Corbin Pierson Interview
Corbin Pierson is a natural bodybuilder, aspiring fitness model, ACE certified personal trainer, and full time student. Check out how he trains and diets year-round to maintain his aesthetic physique.
How did you get started in bodybuilding & training?
I got started back in high school during my senior year. Initially, I got into working out because of baseball, it was my last year and I wanted to do everything in my power to set me up for a successful season. At first I just worked out with some weights I had at home. As the year went on, I got more and more into it and eventually got a gym membership, that’s when things really started to turn.
My focus began shifting from baseball to lifting, and sooner or later I was hooked. It was then on I knew this was my passion and would put in all that I have to become the best that I can be. I decided to compete in my first bodybuilding show a year later, right after my freshmen year of college. Contest prepping during my freshmen year was definitely no easy task, especially with all of the distractions around. It was all worth it though as I ended up placing 1st in my novice class while being the youngest competitor.
Since then, I haven’t looked back and keep striving forward to be the best I can be.
What are your short and long term fitness goals?
My short term goal would be to win a pro card in natural bodybuilding. My long term goals would include establishing a name for myself in the fitness/bodybuilding industry, getting sponsored by a supplement company, winning a pro show, getting featured in a magazine, and doing a lot of work as a fitness model. The NPC Men’s Physique division interests me as well, so I may try to earn a pro card in that somewhere down the road.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I have recently switched up my routine to address certain weak points, but the workout routine I have used for the vast majority of my time lifting, and would heavily attribute to building my current physique is this 5 day split:
Day 1- Chest
Day 2- Back
Day 3- Off
Day 4- Shoulders/Traps
Day 5- Arms
Day 6- Off
Day 7- Quads/Hamstrings/Calves
Repeat. I occasionally do 15 minutes of abs after a workout, once or twice a week.
What is your favorite form of cardio for cutting body fat?
Although ‘favorite’ and ‘best’ may not necessarily be the same when it comes to cardio, the most effective form of cardio I’ve used is high intensity interval training (HIIT). Even though it is extremely taxing and requires very high intensity, I like it because you can get it done in a short amount of time compared to steady, low intensity cardio. After I warm up for a few minutes, I’ll run the fastest I can for 30 seconds, and then I’ll do a light jog for a minute. I’ll rotate between those intensities a few more times to make it a full session. The more I do this into a cut and the better my endurance gets, I gradually add more rotations to the cycle.
Could you outline your basic daily diet?
I change up the foods that I eat a lot to get a variety in, but I do make sure I stay consistent and spot on with my calories and my exact macronutrient numbers. An example of what I might eat on any random day while cutting could look like this:
Meal 1- 1 scoop whey protein, 2 cups of cheerios, 1 cup skim milk
Meal 2- 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 slice reduced fat cheese, 1.5 servings fat free turkey, 1 serving reduced fat turkey pepperoni
Meal 3- 1 banana, 1 wheat bagel, 1 serving fat free cream cheese
Meal 4- 2 scoops whey protein, 2 cups skim milk
Meal 5- 8 oz. chicken, 2 cups white rice, 1 oz. almonds
Meal 6- 1 scoop casein protein, 1.5 cups skim milk
I’ll eat similar things when I’m trying to put on size, I’ll just increase the quantity of them and take in more calories.
How do you deal with cravings for junk food, sweets and salty foods?
Diet soda helps a lot regardless if I’m bulking or cutting, but it’s especially helpful deep into contest prep. If I’m cutting, there are certain low calorie sweet and salty foods that I can fit into my diet on occasion, just not every single day. If I’m a few weeks out from a show or less, I cut them out though. If it’s the offseason, I do give into the cravings every now and then to keep my sanity haha, I just try to limit it and balance it.
What are your favorite pre and post workout meals?
I do switch it up a lot, but this is a solid pre workout meal I can always fall back on.
-Wheat bagel w/ fat free cream cheese
Carbs are definitely the most important thing right before a workout. As for a post workout meal, this is what I always have directly after my workout.
-2 scoops of whey protein
-2 cups of skim chocolate milk
-4 grams of creatine
This combo works great for me as it has plenty of carbs and protein, which is critical in rebuilding the muscles following training. The reason I use chocolate milk is because it has more carbs than standard white milk. If I’m prepping for a show and have to watch my carbs more closely, I’ll use skim white milk.
What supplements do you take (if any) and recommend to others?
Some supplements I only take depending on my current goal, whether I’m cutting for a contest or trying to gain some size in the offseason. The supplements that I take regardless of what time of the year it is, include:
In my opinion, these are the essentials that I take year round. These are extremely helpful whether you’re trying to put on some size or if you’re cutting down.
What has the biggest impact on muscle growth and recovery?
It really is combination of factors, with some factors taking more importance than others. I’d say the two biggest factors for me have been nutrition and training, with nutrition definitely being most important. You have to train hard and effectively to sculpt your body into the physique you desire.
However, you can train as hard as you want but you still won’t make any gains if you’re not eating enough (or you won’t lose any weight if you’re not eating the right amount). You have to eat big to get big. Simply put; train as much as you want, but if you’re not eating more calories than what your maintenance level of calories is, you’re not going to grow.
What is your favorite motivating quote?
I have a couple favorite ones that I like equally.
Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. -Arnold
What newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?
I was your typical upper body, beach body wannabe type of guy when I first started out. I only lifted chest, shoulders, and arms when I first began. It wasn’t until half a year later that I started training my back, and a whole year later until I trained my legs. Seeing as how back and legs are currently my two weaker points, I’m definitely paying for it now haha. I’m doing my best to make up for the lost time though.
As for diet mistakes, I pretty much didn’t know a single thing about dieting when I began training. I ate pretty unhealthily and way too much; I got way too fat in my first couple of off seasons that it made cutting down a lot harder/longer than it could have been. After trial and error with a few times of cutting/bulking, I feel like I’m finally at the point where I know my body well enough that I know how to eat effectively when it comes to my current goal.
Any last advice for beginners or anyone looking to get into fitness?
Be patient. This lifestyle is like a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the immediate results you’re looking for; stick with it, stay consistent with everything and you’ll achieve the results you desire. The mind is the limit; you have to believe in yourself and set yourself up for success if you want to see success.
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