I AM NOT A NORMAL PERSON AND I DON’T TRAIN LIKE ONE.
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: Jovann Rushing
Bodybuilder and sumo wrestler Jovann Rushing has said it’s his arms that get noticed most. And maybe we have a sharper eye for this most, but we think it’s his back that makes this 5’5″ Mack Truck stand tall in a crowd. We’ve known Jovann almost back to the time we first launched. We saw first saw him in the middle of a crowd of fans as he had just finished up a sumo match at the LA Fitness Expo. The sheer thickness of his lats and traps demanded attention and we walked over and introduced ourselves. Of course we gave him a pair of a new product we were just introducing, Big Back Grips! He has been moving forward ever since. We are now among Jovann’s sponsors, working with him at the NPC 2013 National Bodybuilding Championships in Ft. Lauderdale and the 2014 West Coast Classic in Monterey Park, CA, where he took 2nd Place. Jovann is currently preparing for the 2014 NPC show back in Ft. Lauderdale.
BBG: What are your long term goals in bodybuilding? How far would you like to go?
Jovann: Long term goal is to win my IFBB pro card and be something no one has ever seen with my sheer size and now definition and continue to impress all that support this sport. I would like to go until there is nothing left for me to do in this sport, which includes me competing and winning an IFBB pro show.
BBG: What about life outside the gym and bodybuilding? What do you do professionally?
Jovann: Life outside of this sport consists of fat bot eating! LOL. I love food, probably a little too much, and I have not always had the greatest of eating habits. I just love to enjoy food 😉 I love to be out and about doing things as simple as bowling or pool and have a good time. I really am a big movie buff – I do that very often and even keep the ticket stubs cause that’s how I roll! LOL! But yeah, things like that. Professionally I wear many hats: I work full time for an organics company here in Oceanside, but I also personal train and do nutritional meal plans along with being a licensed massage therapist. So I do stay very busy.
BBG: Is there an overall philosophy or approach that guides your training?
Jovann: Yes!!! lift big get big and don’t give up the panties!
BBG: We’d like to ask you about Big Back Grips in your workouts. How do you use them? What do they do for you?
Jovann: Well of course I use them on my back days. The grip allows me to pull heavy when my forearms fatigue.
Jovann: PAIN! I am not a normal person and I don’t train like it. My workout style is Donkey Kong because I can sling that weight! But I have been on this condition type training that was taught to me by my coach IFBB pro Jennifer Worth. It’s 30 reps in everything! And still go heavy through the workout! I tell you if you can get through that while still going heavy, you can get through anything.
Here is what I look for if someone wants to train with me: consistency; never say ‘I can’t’; attitude; and a shut up and save the complaining for your girlfriend attitude cause I’m not gonna baby you – I’m here to work.
BBG: At this point we usually ask people to tell us their favorite workout/bodypart to train. But we’d really like to ask you to outline your back workout for us.
Jovann: Well I’d never thought you’d ask. lol. I pretty much always start with lat pull downs followed by seated rows sometimes super setting that with lower lat reverse grip pulls. Then depending on how I feel I will throw some single arm rows or bent over rows in there if I feel pumped and full. Or I will just got to a machine row and max out on that with a reverse grip. OH! And hyper extensions – can’t forget that lower back.
BBG: Jovann, thank you. Good luck with everything!
Jovann: Thank you BBG. I appreciate being a part in what you bring look forward to more of this and overall success with you.