Mr. Olympia 2016 Interview with Arya Saffaie


Arya Saffaie is gracing the Mr. Olympia Mens Physique Showdown stage for the Second time this year. The show that qualified him for the showdown was the Salt Lake City Pro in 2016. Below are some questions that Arya Personally answered for Men’s Physique News in our Olympia 2016 Series.

How many shows have you competed in your career?

1. 3 as an amateur (2 local, 1 national) placed 1st in all 3. 11 as a pro (14 total) skip one year after pro card due to having two shoulder surgeries.

When did you win your pro card?

2013 USA’s

What’s the hardest aspect of contest-prep for you heading into the O?

In 2014, id say the hardest the hardest part was having to do so many back-to-back shows so close to the Olympia which ultimately could not give me a good break in between my last show that I qualified to the Olympia with and the Olympia itself. For 2015 by qualified and April giving me some time to take a break from my diet so I can come into my Olympia prep much fresher which made it easier for me this time around to bring a better physique/p>

Did you have to change your training style in prep for the O?


What changes to your prep did you have to do for the O?

Not necessarily, only goal was to eat up a little bit more and to add some size of beginning stages before I started my diet.

how many weeks have you been prepping for the O?

15 weeks

What got you in to this sport?

Starting weight training 19 years ago, I was already into the sport but just for me, not competition, men’s physique looked similar to my physique so I just figured “ill give it a shot” and won, sense then It got pretty addicting

What motivates you to stay focused for the O?

Competing in general has always been fun for me. Working out is something I’ve always had passion for, competing just adds more fun to that.

How much cardio do you do in prep for this?

I did about 30 min 6 days a week, I didn’t enter prep in bad shape which made it much easier.

What changes to your prep did you do in comparison to previous years?

Starting off in better shape aloud me to incorporate more reefed days which I feel really help you physically and mentally.

What advice can you give to anyone out there that wants to step into the sport?

To be patient, this is such a mental sport. Your mind will give up much sooner than your body so having your head in the right place is critical.

Who are your inspiration?

Grew up watching rocky lol so Sylvester Stallone for sure.

If you could go back in time and be part of any era or group of bodybuilders, which one would you choose and why?

The Arnold era seems pretty sick, either that or the 90’s.

If you could train with any Mr. Olympia winner, past or present (in his prime), who would you pick?

Gotta go with Arnold.

If you could take any stubborn body part of yours and trade it for someone else’s, what trade would you make?

Not sure, gotta think a while on this one lol.

What is your favorite exercise, and least favorite?

Bench is my fave, least hmm maybe forearms.

Whats your home Gym?

LA Fitness

Whats your best method of Cardio?

Running, I enjoy a good run, sprinting as well.

Do you do Cheat meals during your prep? and how close to the show are they cut out?

Yeah, burgers are my go to, ill stop around 5 weeks usually.

What are your strong points? and what are your weak points?

Symmetry and condition is a strength of mine, I can put some more size on.

Are you coached or do you coach yourself?

Yes, Kim Oddo is my coach.

Do prefer to train alone or do you have a training partner?

I have several partners, I like it better with people and energy.

Whats your meal of choice post show?


What does your Filling out process consist of prior to stepping on stage?

Carbs and water! Get lean enough beforehand so you can push down water and carbs without spilling at the end.

Whats your peak week process?

Just to be ready before entering peak week, then coast into the show.

At what age did you start weight training?


How old were you when you first started competing? what was your first show? and what placing did you get?

29, muscle contest, 1st place.

Who was the first bodybuilder/athlete that you remember seeing who really inspired you?

My older brother Mike.

Is there a message you would like to say to your fans and/or followers?

hase your dreams and never give up!

what is you’re career outside of Mens Physique?

Bank manager.

Whats the best place for your fans to find you and keep up to date with you?



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