First off, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us! To begin, could you tell the readers a bit about yourself? Your background in the fitness industry, where you’re at now, etc.
If only I had a dollar for how many times I’ve typed this one out! Haha, I began at 14 years old. I was always obsessed with larger than life figures. On April 16th, 2006 I was watching an MTV True Life episode about bodybuilding. On that day I decided to record my measurements; I had 11.5” arms and weighed 104lbs! From there I began googling bodybuilders and stumbled upon Ronnie Coleman who at the time had just won his 8th Mr. Olympia title and became hooked! I did my first bodybuilding competition at 15 and became addicted to competing that day!
I’ve followed you since the early youtube days, and you’ve made a rather drastic change in the way you approach dieting/training. When did you first decide to change the approach you took for so many years, and why?
I would say my training has always been evolving. As I grew out of my teens and reached 20 I became more and more educated on training needs of a natural athlete vs an enhanced one. I also learned more about nutritional science and how I did not need to completely torture myself while dieting although I do still do that simply because it helps me stay focused and organized, having done it all my life.
It appears your training has shifted from hypertrophy oriented training to what seems to be training for exclusively strength gains. Was there a particular catalyst for this change?
Well, first, I want to clarify that there is more than plenty of hypertrophy training involved in my strength training and areas such as my chest have actually improved and gained more muscle thickness from it! The main reason for switching my focus came from boredom of bodybuilding. By 2013 I had competed in 7 bodybuilding shows and had done it for 7 years. The body dysmorphia and obsession for being huge that I had when I began had somewhat died off as I became more and more comfortable with myself. Once that obsession goes all you have left is the obsession with progress! I think the addiction to progression is what captivates most of us lifters however after 7 years of training naturally, the progress had slowed way down. Realizing how much of the bodybuilding population used Performance enhancing drugs, I realized it didn’t matter how hard or thoroughly I trained, I would still make progression but it would be minute compared to the leaps and bounds I made when I began. I had ALWAYS been obsessed with heavy lifting! To me nothing was more fun and I had actually considered trying out powerlifting back in my teen days but never did. At this point I was also craving the long-missed feeling of athleticism that bodybuilding lacked. I missed being able to perform a non-subjective physical activity that most sports had to offer. Eventually I stumbled upon Jonnie Candito’s channel and saw a kid with my general build moving some amazing weight. Upon learning more and more about the technique and strategy that goes into powerlifting as a sport, I became hooked! Unlike bodybuilding, there is plenty of room to grow and progress, naturally, in the sport of lifting!
Who are some of your biggest inspirations in the fitness industry, and who do you look to for acquiring new information regarding training/dieting?
Ronnie Coleman was my biggest motivator for bodybuilding. Now that I’m powerlifting Eric Spoto is one of my biggest for Bench pressing specifically! I am being coached by Simon of Massthetics currently and ask him plenty of questions as I go, but I’m always reaching out to multiple different people to constantly learn!
You’re a very prominent figure in the youtube fitness community; have you ever struggled with the inevitable criticisms that come with running a popular youtube channel? Do you have any particular methods for avoiding/dealing with this?
Oh yes, of course! I think it’s only human to. Very few people are actually being honest to the core when they say they don’t care. To even post something seemingly positive and uncaring about how “Proving the haters wrong” or “not caring what the haters think” still shows that person has noticed the hate and clearly cares enough to post about it even if it is in a positive manner.
There’s not much one can do but simply catch themselves when they’re starting to let the hate get to them. I’ll notice it and tell myself “Nick, you’re letting the internet get to you. Why? There’s no point, knock it off”. The other key is to not respond to the negativity. Once in a while I’ll respond in a very passive or even a nice sort of way and that’s fine. That will release you of any tension and possibly even change that person’s mind about you. Arguing with them however will only let the negativity into your head! So I try not to give the hate any power or let it in by arguing with them.
Have you experienced any major setbacks in your lifting/dieting? If so, how have you dealt with them, and what advice would you give those who are going through setbacks right now?
Nothing diet-wise. My only set backs have been some injuries which are nothing but a huge pain in the ass! The only way to deal with them is to attack them accordingly… Strengthen up the injured area, make sure you retrieve any lost mobility and correct your form!
Do you have any advice for “fit couples”? And have you run into complications being in a relationship where both individuals are very much involved in a fitness lifestyle?
Personally, I would alternate competing if both are competitive. When Arianna picks a Bikini show to compete in, I’ll make sure I don’t select a Meet to compete in around the same time as her show. This will allow her to focus only on herself and me to simply support her vs both of us trying to focus on our own shows and neglecting each other in the process. I think being supportive of one another is huge! If competitions aren’t an issue and it’s just the lifestyle that both are involved in, try to do as much of it as you can, together. Go shopping together, prep together etc. etc. And remember that you are a relationship FIRST! Enjoy LIFE together from time to time! It’s very important! The video “The Perfect Day” shows an overnight get away I booked for the both of us after we had both been dieting and prepping for a long time. It allowed us to just step away from all of that and enjoy life together for a bit!
You’ve had several experiences with contest prep; can you give some advice to those who are considering competing or who are already in contest prep?
Listen to your coach! Unfortunately there are many coaches that suck terribly and listening to them might be a bad thing. That’s unfortunately a trial and error learning experience. When you have a good coach though, listen to them. TRUST them and trust the diet! I’ve seen people panic a week or two out and cut carbs or do something outside of what their coaches instructed them to do and ruin their peak!
What are your top 3 favorite movements?
Squat, Bench and Deadlifts of course!
What can we expect from Nick Wright in the next year? Any big projects?
Perhaps.. I can’t give anything away yet! ;)
Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview Nick! One last question; do you read books? If so, what are your top 1-3 favorite books?
Not fitness related but “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and “48 Laws Of Power” are two amazing books everyone should read.
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