Former Mr. Universe Lee Labrada Teaches You How To Workout and Eat Right To Build Muscle (video interview)

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 02, 2012

It was my honor to have the opportunity to interview one of the greatest body builders of all time Lee Labrada. If you don’t know who he is, here are just a few of his many accomplishments:

-Winner of 22 major body building awards including Mr. Universe

-Published author of a Barnes & Nobles Best Seller called The Lean Body Promise: Burn Away Fat and Release the Leaner, Stronger Body Inside You

-Inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame

-Owner and CEO of Labrada Nutrition

We discussed everything from what to eat in order to build muscle, how to work out, when to use body weight exercises, and more. Click play above to watch the full interview. Or you can read some of my notes below.


Lee’s Approach To Workouts & Meals…

Lee has a very balanced approach when it comes to building muscle. He doesn’t like to spend more than an hour in the gym lifting weights. He states that any extra time is really unnecessary if you keep your intensity high enough.

Lee also stresses the importance of balancing your meals. He starts off with about 30 grams of protein in the form of chicken, fish, egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese or a protein shake. After that, he adds complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, rice, beans, yams, etc. Finally, to balance out the meal, Lee consumes healthy fats such as fish oil, salmon, nuts, seeds and avocado.


Lee’s Philosophy on Supplements…

In the interview, Lee states that the most important supplement to start off with is food. This is the building block and will provide your basic essentials needed to build muscle. Supplements are to be used to “fill in the gaps” and provide convenience. Consuming a protein shake or a meal replacement is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs. To learn what supplements are right for you click here: Labrada Nutrition.


Show Notes:

2:25m – What inspired Lee to get into body building?

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3:25m – What is Lee’s muscle building philosophy?

4:00m – What do Lee’s meals look like when he trained for competitions?

6:05m – Should someone that’s trying to build muscle take supplements?

7:20m – How often and for how long did Lee workout when training for competitions?

8:00m – How much time does a muscle need in order to recover fully?

9:15m – How much do genetics play into body building?

10:30m – Can someone in their 50’s or 60’s get into body building?

11:45m – How does Lee use body weight exercises in his muscle building regimen?

12:35m – How can someone that wants to get into competitive body building get sponsorship?

13:30m – What does Lee believe his greatest achievement was in his career?

14:40m – If there was anything Lee could give back to the fitness community, what would it be?


Lee Labrada Resources:

Lee Labrada on Wikipedia – This will give you more information on Lee and even give you his personal story in his own words.

Lee Labrada’s Nutrition Company – Lee is known in the industry as one of the most credible sources of nutrition information. Here’s a link to his company.

Lee Labrada on Facebook – If you are into body building, here is a hopping FB community where you can gain accountability and friendship.


Hope you enjoyed the interview! Feel free to pass this information along and post questions or comments below!


P.S. If you have any other remarkable people you would like me to interview, shoot me a message and I’ll reach out to them to see if they would like to be on AdrenalineTV!

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