by Carole van Biljon, SSN Muscle Junkie Manager

Time out with Andrew Hudson

This month, I had the opportunity to chat to Andrew Hudson after placing first at his IFBB Provincial Champs and second at the IFBB SA Champs, and got some insight into what principles worked best for him on his road to SA Champs. Read on and find out more about one of South Africa’s favourite bodybuilders.

Question

Tell me how you got into bodybuilding and your future aspirations as a bodybuilder.

Answer

I actually was a cyclist at the time and weighed a whopping 59kg at pretty much my height now. I started training with my friends after school just like many teenagers do - we trained biceps and chest almost every day! Then one day I saw a bodybuilder being trained in the gym by some “old guy”… I walked up to this “old guy” and asked him if I trained really hard could I one day look like that? He said of course you can! That was me, I told my parents this is what I want to do and I need money to go buy a magazine... I bought my first Flex magazine (which I still have) and started my quest for gaining muscle then. The “old guy” turned out to be one of the most influential and positive influences in my career, none other than Chris Scott and he guided me and trained me for the first few years of my competitive career. Once I was into training I learnt the importance of nutrition and my mom started helping me out and making me chicken and rice/pasta for school lunches and I spent all my pocket money and work money on supplements. I knew I wanted to compete but could never put it all together while I was still in school so once out of school I heard about a contest that was a novice contest but problem was that it was only 2 weeks away!!! I followed some rumors I had heard in the gym about dieting for 2 weeks and ended up coming 3rd… that was me, the second I placed my foot on the stage, I knew I wanted to do this permanently and possibly as a career!

Question

This year you really dialed it in and presented your best ‘total package’ to date, what diet, training and supplementation principles did you adopt and how did it differ from previous years?

Answer

Training wise I cut the volume of my training drastically, I feel this helped me to recover better and grow more. I found with less volume I didn’t get sick like I have sometimes in the past and I believe it gives a healthier look to the muscle because it has recovered properly come show time. Diet wise I ate more carbs, lowered my fat intake and followed a carb cycling method. I took a look at my condition from the photos from the last few years and then I looked at my condition in my earlier shows like when I won the worlds and when I came 3rd in the Jnr Mr Universe and then I went through my training journals from those years and compared it to what I remember doing for the last say 2/3 years and I noticed that the shows I was in my best condition in were the shows I ate the most carbs while dieting! So I decided to start doing training and eating journals again (I haven’t done that for the last 3 years) and I was able to dial it in much easier because I knew what I was putting in my body. Another thing that made the diet so easy was that I got the local BodyGuru Health Café to make all my food for me. All I did was send through a spreadsheet of what I wanted to eat for the week with weights and portion sizes of the different foods I eat and then I would just go pick it up every day. It’s so much easier to stick to a diet if all your food is there already all weighed out and its being prepared in a healthy tasty way! Now onto supplementation: well what can I say, once I made the switch to SSN I immediately started making better gains, I found that because of the outstanding quality and taste of the products I could actually take in more than I normally could and in this sport more food in the right ratios with the right training will give you more muscle! I tried to really pack in all the crucial nutrients at the right times so you could say as far as supplementation strategy goes I paid a lot of attention to nutrient timing. The way that SSN’s range is designed I can pretty much put together whatever combination in whatever ratio I need for different times of the day. Like before training I would have N.O. Crea-Pump but I find that I needed a bit more creatine, glutamine and BCAA’s so I just added CGT-BCAA in there and I had all I need in the right ratios and amounts... on low carb days I had extra glutamine at certain times of the day… I also have a lot less stress now that I'm with SSN because of the people that I'm surrounded by. All my fellow muscle junkie team mates are all very supportive of each other and we often all chat about what to do if we hit plateaus or want to improve a certain area or whatever the case may be.

Question

Your legs are an extremely impressive body part, Detail a typical leg workout for me.

Answer

Thanks very much! I think its part genetic and part hard work! Here’s a normal leg workout for me:

Squats 3-4 warm-ups and then 2 sets of 4-8 reps at maximum intensity
Lunges 1 warm-up and then 2 sets of 8-12 reps at maximum intensity
Lying leg curls 1 warm-up then 2 sets of 8-10 reps at maximum intensity

That’s the entire workout, normally takes us about 40-50 minutes!

Question

Does the carb-free high-fat diet approach work for you, if not what would you suggest?

Answer

I find that it does work, I used it last year for my photo shoots after the contests however, I don’t think it’s the very best way for me to diet. I am of the opinion that different body types respond better to different diets and from my experience with working with my online clients I find that people who tend to hold or get fat very easily or for extremely obese people this is a good way to get the fat off and then switch over to the more conventional way of eating with carbs. It also is a very easy diet if you stick to it 100% because your energy levels are very stable because your blood sugar is very stable. Carb diets tend to be harder because your energy level is up and down according to the carbs you are eating at each meal… I would suggest to anyone serious about getting lean that they write everything they eat down for a week and then work out the calories from there. Most of the time people get a shock from seeing it all on paper. Then I recommend to slowly decrease the calories as time goes on to counter the effects of the body becoming more efficient on the diet. The values and the ratios vary highly from one person to the next.

Question

What was the most and least enjoyable aspect of your contest prep this year?

Answer

Without a doubt the least enjoyable aspect of the contest prep was the hunger at night… honestly I can eat as much vegetables as I want but it doesn’t keep me full for very long! I have a sweet tooth!!! Sour sweets!!

I really enjoyed my training this year, I was getting best lifts a week or 2 out from the contest but without a doubt the most enjoyable part is to get on the plane to fly to SA’s knowing I was in the best shape of my life! Bodybuilding for me is not about winning contests although that is a very nice bonus. Bodybuilding for me is about presenting the product of your hard work to the best of your ability. Your placing is not in your control and by making the results of the contest your goal all you do is you make your happiness dependant upon a judging panel, not the fact that you worked really hard and achieved something you never have before!! So I enjoy it the most when I know I'm in the shape of my life!

Question

Finish the sentence:
After The Samson Classic on 10 October, I...

Answer

After The Samson Classic on 10 October I am going to start my prep for next year, but not before I eat some really nice ice cream and famous chocolate brownies made by someone very special to me!