Name : Fouad Abiad
Birthdate : October 15, 1978
Birthplace : Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height : 5'10"
Weight : Contest : 245lbs / Offseason : 280lbs
Began Training : Age of 21
Favorite Contest : Canadian National Championships, 1st Heavyweight Class
Tell us abit about yourself!
FOUAD: I come from a large family I am the youngest of five children.
I have very loving and caring parents that always supported me in whatever I decided to do.
I am lebanese and if you know any Lebanese people we love to eat
and I think that is where I got my base from.
I have two years of Universtiy education and a loving girlfriend
who also competes and helps me along in my career
How did you got bit by the iron bug & when did you first get involved in competition?
FOUAD: Bodybuilding was never my first aspiration,
actually I wanted to be a Police Officer which may still be my calling.
About six years ago I met Lou Joseph aka Silverback and we became good friends.
He showed me his competition tape and I decided I would like to try doing a show.
I did my first show and I felt as if I may be able to make a career
out of BBing and I also fell in love with training and dieting.
Ever since my goal has been to become a pro.
What is the best part of this sport?
FOUAD: The best part of the sport in my opinion is being able to obtain
the knowledge to help the guys who actually want to be helped.
Alot of my enjoyment in the sport comes from being able to help
a friend get ripped and win a trophy for himself.
I enjoy being the go to guy when it comes to nutrition.
And the worst part?
FOUAD: The worst part of the sport is the social outlook of it.
People generally don't understand BBing or BBers
they simply think it is a magic pill that makes us the way we are.
My dream as unrealistic as it is would be to sit everyone down at every gym
and let them know what we actually go through and that drugs are 10% of our progress.
What is your diet like? Both offseason & before a show?
FOUAD: My precontest diet for the last four years has been
very similar even though I have had three different trainers.
I do not enjoy the low carb diets and neither do my muscles.
My body needs Protein and Carbs, very low fats.
This is the type of diet Chad Nicholls has me on now and seems to be working wonders.
He is definetely the best trainer I have had to date.
My offseason diet has changed this year and will be the same forever.
Last year I had the impression that if I ate everything in site
my muscles would grow, soon after I found out that all I did was make myself fat.
This year I ate clean all year, basically diet foods but in much larger quantities.
I ate things like chicken, steak, ground beef, yams, potatos, eggs and all whole foods.
I tried to stay away from the junk and the shakes and I seemed to have
put on a good amount of size while staying somewhat lean.
My training philosophy from the very beginning has been to go to failure throughout the entire workout. I try not to train like a powerlifter although heavy is the only way I know how to train. Heavy is a relative term that for me means as heavy as I can lift for 6-12 reps depending on the set or exercises I am preforming. The workout below is a sample of what my workout week might look like.
Monday - Back
Tuesday - Shoulders & Triceps
Wednesday - Quads & Calves
Thursday - Off
Friday - Chest & Biceps
Saturday - Hams & Calves
I usually preform 12-20 sets depending on the bodypart. I always try to stick to free weight movements for the bulk of my workouts. Compound movements are a must, deadlifts, squats, bench press are all very important. That being said I also make sure not to do deadlifts and squats in the same week since they will effect my lower back to much. I try to alternate all the exercises I preform especially the compound ones.
Canadian National Championships - Overall Champion
IFBB Atlantic Pro - 15th
IFBB Montreal Pro - 5th
IFBB Atlantic City - 8th
IFBB Europa Supershow - Open, 3rd
IFBB Houston Pro Invitational - 7th
IFBB Tampa Bay Pro - Open, 5th
IFBB Tampa Bay Pro - 2nd
IFBB Dallas Europa - 4th