Interview: Bodybuilding Athlete & Blogger Will Dermietzel meets

Interview: Bodybuilding Athlete & Blogger Will Dermietzel meets

Interview: Bodybuilding Athlete & Blogger Will Dermietzel meets

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Today’s guest will be Will Dermietzel, a dedicated bodybuilding athlete, blogger and coach from the United Kingdom. He has practiced the fine art of lifting weights for quite some time now and he is a kind and caring person with inspiring ideals and an unbreakable mindset. asked the former UKBFF athlete about his training and nutrition philosophy, his lifestyle and his passionate hobbies. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest, Will!

Now, let’s get started!

Interview: Bodybuilding Athlete & Blogger Will Dermietzel meets

Quick Profile – Will Dermietzel

  • Age: 26Bodybuilding athlete Will Dermietzel showing his gains
  • Height: 6ft 4”
  • Weight (current): 275 lbs.
  • Residence/Point of Origin: Worcestershire, UK
  • When did you start training?: Since I was 18 years old
  • Website / Online Presence: Facebook

How did you get started with weightlifting / bodybuilding / fitness?

I have been training for about 8 years now. When I began lifting weights I was about 17-18 as a method of strengthening my body for a variety of different martial arts that I was involved with at the time. It wasn’t until later on that I developed a serious connection with extraordinary muscle development and like most aspiring bodybuilders I would regularly buy bodybuilding magazines and flick through the pages in awe.

I remember instantly relating to bodybuilding and its niche subculture, it takes a very particular type of person to be attracted to this lifestyle and I am one of them. The aesthetics of the human body just appealed to me on a whole different level and I saw the potential of this sport becoming somewhat of an art form as well. I have always believed that the mental aspect of bodybuilding is in fact THE art itself, it cannot simply be taught.

Seeing bodybuilding as an art form just seemed natural to me as I have always been quite a creative person and I am certainly very emotionally driven. I love to read, write, paint and draw and I feel that using your own body as a canvas is a truly awesome idea, I have quite a few tattoos and piercings for this same reason.

Do you have someone or something that motivates or inspires you? Do you have any idols?

I draw inspiration from so many different people, surprisingly enough not many of them are actually bodybuilders.

I am a huge advocate for animal welfare and conservation and subsequently I am a big fan of David Attenborough – he motivates and inspires me on so many different levels, when you hear him narrate his documentaries, his love and passion is obvious. His work towards increasing exposure to the importance of protecting the environment has taught me the importance of leaving a valuable legacy to those around us and most importantly he reminds me that there is never a retirement date on greatness and that we can project enthusiasm and ambition at literally any age.

Another idol of mine is actually my partner Emma, she has truly been my rock throughout the last few years. She believes in me and supports me and my aspirations entirely, I love her so much for that.

If I am speaking purely on the topic of competitive bodybuilding then I would say that my inspiration is Kai Greene. Having experienced a lot of adversity myself, particularly with my upbringing and mental health, I can immediately relate to Kai’s ability to penetrate through lifes misfortunes and his humble attitude is admirable.

Photoshoot with bodybuilding athlete Will Dermietzel

Looking back at your exercise career: Which training system or routine brought you the best results?

A strong muscle tends to be a big muscle so I believe that even though I train for aesthetics it is important for me to be as fit and strong as I can be.

Recently my workouts consist of just the basic old school compound movements such as squats, deadlifts and barbell presses. I also enjoy strongman training (tyre flips/atlas stones/log press) and working within a low rep range and occasionally attempting some 1 rep max lifts.

I aim to try and add a little bit more to each workout, sometimes this means more weight whereas other times it means more intensity. I also try and focus a lot on my weak points and certainly don’t avoid them.

One method which I have found particularly useful is Rest Pause training, where I choose a very heavy weight and rep out 10 reps followed by several mini sets consisting of 8 reps, 6 reps, 4 reps all with a strict 15 seconds rest between.

Will Dermietzel in another bodybuilding poseWill Dermietzel in another bodybuilding pose

How does your current routine look like?

  • Monday: Legs
  • Tuesday: Rest Day
  • Wednesday: Back and Biceps
  • Thursday: Rest Day1
  • Friday: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Rest Day

Do you prefer traditional cardio training or HIIT when dieting?

I have done HIIT training before and I agree that it is a great form of cardio however I usually stick to the old fashioned method of cycling, sometimes on a stationary bike but more often I prefer to use a real bicycle as it is a really exhilarating feeling riding outside in the fresh air and seeing a variety of interesting things along the way.

Currently I am cycling 3 miles a day- 4/5 times a week.

If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

Bodybuilding Athlete Will Dermietzel practices the tire flipThat’s easy, if I could only pick only 3 exercises then they would be:

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Bench press

The reason being is that these are good overall exercises that also incorporate the stabilizer muscles creating a good all round level of strength and muscle stimulation. After all these lifts are what powerlifters use and they are fantastic athletes.

What is your diet like? (How does your daily/weekly routine look like? Do you have a specific nutrition philosophy? Which foodstuff to you eat regularly?

My diet is probably very similar to most bodybuilders, I have experimented with many different plans but I have now found a plan that suits me. The food that I eat in my off-season is pretty much the same food I eat when dieting apart from I enjoy to throw in the occasional chocolate bar, tub of ice cream and burger when I am in my off-season but who doesn’t.

With that said, when I am dieting I am very strict. I am currently eating really clean and simple foods, allowing myself a bit of cheat meal once a week. Usually on a Sunday I love to settle down on the sofa with my beautiful girlfriend, watch a film and enjoy a good cheat meal and a bottle of beer.

Sample Meal Plan

  1. Meal: 6 egg whites, 120g of oats, honey
  2. Meal: 5 rice cakes with peanut butter, 1 can of tuna
  3. Meal: 200g of chicken breast, 100 sweet potato, olive oil.
  4. Meal: 200g of chicken breast, 350+g potato, green beans
  5. Meal: 2 scoops of hydrolysed whey protein
  6. Meal: 200g chicken breast, 400g total of potato and rice, broccoli
  7. Meal: casein protein or cottage cheese

Do you take supplements? If so, how does your current supplementation look like?

Everday I take:

On workout days I take:

Do you use any pre-workout supplements or boosters? What is the most important aspect in those kind of products for you?

Will Dermietzel on the roadYes I do use pre-workout supplements, I sometimes enjoy using Beta Alanine as this gives me a colossal pump. I prefer Nitric Oxide based supplements as I, like many others, like to experience that full muscle sensation.

However, with that said I do believe that pre-workout supplements should not always be used, if you can hype yourself up for an1 intense workout without using a stim-based product then this is preferential. The reason being that your body can become accustomed to it’s effects, therefore not yielding huge results when you need it most.

If you had to pick only 3 supplements, what would they be and why?

  1. A good, all inclusive multi-vitamin to help fill in those nutritional gaps.
  2. Creatine to aid in recovery and strength.
  3. BCAA’s to take immediately post workout.

Do you have a mantra or do you act on a specific maxim/ lifestyle philosophy?

I began my journey as a young adult coming out of my teenage years, I started lifting weights to get stronger and to help alleviate my insecurities, but my relationship with training has evolved into something greater and it became much more meaningful than ever before. I have acquired an outlook that I believe reaches far beyond the walls of the gym.

I try to remember that each day I am writing a scene in my own personal movie and I attempt to see my struggles as just this. When I feel beaten and I feel as though I cannot go on, I remind myself that the best stories are the ones about the hero overcoming obstacles and never giving up. When I’m an old man I want to be able to look back at my life and be proud that I could not of tried any harder than I did.

I try to remember that we are all striving to seek happiness, peace and love. Each of us are trying to stay away from sadness, so instead of being blinded by the things that separate me from other people, I do my best to acknowledge the things we have in common. In order to empathize with others, it’s important to set aside your biases in order to see behind the outer layer.

Do you have a favourite quote?

I love to read and as a result I come across some really striking quotes. I have so many favourite quotes, so I will have to choose several.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”― Oscar Wilde

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso

“Your dreams are always going to be more important to you than they will be to anybody else. So keep dreaming, keep believing, keep pressing forward. All those warriors out there – be encouraged.” – Kai Greene

Are you religious?

Absolutely not, rather I am quite the anti-theist. I base my morality on a humanistic standpoint rather than a religious one. I have read the Bible and if I am being honest, it is quite an uncomfortable read containing a lot of questionable passages and if anything it was reading it that actually made me realise that I couldn’t possibly believe in a God.

I know that it is a taboo in our society to criticize religious faith but in my opinion these taboos are getting people killed and creating distinct boundaries between us all.

Will Dermietzel with his girlfriend

Are you currently working on any interesting projects you’d like finish in the near future?

I am always thinking of new ways to project my creativity, I love art and so I’d like to take that a little further by possibly working on some bigger pieces as recently I have just been sketching.

I am also a big music fan and for a while I was experimenting with that too. For a short while I was volunteering at a local animal rescue shelter where I was helping to care for mistreated cats and dogs and I planned on doing a charity strength event to help raise money, I have not yet currently got round to doing this but I am collecting donations at the moment and plan to do this very soon. Details of this can be seen on my Facebook page.

Something else that I would like to try is doing some film or extra work, I am a big fan of the sword wielding battle epics like Lord Of The Rings and The Gladiator and to be a part of something like that would be simply awesome.

What was the single best decision in or thing that brought you the most in life? What advice would you like give to our readers?

Will Dermietzel with a strong backThe best decision that I ever made was to try and be proactive in regards to tackling my Bipolar Disorder head on and talking openly about it. I am trying my best to be a positive role model for her people experiencing the same thing.

I have plenty of advice to offer to the readers. I will say remember that when you wake up tomorrow you are not the same person as you were yesterday. Today you must learn from yesterdays mistakes, stand up and brush yourself off and face the day with new vigor and courage. Get started today, not next week, not next month but today. Start as you mean to continue, set your mind to a task and follow through.

Finally I will end with this – every great warrior lives by this code – ‘Never retreat, never surrender’ If you are overweight or out of shape the thought of losing weight or achieving your fitness goals probably seems impossible to you. Recognize that fear is tyrannical, keeping you imprisoned and preventing you from living the life you want to live. The odds may be stacked against you, the challenge may seem too dire, but you’re a WARRIOR, so you fight on one meal at a time, one work out at a time, one day at a time.

You need to think like a warrior, train like a warrior and prepare like a warrior.

Thanks for the interesting interview, Will!

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  1. Lorna
    05 June 2015, 12:56 Lorna

    Great article Will, and not only are you a dedicated body builder…you are also a nice guy, very genuine and funny with it… I wish you nothing but success in your career.
    Anyone lucky enough to train with you will be able to say ‘i was trained by the best’ not only say that… but also know it.

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