Flex Lewis on Contest Prep, Tats and More.

Straight talk with the Welsh Dragon.

QUESTION

As a contest promoter, what is a common mistake you see competitors make?

ANSWER

The biggest problem I see is that there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. What a competitor needs is one Indian who says, “You look like shit. You’re not ready.” Competitors need to work on getting their tans right, they need to listen to their music and practice posing to it—not just the night before the contest, but also every day for weeks until they have it down. And then two times a week. And then three times a week after that just to get good at it.

QUESTION

Do you think tattoos work against a competitor?

ANSWER

I have a small tattoo on my biceps, and a lot of other pros have tattoos—Jon Delarosa, William Bonac, for example. The smaller tattoos aren’t an issue. It’s the head-to-toe tattoos that cause problems because they blend in with the muscles and the lines, which can make cuts and striations harder to detect. If the ink covers up what you want the judges to see, that’s not good.

QUESTION

Favorite dinosaur?

ANSWER

Literally, I just left the theater after watching Jurassic World. Special effects were amazingly realistic. I like the smaller ones—the velociraptors.

QUESTION

What is your favorite body part to train?

ANSWER

I don’t have one. Maybe that’s why I’m such a complete bodybuilder. I get into the gym and I’m looking forward to whatever it is I need to do.

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