Tim Ackermann Interview
Tim Ackermann is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and fitness model from Germany. Check out how he’s overcame early struggles with alcohol to get to his current level of fitness.
How did you get started in bodybuilding / training?
I started training because I was sick and tired of my past. I messed up early in my life using marijuana and alcohol. I ruined my education and my teenage years and I became lazy and fat. After 9 years of living the wrong way I decided to change my lifestyle, so I started lifting and was hooked since day one. Now I’m a sponsored athlete and fitness model.
What are your short and long term fitness goals?
My goals are just simple; be better every single day. And I don’t mean be better than someone else, just be better than I was yesterday, its my life and I want to prove that I’m more than just a lazy person who used to be addicted to a bad lifestyle. So I’m struggling every day to become better, I want to be known as an fitness model and start competing in the Men’s Physique here in Germany.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I workout six days a week. At the moment I’m training two times a day; Once in the morning with 30 min cardio and again in the afternoon with my weight training:
- Traps and Delts
- Hams and Glutes
I work my abs and calves after my morning cardio session.
What is your favorite form of cardio for cutting body fat?
I just do some HIIT for about 30 min on the treadmill.
Could you outline your basic daily diet?
My second meal is beans and chicken followed by my third meal of wholewheat pasta and chicken. After training, I have a whey protein shake, rice and chicken. My final meals consist of beans and chicken again and right before I go to sleep I have another whey protein shake with Glutamine and some omega 3 fats.
How do you deal with cravings for junk food, sweets and salty foods?
I usually don’t crave for that stuff, I’m done with it. First of all, because of my past and because I’m a skilled pastry cook and I worked so long with food that its nothing special or something I would enjoy. It used to be a job and that’s how I see the food.
What are your favorite pre and post workout meals?
I don’t really eat a post meal, just a pre-workout booster and after my workout I have rice and chicken.
What supplements do you take (if any) and recommend to others?
Currently I’m taking; Creatine, Glutamine, ZMA, Whey Isolate, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Pre-Workout booster, and BCAAs.
I’m an ESN sponsored athlete and take all my supplements from ESN.
What has the biggest impact on muscle growth and recovery?
It’s the whole combination and lifestyle. You have to give 100% in everything. The body will just work if you give it everything it needs; good food, training, and enough rest, as well as for your mental health.
What is your favorite motivating quote?
It takes just one second to change your whole life, but to get to this point it can take an eternity.
This motivates me to keep moving forward because it fits into my past and reminds me where I came from and what I’m overcoming.
Looking back, what newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?
The first year I didn’t train legs a lot =( A big mistake and I hate it now.
Any last advice for beginners or anyone looking to get into fitness?
Don’t go crazy with all the pro athlete advice and tips and all that bro-science stuff. Just stick to your routine, set your goal, work on your mindset and the knowledge and the strength comes with time. Just get started and learn to love the lifestyle and the benefits from living healthy and working out.
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