posted on 5/12/2013 1:00:00 AM
Aussie Muscle Mag editor Jon Davie caught up with Steve Cook for a quick chat at the 2013 Austtralian Health & Fitness Expo
Name: Steve Cook
Date of birth: 10 Dec 1984
Birthplace: Hailey, Idaho
State where you live: Idaho and California
Occupation: Spokesman for Optimum Nutrition and Bodybuilding.com and creator of Swoldier Nation
Favourite car: Mercedes G-wagon
Contest weight: 93kg
Off season weight: 98kg
Hi Steve, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with Muscle Mag. So you’re Down Under for the 2013 Filex Health and Fitness expo at the moment. You’re on the Optimum Nutrition stand where I can say you seemed to be getting mobbed all weekend. Tell me a little about Optimum and how the Aussie Filex fans compare to some of the other events you have attended.
Filex is unlike any other expo I've been to because of the exceptional location and the diversity of booths. In the States most of the expos only attract the bodybuilding crowd but here in Oz I'm always amazed by the broad spectrum of people that attend. I’m very impressed by the level of fitness. Australians are into health and well-being even more than Americans. Each year this event gets bigger and bigger.
Why did you start weight training and when did you start?
I started at a very young age playing American Football and trained accordingly. As early as 12 I was doing basic movements like bench, squats, pull-ups and cleans.
Where do you train?
Right now when I’m in Boise, Idaho, I train at Idaho athletic club. When I'm in LA I train at Gold’s Gym in Venice (The Mecca) with the legendary Charles Glass.
What’s your competition history and tell me a little about the qualifying for the 2013 Mr Olympia Physique class you will be competing in.
2012 IFBB Houston Pro - 1st
2011 NPC Junior National Championships - 1st
2011 NPC Junior USA Championships - 3rd
2011 NPC Iron Man Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships - 1st
2010 Bodybuilding.com Fit Body Competition - 1st
2010 ABFF 5th Annual Gold’s Classic Treasure Valley Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini Championships - 1st
I started competing in 2010 in bodybuilding after winning my pro card in some natural division and then decided to look into fitness modelling. Men's physique wasn't around yet so I found other comps that were more geared toward fitness modelling. I won the Muscle and Fitness male model search as well as the bodybuilding.com spokesmodel search. These two events marked the beginning of my career, in my eyes. After these shows I went on to become sponsored by ON.
Once the men's physique division was created in the NPC and IFBB I hoped I would be on stage one day at the first ever Physique Olympia.
I was the third physique competitor to earn my IFBB pro status and the first to qualify for the Olympia by winning my pro debut in Houston.
The new Physique category is paving the way for guys not wanting that overly heavily muscle physique. Have you got some thoughts on the potential of this category as far as contest numbers and the ability for it to take our sports more into the mainstream market?
This Physique category looks extremely promising as the numbers of competitors is growing like crazy. It's a great outlet for men looking to compete at a high level without getting extremely muscular. It's more accepted by the mainstream public and can even be a launching pad to other modelling offers.
I noticed one morning at the hotel you were videoing the breakfast offering and talking about what you were eating. I understand that you have a fantastic fan base and are always blogging and keeping them up to date. What are the social media avenues you use, and what are your thoughts on them in reaching your fans?
In this day and age you have to have a strong social media presence. It can be difficult at times, but keeping up to date with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram is a must. People love knowing how to get in shape, and if you can entertain while educating you have a successful combination. My Twitter and Instagram name is Stevecook_32. What I'm really excited about is my YouTube - Swoldier Nation. It's about creating better bodies and minds through developing balance in all areas of life. It's fun and hopefully helps people.
I have heard that you love cooking. What are your basic philosophies on nutrition and meal planning to achieve your goals?
I do like cooking but must admit I’m still a beginner in the kitchen. I can do the basics with chicken and steak along with fish. When I feel like getting fancy I usually refer to my good friend Jamie Eason. She is able to make healthy food taste amazing.
What does a week in the life of Steve Cook look like?
I’m so lucky to travel and see the world. When I am at home it’s gyms 6 days a week. Cardio 4 days, lots of filming, lots of time on social media outlets, planning future events and hanging out with family. I don't go out much but love winding down a long day with a good movie.
Have you got any friends, family or sponsors you want to thank?
So many! Optimum Nutrition, bodybuilding.com, 6-pack bags and Idaho Athletic club.
People - Dad and rest of my family. Jim Manion for creating the physique division. Layne Norton, Craig Toth, Alan Watkins at Tried and True Fitness, my film crew and all those followers who support me and come out in droves.
Thanks a lot again, mate. It’s been a pleasure meeting with you. Good luck for the Olympia and I am sure we will see you Down Under again very soon.
Thanks for the interview. It was great to be Down Under and meeting some fantastic people. I can’t wait to be back.
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