“I love the intensity. I love pushing myself as hard as I possibly can; if I don’t, I feel like I wasted a day.”
Big Back Grips User Profile Interview, Jay Algiere
BBG: Ok, so, tell us a little about yourself: your name, background, where you grew up, where you went to school and for what. What do you do professionally? A mini-bio, if you will.
Jay: My name is Jay Algiere. I grew up in Festus, Missouri, but I went to high school in De Soto, MO. I was a 3-way athlete there. I did football, wrestling, and track. Football was my overall favorite and I was the quarterback. After high school I went to an NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Sports) college to play football but didn’t really care for it as much by then. And so I started getting into bodybuilding. I’m currently going to Bryan University for a degree in Advanced Health and Fitness. And I also operated the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/4RealFit
BBG: Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: One of the reasons we’re interviewing you is because we know you’re an avid Big Back Grips user. What did you use before BBGs and why did you settle on BBGs? How do they help your workout?
Jay: Before BBGs I didn’t use anything, which really tore up my hands. I would occasionally use weight lifting straps but I didn’t like them either because they always hurt my wrists. Big Back Grips are probably one of the most important things to my work outs now. They allow me to hold on to anything for a longer period of time. They really let me push my muscles to the max.
BBG: Tell us what Festus, Missouri is like.
Jay: Haha. It’s not very interesting but we do have a gym so I can’t complain too much… Total Body Fitness!!!
BBG: Where do you work out? What kind of gym is it?
Jay: Total Body Fitness and it is an awesome gym.
BBG: Did you play or excel at any sports?
Jay: The ones I mentioned, but football was really the big one.
BBG: What brought you into the world of lifting and when? What are your main goals in bodybuilding?
Jay: Around my freshmen year of college when the coaches started making me dislike football. Now I would really like to start competing by the end of the summer.
BBG: What are your biggest accomplishments in your workout history so far? : Titles, personal goals achieved, etc.
Jay: My high school records for lifting.
BBG: What is your workout schedule like?
- Monday- chest/triceps
- Tuesday- back/biceps
- Wednesday- legs/abs
- Thursdays- shoulders/traps
BBG: What about your diet?
Jay: I’m currently bulking.
BBG: What are your favorite exercises or body parts to work? What do you consider your best body part? Do have a body part that’s especially challenging to make headway on?
Jay: I love hitting every muscle group but lately my back has really been more exciting than all the others. I would have to say my most challenging body parts to get to grow would be my traps and triceps.
BBG: If someone were going to work out with you, what are they in for, what’s your workout style? What would you want from a partner?
Jay: Intensity! I love pushing myself as hard as I possibly can, so I never feel like I wasted a day. What I look for in a partner is someone that wants to work as hard as I do no matter how big the challenge is.
BBG: Is there a workout that really stands out from the rest? A particularly amazing workout where you ended going further than you ever had?
Jay: Probably my triceps I like getting on the cable push downs and ropes and just completely pushing them to the limit at the end of the workout.
BBG: What’s your advice to people just starting out?
Jay: Set a goal and work towards that goal don’t people stop you (The Haters?) Hard work is the biggest part of it.
BBG: Finally, can you give us your workout for just one body part: back or legs, shoulders, chest or arms, even abs. Just pick your favorites.
- Overhead tri extension 4x 6-12
- Skull crushers 4x 6-12
- Close grip press 4x 6-12
- Cable push downs- 4x 12-15
- Rope pull downs 4x failure
- Reverse curl- 4×6-12
- Straight bar curls 4×6-12
- Db hammer 4×6-12 each arm
- Preacher machine 4x failure