Gym Owner Curtis Hoyt Talks With

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Curtis Hoyt

Name: Curtis J Hoyt, DC

Age: 31

Residence: Troy, Ohio

Height: 5’ 10’’

Weight: 215

Occupation: Chiropractor/Gym owner

Achievements: Teen Drug free world records in powerlifting (bench press, deadlift, and total)

When did you get started with fitness?

I actually started working out with weights when I was about 8. I got beat up by bullies on a regular basis and my parents didn’t allow fighting. After a bunch of my ribs got broken, I figured I had better at least get stronger to take the beatings better. I obviously had no clue what I was doing but I would lay in bed at night after everyone had gone to sleep and do bench presses with my dad’s old dumbbells.
I started working out in an actual gym when I was 13. I still really didn’t have a clue what I was doing but I just keep pounding away the best that I could. I read everything I could about working out and tried to follow it, but for some reason I never really responded well to “traditional” training styles.
Curtis Hoyt

What drives you to be so fit?

Well, what drives me to be so fit is several things. First, I’m in the business of health. Personally, I feel if your are selling health, then you should probably be a prime example of what you’re selling. Plus, after building my gym, it was an even bigger push to demand more of my self to be a good example of what can be accomplished by hard work and dedication. Finally, and probably, the biggest drive for being fit comes from seeing what happens when you aren’t fit. I’ve watched friends and family grow old before their time and be stuck in a body that is basically a prison. I promised myself that would never happen to me.

What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?

The hardest thing for me to overcome would probably have to be “going against the grain” and not knowing “exactly” what to do. I’m the type of person that wants to be the best at something if I’m going to do it, and find all the right answers on how to succeed. In bodybuilding, there are no hard and fast rules. I had to go through alot of “perfect” workouts and not get any results in them before I moved on and just listened to my body. I think alot of people are like me in this regard. They don’t mind putting in the time and effort, but they want to “know” they are going to get what they want after they have done it. There is nothing worse than investing months of effort in a program and not getting the results your after. It makes it hard to keep going and that has been the hardest thing for me and I think it is a big reason why alot of people aren’t successful they have a hard time dealing with setback and then getting going again.
Curtis Hoyt

Could you tell us about your current training program?

My training always varies depending on what I’m working toward. Currently, it’s winter and I’m trying to put on some size and strength so that’s what I’m lifting toward. My work volume is higher right now and my recovery is alot faster thanks to the increased calories so I try and take advantage of that the best I can. My workout now is a 2 day split followed by one day off that basically has 2 parts (heavy/light). One day is chest, tris, and shoulder. The other is legs, back and biceps. I rotate the bodypart, which starts each workout and will also rotate the rep scheme that goes with them. So for an average week, I might work chest, tris, and shoulders on monday, thurs, and sunday. For monday and sunday, I’ll start with chest, flat bench warming up to my heaviest weight and then hitting my working sets and pyramiding down. For example, reps would be 1, 3, 5, 5, 5 where the set of 1 rep was at basically my max weight for that lift. Then, I’d hit the maximum weight I could handle for 3 reps and so forth. For the remaining body parts, I’ll basically do a super set with one exercise for chest, tri, and shoulders with a rep scheme of 8-12 for the first 2 exercises and 40-100 for the last one. Now the thursday workout, I won’t start with chest, I’ll start with most likely shoulders and use the same lifting scheme for that bodypart (max weight, pyramiding down) and then the rest of the workout is the superset like before. How many sets and at what reps depends on how I’m feeling that day. From experience, I’ve learned that I’m not going to waste a day of feeling great and doing less than I can just because my workout plan for that day says so. On the other hand, if I’m having a horrible day, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’ll do the best I can and get out of the gym as quick as I can

What does your diet look like?

Again, my diet like my training depends on what I’m working toward. Unfortunately, I have always had such a hard time gaining weight and size that when I’m bulking, I pretty much eat everything the higher the calories the better. I have to be way in excess if I hope to put on anything. I feel that I’m quite a ways past my genetics so to take things any farther I have to go to extremes. I almost eat till I’m sick on somedays. When I can eat insane amounts of food/calories for days and not even gain at all despite the massive calories, then it’s time to cut and hopefully save as much mass/strength as possible. When cutting, (and at my best, mentally and physically) I’m basically vegetarian. I’ll have a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch and then organic veggies and salad for dinner. I just rotate the veggies around and eat a different one each night. Occasionally, I’ll add eggs or some meat, but when I’m on that diet, I can really tell that meat slows me down so I get most of my protein from supplements during that time and just avoid the meats.

Do you take any supplements?

As far as supplements, I try and stick to the basics. I use preworkout nitro products. Currently, I mix a couple together to get the effect that I want (gaspari superpump max, and bsn no explode). For the rest, I pretty much stick to beverly international products. I use MASS amino’s, EFA gold, quadracarn, zma, Ultimate muscle protien, Muscle provider, mass maker and density if my calorie intake is super low.
Curtis Hoyt

What Is Your Favorite Body Part?

My favorite bodypart to train is chest when I’m bulking up and can move some impressive weights around on flat bench. I love working biceps, but they are one of my slowest responding muscle groups so they take a back seat to chest for that reason!

If you could start back from the first day you started training would you do anything different?

I’ve thought about what I would do differently if I could do it all over again. Honestly, even though it took me along time to start making decent progress, I don’t think I’d change anything. All the phases I went through (even the bad ones) all played a part in the good that I have going today.

Final advice for readers?

I think the best advice I could give to anyone is just get going and focus on the big picture. I still think alot of people are like me and just don’t know where to start and are looking for “the best” of everything before they begin. In my experience, learn from people that have what you are after and gather all the information you can, but keep in mind that your body doesn’t read the books and what worked for arnold, dexter, or cutler might not be what will work for you. If you get started right now with what you have, stick with it and pay attention and listen to your body, you will eventually be able to tune it like a racecar. You will be able to squeeze every drop of performance out of your genetics and take your body farther than you could have possibly imagined when you set out on your goals. Also, keep adjusting and be flexible with your goals. It takes no more effort to set your goals high in life then it does to aim low. Set your goals and get to work on them immediately, but be careful who you share them with the last thing you need is someone doubting your and slowing you down from the start. If you can find a positive person that believes in you, then by all means, get them onboard. But, if you don’t have anyone like that in your life, don’t underestimate yourself and your ability to get what you are after.