Some people try and copy one contest prep to the next expecting the same results. What I have learned over the course of my career is, no two contest preps are alike. For the Arnold’s I was a mess, I was in a dark place, felt alone, isolated an
Fouad Abiad grew up as the skinny kid. In high school he branched out into football, gaining weight until he ballooned up to a chunky 230lbs. In May 2000 he attended his first bodybuilding show, the Toronto Pro/Am. He was in awe at the size and conditioning of the pros, prompting his decision to compete. From that day on it became a bigger part of his life.
Rest, food or training. What is most important?
It depends. You have to have a good balance of all three to make the gains you’re looking for. If one thing is out of whack then you slow your progress down. So don;t think in terms of “best” , think in terms of “optimal balance.”
What improvements are you trying to make before the next show?
I need to be better overall. Now that I’m working with Fakhri Mubarak we are trying to get a better Fouad in the offseason so it translates to a better Fouad onstage.
Whats your take on deadlifts or bodybuilders?
Both have their place in a bodybuilders program. I’m a fan of rack pulls, but you see guys like Johnny Jackson pull from the floor and all of us have pretty good back development. Find out what you like better and get to work on it.
What are some of your must-have supplements?
Neurodrive from SciTech Nutrition always gets me ready to train. I have been training with some monsters like Frank McGrath and Shawn Rhoden so I need to keep up. Neurodrive gives me that extra that I need for them to keep up!