Shredded: Interview With Pro Fitness Model Dave Dreas
Athlete Interview – Dave Dreas – Pro Fitness Model
Height: 5’ 11”
Years Training: 14
What is your background and how did you get into bodybuilding and fitness?
I started weight training around the age of 14. I was always active playing sports growing up but I always wanted to put on muscle. Throughout the years I spent time in various collegiate strength and conditioning programs and worked out often. I was a college basketball All American and a lot of the credit for that is due to my off season workout programs. I’ve always loved working out.
I started getting into modeling about 3 years ago. I was working as a financial advisor and looking to do some fitness stuff on the side. I went to a conference called FMI, met a couple top notch fitness photographers and the rest is history.
I’ve been in a variety of fitness magazines (ESPN, Muscle and Fitness, Inside Fitness), I’ve landed multiple spreads and been on multiple covers both nationally and internationally. I have to modeling agencies and continue to book work part time.
It’s been an unexpected ride and my goal is to help others reach a similar platform.
What’s your ultimate goal to achieve in the fitness industry?
I would like to be a regular contributor with Men’s Health. That will take some time to cultivate and build but that would be a pretty solid goal. I will continue to improve as a trainer as well.
On a business side of things I would like to have 10,000 flat out awesome transformations with clients all over the United States. My online training platform has been a huge success and I’m always looking to help people get in awesome shape. I have no doubt that I can help others achieve success and live an active healthy life.
Do you have a go to workout routine and what works best for you?
Right now, and it changes depending on what I have going on, I have been doing a 5 day split.
Seated Chest Press 4 sets 15 reps
DB Chest Press 4 sets 10 reps
Iso Incline Press (Machine) 4 sets 10 reps
Bent Over Parallel Cable Flyes 4 sets of 10 reps
Push Ups – 5 Sets Max
Leg Extension 4 sets of 15
Leg Press 4 sets of 10
Hack Squat 4 sets of 8
Squats 4 sets of 8-10
Walking Lunge 2 sets no weight
Wednesday – Shoulders
DB Press 4 sets of 10
DB Lateral Raise 4 sets of 12
Seated ISO Shoulder Press 4 sets of 8
Cable Front Raise 4 sets of 12
Reverse Pec Deck 4 sets of 10
Assisted Pull Ups (Slow and controlled) 5 sets of 15
Double D Handle Lat Pull Down 4 sets of 10
Seated Row 4 sets of 10
Rack Deads 4 sets of 10
T Bar Row 4 sets of 8
Friday – Arms
DB Hammer Curl 4 sets of 10
Rope Press Down 4 sets of 10
Barbell Curl 5 sets of 8
Overhead Rope Extension 4 sets of 10
DB Preacher Curl (each arm) 4 sets of 8
Dips (focus on triceps) 4 sets of max
I go hard enough to fail at the end of the each set. If you do a set to 10 reps and it’s too easy you must increase weight
What’s your daily diet like, can you give us a breakdown of an in season diet?
Here is my detailed diet when I am dialled in for a photo shoot or training
4 whole eggs, ½ cup oats, banana
Breakfast wrap: 2 whole eggs, ¼ avocado, tomato, whole wheat tortilla
8 oz of chicken, brown rice, ½ avocado
Quest Bar w/ greek yogurt
2 burgers with exekiel muffin as a bun. Bag of mixed vegetables, cottage cheese
6 oz of chicken and cottage cheese
(I will rotate shrimp, chicken, beef, eggs around for variety)
I get up around 4 am so my first breakfast is pretty early As I get closer to a photo shoot I start pulling my carbs from second breakfast and lunch. At the same time I bump up my cardio to start burning calories and cutting body fat.
When I’m not fully dieted down I primarily use a IIFYM approach with intermittent fasting. I don’t want my life to revolved around food so it’s been very important to learn how my body works and manipulate it frequently to see what works and what doesn’t
What drives you each day, is there a philosophy you live by?
I would like to say something super motivational here but I’ll be honest that I’m driven because I love what I do. I never wake up bummed that I have to go “work.” I love my online clients that I get to work with all over the country and I enjoy the interactions with the ones I work with locally. Life is too short not to do what you love. Spend time with those you love and want to be around.
What supplements do you use?
MuscleTech NitroTech Protein
MuscleTech Amino Build (Intra workout)
Branched Chain Amino Acids (post workout)
Lastly, what would your advice be for anyone aspiring to get into the fitness/bodybuilding industry on any level?
Time, perseverence and networking. The world doesn’t owe you shit. It’s completely up to you to create what it is you want your life to be. I was a financial advisor, running my own office and I hated it. I learned real quick that wasn’t my path and I made the decision without knowing what would happen, and jumped into the fitness world.
I’ve spent over 4 years grinding it out day in and day out. It’s far from easy. I have been turned down by multiple modeling agencies, I’ve been turned down for multiple photo shoot spreads and writing opportunities. It doesn’t matter. The more NO you hear the closer you are to a YES. Eventually things started to happen and I caught a few breaks. By no means was it luck. If you’re willing to put yourself out there things will happen.
Lastly, network. Meet people and ask for help.
Thanks for talking to us Dave!
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