AUSSIE PROFILE: HECTOR OLIVERA
posted on 26/11/2014 12:00:00 AM
AUSSIE PROFILE: HECTOR OLIVERA
Photography by Dallas Olsen
He’s tanned, handsome and most certainly ripped. But best of all, Hector Olivera is a genuinely humble, down-to-earth guy, who’s just stoked to be part of this growing fitness industry. On top of his personal training and competing, he spent over four years working in the supplement and natural vitamins industry, and now works in the Disability Services sector. When asked why he sticks with it, he says that living his lifestyle is no burden. We caught up with Hector, known as Tito to his nearest and dearest, to find out more about how he trains, why he competes and how to stay both humble and hungry for the next title.
Hey Tito, thanks for chatting with us! Can you start by describing your life before you started training?
Before I started training I would classify myself as the average person who didn’t take training seriously, or dieting, I played sports on the weekend and went out on a weekly basis and enjoyed couple of drinks with friends. Dieting and training for a purpose or simply to improve my lifestyle was never in my path until I decided to make a change.
How different do you feel now compared to then?
More or less it’s been a positive and smart change to my lifestyle. I wouldn’t say it has been hard due to my love for the sport and lifestyle, which makes been committed much more easily. When looking back and seeing what my lifestyle was before (mainly in the area of diet). It has now changed for the better; I enjoy the way I eat and train now – with a purpose and a goal – compared to when I was training before.
Was there a pivotal moment that motivated you to start competing? If so, what was it?
I guess my first competition as a sports model back in 2011 gave me that little bug that to this day hasn’t stopped me from competing every year. Seeing the changes in lifestyle and transformation that my body has undergone, and the pleasure of meeting great people within the industry with the same passion and sharing experiences, has made it a lot more fun!
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your competition journey so far?
When it comes to competing, for me it’s always about learning what your body can achieve in such a short time and how much you are able to push it and change it to present yourself with a physique that can ‘wow’ the judges. But most of all it’s the industry itself that I value and enjoy the most. It’s so rewarding meeting more and more fitness enthusiasts from whom you can learn. Placing first or last does not make a difference to me, as long as I know that I have pushed and tried my best with my training and dieting, I’m happy with that. Like they say, there is always room for improvement.
Who inspires you? Why?
Inspiration is endless; I get inspired by every athlete from beginners to pros. Just seeing other people’s transformations is an inspiration to me.
What would be your top tip for guys who want to start competing on the stage?
Set yourself a goal or a physique that you need to achieve that is at stage level. Anyone who puts their mind to it will achieve their goals. Never underestimate yourself or say “I can’t”. It’s just a matter of trying - so don’t be afraid to give it a go!
What would you like to see change in the health and fitness industry?
I think people need to be a little more humble at times. Some athletes get a little carried away with the status and forget where they started from. Staying humble and true to others will drive you a long way compared to those that don’t practise this approach.
What is your career highlight and why?
I must say my career highlight would have to be my first sports model competition under the ANB Federation back in 2011, where I placed 1st. But it wasn’t so much winning that was the highlight - rather it was my stepping stone into the fitness industry and taking the competitive pathway of sports and fitness seriously, which to this day I enjoy more and more every day.
How do you conquer nerves on the stage?
I guess this comes with a little practice over the years but I’m not going to lie: I still get nervous to this day as if it was my first comp every time I step into stage. But I always remind myself to have fun on stage and enjoy the ride.
What do you have in store for the future?
Just like any athlete, making a front cover of a sports magazine is my dream. I’m still chasing that dream and won’t stop until it’s achieved.
What are you currently preparing for?
ANB Nationals October 11th 2014 @ Marconi Club Sydney
INBA nationals October 18th @ Sydney Olympic park
UFE world – November @ Canada
Monday: Quads & abs
Tuesday: Chest & back
Wednesday: Biceps & triceps
Thursday: Shoulders, traps & calves
Friday: Hams & abs
Saturday: Full body workout
Sunday: Rest & enjoy some quality time
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