Q : Let’s us introduce you to those who do not know you yet and are visiting this site….Tell us your name and something about yourself…please:)
First of all, it is me who want to thank you the opportunity and I send my regards to all of my Italian fans and bodybuilders. I love Italy and had great experiences from 2008. Well, my name is Gergő Bognár. I’ve just turned to 24 and I have been training for 10 years by now. I’ve been competing since 2004 which was my first competitive season. I’m 4 times Mr.Junior Hungary, also winner of the Trofeo Due Torri 2008 Junior Category and two times Junior World champion in the WABBA and IBFA, where I won the overall Mr.World title as well. These are my main titles.
Q : Can you tell us your success during your bodybuilding years?
As I mentioned my first season was in 2004. That time I won the Junior Hungarian nationals, placed third in 75kg at the big nationals. Then in the following year, I won the Junior again, and also in the nationals in 80kg. I was 19 years old then. In 2006, I only competed at one competition, called Superbody where I took the Overall title at the age of 20. This was a unique win, because usually bodybuilders over their thirties win the overall, and not a competitor from the Junior category. One person did it before me, who is now an IFBB Pro, Németh István, who better known as Steve Namat. Then I took a year off to gain more mass as I do now, and competed in 2008. I won the IBFA World Champion Overall and of course I took the junior title as well as I did in 2009 at the WABBA in the Super J class. In the last years in Hungary I don’t compete in Junior category because it doesn’t motivate me as much as it did over my younger years. So I step on stage in the open class, where usually Daniel Tóth wins – I think you know who he is – so in these years I had to satisfy with lower places but it motivates me much more to compete against world class athletes.
Q : Can you tell us which is the most important competition result for you?
I think my last two, the IBFA Mr.World title and my two Junior world champion titles. I like to remember my 2006 win as well at the Superbody because that was the year when I aroused some of my present sponsors’ interests.
Q: What is the training style for a champion like yourself?
I usually train 5-6 times a week, and give pressure to my weak points twice a week. For the big bodyparts I usually do 5-6 exercises, and for my smaller bodyparts 3-4. It could be interesting that I don’t train the arms. They are big enough – now it’s 53-54cm – and don’t want to overpower my back delts and my overall physic. These trainings are tough, hardcore trainings not some playing in the gym. I usually train with high intensity but I don’t mean with the HIT training program what Dorian did, although I love his style and training regiment. Often do supersets and giant sets what Milos Sarcev do with his pro client and use 4-5 sets with 8-12 reps.
I do not really have one favourite but I prefer to the bodyparts what I have to train with heavy basic exercises. I love training legs, heavy squats as I am pretty strong in the basic exercises. I often think about to try myself out as a powerlifter, because I like the way they compete, love the “You have one chance to do it” kind of feeling and pressure if you know what I mean. They are tough athletes and appreciate their work very much. Back to my favourite bodyparts..I also like training arms chest. I like the pump and heavy presses.
Q : During your bodybuilding career, was there a moment in which you wanted or wished to give up and dedicate yourself to something else? Or Bodybuilding is your only and biggest passion?
Passion is a great word to describe my feelings and my mentality towards my bodybuilding. Not really have other hobby except that I collect expensive soaps and candles. You know I alwas have this passion for the sports that I actually did in the past. When I was a football player I thought that my destiny is to play in the UEFA Champions League and save penalties(I was a goalkeeper). When I played table tennis I wanted go the Olympic games. I’m a maximalist who never gives up and always wants to peak his best performance.
Many things take my time and I think it’s important to mention that I have university degree in enviromental engineering. Studying has always been easy and fun to me. But after finishing the university I have more time to read about nutrioning and things like this. I also attend to the Medical Highschool to listen to the science of nutritioning. Hopefully this will be my second degree one day.
I’m not a shy person. I like the so-called hype what competitive bodybuilding offers me. I like to stay in touch with fans and positive people who love sports and also like to train hard. The best thing in this lifestyle is to motivate people to have better and healthier life and tell them that everything depends on what they determine in their mind. As Kai Greene – one of my favourite bodybuilder – says “mind is everything”.
Q : Let’s talk about the nutritional aspect, what is the big difference in the type of diet that you follow during an upcoming competition preparation and during off-season or do you follow the same type of diet during both seasons, as long as you maintain a specific weight and physical shape?
I am dieting all year long. The only difference is that I have one cheat day in the offseason. During the precontest diet I never have cheat meal. I usually reduce my carbs intake during the diet and eat more carbs and steak in the off season.
But to summarize what I’m talking about, here is my off season diet:
1. 120g oat and 60g of whey protein professional from SCITEC NUTRITION
2. 200g steak and half packet(about 62,5g) of brown rice + 200g broccoli
3. 200g steak and half packet(about 62,5g) of brown rice + 200g broccoli
4. 1 big yam with 200g chicken breast + 200g spinach
TRAINING! Before training I take a portion of my favourite precontest shake, BIG BANG(Scitec)
5. Pre workout shake: 50g of Vitargo and 100% Whey protein Professional(Scitec Nutrition)
6. 200g tuna(its canned) + half packet jasmine rice
7. 200g chicken breast + half packet jasmine rice
8. 200g curd cheese with casein protein, Prolong(Scitec)
I also use Multipro which is more than a great multivitamin, L – Glutamin(50g/day) and BCAA6400(30tablets/day) from Scitec Nutrition.
I will compete in the 2011 autumn season. I do not really have competition planned as I don’t know the next year calendar. I want to go for European GPs which has prize money. I want to win the national finally because Daniel Tóth likely to become an IFBB Pro in the next year. And I would like to compete in Los Angeles at the Excalibur which was won by Trey Brewer and do as many photoshootings in the U.S. as I can. I want to be an IFBB Pro soon in the coming years and publicity is very important thing in the pro world.
Q : When did you first started training for Bodybuilding and why?
In 2001 March but don’t really have any particular reasons just wanted to be stronger and bigger. I was a goal keeper that time I didn’t get too much chance to play on the field because I’m just 171 cm and too short to be a world class goalkeeper. Finally I had to realize this fact. That’s why I finished football and started to concentrate more on bodybuilding.
Q: Was there an episode in your life, tied to Bodybuilding, that gave you a great satisfaction? If yes, can you tell us about it?
I think I can mention my U.S. invitation in the beginning of 2009 what was an undescribeable feeling and experience for me. I was invited by Edward Connors who usually called as an ultimate talent scout in bodybuilding world. He owned the mecca – The Gold’s Gym in Venice – over 25 years and experienced all the things which we called now the golden age in bodybuilding from the 70’ till late 90’. I trained with Jeff Long, who is an IFBB Pro now and had great trainings in the Gold’s gym with my training partners. I get know many people in the industry and have the opportunity to train next to Silvio Samuel, Kai Greene, Dennis James, Tom Prince, Chris Cormier, Flex Lewis, Hidetada Yamagishi, Mark Dugdale, Will Harris and talk with them. Ed is one of the the most helpful and great person I’ve ever met with. I’m very grateful to him.
Q: What is for you , the bodybuilding?
It’s about Mindset, Insistence and Discipline. These three words are my password to the success. My role model is Dorian Yates because he has the strength in his body and in his mind as well and has the toughest work ethic amongst the bodyuilder of the past and present.
Q: We know you been in Italy for the “2 torri” competiton and have you ever met any of our Italian Bodybuilders? Right? If yes, what do you think about them? and about Italy? You would like to came back in?
I don’t really know too many bodybuilders in Italy but I know Thomas Benagli personally. He’s a great bodybuilder and good guy. I first met him after the Ironman that I saw live and after the competiton Ed Connors invited him and his friend to a dinner in Hollywood. That was the time I get know him in person. I also met with him in Rimini in 2009. There was a big expo.
Also know Alexandro Savi who is very funny guy and freaky bodybuilder. I think Italian bodybuilding is improving and there will be more and more pro class bodybuilder in the coming the years.
Anyway I love your country. But who doesnt?! I love your kitchen, the pizza, the pasta, the seafoods, everything, the music, the feeling what Italian people give to foreigners. Italian people doesn’t seem to be stressed like Hungarian do. And what I noticed in Rimini that younger Italians are mad about – in a positive way – the fashion. Everybody seemed to step out from the pages of a fashion magazine or something. Awesome!
Italian football is very popular here in Hungary as our football is not so good but improving. One of my favourite players were Del Piero and Gianlugi Buffon when I played football.
Q: Since childhood, did you have an idol..like Arnold, Lou..etc, to whom you looked up to..to follow?
Not really but when I started bodybuilding my role model was Johnny Lantos who is a legendary and still active competitor in Hungary. He won the IFBB European Championship overall in 2004. I have the luck that he become my mentor and trainer over the years and still helps me in my career. He’s a friend and a master as well. From the pro world I like Dorian Yates’ style. His mentality is like mine. Also like the way Kai Greene thinks about bodybuilding.
Q : If any of our members and/or visitors would like to meet you or get in contact with you…where and how can they do that?
I don’t have a website yet but it’s in making. But you can contact me on Facebook as you did.
You can find write me to the firstname.lastname@example.org to have me there for a guest posing and training seminars as well.
Q : Thank you very much for spending some time with us through this interview and hope that I’ll see you in Italy as well, do you have some message you want to comunicate to our readers?
I hope too. Thank you again and I wish all the best for the bodybuilder there in Italy. Train & Eat Hardcore!
Di solito mi alleno 5-6 volte a settimana e concentrandomi sui miei punti piu’ deboli due volte a settimana. Per le parti del corpo maggiori, faccio 5-6 esercizzi normalmente e per quelli minori 3-4. Puo’ essere interessante sapere che non alleno le braccia. Sono abbastanza grandi – ora 53-54 cm e non voglio sbilanciare i deltoidi posteriori e il mio fisico in generale. Questi allenamenti sono allenamenti durissimi e non dei giochi in palestra. Di solito mi alleno con alta intensita’ ma non intendo il programma di allenamenti HIT che Dorian fa, anche se mi piace il suo stile e lo schema di allenamento. Spesso faccio supersets e giant sets come Milos Sarcev fa con i suoi clienti e usa 4-5 sets con 8-12 reps.
Q: Hai dei gruppi muscolari preferiti? E ci spieghi meglio come ti comporti in caso di una parte carente del tuo corpo?
Molte di queste cose prendono molto del mio tempo e penso che è importante menzionare che ho una laurea di Unversita’ nel Ingegnieria Ambientale. Studiare per me è sempre stato facile e divertente. Ma dopo che ho finito l’Universita’, ho avuto più tempo per leggere sulla nutrizione. Seguo un corso anche alla Scuola di Medicina per ascoltare le lezioni sulla scienza nutritiva. Sperando che questa sarà la mia seconda laurea un giorno.
Non sono una persona timida e mi piace quella grinta che mi da il Bodybuilding competitivo. Mi piace stare in contatto con i fans e persone positive che amano lo sport e mi piace allenarmi duramente. La cosa piu’ bella in questo stile di vita, è motivare la gente per avere una miglior vita e piu’ salutare e fargli capire che tutto dipende da cosa hanno determinato nella loro mente. Come Kai Green – uno dei miei bodybuilders favoriti dice sempre : “la mente e’ tutto”.
Q: Ok parliamo del tuo modo di mangiare, sia durante l’offseason che vicino ad una gara, c’è molta differenza in quello che fai?
2. 200g bistecca e mezzo pacchetto (about 62,5g) di riso bruno + 200g broccoli
3. 200g bistecca e mezzo pacchetto (about 62,5g) di riso bruno + 200g broccoli
4. 1 yam grande con 200g petto di pollo + 200g spinaci
5. Pre workout shake: 50g di Vitargo e 100% Whey protein Professional(Scitec Nutrition)
6. 200g tonna(in scatola) + mezzo pacchetto di riso jasmine
7. 200g petto di pollo + mezzo pacchetto di riso jasmine
8. 200g formaggio cremoso con proteine, Prolong(Scitec)
Uso anche Multipro che e’ piu’ di un grandissimo multivitamino, L-Glutamin(50g/day) e BCAA6400(30tablets/day) da Scitec Nutrition.
Q: Prossime competizioni in programma?
Q: Chi è stato il tuo modello all’inizio dei tuoi allenamenti? Arnold? Lou?
Non propio, quando ho cominciato il Bodybuilding, il mio modello era Johnny Lantos, che e’ una leggenda e ancora un atleta attivo in Ungheria. Ha vinto il titolo di IFBB European Championship Overall nel 2004. Sono fortunato di averlo come mentore e trainer negl’anni e mi ha aiutato molto nella mia carriera. E’ un amico e un maestro anche. Dal mondo PRO, mi piace lo stile Dorian Yates. La sua mentalita’ è come la mia. Mi piace anche il modo di pensare di Kai Green sul Bodybuilding.