Iron man Iron Man USA April 2017 - Page 52

MC: What was your first introduction to lifting weights? SA: At four years old I started doing gymnastics and it turned into exercise and fitness, although it wasn’t bodybuilding. I was on a youth profes- sional soccer team. When I moved here I realized that soccer was not as popular as it is in other countries, so I got into football. I played football in high school, and that’s when I started getting into weightlifting. So it was between 12 and 16 years old. I played football for four years at Westlake High School. We went to the CIF championships twice and won state once. It was in college when I really got the nutrition part down and kept things very healthy. I used to be very husky. “The camera can make you look bigger, but it can’t make you look smaller or leaner, so I have to struggle and stay as lean as I can be.” MC: How much did you weigh at your heaviest? SA: My heaviest was 275 pounds. I was 275 and probably around 20 percent body fat. I was still pretty athletic, but I did not look the way I do now. When I stopped playing foot- ball after college, I really picked up my nutri- tion and exercising, and I trimmed down a lot. My face structure totally changed. Everything about me changed. I look completely differ- ent now than I do in those photos. I dropped down to 200 pounds and three to four per- cent body fat. I built back up to about 220 over the next year. MC: What kind of size and shape is best for your career? SA: I was on the muscular size, but now I have trimmed down a little bit and I’m more of a relevant size so I can play a variety of roles. In movies and in print work, the screen is wider, so you appear 15 to 20 pounds big- ger on camera. On camera you look wider, so I try to stay lean. The camera can make you look bigger, but it can’t make you look smaller or leaner, so I have to struggle and stay as lean as I can be. 50 APRIL 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com