, so it will start storing a lot of fat. If you can stay on track and slowly add calories in your diet each week, you can build your metabolism back up and not gain much (if any) fat. This way when I start my next contest prep diet I won’t have much fat to lose and I’ll be eating way more food which will yield a much more impressive physique.
6. What are your ultimate goals?
The ultimate goals are to one day be an IFBB Mens Physique Pro and fitness cover model. But just as much as those personal goals are important to me, I also want to inspire as many people as possible. I want to show people that you don’t need to have good genetics to build the body that you want. I also want to show people that if you really want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen. People always come to me for advice on how to get in shape, and they always have a ton of excuses on why they can’t diet properly, or how they don’t have much time to work out. The thing is, everyone has obstacles that prevent them from doing certain things, the ones who are successful are those who do not let those obstacles hold them back.
7. What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something. Not even me. If you got a dream, you’ve got to protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re going to tell you you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it, period.” – Pursuit of Happiness
8. Since allure and cure embraces some guilty pleasures,
What is YOUR guilty pleasure?
Easy – food. Ice cream, donuts, oreo’s, anything deserts really especially something with chocolate and/or peanut butter and I’m sold.
9. How do you balance your guilty pleasures?
I follow a very flexible dieting program which focuses on my daily macronutrients. This allows me to include any type of food I wish, so long as at the end of each day I hit my goals for protein, carbs, and fats. Many people think certain types of foods can make them fat, and this is just not true. It is the over consumption of calories that leads to your body storing fat, and it does not matter if those excess calories are from chicken and broccoli, or from brownies and cupcakes. The way the diet works is it is only realistic to hit your macronutrient goals if mostly all of the food you are eating is “healthy” however you can leave room every day in your macros for something you enjoy eating which will help you stay on track with your diet.
10. What is your favorite way to maintain health and wellness? (i.e. an essential workout or habit)
My favorite way to maintain health and wellness is to constantly strive for progress not perfection. I think too often with fitness people compare themselves to the top fitness models or inspiring figures in the industry. After working hard for weeks people see how they still look nothing like their idols and just give up. If you make health and fitness a part of your lifestyle, and constantly find ways to improve (no matter how small of an improvement it may be) you will be shocked at how those results add up over time. I’ve found by always having a few short term goals (4-6 weeks) and a few long terms goals (4-6 months) written out and posted you can always stay on track because you have something you’re working for.
For more motivation be sure to follow Tyler on Instagram: @tyler_physique
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