Behind A Bodybuilder’s Built: Insights From Culver Padilla
Few people talk about bodybuilding competitions as a battle of the mind rather than a battle of the body. For Culver Padilla, it’s all about the former. This Mr. Gold’s Gym Fitspiration 2016 winner credits much of his success and fitness to a mindset that, as his catchphrase goes, wills him to “be the best version” he can be.
Indeed, when Culver visited Nutrition Depot Headquarters the first time for a get-to-know meeting, one could only imagine the discipline he had to take to achieve the density and size of his physique. The playful athlete even showed the Nutrition Depot team a photo of his young self, way before he dived into the bodybuilding world. Culver clearly wasn’t born with size based on the photo. But what he was born with was a drive to achieve what he wanted.
Born to Lift, Born to Pound, Born to Endure
Granted, Culver has always been involved in fitness one way or another. From workout sessions in the gym back in college to being a lifestyle specialist for Gold’s Gym in UAE, Culver has always been active. It wasn’t until colleagues, including bodybuilder Ken Hanaoka, urged him to join competitions that Culver finally gave it a try.
After all, he already had a pretty good muscular foundation to pack more lean mass on. Since then, Culver has joined Century Tuna Superbods 2016 and Gold’s Gym Bodycon 2016, the latter of which he won with a sweeping Mr. Gold’s Gym Fitspiration title.
Proper Nutrition Plays A Huge Part
While preparation for bodybuilding requires a workout program that becomes harder and harder the farther you are into it, it’s only one part of the equation. When asked what really makes a winning built, Culver revealed that it was proper nutrition.
It was also the aspect of bodybuilding that he found most challenging. He recalled a time when he would join his family at a buffet restaurant, but had to restrain himself and eat his packed meal so he could stick to his diet. His better trick was to exit the placet: out of sight, out of mind. It was not an easy trick to play on his mind, but he had to take extreme measurements to keep his weight in check.
To prepare for his competitions, Culver primarily used a no-sugar and no-salt dieting method. “Although sinabi nila old school yun, effective yun. Iba yung nilabas ng katawan ko.” (Even though they said that was an old school method, it was effective. My body turned out to be really different.)
Supplementation is also critical for building size. For workout fuel, Culver swears by fat burners, whey protein, and BCAAs.
The Lean Bulk Program
At the moment, Culver Padilla works as a trainer and has partnered with Nutrition Depot and Gold’s Gym Philippines to create a workout program for anyone looking to build size but stay lean. Spanning 12 weeks, Culver will train to get bigger while staying lean and cut.
The program is tailored to progressively build size and density while maintaining definition. Want to join Culver Padilla and see bigger results for yourself? Check out the Lean Bulk Program here.