Interview With Silvio Simac About Today’s Fitness World
Silvio Simac does not need an introduction, doesn’t he?
Silvio Simac in action
Impressive achievements of Silvio Simac
- 7° Dan Black Belt in ITF Taekwondo,
- 5° Dan in Choi Kwang Do,
- 3° Dan in Kickboxing,
- 1° Dan in Brithai Karate
- 1° Dan Black Belt in Combat Self-Defence
What is the lifetime strategy standing behind his success? What sort of training and diet he follows?
We asked Silvio these and other questions. So if you want to discover the secret sauce behind the scenes, stay with us.
Lights on. Action!
1. Thank you Silvio for taking your precious time. We really appreciate it. As first, could you share with us your training routine?
First of all, I would like to mention, I have been training religiously for 32 years, committed and devoted to my health and fitness goals.
My journey began parallel to me taking up martial arts at the age of 12. Being inspired by Bruce Lee, his agility, speed, power and physical shape he emerged in the early 1970’s planted the seed for my future development.
My training methods, principles, and purpose have changed considerably over the years, evolved and changed as my goals altered.
When I was competing in martial arts at an international level, my strength and conditioning were both long and intense.
Combining and nurturing all qualities and components of an athlete I early on identified and labelled as the S – Factor
Skill, Strength, Speed, Stamina, Suppleness and Strategy
Some weekends when I was preparing for international championships, I would train 6 hours a day split between 3 sessions and under the guidance of instructors and coaches so no mercy was spared and I was continuously pushed out of my comfort zone thankfully which facilitated towards my progress.
Today and over the last 15 years and since I stopped competing in martial arts, I train 5 days a week, twice a day. My workouts are intense and I only rest 60 seconds between any sets.
2. What do you eat? Do you follow any principles?
I have been following intermittent fasting for just over 15 years.
From 8 pm till 2 pm, the next day is fasting, so I only have a window of 6 hours within which I consume food and nourish myself.
- At 2 pm I break my fast. It’s 2.5 hours prior to my 2nd workout. Usually a mix of granola, high in nuts and seeds with a teaspoon of cinnamon and 35 grams of Stay Lean Complete Protein.
- Then I will have a slice of grilled meat or fish with green vegetable in the evening around 6 pm
- My last meal will be at 8 pm with some Greek yogurt and protein.
No, or low carbs. NO sugar and wheat.
I believe that conventional bodybuilding eating habits are not particularly good for our health long term. Let’s face it humans have been evolving for 300,000 years and our food abundance has only been present for the last 50 years.
Take a look at animal species who fast. Lions and Tigers.
They get a meal every 4 – 5 days. They are super lean and muscular.
Then take a look at elephants and sheep. They graze and they are weak and fat. Yes, elephants are weaker than humans pound for pound.
Some of you will say, “But they are animals and different rules apply”.
My answer to that is We all came from the same stardust and gravitational pull applies to all species of animals as do physics and biology.
3. You are so flexible and at the same time impressively muscular. How do you achieve it? How often you stretch to get to that level?
As I have said in my previous answer early on in my journey, I identified components and qualities of an Athlete,
Skill, Strength, Speed, Stamina, Suppleness and Strategy.
Taking one component out of the equation is like removing a component out of a transistor radio.
No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, the transistor radio will seize to work.
I have always taken a holistic approach to my athletic development nurturing all areas that will make me a better fighter and a warrior.
I stretch after every workout as well as 30 – 40 minutes in the evening in front of TV.
4. On social media, you are known not only for your incredible physique but also for criticizing people how they waste their time at the gym. If You could tell us. What are the most common mistakes which you see people make? Basically what they should do less and what to do more to improve their fitness?
The face of the fitness industry as well as bodybuilding has changed completely since I started 32 years ago.
Most people would take up a sport because they have a passion, a desire, a magnetism towards it.
The industry today seems to be driven mainly by ego and egotistical purposes in an ever-increasing narcissistic world.
I am not speaking for all but many serious competitors in my gym, and there are quite a few accomplished guys and girls in my gym.
The thing with narcissistic ways is most of these guys cannot go gym without informing the whole world and putting posts up on every single social media platform that they are in the gym.
They drive to the gym so they can walk for 40 minutes on a treadmill whilst holding onto the bars, and they call it CARDIO.
Then there is a big chunk of time wasted on texting between sets and taking copious amounts of selfies to filter and put up for approval of others.
My father is 70 years of age. he had 2 heart attacks and 7 surgeries over the last 10 years.
He walks 7 – 9 miles a day. For him, walking is a form of cardio as it challenges his heart. Walking on a treadmill whilst holding onto the bars with your life for a 20-year-old is NOT cardio nor challenging by any definition.
Nor will it make you fit.
Then they call themselves ATHLETES.
Let me ask you…
How many athletes take anabolic steroids… perform the majority of exercises sitting, or laying down, carry a mobile device to their workout and use any opportunity to take a selfie or text someone?
How many athletes do you know who regard walking as cardio?
Those people pronounce themselves as Fitness Models, looking fit but being nowhere close to it.
I hardly ever see these “fitness models” breaking a sweat or getting out of breath.
To be honest, I find it funny. I much prefer classical hardcore bodybuilding. At least it was genuinely raw in every sense. My principle is, JUST DO IT.
Don’t tell anyone you are in the gym coz no-one cares. Put your phone in the locker and TRAIN. No pictures, no chatting, no selfies. Just pure FOCUSED workout.
5. How do you manage your busy lifestyle, witch acting, and martial arts and other projects which you’re involved in?
With age and experience we become good at managing, don’t we?
Over time we learn how to control our time efficiently as well as designating others to assist you along the way.
I am fortunate to have amazing support around me, an incredibly understanding and supportive wife who makes it possible for me to chase my dreams.
I am exceptionally driven and focused so those qualities enable me to get up in the morning with drive and enthusiasm.
6. What’s the secret sauce to maintain such an incredible body at the age of 46?
Hey, please don’t make me older. As we do this interview, I am 45 😁
I am so well researched on nutrition and supplements. My diet is healthy all year round. It’s my lifestyle.
No season, off-season or show time. I want to be fit, healthy and strong all year round so I live a healthy lifestyle all year round.
Thanks to Silvio Simac maybe you will also stick to a healthy lifestyle all year round?
If beach motivates you and you want to just look ”ok” for a week during the whole year – that’s fine.
Then follow seasonally a ”miracle diet”, lose weight and also your muscle mass, end up not satisfied and come back to your random gymming and wasting time. It’s your choice.
But if you want to make a change, be healthy, stay fit, sharp, strong and always ready – you better listen to Silvio Simac and follow his advice.
What’s your choice? Ready for a change?