- Does your real name Deividas mean David in your language? How do you pronounce your last name?
Deividas is translation from English name David. My mother read about David Copperfield and she loved that name, so she decided to call her first son David; but in a Lithuanian way, of course. It is hard to write how I pronounce my last name, because there are no letters or sounds within the English language like in my surname, but it could be something like Goojees. So I sometimes use the last name Gucci, like the fashion brand.
- How long have you been bodybuilding and why did you start?
Everything started when I was 12 years old; I was very weak and a skinny boy and I didn’t want to stay like that for all my life. It was the time, in my life and country; when all of the Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Jean Claude Van Dam movies showed up in Lithuania and everybody was amazed by their muscles and all boys wanted to look like them. So I started training with my bodyweight and small 2 kilograms dumbbell. When I was 15, I hit a GYM. It was a small GYM at my school basement. So I am counting my start point from that moment and it comes to 17 years already (of bodybuilding).
- What is your best feature of your body and why?
I think the best feature of my body is my arms, because all my workout with the small dumbbells, in my young days was just working out my biceps and triceps every day. I didn’t know how to train and what else to do; so my arms became quite big in comparison with the rest of my body. So all I do for all my life now, is trying to get my body as big as my arms.
- Describe your diet and supplements (vitamins)?
All my diet or we can call it just nutrition, because I eat like that every day, except pre competition diet; always depends on counting calories. So, all I need to know just how much protein and fat I have to eat per day and the remainder of the calories I get from carbs.
How many carbs I consume depends on what is my desired goal. Whether, I want to grow big or get lean. I am trying to stay as lean as I can, but not too lean to keep my muscles growing. So it’s a game and you always have to look at what is going on with your body. I also do carb cycling, when you consume different amount of carbs for three days. You do a low carb day, then moderated and high carb day. Those three days you repeat again and again so you get lean body mass and size. I do not tell you anything new about my daily meals, I mostly eat the same as all bodybuilders do. It’s a diet comprised mostly of meat, chicken or turkey breast, beef or fish, then eggs, cottage cheese, rice, outs, buckwheat, a lot of vegetables, some fruits and I drink a lot of water, around 4 liters per day. I also consume quite much good fats from avocados, olive oil, nuts and different types of seeds. For supplements I always use amino acids, mostly BCAA’s, protein shakes, creatine, pre-workout drinks, Omega 3; and sometimes multivitamins, beta alanine, d-asparatic acid to boost testosterone, carb and amino drinks during my workout.
My morning pack (Vitamin E; Multivitamin; Omega-3 and vanadyl sulfate):
My around workout supps (pre-workout; creatine; BCAA’s; intra-workout drink and post-workout whey protein). I take creatine before and after workout, as well as BCAA’s and I eat oats with raisins or banana straight after workout with protein shake):
And my evening-pack (GABA for better sleep and test booster):
I use a lot of supplements after pre-contest diet when all competitions are finished, to recover my body. But off season I usually take just around workout supplement.
- How many days do you workout?
I am trying to hit the GYM 4 or 5 times per week, but it depends on how you feel, sometimes you have enough energy to hit 6, but you have to listen to your body, if you are really tired, better stay home and recover. Sometimes I forget to listen to my body because I just love training too much, and I over train, so it reminds me to start listening again.
- What is, in your opinion, the best way to build up your chest?
I am an “old school” athlete and I believe that there is nothing better building your chest muscles as basic free weight exercises with big weights and correct performance of exercise itself. I leave all cables and machines in the end of the workout to kill my muscles completely. But the main secret of building muscle is the passion and understanding how your body works. You have to think and feel muscle, not just lift because your trainer said you have to do so.
- Is bodybuilding a big sport in your country?
We have quite old history of bodybuilding in our country, but Lithuania is small and we have not as much athletes as USA. I am happy that bodybuilding is becoming bigger and bigger with years and more and more athletes coming to competitions. We also have some bodybuilders which became European and even world champions. But the biggest sport in Lithuania is basketball for now.
- We noticed you have incredible ABS. What do you do to get them to look like that?
I was exercising a lot; my abs as a child and when I was 17, I had nice six-pack already. I don’t have to do a lot now, just couple sets every second training day. My suggestion is to not stick on the same exercises but every time to do something different for your abs or change exercises quite often. You have to shock muscle in different ways to get it to grow. If you want truth, everybody has abs but some people are hiding it under small or big layer of fat. You can even feel it with your fingers, but if you want to see it, you have to get lean.
- When is your next competition? What are you doing to prepare yourself for the contest?
I just finished my season right now and I know what I have to fix to get better. But my next competition will be as I feel ready to go on stage again with better shape. Preparation for the contest is the big way to go. First of all you have to change your nutrition and start training more. I personally eat just low fat meat with green vegetables, egg whites, some good fats and rice. Amount of rice getting smaller and smaller as time to step on stage comes or until you get in the shape you want. So it is hard diet but results are always what makes you go forward.
- Is “gym culture” the same in Lithuania as in the USA or here in Italy? If not, how is it different?
I had opportunity to train in some countries abroad, including US, so I could not say that gym culture is different, because we are trying to copy everything from the most famous gyms of the world. Probably we have less elder people in our GYM’s, it is the only thing I could distinguish.
- What are you bobybuilding goals for the rest of the year and 2017?
Now I have to go back to my routine, of nutrition and training and continue with my gains after almost 4 months of competition period. Now I know what I have to work on and I will try to get better where I am now. As I say, you have to always want to be better where you are now, and it counts not just for bodybuilding. For 2017? I want to start working more and more with people which want to receive my experience and reach their goals. You can call it part time personal trainers and dietitian job. And who knows, if I feel ready, maybe I will step on stage again.
- You are a very handsome man and fashionable. What are your favorite fashion designers to wear or style?
I like fashionable clothing and I like a lot of Italian brands as Versace, Gucci, Giorgio Armani. The problem is that it is always the problem to fit in those clothes with my unusual shape of body, and that is a problem for all bodybuilders. I like shirts and casual pants or jeans, but when you have big legs and narrow waist or big hands and thick neck, it’s a problem to find something proper. Mostly I like classic style and sport clothing I wear just for sport or on the way to GYM or competition, rest of the time when I go out I wear classic clothes, as pants, jeans, polo t-shirts or simple t-shirts. Sometimes shirts, sweaters and jackets. So when you can’t buy everything you like you can’t be as picky and sometimes buy not looking at the brand.