Jacques Lewis is a professional Men’s Physique competitor from New Orleans, Louisiana. He started competing on the bodybuilding stage in 2012, winning his Pro Card one year later at the 2013 IFBB North American Championships.
Following his entrance in the IFBB Professional circuit, Jacques began preparing for his pro debut; this time, competing against the elite athletes in the industry.
After placing 16th in his first professional show, Jacques continued competing for a number of years; taking part in 10 contests between 2013-2015.
Some of his most significant results during this period were winning the 2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro; finishing amongst top three at the 2015 IFBB Eastern Seaboard.
“Often times people talk about all the good and never the bad or they post what they have and never what they went through to get it. Just know that ‘nothing worth comes easy’.”
|Full Name: Jacques Lewis|
|155 – 165lbs (70.3 – 74.8kg)||Americans||Men’s Physique Professional Bodybuilder||2010|
|Weight||155 – 165lbs (70.3 – 74.8kg)|
|Profession||Men’s Physique Professional Bodybuilder|
“No matter what a person says negative about you, they have no control. No matter how different you are from others you can still succeed. No matter how long it takes for you to start that new goal as long as you start and focus on just that you’ll get there.”
Jacques’ week of training is divided into cardio and weight training sessions. One of these always has the priority, depending on which stage Jacques is in.
If he’s a couple of weeks out from a contest, Jacques will prioritize cardio over heavy weight training sessions. Conversely, if Jacques’ in the mass-gaining phase, he’ll do a lot of weightlifting, but not so much cardio.
Shoulders and Traps Workout
Jacques likes to change his workout routines quite often; he still follows a standard workout that he follows when he doesn’t have time to create new training plans.
This is how it looks:
- Military Press, 3 sets of 5-8 reps
- Standing Dumbbell Shoulder Press, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Lateral Raises, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Shoulder Press Machine, 4 sets of 8-12 reps, last set drop set
- Upright Rows, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Smith Machine Shrugs, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs, 4 sets of 8-12 reps, last set drop set
Whenever Jacques notices his progress in strength, size, or leaning out slowing down he immediately changes his workout routine.
Jacques believes it’s extremely important to change workout routines, so the body can never adapt.
He found that either changing his complete training program every two months, or changing aspects of training every week such as training intensity, number of reps, types of exercises, etc was how his body responded the best.
Similar to his training style, Jacques changes his diet fairly often.
Sometimes, he likes to fast in the morning, and only eat during a certain time-window. But at other times, he eats throughout the entire day in smaller portions.
Jacques also often changes the foods he eats. There are days where he only eats lean meats and foods such as fish, low-fat cheese, brown rice, and lots of vegetables to rest his metabolism from calorie-dense foods.
However, there are also days where Jacques consumes a lot of filling foods like steak, potatoes, or even a less-healthy cheat meal, to satisfy his cravings.
“Sacrifice, dedication, and discipline! Motivation would be listed but truth be told, that’s temporary, and comes and goes.”
What we can learn from Jacques Lewis
Jacques Lewis is an accomplished Men’s Physique athlete, who’s managed to pile up a string of impressive results, both on the amateur, and professional bodybuilding stage.
If you’re looking to become a bodybuilder like Jacques, or you just want to live a healthy lifestyle – then make sure you have your diet and training ‘in check.’
If you can stay consistent with these two aspects of fitness, alongside having a quality sleep, then building an awesome physique, and possibly even a fruitful career in fitness – is always possible.